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Released in the arcades in 1983, Donkey Kong 3 is the third of the "Donkey Kong" arcade game series, changing the format to more of an action-shooter than a platform game.

As Stanley the Bugman, players are positioned under Donkey Kong, who has taken over a multi-level greenhouse. Stanley's goal is to remove Donkey Kong from the greenhouse, but the big ape isn't willing to leave without a fight.

Donkey Kong will agitate two beehives that are close to him to send down a swarm of angry Buzzbees, Beespies and destructive Queen Bees toward Stanley. These insects, as well as caterpillars which creep down nearby vines are intent on destroying the flowers below Stanley. Donkey Kong will also send down projectiles himself in an attempt to stop Stanley's attacks. Stanley must jump between the levels and use his bugspray to repel the insects, and send Donkey Kong into the next area of the greenhouse.

Once Stanley pushes Donkey Kong high enough, a can of super bugspray will become available, allowing a larger shooting radius, and is able to send Donkey Kong up the vines faster.

Once Donkey Kong is sent through the three levels of the greenhouse, Donkey Kong will end up with a beehive on his head, and the levels start all over again.


Donkey Kong 3 Game Boy Advance Title screen
Donkey Kong 3 Arcade First level
Donkey Kong 3 Arcade Life lost
Donkey Kong 3 Arcade Title screen

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Donkey Kong 3 Screenshot
Donkey Kong 3 Screenshot
Donkey Kong 3 Screenshot
Donkey Kong 3 Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Donkey Kong 3-e" -- e-Reader Title
  • "ドンキーコング3" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Tilt NES Dec, 1987 15 out of 20 75
Questicle.net NES Oct, 2011 B 75
Digital Press - Classic Video Games NES Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70
IGN Wii Jul 28, 2008 6 out of 10 60
NES Player NES 2001 2.5 out of 5 50
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
NES Center NES 2001 4 out of 10 40
The Video Game Critic NES Jul 26, 2004 D- 16
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Jan, 1984 Unscored Unscored
NintendoWorldReport Wii Mar 23, 2012 Unscored Unscored


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This is the only Nintendo game to feature the character Stanley the Bugman and the only Donkey Kong coin-op game to not involve Mario (a.k.a. Jumpman).

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