Donkey Kong 3

Platforms: Arcade, NES / Famicom


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Fixed / Flip Screen


Arcade version of Donkey Kong 3
Arcade version of Donkey Kong 3

Donkey Kong 3 is an action game originally released in arcades by Nintendo in 1983 with ports also later released for the Famicom and NES. The game is a departure in style from previous games in the Donkey Kong Series, and instead of Mario (aka Jumpman) it stars Stanley the exterminator attempting to defend against hordes of angry insects!


In the game Donkey Kong is hanging from a pair of vines at near top of the screen; players control Stanley the exterminator who is at the bottom and can jump among the platforms. Stanley is equipped with bug spray and has the goal of forcing Donkey Kong to climb to the very top of the screen by repeatedly using the bug spray. At the start of each round Donkey Kong agitates two bee hives; this causes the bees to swarm down and attempt to sting Stanley. The bug spray can also deter the bees and other insects, but if one catches Stanley a life is lost. On of the vines that Donkey Kong holds on to is a can of super spray; when Donkey Kong is forced up far enough to reach it, the can falls to the ground. If Stanley picks it up he will temporarily be able to fire more rapidly making completing the round easier. Along the ground there are several flowers which insects will attempt to steal from time to time. If they succeed, fewer bonus points are awarded at the end of the round. There are three different platform layouts; once players complete all three, the game repeats with increased difficulty.


Platform: Arcade
Designed and Programmed by: Shigeru Miyamoto
Music by: Hirokazu Tanaka


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Arcade Version

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