List of Donkey Kong video games

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Donkey Kong for the Game & Watch series

Donkey Kong is a video game series created by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. It is published by Nintendo, with entries in the series developed by Nintendo, Rare, Namco, Retro Studios, and Paon. The series debuted in 1981 with the arcade game Donkey Kong, which was a sales success that brought Nintendo into the North American market.[1] Most Donkey Kong games have either been arcade games or released for Nintendo consoles and handhelds dating from the Nintendo Entertainment System to the current generation of video game consoles. However, some of the original arcade games were ported into versions on third-party home consoles and developed by several companies. Donkey Kong is among the best-selling video game franchises, with more than 48 million games sold worldwide.[2]

Most of the games in the franchise are platform games, although the series also includes other genres such as racing and rhythm games. The franchise centers on the anthropomorphic gorilla Donkey Kong and his family, who are usually the series's protagonists. Many of the Donkey Kong games use supporting characters throughout gameplay, allowing the player to control different members of the family.[1] The success of the series is commonly placed on its technical innovation and entertaining platforming sequences.[1]

Arcade games[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[3]
  • JP 1981
  • NA July 1981
Release years by system:
1981 – Arcade, Atari 2600[3][4]

1982 – Intellivision, ColecoVision, Tabletop miniarcade[1][5][6][7]
1983 – Famicom, Commodore 64, Apple II, PC, TI-99, Atari 8-bit[1][8][9][10][11][12]
1985 – Nintendo Entertainment System[1][8]
1986 – Amstrad CPC[13]
1988 – Atari 7800, Famicom Disk System[14][15]
2002 – Nintendo e-Reader[16]
2004 – Game Boy Advance[17]
2006 – Wii Virtual Console[18]

Notes:
  • The arcade version was developed by Nintendo.
  • Shigeru Miyamoto created it to replace the failed arcade game Radar Scope and to keep Nintendo afloat as a company.[1]
  • Donkey Kong was a huge success and sold thousands of cabinets.[1]
  • The game introduced both Jumpman (now known as Mario) and Donkey Kong, two of Nintendo's most successful characters.[1]
  • It was re-released in a number of home console versions, most of which were not developed by Nintendo, but instead by other third party developers.[1]
  • Most of the home console versions cut at least one of the four levels originally seen in the arcade version.[1]
  • Coleco manufactured the tabletop miniarcade version.[7]



Original release date(s):[1][19]
  • NA July 1982
Release years by system:
1982 – Arcade[1][19]
1983 – Intellivision, Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Tabletop miniarcade[7][20][21][22]
1984 – Atari 800[23]
1986 – Nintendo Entertainment System[24]
1988 – Atari 7800[25]
2002 – Nintendo e-Reader[26]
2006 – Wii Virtual Console[27]
Notes:
  • The arcade version was developed by Nintendo.
  • Donkey Kong Junior is the sequel to the first Donkey Kong arcade game.[1]
  • Jumpman's name was changed to Mario in this title.[28]
  • Mario also became the antagonist in Junior rather than retain his role as the protagonist from the first game.[1]
  • The game was re-released in a number of home console versions similar to the extent of the original Donkey Kong by third-party developers.[1]
  • Coleco and Nintendo manufactured the tabletop miniarcade version.[7]



Original release date(s):[1]
Release years by system:
1983 – Arcade[1]
1984 – Nintendo Entertainment System[1]
2003 – Nintendo e-Reader[29]
2008 – Wii Virtual Console[30]
Notes:
  • The arcade version was developed by Nintendo.
  • Instead of Mario, the player controls Stanley, who has to shoot Donkey Kong from below with pesticide in order to drive him away from his garden.[1]
  • The game is a shooting game instead of a platform game like the previous Donkey Kong games.[1]


Donkey Kong Jungle Fever

Original release date(s):[31]
Release years by system:
2005 – Arcade[31]
Notes:


Home console games[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[32]
  • JP December 12, 1983
  • NA October 1985
  • PAL 1986
Release years by system:
1983 – Nintendo Entertainment System[32]
2007 – Wii Virtual Console[33]
Notes:
  • Nintendo developed the title.
  • The game has two modes: one is a two-player mode in which the objective is to add numbers up to what Donkey Kong is holding, and the other is a single-player mode in which the player must solve algebraic equations.[1]



