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60 (UK) (Jan 18, 2009)
There are only three screens, which loop infinitely, so this is very much a high-score game. It's actually not bad, given its limitations, but there's no escaping the fact that it's ultimately just a riff on Galaxian with a sprinkling of Missile Command. You can also claim ten bonus retro-obscurity points if you found yourself thinking of Ultimate's unfortunately titled Pssst.
IGN (Jul 28, 2008)
Fans of arcade shooters like Galaga should be the first to consider the 500 Wii Point investment that it would take to download Donkey Kong 3, as, though it’s part of the original DK series, it plays more similarly to the alien-invading blaster designs of the early ‘80s. This VC download is also a more compelling digital purchase than the Virtual Console versions of the first Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr., as well, because it’s a more replayable design and didn’t lose any content in its transition from the arcade to the NES.
Nintendo Life (Jul 15, 2008)
There are far better NES games already on the Virtual Console that offer much more depth and longevity. The two-player option only allows you to take turns, and not play simultaneously which could have been fun in a game like this.