Donkey Kong 3: Nintendo Wii Virtual Console Review

The original Donkey Kong and its sequel, Donkey Kong Jr., are two of the most popular titles from the golden age of arcade games. Donkey Kong 3, on the other hand, is comparatively obscure. Now the NES version of the game is available to download for Wii’s Virtual Console for 500 Wii Points ($5) – and gamers should save their money. It is one of the beloved games that are enjoyed by every age group. There are several classic games that are available on pussy888 apk that you can enjoy online or offline as well.

There are two major differences that make DK3 different from its two predecessors. The first is that Mario is nowhere to be found. The legendary high-jumping plumber, hero of DK1 and villain of DK Jr., doesn’t appear at all in this game (perhaps due to the fact that his own game, Mario Bros., was released the same year, 1983). Instead, you play as Stanley the Bugman, an exterminator of sorts who has to keep flying insects away from his garden by using his powerful bug spray. In addition to the villainous insects, the titular gigantic primate, Donkey Kong, is looming over top of the greenhouse, slowly descending, ready to crash down upon the plants. Stanley must spray Donkey Kong enough with the bug spray that he retreats to the top of the stage, at which point he wins the round.

Donkey Kong 3 largely replaces the innovative platforming of the first to DK games with vertical shooting action reminiscent of early arcade hits like Space Invaders and Galaga. Stanley spends his time avoiding bugs by jumping up and down on platforms made of either two or three tiers. He can not shoot sideways or downward, only upward – so dropping down to the bottom of the platform is a must at times to shoot bugs, but at the low levels of the stages, it is impossible to hit Donkey Kong with the bug spray. Unlike its predecessors, which featured different challenges in each of their four levels apiece, the stages in DK3 are all mostly the same.

The graphics are what you’d expect from a game made in 1983. Small characters (except for the monkey, of course) and some scenery (trees, platforms) on a plain black background. The sound effects are good enough, but the tunes are weak and there is not music during the regular stages except when you have the extra-powerful bug-sprayer. The controls are responsive, although it’s strange that jumping is accomplished by pressing “up” when in the other games there is a special button for jumping.

The problem with Donkey Kong 3 is that the game just isn’t very fun. Certainly platforming and shooting is a combination that has worked tons of times, but in a game this shallow, its just dull. Its not a good platformer OR a good shooter. And Stanley is a weak hero compared to Mario. It seems like Donkey Kong was just tacked onto the game to increase sales, given that there are virtually no other similarities between this game and the DK titles which preceded it.

With only three levels, there’s not much to see here. Donkey Kong 3 isn’t a horrible game, but it’s repetitive, unimaginative, and pales in comparison to the other games in the series. It’s unfortunate that 500 Wii Points is apparently the minimum price for NES games on Virtual Console – games like Donkey Kong 3, early NES games rooted in the “high score” 80s arcade tradition which only offer a few short stages, might be worth a look if just priced at 100 or 200 Wii Points. But 5 bucks? No way.


Liam Rubin is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Cambodia. He is currently the managing editor of T3 Licensing and a freelance writer.