Original release date(s):[34]
  • JP November 26, 1994
  • NA November 25, 1994
  • PAL November 24, 1994
Release years by system:
1994 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[34]
2000 – Game Boy Color[35]
2003 – Game Boy Advance[36]
2006 – Wii Virtual Console[37]
Notes:
  • The game is the first in the series developed by Rare.[1]
  • It sold over eight million cartridges.[1]



Original release date(s):[38]
  • JP November 21, 1995
  • NA November 20, 1995
  • PAL December 14, 1995
Release years by system:
1995 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[38]
2004 – Game Boy Advance[39]
2007 – Wii Virtual Console[40]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[41]
  • JP November 23, 1996
  • NA November 22, 1996
  • PAL December 19, 1996
Release years by system:
1996 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[41]
2005 – Game Boy Advance[42]
2007 – Wii Virtual Console[43]
Notes:
  • The game was developed by Rare.[43]
  • Sales were lower due to the release of the Nintendo 64 system two months before the game's release.[43]



Original release date(s):[44]
  • JP November 21, 1997
  • NA November 24, 1997
  • PAL November 21, 1997
Release years by system:
1997 – Nintendo 64[44]
2007 – Nintendo DS[45]
Notes:
  • Rare developed the title.[44]
  • Rare inserted two playable characters from their other games that were still in development: Banjo and Conker.[45]
  • It was later re-released for the Nintendo DS as Diddy Kong Racing DS with extra content.[45]



Original release date(s):[46]
  • JP December 10, 1999
  • NA October 31, 1999
  • PAL December 6, 1999
Release years by system:
1999 – Nintendo 64[46]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[48]
  • JP December 12, 2003
  • NA September 27, 2004
  • PAL October 15, 2004
Release years by system:
2004 – Nintendo GameCube[48]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[50]
  • JP July 1, 2004
  • NA May 9, 2005
  • PAL June 3, 2005
Release years by system:
2004 – Nintendo GameCube[48]
Notes:
  • Namco developed the title.[51]
  • Copies of the game came packaged with a conga peripheral.[50]
  • It plays similar to its predecessor, but features a different track list.[51]



Original release date(s):[52]
  • JP December 16, 2004
  • NA March 14, 2005
  • PAL February 4, 2005
Release years by system:
2004 – Nintendo GameCube[52]
2009 – Wii[53]
Notes:
  • The game was developed by Nintendo EAD.[54]
  • Players can control the game with a conga peripheral[54]
  • Some copies of the game came packaged with the conga peripheral.[52]
  • It was later re-released for the Wii with New Play Control! and widescreen support.



Original release date(s):[55]
  • JP March 17, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 – Nintendo GameCube[55]
Notes:
  • Namco developed the game.[56]
  • It was released exclusively in Japan.[55]



Original release date(s):[57]
  • JP June 28, 2007
  • NA October 8, 2007
  • EU February 8, 2007
Release years by system:
2007 – Wii[57]
Notes:
  • The title was developed by Paon.[57]
  • It is a kart-style racing game.
  • The game was originally developed for GameCube and then moved to Wii.[57]



Original release date(s):[58]
  • JP December 9, 2010
  • NA November 21, 2010
  • EU December 3, 2010
Release years by system:
2010 – Wii[58]
2013 - Nintendo 3DS[58]
Notes:
  • The title was developed by Retro Studios.[58]
  • It was re-released on Nintendo 3DS as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.
  • Based on the Donkey Kong Country games that were released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.[59]



Original release date(s):
  • JP February 13, 2014
  • NA February 21, 2014
  • EU February 21, 2014
Release years by system:
2014 – Wii U
Notes:


Portable and handheld games[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[60]
  • NA Early 1980s
Release years by system:
1982 – Game & Watch[61]
1998 – Game Boy Color[62]
2002 – Game Boy Advance[60]
Notes:
  • The handhelds were developed by Nintendo.
  • Three titles, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior, and Donkey Kong 3 were re-released in a scaled down portable form through the Game & Watch series. All three were later re-released in Game Boy and Game Boy Advance Game and Watch compilation games.[60][62]
  • Donkey Kong was released in a dual screen format and Donkey Kong Junior was released in a widescreen format. Both were simplified ports of their original games into the Game & Watch series, and both were released in 1982.[61]
  • Three titles, Donkey Kong II, Donkey Kong Circus and Donkey Kong Hockey, were original titles developed for the Game and Watch series.[63][64]
  • Donkey Kong II, a Game & Watch sequel to Donkey Kong Junior, was released in a wide-screen format in 1983.[61]
  • Donkey Kong Jr., another Game & Watch sequel, was re-released as DSiWare in 2010.[65]



Original release date(s):[66]
  • JP June 14, 1994
  • NA 1994
  • PAL September 24, 1994
Release years by system:
1994 – Game Boy[66]
2011 – Nintendo eShop[67]
Notes:
  • It was developed by Nintendo.
  • The game is loosely based on the original Donkey Kong; it features the first four arcade levels, but from there, features ninety-six more levels and becomes a hybrid between Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., and Super Mario Bros. 2.[1]
  • The game was later re-released for Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console download.



