(Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Donkey Kong Jr. Math (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

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Join Donkey Kong Jr. for a maths lesson with a difference! In this educational NES game, swing and jump around the stage, collecting numbers and symbols to calculate the correct figure displayed by Donkey Kong.

Put your mathematical skills to the test in single player mode or challenge a friend to a two-player maths race. You can even pester your opponent by grabbing numbers before they do!

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USA USA Version

Posted by Damien McFerran

10 minus 9 equals?

'Edutainment' titles are a strange lot. They're usually poor attempts to shoehorn some 'learning' in videogames, possibly out of fear that games rot the brains of kiddies. Donkey Kong Jr Math is no exception. The game features one player and two player...

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Kevin

#1

Kevin said:

This is one I won't be downloading. One player games loses its appeal after a few times playing it. Two player games can be kinda fun. Definately not worth it.

__Don-Bon

#2

Don-Bon said:

This was a bad attempt at an education game. It was boring and uninteresting.

Mendez

#3

Mendez said:

Why bring ths to the VC? If it's a 20 year old education game, I can hardly see it getting anywhere near Brain Training and Big Brain Academy...

DjinnFighter

#4

DjinnFighter said:

I don't think I will buy this game, but it was way better than the original Donkey Kong Jr.

Very good game for two players, funny to play. But, don't play this alone, B-o-r-i-n-g

Hangover

#5

Hangover said:

Humm... How to gett 72 faster then the other player... 5*9=45 and 4*9=36.. Humm 81... Doh! Im to old for this education.. Mario's Picross is mor Funny!! =P

Bass_X0

#6

Bass_X0 said:

Now they have to release Donkey Kong 3 and all the NES Donkey Kong titles will be available on the Wii. Unless they seriously want to release Donkey Kong Classics as well...

ricketycricket

#7

ricketycricket said:

only reason i'd download this would be to turn it into a drinking game with my friends. now that could be fun. i bet you'd be doing some fuzzy math after a couple rounds

deggs

#8

deggs said:

i had a version of this game (or a knock off i guess) for commadore 64 as a kid. it's fun (if it's the same game). woth 500 points? maybe not but I'm still gettin it...

Mendez

#9

Mendez said:

1*? It must be terrible then!
It really annoys me when they could be releasing classics and they release these piles of crap instead!

__mario/zelda_fan

#10

mario/zelda_fan said:

i agree with Mendez, why would they give us this garbage when they could be giving us the the good stuff. I guess it's so all games get out there....or something.

But back to the topic, I would never download this game for four reasons.
1. It's boring and i don't get it
2. Because it's a wast of my points
3. It's a wast of my space for other games
4. If I wanted to play it I could play it on the game Cube Animal Crossing.

__Felix

#11

Felix said:

I had it as a kid... Never understand what was the point of the game and how to play it... xD It sucked, indeed

__Shivelamouse

#13

Shivelamouse said:

This game is aimed at a demographic that ISN'T 18-25 or 15-17. It's aimed at a much younger demograph, IE little kids. Some parents bought the Wii with the intentions of having their LITTLE kiddies play it, and for some this may be a worthwhile addition to the library.

#14

said:

I played it for the first time a couple of years back on Animal Crossing, IT IS SO RUBBISH!

SKTTR

#15

SKTTR said:

A game where two apes must do maths and grab numbers.
There is also a math training mode for one ape.
Everyone who is an ape at maths GO GET IT!!!
NOW! IT'S THAT GOOD! GRAPHICS LIKE NO OTHER! APE SOUNDS! INTERLACE MODE! 2 PLAYER! 500 WII POINTS! DK! DONKEY KONG!

(For MathFreaks and RopeClimbingLovers only!)

__Jade Louise

#17

Jade Louise said:

Releasing this on the VC is pointless. Its not aimed at kids as they will not even know what a NES is. It was aimed at kids at the time but this re-release is pure nostagia. When I was 5 back in 1988 I remember this playing in Toy & Hobby in Wigan. They had a NES demo deck with 12 games to choose from. I played this for about 2 mins before calling it boring quiting and playing and then getting my Grandad to buy Kung Fu instead.

__NintendoFan1985

#18

NintendoFan1985 said:

Not worth 500 points. Obviously, it's a math game. The only difference is that it has Donkey Kong Jr. You'd have more fun watching paint dry.

DazzaAdmin

#20

Dazza said:

Maybe we should add a zero star option just for this game? lol

__omaley

#21

omaley said:

Is this there idea of good games? Come one Nintendo get the good stuff out D:

__Darkness Deku

#23

Darkness Deku said:

Wow! When I saw this game online I couldn't stop laughing! This had to be chosen as a joke. But I can't really rate this game because I only played it once a long time ago.

