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Donkey Kong 3 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

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Based on the third game in the enormously popular arcade series, Donkey Kong 3 introduces an exterminator named Stanley as he desperately tries to protect the flowers in his greenhouse from Donkey Kong. Armed only with a can of bug spray, Stanley must force Donkey Kong higher and higher into the greenhouse rafters until Donkey Kong is off the screen and the next stage is reached.

Not surprisingly, Donkey Kong isn’t going to move without a fight, so he sends wave after wave of bugs, bees and other creatures toward Stanley. Not only must Stanley repel the insects in order to save the flowers, but he’ll also have to keep an eye out for projectiles thrown by Donkey Kong himself. If Stanley is good enough, he’ll be able to grab a can of more powerful bug spray and really get Donkey Kong moving. It all adds up to frantic fun that anyone can enjoy.

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3DS eShop Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Morgan Sleeper

Third time's the swarm

Nintendo has a bit of a tradition of mixing things up for game number three. Super Mario Bros. 3 added a world map and the famous Tanooki Suit, Super Mario Land 3 nonchalantly swapped Mario for his arch-rival Wario, and Starfy's third adventure saw him...

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Wii U eShop Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Bugging you?

When the original Donkey Kong proved immensely popular, Nintendo decided to ride off its success and create a sequel changing the roles, making Mario the villain and Donkey Kong Jr. the hero. What is surprisingly not well known, however, is that there was...

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Virtual Console Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Darren Calvert

Bug off

Poor old Stanley the Bugman, not only have all the bugs got into his greenhouse, there’s a big ape pestering him too. To add insult to injury, he would never feature as a playable character in another Nintendo game again and be forgotten forever, whilst...

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User Comments (47)

Kevin

#1

Kevin said:

Its finally coming! I know its not the best of the three arcade style dk games but I still enjoyed it.

slambert215

#4

slambert215 said:

I remember this was in Warioware for the DS where you have to blow in the microphone to make DK go in the beehive.

Looks like an ok game.

Terra

#5

Terra said:

I'm a completionist so i'll buy this when it comes out. I'm such a completionist i even bought DK Jr Math. Why was that released before this?

Adamant

#6

Adamant said:

As others mentioned, it's the weakest entry in the trilogy, and the license seems very slapped on - there's absolutely nothing in this game apart from the big ape himself that has anything to do with the two prequels. Of course, that doesn't mean it's a bad game, and indeed Nintendo know what they're doing when it comes to game design.
And, for all you whiners who though DK and DK Jr were "too short", you'll have to play a rather large amount of stages until you've seen everything, since the game introduced new hazards every few rounds.

stevenlindsay23

#10

stevenlindsay23 said:

this game looks shockingly bad! i mean really bad. i know its nostalgic but jesus! id rather get hit by everyone of kevin mcallister's house traps than waste money on this! give me cannon fodder!

Adamant

#11

Adamant said:

@kevenz: It's a score-based game. The object isn't to beat all the levels, but to get a high score by playing the levels again and again as they grow more and more difficult. You may have owned the game, but your sure didn't play it much - there's 18 individual levels in the game, not 3.

Ricardo91

#12

Ricardo91 said:

Only a matter of time before we'll see this one. And stevenlindsay, it's not as bad as it looks.

You spray DK in the ass with bug spray! HA!

Terra

#13

Terra said:

I Wouldn't say Stanley is unlikely to reappear. What about Captain Rainbow, which will have cameos from many D-List characters that have fallen into obscurity for a long time?

Rapadash6

#15

Rapadash6 said:

@angel m. rivera collazo

Actually next is likely to be Clu Clu Land. After that the only eligable Nintendo developed NES games left are Pro Wrestling and Star Tropics 2: Zoda's Revenge.

Rapadash6

#17

Rapadash6 said:

@Terranigma

Take away all the Zapper games, Dr. Mario (because it was remade on WiiWare) and titles developed by Rare FOR Nintendo, then yeah, that's all thats left. I also didn't count Tetris, Tetris 2 and Popeye because those games are based off licenses thus being to costly to put up on the service. Tetris fans shouldn't worry, however, because we have a WiiWare version on the way from Hudson.

WarioFan63

#20

WarioFan63 said:

Ha! You know, when I heard that I thought to myself if that was the reason it wasnt on there yet. "Maybe their using it to build up Captain Rainbow anticipation"

Adamant

#21

Adamant said:

I doubt Golf will make it to the VC. It was ridiculously primitive at the point it was released, and Nintendo has already released NES Open Tournament Golf, which costs the same and is superior in ever single way imaginable. There's a slight beauty in the simplicity of Tennis and to a lesser extent Baseball, Volleyball isn't a genre that ever got a whoel lot of games, Ice Hockey has always been extremely awesome, and I'm sure there's some freaks out there who enjoy Soccer, but what kind of point can you possibly make about Golf? No one likes Golf. People who tried Golf back in the day know how awful it is. People who haven't played it but enjoy golf games would probably be a little wary about downloading a game they can see on the pictures is obviously more primitive than the other golf games available, and the name "Golf" isn't really one that makes people curious about the game. Not even Nintendo's super marketers could whip up an exciting VC description of the game to make it sound like something you'd want to download. Golf sucks.

