Donkey Kong 3

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Donkey Kong 3
Developer Nintendo R&D 1
Publisher Nintendo
System Arcade, NES, e-Reader, Virtual Console, 3DS Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console
Release Date Arcade
JP July 4, 1984
US June 1986
EU September 15, 1987
US April 21, 2003
Virtual Console
US July 14, 2008
JP July 23, 2008
EU January 9, 2009
AU January 9, 2009
3DS Virtual Console
JP March 27, 2013
US December 5, 2013
EU/AU December 12, 2013
Wii U Virtual Console
US September 26, 2013
EU/AU October 24, 2013
JP November 6, 2013
Gallery GH Gallery
Rating ESRB: E

Donkey Kong 3 is a 1983 arcade game by Nintendo that completes the original Donkey Kong "trilogy". It is a major departure from the preceding games in that it is the first game in the series not to include Mario. Instead the game stars Stanley (because, according to Shigeru Miyamoto, Donkey Kong 3 was designed with Green House in mind). This game led to the demise of the Donkey Kong series until it was revived a decade later with games like Donkey Kong GB and Donkey Kong Country.


The game starred Stanley, who had to battle Donkey Kong and an army of insects with only his spray gun in order to protect the plants of the greenhouse. The game consisted of an endless amount of levels that looped after the initial eleven levels. There were also three different types of levels.


  • A two-player Game & Watch game was released that was loosely based on Donkey Kong 3.
  • Donkey Kong 3 was ported to the NES later in the 80's.
    • This NES version was in turn later ported to 2001's Animal Crossing and the e-Reader in 2003. It was also released for download over the Wii's Virtual Console in July 2008 (for America and Japan) and January 2009 (for Europe and Australia), and for both the 3DS and Wii U Virtual Consoles in 2013.

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