Also Known As
Donkey Kong Junior
Number of Players
1 (Single Player)
Release Date


  • US Jun 1986
  • EU 15th Jun 1987

Wii (Wii Shop)

  • EU 22nd Dec 2006, 500 points
  • US 4th Dec 2006, 500 points
  • JP 2nd Dec 2006, 500 points

3DS (3DS eShop)

  • JP 18th Apr 2012, ¥500
  • US 14th Jun 2012, $4.99
  • EU 23rd Aug 2012, £4.50

Wii U (Wii U eShop)

  • EU 26th Apr 2013, £3.49
  • US 26th Apr 2013, $4.99
  • JP 15th Jul 2013, ¥500

Nintendo Switch Online (Subscription)

  • Available Now
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  • Review Donkey Kong Jr. (Wii U eShop / NES)

    Son of a Kong

    We recently reported that a Mr. Mike Kasper set the new world record with his high score on an original Donkey Kong Jr. arcade cabinet. Now, all thanks to the recent official Wii U Virtual Console going live, Wii U owners can save their quarters and work on their Donkey Kong Jr. high scores right from the comfort of their own homes in...

  • Review Donkey Kong Jr. (3DS eShop / NES)

    Defeat the villainous Mario!

    Donkey Kong Jr. was the inevitable sequel to the massively popular arcade smash Donkey Kong. Surprisingly — and rewardingly — it inverted the formula, casting Mario as the villain to be defeated, and Donkey Kong's diaper-clad son as the avenging hero. Is there any wonder Nintendo released this one just in time for...

  • Review Donkey Kong Jr. (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

    Donkey Kong has finally been captured by Mario!

    Donkey Kong is one of Nintendo's quintessential characters; pre-dating even the illustrious Mario as a video game lead, the goofy simian was enthralling arcade-goers the world over during the early '80s. However, once the Italian plumber decided to star in his own game, Donkey Kong's appeal started to...

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Donkey Kong Jr. Guides

  • Guide Best First-Party NES Games

    Nintendo-developed NES games, as ranked by you

    Looking for a list of Nintendo's first-party NES games? Wonder what the best first-party NES game is? You've come to the right guide. Our ranked list of the Top 50 Best NES Games Ever covers every game on the system, but here we're looking specifically at Nintendo-developed NES games released in the...

Donkey Kong Jr. News

About The Game

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.