Original release date(s):[68]
  • JP July 27, 1995
  • NA June 1995
  • PAL 1995
Release years by system:
1995 – Game Boy[68]
Notes:
  • Rare developed the game.[1]
  • Donkey Kong Land is a platform game in the vein of Donkey Kong Country.[1]
  • The graphics are enhanced if played via the Super Game Boy.[1]



Original release date(s):[69]
  • JP November 23, 1996
  • NA September 1996
Release years by system:
1996 – Game Boy[69]
Notes:
  • The title was developed by Rare.[69]
  • It was extensively based on Donkey Kong Country 2, but due to the limitations of the Game Boy system, it was missing several features and held radically different level designs.[69]
  • The graphics are enhanced if the player plays via the Super Game Boy.[1]



Original release date(s):[70]
  • NA September 1997
Release years by system:
1997 – Game Boy[70]
Notes:
  • Rare developed the game.[70]
  • The game was extensively based on Donkey Kong Country 3, but lacked the exploration aspects seen in the console game.[1]
  • The graphics are enhanced if the player plays via the Super Game Boy.[1]



Original release date(s):[71]
  • JP June 1, 2004
  • NA May 24, 2004
  • PAL November 19, 2004
Release years by system:
2004 – Game Boy Advance[71]
Notes:
  • The game was developed by Nintendo Software Technology.[72]
  • It is a spiritual successor to the Game Boy version of Donkey Kong, which was a hybrid of the arcade game Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., and Super Mario Bros. 2.[72]



Original release date(s):[73]
  • JP May 19, 2005
  • NA September 19, 2005
  • PAL February 4, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 – Game Boy Advance[73]
Notes:
  • Paon developed the title.[73]
  • The character uses pegs to swing to the end of levels instead of using traditional platforming methods.[74]



Original release date(s):[75]
  • JP April 12, 2007
  • NA September 25, 2006
  • EU March 9, 2007
Release years by system:
2006 – Nintendo DS[75]
Notes:
  • Nintendo developed the title.[75]
  • The game is a sequel to Mario vs. Donkey Kong for the Game Boy Advance.[76]
  • It expanded on the previous game by using touch screen controls.[76]



Original release date(s):[77]
  • JP August 9, 2007
  • NA September 10, 2007
  • EU October 12, 2007
Release years by system:
2006 – Nintendo DS[77]
Notes:
  • The game was developed by Paon.[77]
  • It is the sequel to DK King of Swing.[78]



Original release date(s):[79]
  • JP October 7, 2009
  • NA June 8, 2009
  • EU August 21, 2009
Release years by system:
2009 – DSiWare[79]
Notes:
  • Nintendo developed the title.[79]
  • The game was released exclusively through DSiWare download.[80]
  • The gameplay is similar to that of Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis.[80]



Original release date(s):[81]
  • JP December 2, 2010
  • NA November 14, 2010
  • EU February 4, 2011
Release years by system:
2010 – Nintendo DS[81]
Notes:
  • Nintendo developed the title.



Original release date(s):
  • JP July 24, 2013
  • NA May 9, 2013
  • EU May 9, 2013
Release years by system:
2013 – Nintendo eShop
Notes:
  • Nintendo developed the title.
  • The game was released exclusively through Nintendo eShop download.


Canceled games[edit]

Title Details
Donkey Kong Racing

Cancellation date:[82]
2002
Proposed system release:
GameCube[82]
Notes:
  • The game was developed by Rare.[82]
  • The title was shelved after Rare was acquired by Microsoft.[82]


Title Details
Diddy Kong Pilot

Cancellation date:
2002
Proposed system release:
Game Boy Advance
Notes:

Reworked as Banjo-Pilot


Title Details
Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers

Cancellation date:
2002
Proposed system release:
Game Boy Advance


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