Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library
Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library


Look out for flying coconuts! Donkey Kong is on the loose! Donkey Kong is at it again! This time he's loose in the greenhouse. And he's got company: a swarm of very pesky bees. It's up to you to get Donkey Kong out of the greenhouse and exterminate the bees -- without hurting the flowers. But that's easier said than done. Because Donkey Kong has plenty of coconuts to hurl at you, and those bees know just where to sting you so it hurts. But if you keep your wits about you, you'll score lots of points and have lots of laughs in the best Donkey Kong of them all -- Donkey Kong 3.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Japanese ドンキーコング3

Release timeline

Console Release date Country of origin
Second-generation arcade September 28, 1983 Japan
Nes logo.png July 4, 1984 Japan
June 1986 USA
September 15, 1987 UK
e-Reader April 21, 2003 USA
Wii logo1.jpg July 14, 2008 USA
July 23, 2008 Japan
January 9, 2009 UK
Nintendo3ds logo.jpg March 27, 2013 Japan
December 5, 2013 USA
December 12, 2013 UK
WiiU logo.jpg September 26, 2013 USA
October 24, 2013 UK
November 6, 2013 Japan

Comparison: Arcade vs. NES

As Stanley dies, all the other insects swarm and finish him off. This was removed from the NES version.




Original arcade version

These screenshots were uploaded to the Video Game Museum in February 2001 and February 2002, respectively.

NES version



Donkey Kong 3 3DS VC trailer