Donkey Kong 3

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Donkey Kong 3
Dk3 arcade.jpg
European arcade flyer
Developer(s)Nintendo R&D1
Director(s)Shigeru Miyamoto
Producer(s)Gunpei Yokoi
Composer(s)Hirokazu Tanaka
SeriesDonkey Kong
    • JP: October 1983
    • NA: 1983
    • EU: 1983
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
CPUZilog Z80
Sound2x Ricoh 2A03
Display224 x 256 raster graphics

Donkey Kong 3[a] is the third video game in the original Donkey Kong series by Nintendo. It was released near simultaneously for the arcades and Family Computer, and later released in America on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986. The game was re-released on the Wii Virtual Console in North America on July 14, 2008 and in Europe on January 9, 2009. The gameplay departs from previous Donkey Kong games.[1]


Stanley is a bugman. Donkey Kong has taken refuge in his greenhouse and it is now up to Stanley to stop the ape from stirring up any more insects that will soon destroy his flowers. Stanley saves the flowers by spraying bug spray on Donkey Kong.[2]


Arcade screenshot

Donkey Kong hangs from vines at the center of the screen, and the player-controlled Stanley the exterminator runs and jumps on platforms beneath him. Stanley can fire bug spray at both Donkey Kong and insects flying around the levels. A level is completed by continually using bug spray on Donkey Kong, forcing him to the top of the screen, or by killing all of the bugs. A super spray can on the vines falls down when Donkey Kong is sprayed past it. The super spray only lasts for a limited amount of time, but it pushes Donkey Kong upward at a much faster rate, making it easier to complete the level. It only spawns at the start of each life.

The insects are Buzzbees, Beespies, queen bees (which shatter into deadly pieces when destroyed), Creepy Caterpillars, butterflies, beetles, moths, Beebombs and vine eaters. Some of the flying insects attempt to pick up the flowers at the bottom of the screen and carry them away. Lost flowers decrease the bonus at the end of the round.

There are three levels which repeat in a fixed sequence.


Computer and Video Games said that the game's "fast action and superior sound effects" made Donkey Kong 3 a "sure hit" in arcades.[2]

IGN gave the Virtual Console version a 6.0 out of 10, describing it as a "radical departure" from the previous Donkey Kong games, calling it "repetitive."[3]


Game & Watch Donkey Kong 3

A VS. series Game & Watch version of the arcade game has different gameplay. In this version, player one controls Stanley the Bugman and computer player (or player two) controls Donkey Kong in a duel against each other using exterminating spray cans to move the bees to the other side of them to make the bees sting their opponents. Players can only hold up to three amounts of spraying liquid in their spray cans. On one player mode, the higher player one as Stanley scores, the faster the spraying liquid on the side of computer player as Donkey Kong drops. A version of this game was included in Game & Watch Gallery 4 for the Game Boy Advance, but featuring Mario in place of Stanley and a Boo and a Fireball in place of the bees.

The NES version of Donkey Kong 3 was released on the Wii Virtual Console, 3DS Virtual Console and Wii U Virtual Console,[4][4][4] whilst the arcade version was released on the Nintendo Switch eShop as part of Hamster's Arcade Archives series.


In 1984, Hudson Soft developed a semi-sequel for the Japanese-only NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-6601, Sharp X1 and FM-7 titled Donkey Kong 3: The Great Counterattack.[b][5][6] This game is significantly different from the original. While the object to shoot Donkey Kong up in the air remains, it features 20 new outdoor backgrounds such as a bridge, Planet Saturn, a desert, a pyramid or a highway. After the player has completed the 20th stage, the game loops back at stage 21. Stanley can only move from left to right and is no longer able to jump.

For decades, Donkey Kong 3: The Great Counterattack was inaccessible to the video game community outside of Japan. In December 2017, a rare copy of the Sharp X1 version was bought by video game enthusiasts at a Yahoo! Auctions online auction. In February 2018, it was made available to the world via emulation.[5]


  1. ^ Japanese: ドンキーコング3 Hepburn: Donkī Kongu Surī
  2. ^ Japanese: ドンキーコング3 大逆襲 Hepburn: Donkī Kongu Surī Dai Gyakushū


  1. ^ Donkey Kong 3 VC Reviews
  2. ^ a b "Donkey Kong Swings Back." Computer and Video Games. February 1984. p. 50.
  3. ^ "IGN Donkey Kong 3 VC review". Archived from the original on August 13, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c "Nintendo - Official Site - Video Game Consoles, Games".
  5. ^ a b "You Can Finally Play A Long-Lost Donkey Kong Game". Kotaku.
  6. ^ "Oh!FM-7:ドンキーコング3 大逆襲(ハドソンソフト)".

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