Donkey Kong Collection

Donkey Kong is a series of video games featuring the adventures of a gorilla called Donkey Kong, conceived by Shigeru Miyamoto in 1981. The franchise consists mainly of two game genres, but also includes additional spin-off titles of various genres.

The games of the first genre are mostly single-screen platform/action puzzle types, featuring Donkey Kong as the opponent in an industrial construction setting. Donkey Kong first made his appearance in the 1981 arcade machine called Donkey Kong, in which he faced Jumpman (Mario), now Nintendo's flagship character. This game was also the first appearance of Mario, pre-dating the well-known Super Mario Bros. by four years. In 1994, the series was revived as the Donkey Kong Country series, featuring Donkey Kong and his clan of other apes as protagonists in their native jungle setting versus a variety of anthropomorphic enemies, usually against the Kremlings, a clan of crocodiles, and their leader King K. Rool. These are side-scrolling platform games. Titles outside these two genres have included rhythm games (Donkey Konga), racing games (Diddy Kong Racing), and edutainment (Donkey Kong Jr. Math).

A hallmark of the Donkey Kong franchise is barrels, which the Kongs use as weapons, vehicles, furniture, and lodging. The Donkey Kong character is highly recognizable and very popular; the franchise has sold over 40 million units worldwide.

Release timeline
1981 Donkey Kong
1982 Donkey Kong Jr.
1983 Donkey Kong II
Donkey Kong 3
Donkey Kong Jr. Math
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988 Donkey Kong Classics (NES)
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994 Donkey Kong (GB)
Donkey Kong Country
1995 Donkey Kong Land
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
1996 Donkey Kong Land 2
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
1997 Donkey Kong Land III
Diddy Kong Racing
1998
1999 Donkey Kong 64
2000
2001
2002
2003 Donkey Konga
2004 Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Donkey Konga 2
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
2005 Donkey Konga 3
DK: King of Swing
2006 Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
2007 Diddy Kong Racing DS
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
DK: Jungle Climber
2008
2009 Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
2010 Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!
Donkey Kong Country Returns
2011
2012
2013 Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
2014 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
2015 Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
 Donkey Kong
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Donkey Kong series logo
Genre(s)
Developer(s)
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Creator(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Composer(s) David Wise
Platform(s)
First release Donkey Kong
July 9, 1981
Latest release Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
May 3, 2018
Spin-offs

 Donkey Kong Jr
Donkey Kong Jr. arcade promotional flier.jpg
North American arcade flier
Developer(s) Nintendo R&D1, Iwasaki Engineering (Arcade)
Nintendo R&D2 (NES)
Atari, Inc.
Coleco
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Atari, Inc.
Coleco
Hamster (Arcade Archives)
Director(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Producer(s) Gunpei Yokoi
Artist(s) Shigeru Miyamoto[1]
Yoshio Sakamoto[1]
Composer(s) Yukio Kaneoka[2]
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s)
Release
    • JP: August 1982
    • NA: 1982
    • EU: 1982
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player, 2 player alternating
Cabinet Upright
CPU 1 × Z80 @ 3.072 MHz
Sound I8035 @ 400 kHz
DAC @ 400 kHz
Display Raster, 224 × 256, vertical orientation
 Donkey Kong Jr. is a 1982 platform game that was released by Nintendo. It is the sequel to Donkey Kong, but with the roles reversed compared to its predecessor: Mario (renamed from "Jumpman") is now the villain and Donkey Kong Junior is trying to rescue his father. It first appeared in arcades and, over the course of the 1980s, was released for a variety of home platforms. The game's title is written out as Donkey Kong Junior in the North American arcade version and various ports to non-Nintendo systems.

 Donkey Kong II
 Donkey Kong II which is like Donkey Kong Jr. was developed by Nintendo R&D1 and released as part of the Game & Watch Multi Screen series, featuring two LCD screens. It was released in 1983. Donkey Kong Jr. has to touch a key, then it moves up to the top screen. Donkey Kong Jr. has to climb to the top screen while avoiding things such as electrical wires, crocodiles & birds. When he gets to the top screen, Donkey Kong Jr. will have to touch the key again, and it will move to next to a keyhole below one of the chains. Donkey Kong Jr has to climb up the rope below the keyhole, while avoiding birds. When he gets to the top of the rope, one of the chains will unlock. He has to do this 4 times until he saves Donkey Kong. After that, the game will start over, at a somewhat faster pace.

