Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library
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Can Donkey Kong Jr. save his papa from Mario's prison? Mario has gone mad! He's turned the tables on Donkey Kong and locked him in a cage. It's up to you, as Donkey Kong Jr., to rescue your father by stealing Mario's set of keys. But it won't be easy. You'll have to fight off ape-eating Snapjaws, jump onto moving islands and break through a jungle of vines to get to the keys that will free Donkey Kong. Can you handle the action? Because this off-the-wall monkey business will have you going bananas!

In Other Languages

Language Title
Japanese ドンキーコング JR.

Release timeline

Console Release date Country of origin
Second-generation arcade June 30, 1982 Japan
Nes logo.png July 15, 1983 Japan
June 1986 USA
June 15, 1987 UK
September 1988 (re-release) USA
August 10, 1989 (re-release) UK
Famicom Disk System July 19, 1988 Japan
e-Reader September 16, 2002 USA
Wii logo1.jpg December 2, 2006 Japan
December 4, 2006 USA
December 22, 2006 UK
Nintendo3ds logo.jpg April 18, 2012 Japan
June 14, 2012 USA
August 23, 2012 UK
WiiU logo.jpg April 26, 2013 USA
April 27, 2013 UK
July 15, 2013 Japan

Combination cartridges

In 1988, this game was re-released with Donkey Kong in a 2-in-1 video game cartridge titled "Donkey Kong Classics". The music from the title screen of this game will play after the demo gameplay of Donkey Kong.

Comparison: Arcade vs. NES

After Donkey Kong Jr. catches his father and drives off with him, Mario chases after them, but then the next thing we see is that Donkey Kong's big foot sends Mario flying with a huge kick, and he runs away. In the NES version, he just dies.




Original arcade version

The title screen was uploaded to The Video Game Museum in February 2001, and two of these screenshots (Levels 2 and 3) were uploaded in early 2002. The rest were uploaded to TMK on December 17, 1999.

NES version

Five of these screenshots were uploaded to TMK on August 12, 1999.



Nintendo eShop - Donkey Kong Jr. Wii U Virtual Console Trailer