Donkey Kong

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Donkey Kong
DeveloperShigeru Miyamoto
PublisherNintendo
SystemsAs noted below
Released1981-2015
Television: 1983-2000
Added to
museum
As noted below

Donkey Kong is the name of several characters that are part of a multimedia franchise consisting of video games, television shows, and music.

Donkey Kong also appeared in the Donkey Kong Jr. series, the Donkey Kong Country series, the Donkey Kong Land series and the Donkey Konga series. He also appears in some games in the Mario Kart series, in some games in the Mario Party series, in some games in the Mario sports series, and in some games in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Donkey Kong character biographies

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Donkey Kong Sr. (Cranky Kong)

Donkey Kong was Mario's pet gorilla. However, after Donkey Kong captured Mario's girlfriend Pauline, Mario caught Donkey Kong and imprisoned him. Donkey Kong's son, Donkey Kong Jr. rescued him. Mario and Donkey Kong have been on each other's good side since then, although occasionally their old rivalry flares up again.

By the time of the Donkey Kong Country series, he had taken the name Cranky Kong and relinquished the Donkey Kong name.

Donkey Kong III (Donkey Kong)

Cranky Kong's grandson, Donkey Kong Jr.'s son, is the current Donkey Kong.

Video games wherein a Donkey Kong is a playable character

Title Developer System Release Added to museum Notes
Donkey Kong Hockey Nintendo R&D1 Game & Watch 1984 Not yet Donkey Kong Sr. and Mario play hockey against each other.
Donkey Kong Country Rare SNES 1994 Super Famicom Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES Classic Edition: March 16, 2018
Donkey Kong III and Diddy Kong rescue the banana horde from King K. Rool.
Donkey Kong Land Rare Game Boy 1995 Not yet Donkey Kong III and Diddy Kong rescue the banana horde from King K. Rool.
Mario Kart 64 Nintendo EAD Nintendo 64 1996 Wii: October 1, 2010 Donkey Kong III, Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Wario, and Bowser race.
Mario Party Hudson Soft Nintendo 64 1998 Not yet Donkey Kong III, Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and Wario play minigames.
Mario Party 2 Hudson Soft Nintendo 64 1999 Not yet Donkey Kong III, Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and Wario play minigames.
Donkey Kong 64 Rare Nintendo 64 1999 January 20, 2018 Donkey Kong III, Chunky Kong, Tiny Kong, Diddy Kong, and Lanky Kong collect items and bananas on an island.
Super Smash Bros. HAL Laboratory Nintendo 64 1999 Not yet Donkey Kong III, Mario, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox McCloud, Pikachu, Luigi, Ness, Captain Falcon, and Jigglypuff fight.
Mario Party 3 Hudson Soft Nintendo 64 2000 Not yet Donkey Kong III, Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Wario, Daisy, and Waluigi play minigames.
Mario Tennis Hudson Soft Nintendo 64 2000 Not yet Donkey Kong III, Bowser, Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Wario, Daisy, Waluigi, Toad, Birdo, Boo, Paratrooper, Baby Mario, Shy Guy, and Donkey Kong Jr. play tennis.
Donkey Konga Namco GameCube 2003 Bongos: December 25, 2004
Game: July 7, 2020
Donkey Kong III and Diddy Kong play bongos.
Donkey Konga 2 Namco GameCube 2004 Not yet Donkey Kong III, Diddy Kong, and Dixie Kong play bongos.
Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat Nintendo EAD GameCube 2004 Not yet Donkey Kong III collects bananas to become king of the jungle.
DK: King of Swing Paon GBA 2005 Not yet Donkey Kong III, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, Funky Kong, King K. Rool, a Kremling, Wrinkly Kong, and Bubbles grab orbs to progress ever higher.
Donkey Konga 3 Namco GameCube 2005 Not yet Donkey Kong III, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Funky Kong play bongos.
Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast Paon Wii 2007 Not yet Donkey Kong III, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, Lanky Kong, Tiny Kong, Funky Kong, Wrinkly Kong, Cranky Kong, Kremlings, and King K. Rool race.
DK: Jungle Climber Paon DS 2007 Not yet Donkey Kong III, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Funky Kong grab orbs to progress ever higher.
Donkey Kong Country Returns Retro Studios 3DS 2013 March 17, 2014 Donkey Kong III and Diddy Kong get back the Kong's bananas.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Retro Studios Wii U, Switch 2014 Not yet Donkey Kong III, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, Cranky Kong, and (on Switch) Funky Kong need to turn their snow-filled island back into a tropical one.

