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Donkey Kong has finally been captured by Mario! Reverse roles and help his son Junior avoid many dangers to save the giant ape. Here is another smash hit of the early Eighties.

Not long after the successful platform game Donkey Kong, Nintendo released this highly popular sequel in which, for the first and only time, Mario plays the role of the "bad guy". To reflect Junior's abilities, it is now possible to climb vines and drop fruits on your enemies. A precious tip is that it is possible to move much faster by grabbing two vines at the same time.

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User Comments (27)



Bass_X0 said:

I wonder if Donkey Kong 3 or Donkey Kong Jr. Classics will be on the Virtual Console. Not that they are good games, mind. I remember this game on Donkey Kong Classics when I first got my NES all those years ago and I enjoyed it more than Donkey Kong.



Eric said:

I love the Arcade Classic series. These games are great fun to the hardcore oldschool Nintendo gamer.



Clayfrd said:

This is a fun game in small doses, but only spend your points if you really like this game.



mario/zelda_fan said:

Yeah same with dk jr math I'm not wasting my time with this one, for the same reasons as dk jr math. ( if you want to see my reasons go to Donkey Kong Jr. Math, you no the one beside donkey kong jr. my name is mario/zelda_fan )



Jason said:

I agree with both Clayfrd and Eric. They are great to have around when you have an urge to go old school, but they are not at the top of my list.

__Awesome Game!


Awesome Game! said:

My problem with the release of this and Donkey Kong as separate entries is that Nintendo released a value pack called DK Classics which included both DK 1 and Jr - its kind of annoying they double-dipped when porting the titles to the VC.



SKTTR said:

DK Classics isn't showing up as a normal VC download I think.
It's the same thing as Super Mario All-Stars, Tetris&Dr.Mario and other collections. Every piece for piece is coming. Compilations will come when no one will buy it on VC anymore.
I think the best thing to play a big collection of (19) NES games on your Wii is to get Animal Crossing for Gamecube. In the end it's cheaper.
All NES-DK's (DK+DK Jr+DK 3+DK Jr Math) included.



chiefeagle02 said:

The second cartridge I had ever owned for the NES was "Donkey Kong Classics" (after the SMB/Duck Hunt cartridge). I am glad to see DK and DKJr on the VC, but it is lame that they're sold separately. Eh, that's Ninteconomics for you.



Clayfrd said:

I haven't played this game in a while, but I still must say it is satisfying to play through every now and then to take out an animal or two with a fruit. Despite that, I can't give it more than 2 stars.



GameGod3008 said:

If you're a fan of the Donkey Kong Games, you will enjoy this to some extent. Otherwise avoid as it's short and occassionally repetitive. Even for DK fans, you may not enjoy it that much. Despite this, it's still fun, even for a short while, just don't expect too much out of it.



Ricardo91 said:

This game was/is fun as an E-reader pack-in game, but I don't see how anyone would download it for $5. 3/5



Beau_Skunk said:

Sometimes I like playing this more then the original DK game. As a kid I used to love renting the "Donkey Kong Classics" combo NES game. (Wich featured both DK & DK Jr. squeezed into one game cartridge.) So this was always a childhood favorite. I can't say for sure if people who grew up with more complex games will appreciate it as much as I, but it's a nice piece of Nintendo history.
Don't let the "Jr." in the title fool you, this isn't an easier version of DK, but a proper sequal to the original smash arcade game.
Plus it's the onley game with Mario as the "bad guy."

I always felt like they should of made a modernized DK Jr. remake game like the old Gameboy Donkey Kong '94 & Mario VS DK games.



Cally said:

What I don't understand is why Mario keeps Donkey Kong around. I mean, Donkey Kong wanted the princess, but what does Mario want with DK?

Yeah this is almost as fun as Donkey Kong. Similar goals but plays totally differently. Like DK, classic but can be beaten in five minutes--a buck a minute.



TRON said:

DK Jr. as well as DK (even with a level missing) are good games for old school arcade fun. Sort of like every other game at the time (pacman, frogger, etc.) these games are about high scores. I would rate them a 5 if the VC actually had a leader board system, but it's hard to fault that limitation on these games since that was a problem with these as a home release in general. Still fun as nostalgia though.



Betagam7 said:

interesting that Mario apparently dies (see the halo) at the end of the NES version as opposed to just getting booted off the screen in the arcade version.



Bass_X0 said:

But how long do you have to play for until you're good enough to be able to beat it in five minutes? Quite a while I should imagine. Its pretty easy to make mistakes.



Ferret75 said:

I really like the first three Donkey Kong games actually.

To me, it goes:
DK3 > DKJr > DK

Also, Mario is an evil person. =P

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