Donkey Kong - Classic NES Series
- Challenging puzzles and a new set of enemies to add to the classic Octorocks, Tektites and more
- Story-driven action as you explore the Minish world, with animated cutscenes and interactive dialogues for dozens of characters
- As you play you'll collect Kinstones to uncover secrets - match them by face and they'll open up new points of the map, new characters and more
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I'm still holding on to my $5 e-reader version as well as my e-reader versions of DONKEY KONG JR and DONKEY KONG 3! Why couldn't all 3 of these games been put into this cart? RETRO gaming is wonderful, but not when you feel cheated somehow. I suggest the true NES classics like SUPER MARIO BROS or LEGEND OF ZELDA! There's more bang for your buck!
Unfortunately this is the "Classic NES Series" and not the "Classic Arcade Series". Donkey Kong on the original NES only had three levels. Once you completed the third stage and saved Pauline the game started from Level One only harder. But the Arcade Version had four levels. The fourth level was a Pie Factory but from the NES version it's missing and sadly that means in the GBA version it is also missing.
The graphics look the same as they did in the early 80's. This is nice although as with all the other classic games some things had to be made smaller or squashed down to fit your GBA screen. It's barely noticeable in this at least.
The other problem with Donkey Kong is simply the fact that its been released other times as well. Animal Crossing has this exact version, and there's an E-Reader as well (although that's Donkey Kong Jr.). Also, you can find a version for the Gameboy (released previously in 1994).
So while Donkey Kong really is a Classic game is it really worth fishing out 20 dollars? My answer, no. Save your money and buy a different classic. Donkey Kong is grand but there isn't enough in this game to make a gamer want to buy it.
The only cost is to make it to the Frantic Factory level and unlock Donkey's Gorilla Grab. Then you can play it with all four levels for free!
Both games cost about the same, but DK64 gives you the whole game with a gigantic Banjo-Kazooie-like adventure for the same cost. Plus, beating Donkey Kong in DK64 unlocks a very important item in the game (Nintendo Coin).
I don't know why Nintendo even made this game, but it would've made more sense to just use Donkey Kong Jr. instead.
Ah ... but heres the rub. An e-reader version of this was released just last year at a price of ... $6. This cart which is still missing the elusive PIE FACTORY is still priced 3 times as high! What? Couldn't they have put 5 or 6 classic games, or like ACTIVISION put on over 30 games from its 2600 heyday? I love the idea of RETRO gaming - I own all the old titles in some form. They are great! But one game at $18 or $19 seems a little steep for a game that could be held on 5 trading cards. Hmmmm! Makes me want to throw a barrel at somebody.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A blast from the past. I find it great that i can play this game on a handheld system wherever i want. Will be buying a few more games in this series.Published 15 months ago by Jmetal86
By this point, most gamers have tried the original "Donkey Kong". While not quite as iconic as Pac-Man, "Donkey Kong" was effectively what put Nintendo on the map in the gaming... Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Mike London
I love this game when I play it in the arcades, and I love it now. If you are in the same situation I was and owned a game boy adv that was not backwards compatible. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Andrew Whittaker
Even though I'm only 9, I've played Donkey Kong and it's a lot of fun. I understand why on the Game Boy version it has 96 extra levels and why Nintendo created the Classic Nintendo... Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Kingsley leChat
Many people seem to mistake this for the arcade version even given the fact that it's part of the "Classic NES Series" of Game Boy Advance ports to celebrate 20 years of the... Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by Ryan Sil. (Gamer & PC/Android indie dev)