 Donkey Kong 3
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European arcade flyer
Developer(s) Nintendo R&D1
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Producer(s) Gunpei Yokoi
Composer(s) Hirokazu Tanaka
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Arcade
Famicom/NES
Release
    • JP: October 1983
    • NA: 1983
    • EU: 1983
Genre(s) Shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Cabinet Upright
CPU Zilog Z80
Sound 2x Ricoh 2A03
Display 224 x 256 raster graphics

 Donkey Kong Jr. Math
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European box art
Developer(s) Nintendo Research & Development 2
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System
Release
  • JP: December 12, 1983
  • NA: June 1986[1]
  • EU: July 10, 1986
Genre(s) Edutainment, platforming
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 

 Donkey Kong Country
North American box art
North American box art
Developer(s) Rare
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s)
Designer(s) Gregg Mayles
Programmer(s) Chris Sutherland
Artist(s)
Writer(s)
Composer(s)
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s)
Release
  • SNES
    • UK: 18 November 1994[1]
    • NA: 21 November 1994
    • EU: 24 November 1994
    • JP: 26 November 1994
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 Donkey Kong Land
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North American box art
Developer(s) Rare
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Andrew Collard
Programmer(s) Paul Machacek
Composer(s) David Wise
Graeme Norgate
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Game Boy
Release
  • NA: June 26, 1995
  • EU: August 24, 1995
Genre(s) Platforming
Mode(s) Single-player

Donkey Kong Land is a platform video game for the Game Boy developed by Rare and published by Nintendo. It was first released in June 1995 and later for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2014. The game is the portable sequel of the home console title, Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, which spawned its own series alongside the main series. Donkey Kong Land was enhanced for the Super Game Boy and featured a "banana yellow" cartridge which was later used for its sequels. Many of the games backgrounds elements, character models, and sound effects were directly ported from the Super NES version onto the Game Boy[citation needed], retaining the same style as the original. Despite sharing common level themes, the level design and story for each game are different

 

 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest 
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North American SNES box art
Developer(s) Rare
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Tim Stamper
Producer(s) Gregg Mayles
Designer(s) Gregg Mayles
Andrew Collard
Programmer(s) Chris Sutherland[1]
Artist(s) Steve Mayles
Mark Stevenson
Adrian Smith
Composer(s) David Wise
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) SNES
Game Boy Advance
Release
Genre(s) Platformer
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 Donkey Kong Land 2
Donkey Kong Land 2 Coverart.jpg
North American box art
Developer(s) Rare
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Lee Schuneman
Programmer(s) Robert Harrison
Artist(s) Keri Gunn
Dean Smith
Composer(s) Grant Kirkhope[a]
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Game Boy
Release
  • NA: September 23, 1996[1]
  • EU: November 28, 1996
Genre(s) Platforming
Mode(s) Single-player

 Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
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North American box art
Developer(s) Rare
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Tim Stamper[1]
Producer(s) Andrew Collard[1]
Designer(s) Andrew Collard[1]
Paul Weaver[1]
Artist(s) Mark Stevenson[1]
Neil Crook[1]
Composer(s) Eveline Fischer[1]
David Wise[1]
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) SNES
Game Boy Advance
Release
Genre(s) Platformer
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 Donkey Kong Land III 
Donkey Kong Land III Coverart.jpg
North American box art
Developer(s) Rare
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Gary Richards
Huw Ward
Writer(s) Leigh Loveday
Composer(s) Eveline Fischer
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Game Boy, Game Boy Color, 3DS Virtual Console
Release Game Boy
  • NA: October 27, 1997[2]
  • EU: October 30, 1997[1]
Game Boy Color
  • JP: January 28, 2000[1]
3DS Virtual Console
  • JP: May 7, 2014 (GBC)
  • PAL: October 30, 2014 (GB)
  • NA: February 26, 2015 (GB)
Genre(s) Platforming
Mode(s) Single-player