CastlevaniaTest

#24

CastlevaniaTest said:

In my opinion, you should only buy this game for the multiplayer, for two reasons:

1. Calculate mode can be played with just one player, but, of course, Player 2 doesn't move, so guess what? You always win! Sure, maybe if you die enough times, P2 will win (I haven't checked), but even if you think it's brain training to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers until they reach a certain number, it's dreadfully boring in this game and you'd prefer doing it in your head.

2. Practice mode can be played without having to boot up the game. Just take out a sheet of paper, write down a math equation, answer it, and check it on a calculator. If you get it right, scream "I WIN 50 POINTS!!!!" at the top of your lungs. That's Practice mode for you. The last step is optional.

The two-player mode is the only thing that gives this game any depth, and even then there are much, much better two-player competitive games you can buy with 500 points.

Do I even need to say it? One star.

chiefeagle02

#25

chiefeagle02 said:

Releasing a game to fill quota is shameful enough...but to scrape the bottom of the barrel in order to do so?

StarSoldier1

#26

StarSoldier1 said:

I didn't think the game was all that bad since I thought the one player mode was challenging.

Boredom_v2_2

#27

Boredom_v2_2 said:

You can actually get this game for free if you have Animal Crossing for Gamecube. In fact for those who don't know, the following NES games are in Animal Crossing:

Donkey Kong
DKJR.
DKJR. Math
Wario's Woods
Excitebike
Balloon Fight
Cluclu Land
Golf
Tennis
Baseball
Punch out (not 100% sure about this one)

and i think that's it. Animal Crossing for Gamecube is still in stores for only $19.99!

__Garland Russell

#28

Garland Russell said:

Ugh. Who in the world would want to buy this? It's lame, terrible, & will bore people of this very quickly.

__Denivire

#30

Denivire said:

I think it was only put up there to make parents happy that you can learn from games... way to save your behinds with that one Nintendo!
Too bad no one will get it.

deadbattery

#32

deadbattery said:

Ah, those clever minds at Nintendo - releasing this abomination in September to coincide with the start of the school year! After all, NO ONE cares about games like Super Mario RPG and Zelda: Majora's Mask, but what we DO want is a bland "edutainment" title released solely as an excuse to disprove rumors that "all Nintendo games are uneducational." Math and classic Nintendo games go together as well as fat men and bicycle pants.

And yes, I've played the game in Animal Crossing. My favorite parts were the "long division" segments: they consisted of climbing a rope quickly with NO MATH INVOLVED. Pretty educational.

WaddleWave

#34

WaddleWave said:

Things that are better than $5 on this:
watching paint dry, watching grass grow, watching public broadcast, watching LifeTime network, getting a BA degree, picking up the phone, getting up from your chair, jumping, waving...in fact... a calculator is more fun than that...and it works faster.

MasterMario

#35

MasterMario said:

Bad game.It will entertain you for 10 minutes, then the fun stops.

Edit: I was wrong. It entertains you for less than 5 minutes, and then the fun stops.

Bass_X0

#37

Bass_X0 said:

@ juhok
Back when the game was originally made? A cash-in on a well known series.
Putting it on the VC now? Its a game available to them to put on the VC but they won't be expecting many downloads. VC doesn't distinguish between good and bad games.

WaddleWave

#38

WaddleWave said:

@Wolf- There really should be a zero star option...for games this bad!... I mean...head over to Cruis'n USA, the same DAMO gave it... 1 star, a N64 game, dunno if this two games are the same! Maybe you learn to Math in Cruis'n USA and the driving is awful in Jr.MATH.

WaddleWave

#39

WaddleWave said:

LMAO!! Did you guys saw what does it says at the end of the video!? My sides hurts from laughing! Totally unexpected! I've never got the courage to click the video before...who the heck needs a video of that anyhow!?...Still LMAO!!

Bass_X0

#42

Bass_X0 said:

Is getting it in Gamecube Animal Crossing technically spending money on it?

slangman

#43

slangman said:

I unlocked this in Animal Crossing, then i played it to see what the fuss was about, all i found was a very basic maths game where you get the right numbers by climbing ropes. Got bored after 5 mins playing and never touched this game after that. Who would have thought maths would be so boring?

That my friends is the quality of DK Jr Math. In other words don't bother wasting your 500 Points.

Ricardo91

#44

Ricardo91 said:

I got this game as a Christmas present in Animal Crossing, and It's complete garbage. It's a very basic math game, and I didn't even know what I was doing as I played it. I just jumped up and grabbed random numbers. I got a good amount of bells off it though ;)
Stupid deer! Why couldn't you have given me a GOOD game like Clu Clu Land or Wario's Woods!? 1 star indeed.

