Number of Players
1 (Single Player)
Release Date

Wii (Wii Shop)

  • US 14th Jul 2008, 500 points
  • EU 9th Jan 2009, 500 points
  • JP 23rd Jul 2008, 500 points

3DS (3DS eShop)

  • JP 27th Mar 2013, ¥500

Wii U eShop

  • US 26th Sep 2013, $4.99
  • EU 24th Oct 2013, £3.49

Wii U (Wii U eShop)

  • JP 6th Nov 2013, ¥500

3DS eShop

  • US 5th Dec 2013, $4.99
  • EU 12th Dec 2013, £4.49

Nintendo Switch Online (Subscription)

  • Available Now
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  • Review Donkey Kong 3 (3DS eShop / NES)

    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 graciously sharing the spotlight with his little sister. It should come as...

  • Review Donkey Kong 3 (Wii U eShop / NES)

    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 a third game after that. While the next logical next might have been to allow you...

  • Review Donkey Kong 3 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

    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 Mario went on to international stardom. Donkey Kong 3 started out life in the arcades...

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About The Game

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.