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Nice little sequel, twice as addictive as its predecessor Katakis | カタキス (42138) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Move over, Mario! This game is awesome! Alex Baumfull (6) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Donkey Kong is back on Famicom Wave Magatama (4) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars

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Category Description User Score
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Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic (Jul 26, 2004)
All four screens from the arcade are present in this version. Imaginative and fun, Donkey Kong Jr. is a worthy sequel to one of the greatest video games of all time.
The action may seem simple on the surface, but every step and jump taken must be very precise and calculated, and an equal amount of both patience and urgent/ quick movements is essential in completing the stages while avoiding death. The key to success is also being able to smoothly transition from one form of movement to another and back again. It’s an early and great example of unique platforming action with multiple ways of maneuvering on display, which helped firmly ground and expand the platforming genre.
NES Archives (Nov 12, 2007)
Once again, I would advise you to go out and pick up Donkey Kong Classics. It contains this game as well as Donkey Kong; it isn't often that Nintendo releases an NES cartridge with more than one previously released game on them. This is a great game and any true Nintendo fan should have it in their collection.
Retro Game Reviews (Nov 24, 2015)
Donkey Kong Jr. is an outstanding follow-up and it takes the series in new directions instead of resting on its laurels. The platforming, stage design and controls are as good as ever and it's an absolute joy to play while providing a serious challenge for high score chasers.
80 (Dec, 2006)
Dafür, dass wir es hier mit einem Spiel zu tun haben, das bereits sage und schreibe ganze 24 Jahre auf dem Buckel hat, ist es auch heute noch für ein kurzes Zwischenspiel gut geeignet. Die Grafik ist super, und die Soundkulisse klingt einfach klasse. Vor allem für Spieler empfehlenswert, die quasi die 80´er-Version von "Donkey Kong Country" einmal sehen wollen. Aber auch Liebhaber des ersten Teils kommen hier voll auf ihre Kosten.
75 (Oct, 2011)
Donkey Kong Jr may not be as influential as the first entry, but it’s the better of the two.
75 (Jan 06, 2012)
Malgré les quelques défauts de Donkey Kong Jr, celui-ci reste tout de même un très bon jeu oldies qui arrive largement au niveau de son prédécesseur. Les amateurs d'arcade ne risquent donc pas d'être déçus.
Donkey Kong Jr. is an old game, without question. Some games feel as good in 2012 as they did when they launched. Donkey Kong Jr. is not one of those games. It’s not a bad game, but it’s a bit unintuitive for those who aren’t used to classic arcade physics, and there’s not really very much to it. Unless you’re into high scores, you’ll have seen pretty much everything the game has to offer after a few minutes of play. But if you do take pleasure from setting personal records, Donkey Kong Jr. is worth your time.
Tilt (Mar, 1988)
Ce jeu simple, rapide et distrayant est l'un des meilleurs jeux de plates-formes. A recommander aux amateurs du genre.
This time Mario is the bad guy (!) and he has kidnapped old DK. You control DK jr, who is going to save his papa from Mario, who has trapped DK inside a steel cage which is way too small for DK. DK jr is a little bit better and more varied than Donkey Kong, but it´s not a top game either.
The Game Hoard (Sep 04, 2019)
Undoubtedly superior to the original Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. still carries on some of the arcade awkwardness in the form of its strict, stiff jumping. Most of the game does at least favor the vine climbing mechanic though, meaning that the focus on quick action to avoid enemies and finding your openings for progress allows Donkey Kong Jr. to be enjoyable despite the pretty simple overall design. Four stages does mean it’s pretty easy to push through the entire game despite its decent difficulty, but small things like planning your approach in Stage 4 and the different speeds of vine-climbing mean that even though it’s mostly straightforward and a little clunky at times, Donkey Kong Jr. can still entertain for its short duration.
Power Play (Sep, 1988)
Gutes Geschicklichkeits-Spiel mit vier verschiedenen Bildern.
Der Zahn der Zeit hat spürbar an Donkey Kong Jr. genagt. Vor einigen Jahren war ein Spiel mit vier verschiedenen Bildern noch eine kleine Sensation, doch nach heutigen Maßstäben reizt diese Tatsache allenfalls zum Gähnen. Das Spielprinzip selber kann mich auch nicht mehr so begeistern wie vor einigen Jahren, als mich Donkey Kong Jr. an das Colecovision-Videospiel fesselte. Es ist halt ein Plattform-Spiel, bei dem mir das erste Bild mit den niedlichen, herumwandernden Gebissen noch am besten gefällt. Die technische Qualität des Programms ist enttäuschend, denn die Fähigkeiten des Nintendo-Systems werden bei weitem nicht ausgenutzt.
1UP! (Feb 20, 2009)
Pour le joueur très impliqué ou un peu fanatique, ce n'est que le début. La réelle épreuve pour lui sera de répéter l'exercice autant de fois que possible, surmontant une difficulté toujours croissante (les ennemis sortent à une cadence de plus en plus rapide) et améliorant son high score à la centaine de points près si nécessaire. Mais au XXIème siècle, c'est une espèce de joueurs rare, même parmi les retrogamers. Pour la plupart d'entre nous, le jeu finit à cet instant et démontre la brièveté de ces classiques ancestraux de Nintendo. On les regarde un peu comme les portraits de ces grands hommes qui illustrent les livres d'histoire, on comprend la valeur de ce qu'ils ont accompli mais ils sont trop éloignés de nous pour que l'on puisse encore partager le sentiment de leur accomplissement.