Video games wherein a Donkey Kong is a non-playable character

Title Developer System Release Added to museum Notes
Donkey Kong Nintendo R&D 1 Arcade
NES
TI-99/4A
1981 GC (Animal Crossing): January 20, 2003
NES CE: June 22, 2017
Famicom Mini: August 10, 2017
GBA (e-Reader): January 20, 2018
Switch (Arcade Archives): August 16, 2018
TI-99/4A: February 3, 2020
Mario rescues Pauline from Donkey Kong Sr.
Donkey Kong Nintendo R&D 1 Game & Watch 1982 3DS: December 4, 2017
Wii U: February 18, 2018
Mario rescues Pauline from Donkey Kong Sr.
Donkey Kong Junior Nintendo R&D 1 Arcade
NES
1982 GC (Animal Crossing): January 20, 2003
NES CE: June 22, 2017
Famicom Mini: August 10, 2017
GBA (e-Reader): March 16, 2020
Donkey Kong Jr. rescues Donkey Kong Sr.
Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo R&D 1 Game & Watch 1982 3DS: December 4, 2017
Wii U: February 18, 2018
Donkey Kong Jr. rescues Donkey Kong Sr.
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Nintendo R&D 2 NES 1983 GC (Animal Crossing): January 20, 2003 Donkey Kong holds numbers up for which Donkey Kong Jr. performs math to solve.
Donkey Kong II Nintendo R&D 1 Game & Watch 1983 3DS: December 4, 2017 Donkey Kong Jr. rescues Donkey Kong Sr.
Donkey Kong 3 Nintendo R&D 1 Arcade
NES
1983 GC (Animal Crossing): January 20, 2003
GBA (e-Reader): April 12, 2020
Stanley the Bugman keeps Donkey Kong Sr. out of his garden.
Donkey Kong 3 Nintendo R&D 1 Game & Watch 1984 Wii U: February 18, 2018 Stanley the Bugman keeps Donkey Kong Sr. out of his garden.
Donkey Kong 3: The Great Counterattack Hudson Soft PC-6601
PC-8801
Sharp X1
1984 Not yet Stanley the Bugman keeps Donkey Kong Sr. away in various locations.
Donkey Kong Nintendo EAD Game Boy 1994 Not yet Mario rescues Pauline from Donkey Kong Sr.
Donkey Kong Country 2 Rare SNES 1995 3DS: August 8, 2020 Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong rescue Donkey Kong III.
Donkey Kong Land 2 Rare Game Boy 1996 Not yet Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong rescue Donkey Kong III.
Donkey Kong Country 3 Rare SNES 1996 3DS: September 8, 2020 Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong rescue Donkey Kong III and Diddy Kong.
Donkey Kong Land 3 Rare Game Boy 1997 Not yet Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong rescue Donkey Kong III and Diddy Kong.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong Nintendo STC GBA 2004 Not yet Mario uses toys to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong III.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2 Nintendo STC GBA 2006 Not yet Mario uses toys to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong III.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! Nintendo STC DSi 2009 Not yet Mario uses toys to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong III.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! Nintendo STC DS 2010 November 3, 2018 Mario uses toys to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong III.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move Nintendo STC 3DS 2013 Not yet Mario uses toys to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong III.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Nintendo STC Wii U 2015 Not yet Mario uses toys to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong III.