JRAPOCALYPSE

#23

JRAPOCALYPSE said:

This is a pretty fun game i must admit for what it was at the time and still now! I still own the cart for nes and i play it sometimes so if you like dk other than that aweful dk country wanna be donkey kong then this is a great vc download,Guess i liked this one being it was different at the time and not the same as the previous games.

StarDust4Ever

#24

StarDust4Ever said:

When I started collecting NES games back in 2002, I sort-of passed this one up because I never could figure out what to do, thus I never beat the first level. I have the Donkey Kong Classics game cart (Both Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr) and it is pretty fun, but DK 3 just alienated me. Don't completely diss Stan. Stan returned to Brooklin after DK3 while Mario and Luigi stayed in Mushroom land to save the princess. He still writes Mario every now and then to keep him informed about events on Planet Earth. Pauline (Mario's old Brooklin girlfriend and the original "damsel in distress") made a return in Mario vs Donkey Kong 2 DS, as a spokesperson for the Mini-Mario toys, but I honestly think that the chances of Stan making a comeback are abysmal.

Momma-Mia! I've been reading too much fan fiction, ROTFLMAO!

Ricardo91

#30

Ricardo91 said:

3 stars for me too, tops. It's fun in doses, but it gets old pretty quickly.

@Adamant. I agree whole-heartedly. Who needs Ambien to cure insomnia when you can play Golf? That garbage will knock you out for a week!

alxtlvra

#31

alxtlvra said:

Also agree about Golf, there´s even a chapter on The Simpsons TV series that states this specific golf game as the worst ever, when Bart recieves it as a gift from Marge after giving up stealing video-games on marts.

WarioFan63

#32

WarioFan63 said:

there´s even a chapter on The Simpsons TV series that states this specific golf game as the worst ever, when Bart recieves it as a gift from Marge after giving up stealing video-games on marts.

Lets not confuse NES Golf with Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge....

"Don't do it son! How's that game going to help your putting?"

Ricardo91

#33

Ricardo91 said:

^So THAT'S what it was called! Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge! I knew Alxtlvra wasn't talking about NES Golf, but something something's putting Challenge. Couldn't put my finger on it. That was a great episode!

WolfLink22

#34

WolfLink22 said:

If you want a Virtual Console Game so badly wait for Clayfighter or something that you know you will like.

Beau_Skunk

#36

Beau_Skunk said:

Not a bad game for the early 80s, but compared to DK & DK Jr. it's not as much fun, or as addictive.
And with no extra lives, and the fact that you can onley use the "super spray can" once per life, (it reappears after you die, it would've been better if they had it reappear after every 3 or 4 levels.) makes the game not last very long. It's hard to get a huge score in this game, sence it's so easy to die.
It's worth a shot if your curious, an old-school arcade game lover, or if you want to play Stanley the Bugman's onley game.

#37

said:

When I was young, I played a lot of Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. One day, I heard there was a Donkey Kong 3 and wanted to play it. I spent years wondering why I've never gotten the chance to play it, until I discovered emulators.

Unfortunately, I soon found out why nobody ever talked about Donkey Kong 3. Why did they even bother to call it Donkey Kong? They didn't even keep platforming and Mario, they may as well have called it something completely different. Unfortunately, the game is pretty poor either way.

WiiMan192

#38

WiiMan192 said:

And when is this coming to PAL regions? :)
I am a half-completionist. I do not have to own all games in a series but I need them there. Anyway, despite the somewhat average criticism it is receiving, I can't wait for this one to sit in my internet server :P

CorbsAdmin

#39

Corbs said:

An odd direction to take the Donkey Kong series in, but still a fun arcade game nonetheless.

Bass_X0

#41

Bass_X0 said:

Just released for PAL.

Well, at least the NES Donkey Kongs will darken the VC's releases no more. Unless they give out Donkey Kong Classics for free to those people who have downloaded Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr.

slangman

#42

slangman said:

Looks.. alright. But I would prefer to play the arcade version rather than the outdated NES port. But even then I can live without this game.

thegreatboxcar

#46

thegreatboxcar said:

Just really played fo the first time scinse I bought it. I got to round 11. It got harder after round 8. A lot more bugs coming at you. Does the game end at level 18? Or is it like Mario Bros. that goes to phase 99? A lot of people saying there are 18 Levels. Just wondeing if it starts over, or just doesn't get harder. Not the best game in the world. But I'll play it from time to time. Also does anyone know why dk2 the return of jumpman isn't on wii vc?

thegreatboxcar

#47

thegreatboxcar said:

Got a high score of over 185,000. I'm liking this game more and more everyday I got to level 14 or 15, not sure. It's very hard to pass levels past 11.I want to get to 18 just to say I've played all the game has to throw at me. Hopefully i don't get burnt out on it before then. That's what happened with Mario Bros. Got a score of 225,000 and have not played much scinse. I never even got to where the ice falls. But I just can't play it anymore for now.

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