 Diddy Kong Racing
Cover art depicting Diddy Kong, Tiptup the Turtle, Timber the Tiger and Wizpig
North American cover art
Developer(s) Rare
Publisher(s) Rare
Nintendo (Nintendo DS)
Director(s) Lee Schuneman
Producer(s) Chris Stamper
Artist(s) Kevin Bayliss
Composer(s) David Wise
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS
Release
  • Nintendo 64
    • EU: 21 November 1997[1]
    • NA: 24 November 1997
  • Nintendo DS
    • NA: 5 February 2007
    • AU: 19 April 2007
    • EU: 20 April 2007
Genre(s) Kart racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 Donkey Kong 64
Five monkeys ride a minecart, pursued in the distance by a stocky reptile with a red cape. Atop, a red and yellow bubble typeface reads "Donkey Kong 64". Along the right sidebar, icons indicates that the game is an exclusive for the Nintendo 64 for up to four players and compatible with the Expansion and Rumble Pak accessories. In the top left corner is an Expansion Pak icon in front of an explosion icon: "Expansion Pak included!" The Rare logo is in the bottom left corner, and next to it, the text, "Collector's edition yellow game pak".
North American box art
Developer(s) Rare
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) George Andreas
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Programmer(s) Chris Sutherland[1]
Artist(s) Mark Stevenson
Composer(s) Grant Kirkhope
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
Release
  • NA: November 22, 1999[3]
  • EU: December 3, 1999[2]
  • JP: December 10, 1999
Genre(s) Platformer, adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 Donkey Konga( 1 2 3 )
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North American cover art for Donkey Konga (left) and Donkey Konga 2 (center), and Japanese cover art for Donkey Konga 3 (right)
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Hiroyuki Onoda
Producer(s) Hiroshi Igarashi
Designer(s) Hiromi Endo
Artist(s)
  • Naruhisa Kawano
  • Toki Iida
Composer(s)
  • Junko Ozawa
  • Jesahm
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) GameCube
Release
  • Donkey Konga
    • JP: December 12, 2003
    • NA: September 27, 2004
    • EU: October 15, 2004
    • AU: October 28, 2004[1]
  • Donkey Konga 2
    • JP: July 1, 2004
    • NA: May 9, 2005
    • EU: June 3, 2005
  • Donkey Konga 3
    • JP: March 17, 2005
Genre(s) Music game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Mario vs. Donkey Kong logo.png
Genre(s) Puzzle
Developer(s) Nintendo Software Technology
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U
First release Mario vs. Donkey Kong
May 24, 2004
Latest release Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge
January 28, 2016
Parent series Mario

 Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
North American GameCube cover art
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Yoshiaki Koizumi
Producer(s)
Programmer(s)
  • Hideaki Shimizu
  • Naoki Koga
  • Takeshi Hayakawa
Composer(s) Mahito Yokota
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) GameCube, Wii
Release GameCube
  • JP: December 16, 2004
  • PAL: February 4, 2005
  • NA: March 14, 2005
Wii
  • JP: December 11, 2008
  • NA: May 4, 2009
  • PAL: June 5, 2009
Genre(s) Platform, rhythm, score attack
Mode(s) Single-player

 DK: King of Swing
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North American box art
Developer(s) Paon
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Atsushi Kaneko
Masataka Sato
Producer(s) Toshiharu Izuno
Tatsuya Watanabe
Iwao Horita
Composer(s) Takashi Kouga
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Release
  • EU: February 4, 2005
  • AU: March 16, 2005
  • JP: May 19, 2005
  • NA: September 19, 2005
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
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North American box art
Developer(s) Nintendo Software Technology
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Yukimi Shimura
Producer(s) Shigeki Yamashiro
Kensuke Tanabe
Composer(s) Lawrence Schwedler
Series Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release
  • NA: September 25, 2006
  • AU: January 18, 2007
  • EU: March 9, 2007
  • JP: April 12, 2007
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

 

 Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.JPG
North American box art
Developer(s) Paon
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Kenichi Imaeda
Producer(s) Kentaro Nishimura
Toshiharu Izuno
Rikiya Nakagawa
Composer(s) Takashi Kouga
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Wii
Release
  • JP: June 28, 2007
  • NA: October 8, 2007
  • EU: January 25, 2008
  • AU: February 7, 2008
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 DK: Jungle Climber
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North American box art
Developer(s) Paon
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Atsushi Kaneko
Masataka Sato
Producer(s) Toshiharu Izuno
Rikiya Nakagawa
Iwao Horita
Composer(s) Yuichi Kanno
Yoshikata Hirota
Takashi Kouga
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release
  • JP: August 9, 2007
  • NA: September 10, 2007
  • EU: October 12, 2007
  • AU: November 15, 2007
Genre(s) Action, platformer
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! 
Mario vs. Donkey Kong - Minis March Again Coverart.png
Cover Art
Developer(s) Nintendo Software Technology
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Yukimi Shimura
Producer(s) Shigeki Yamashiro
Kensuke Tanabe
Designer(s) Wing S. Cho
Stephen Mortimer
Masamichi Abe
Writer(s) Wing S. Cho
Composer(s) Lawrence Schwedler
Series Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Nintendo DSi
Release
  • NA: June 8, 2009
  • EU/AUS: August 21, 2009
  • JP: October 7, 2009
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

 Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! 
Mario vs Donkey Kong Mini Land Mayhem.jpg
North American box art
Developer(s) Nintendo Software Technology
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Yukimi Shimura
Producer(s) Kensuke Tanabe
Composer(s) Lawrence Schwedler
Series Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release
  • NA: 14 November 2010
  • JP: 2 December 2010
  • AU: 3 February 2011
  • EU: 4 February 2011
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

 

 Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Packaging artwork
Developer(s) Retro Studios
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Bryan Walker
Producer(s) Kensuke Tanabe
Designer(s) Kynan Pearson
Mike Wikan
Tom Ivey
Artist(s) Vince Joly
Composer(s) Minako Hamano
Masaru Tajima
Shinji Ushiroda
Daisuke Matsuoka
Kenji Yamamoto[1]:White-knuckled Action
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Nvidia Shield (set-top box)
Release Wii
  • NA: November 21, 2010
  • AU: December 2, 2010
  • EU: December 3, 2010
  • JP: December 9, 2010
Nintendo 3DS
  • NA/EU: May 24, 2013
  • AU: May 25, 2013
  • JP: June 13, 2013
Wii U
Nintendo eShop
  • JP: January 21, 2015
  • PAL: January 22, 2015[2]
  • NA: September 22, 2016
Genre(s) Platformer
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
Mario and Donkey Kong Minis on the Move.png
Logo of the game
Developer(s) Nintendo Software Technology[1]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Stephen Mortimer
Producer(s) Yukimi Shimura
Kensuke Tanabe
Designer(s) Wing S. Cho
Hirokazu Yasuhara
Philip Brodsky
Christopher Polney
Artist(s) Brian McNeely
Composer(s) James Phillipsen
Series Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
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Wii U version packaging artwork
Developer(s) Retro Studios[a]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s)
  • Ryan Harris
  • Vince Joly
Producer(s) Kensuke Tanabe[1]
Designer(s) Stephen Dupree
Artist(s)
  • Ryan Powell
  • Will Bate
Composer(s) David Wise[2]
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s)
Release Wii U
  • JP: February 14, 2014
  • NA/EU: February 21, 2014
  • AU: February 22, 2014
Nintendo Switch
  • JP: May 3, 2018
  • WW: May 4, 2018
Genre(s) Platformer
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars 
Cover artwork of the European Wii U version
Cover artwork of the European Wii U version
Developer(s) Nintendo Software Technology[1]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Stephen Mortimer
Producer(s) Akiya Sakamoto
Designer(s) Chris Polney
Ian Slutz
Philip Brodsky
Artist(s) Brian McNeely
Composer(s) James Phillipsen
Series Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Wii U, Nintendo 3DS
Release
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player Edit this on Wikidata

 

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