Donkey Kong Classics

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Genre: Arcade Classics
Platform: NESNES
Editor Rating: 8.8/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 7.9/10 - 39 votes
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Donkey Kong Classics
Donkey Kong Classics
Donkey Kong Classics

Donkey Kong Classics is an interesting title for the NES. We had both Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr released many years earlier for the NES. In 1991, Nintendo decided to re-release both games, but this time on one cartridge. This was a great decision and it is one of the first examples of a “collection” of older games being re-released together. If you have played both these games before then you should know what to expect here.

Donkey Kong

Let’s start with the original Donkey Kong! This is an absolute classic and at the time the NES version was one of the best home conversions of Donkey Kong around. It looks fantastic and it really is as close as you could get to bringing the actual arcade game home. Like many other conversions of Donkey Kong, this NES version is not fully complete as it does not have the convey belt stage. To be fair many other versions at the time kipped this stage, but I feel they could have easily put it on the NES.

The game is great, you playing as Mario needs to save the girl from Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong Classics is just a really fun game and this is one of my all time favorite arcade games. It is a true joy to play with tight controls and simple, but very hard gameplay which keeps you wanting to play just one more time.

Donkey Kong Jr

If you ask me, Donkey Kong Jr is one heck of an underrated game. While Donkey Kong may get all the attention, I feel this game here is just as good. The version of this on Donkey Kong Classics is as close to the arcade as you can get. Nintendo really did a great job here and the game I would say is actually even more difficult than the original Donkey Kong so that is something to keep in mind.

The gameplay of Donkey Kong Jr is a bit different, but also familiar. The game this time sees Mario as the bad guy and he has caged Donkey Kong! You playing as his son Jr, try to save him. The game is a platformer, but being able to climb vines is cool. The platforming is nice and tight, but it is keeping an eye on the enemies that you really need to do as you make your way to your dear old dad!

Overall, Donkey Kong Classics is a fantastic collection of games. Both of these are amazing games in my opinion and are essential for any gamer to play. I do feel that it would have been cool if they could have put Donkey King 3 on here as it would then have been a real complete collection. Still, this is a must-play for the NES!

Final Score: 9.5/10


  • Two arcade classics in one package
  • These are close to being just like their arcade counterparts
  • Both games are very challenging
  • Donkey Kong Jr is just as good as the first game
  • They will keep you playing for hours and hours


  • Donkey Kong is missing a stage
  • They could have added Donkey Kong 3

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Game Reviews

When we talk about classic games, it doesn’t get more classic than Donkey Kong Classics. If you were born in the 1970s or 1980s then Donkey Kong would have been like your favorite game. If we have to compare it to a game today then we can say its popularity was no less than the popularity of Fortnite we see today.

Donkey Kong classics isn’t just one game but a collection of two amazing Donkey Kong games from the era.

Initial Release

Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. were released way before the compilation pack. The Donkey Kong Classics was released in 1988.

Donkey Kong Gameplay

In Donkey Kong, Mario is the protagonist of the game where as Donkey Kong is the villain. Donkey Kong is the villain in the game who kidnaps Pauline. Pauline is Mario’s girlfriend. You play as Mario in this game and you have to rescue your girlfriend from Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong throws obstacles at you and you as Mario have to save yourself from the obstacles to reach Donkey Kong. As the levels progress, Donkey Kong starts throwing different and more difficult obstacles at you. You can also use items like hammers to destroy the obstacles thrown at you.

Donkey Kong Jr. Gameplay

Donkey Kong Jr. is the sequel to the first game Donkey Kong. In this game the roles are somewhat altered. In Donkey Kong Junior, Mario is the main villain of the game where as Donkey Kong Jr. is the protagonist. In this game Maria kidnaps Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. has to rescue Donkey Kong From Maria. Other than the plot, there are some other changes in the sequel as well. One of them is that the player has face animal goons trained by Mario who keep attacking the player. The player can get attacked by lightning ball, blue crocodiles, bats, red crocodiles, and birds, all of whom are trained by Mario himself. The player can use fruit items like Bananas, Pineapples and Apples to fight off the enemies. As the game progresses so does the level of enemies.

Even though Mario is the main franchise attraction, Donkey King is also a very popular character amongst the fans of this classic game franchise. This game offers a satisfying experience to Donkey Kong fans and people who preferred to play as Donkey Kong instead of Mario. Donkey Kong games are really popular to this day as well. Some of the games memorabilia is sold for thousands of dollars as collector items even in the current market.


The popularity of the game both in the old days and after 30 years is still remarkable to see. The game might not be as advanced as many modern versions of the game but due to the mere popularity and the entertainment value that it brought to a lot of kids in the 80s, we are going to rate this a strong 4/5.

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NES/Famicom/Dendy Screenshots