Ricardo91

#45

Ricardo91 said:

Whoa, the video even warns you not to buy this game. That's pretty bad. And funny! :D Honestly, the only reason anyone would spend 500 pts on this embarrassment is if they were gifting it to someone as a joke.

bladesosteel99baby

#46

bladesosteel99baby said:

even though its 20 years old, this game still makes brain age look like total crap. its brilliant math quizes allow you to improve your math while still having a blast. in my opinion, donky knog 64 was good, but the additional math component wittnessesd in this game makes it the finest of the series. cinco estrellas!

Mipsymoodle

#49

Mipsymoodle said:

this is just a joke on the virtual console customers, there are so many f***in games to put out and this is what nintendo gave us, 1/5, id give it a 0 but its not an option, TOP 20 WORST GAMES IN THE HISTORY OF GAMING

DazzaAdmin

#51

Dazza said:

Did they make a 'Urban Champion Does Math' that I never heard about? :D

William

#52

William said:

I would like to see the Angry Video Game Nerd cover this. He would get quite venomus!

Sombody tell him!

BleachFan

#53

BleachFan said:

I'll admit, when I first saw this game, I laughed. There's no way a game like this could be good, even if it does say "Donkey Kong" in the title.

Bensei

#54

Bensei said:

Well, I really liked that game, but also, I didn't buy it alone. I got it with Animal Crossing.

Beau_Skunk

#56

Beau_Skunk said:

While most gamers may dismiss this title, the game acctually would be nice to have if you're grown-up, and have children of your own. (My sister has kids.) It could get them used to math. Nothing like tricking kids into learning with a video game.
;) So it's not a complete loss. So, I'll be more forgiving and give this 2 stars.

MarkyVigoroth

#58

MarkyVigoroth said:

Though I never played this, I can imagine parents giving this a high rating in their "Educational Games" sites due to its educational value, even though this site says otherwise. (Consumer Reports really knows what they are doing; they actually employ kids to test kid-oriented products!) But still, there are (normal) people who like this simply because their tastes are different from ours.

By the way, this game would be much too easy for me; I already know 95% of my precalculus book due to the Algebra 2 and Trigonometry courses in my last school.

Mendez-san: "It really annoys me when they could be releasing classics and they release these piles of __ instead!"
Actually, I bet Dk Jr. Math is supposed to be a classic. I can see VC as a parallel to the Trophies in Super Smash Bros. Melee/Brawl. (In other words, the trophies tell you, while VC shows you.)

deadbattery-san:"Ah, those clever minds at Nintendo - releasing this abomination in September to coincide with the start of the school year!"
I can see the connection with an educational game being released at the start of a school year.

P.S. If there is an educational game I would buy, it might be Mario's Preschool Years, since I had that game when I was really young, yet I am not sure if that game was the one I played. All I know is that it was Mario-themed (and a few other details...).

#60

said:

Total Recall is such a joke! Hahahaha! I remember playing that at my friends house. You fight those hobos in the alleys, or wierd agents with guns. How pointless! Pretty comical stuff though when you stop and think about it.

CorbsAdmin

#62

Corbs said:

My grandmother accidentally bought this for me for my birthday instead of the regular Donkey Kong Jr. I wanted. Luckily the store manager was nice enough to exchange it for me. Thankfully! :P

Bass_X0

#63

Bass_X0 said:

What with all these Brain Training type games around now, I'd kinda like to see a "Donkey Kong Jr. Maths 2" on Wii, WiiWare or DS. Would be interesting I think.

Divock

#64

Divock said:

Yeah...no...if you really...really...REALLY...must have this game, just get Animal Crossing.

cheeseman

#65

cheeseman said:

Why does nintendo give us this crap when they could be giving us Super Smash Bros. or Majora's Mask!

Bass_X0

#66

Bass_X0 said:

because they know that whenever they do release smash bros or majora's mask that it will sell. whereas crap games like these won't sell much at all so get put on the shop early.

Ferret75

#68

Ferret75 said:

Well, the game is bad, but its' not horrible.

I got it since I remembered playing it on AC and thought it was kinda neat.
It actually is a little fun to play with friends, although the fact that the computer doesn't even exist is a joke.

supermetroid

#70

supermetroid said:

this game was brought to the VC by same guy ( Reggie ) who wouldn't release earthbound on the VC..

Klapaucius

#73

Klapaucius said:

Its not much on your own, but with two players this becomes pretty fun, I think. A mad rush to get to the numbers before the other player.

wiiwareaddict

#75

wiiwareaddict said:

I wasted my 500 points reimbursed from the shop channel on this because I thought it would be a good educational game for my kids.Should have gone with my gut instinct and downloaded Pac man instead. :( 3/10

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