Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Year: 1988
Rarity: B-
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"DONKEY KONG AND DONKEY KONG JR. — TWO GREAT GAMES IN ONE GAME PAK!" Donkey Kong started it all...Mario's first game. That big gorilla Donkey Kong has kidnapped Mario's first love, Pauline, and is holding her in various levels filled with steel girders to climb.

And Donkey Kong Jr. That tyrant Mario is out for revenge and is holding Donkey Kong hostage. You, as his son, must thrash Mario and bring your daddy home safely.

Challenge : F. Both games are laughably easy. If you really wanted to they could both combined be completed in less than ten minutes, regardless of skill or difficulty level. This cartridge provides absolutely no challenge whatsoever. And no challenge means a really low replay value...

Graphics : C. Well...not much to say. I'm running out of ways to say "average". It seems the port could have been done better, with some graphical enhancements perhaps—although it's possible Nintendo was trying to preserve the look and feel of the original.

Sound : D–. Sound is tough category to deal with, basically because no arcade games from 1981 have much anything in the music department. The sound effects are the generic blips and the music is an endless loop of nothing. Luckily, it's not very loud at all, so it's tough to notice anyway.

Fun : C. Well, the first time I played the games, I was flooded with a rush of memories about the old days...but then I realized that the game was so easy to beat that there's no really enjoyable points.

Overall : C–. I have to say that I'm disappointed. Not only did Nintendo neglect to include Donkey Kong 3, but they gave us watered down versions of the other games. I'd only pick this up if you're a hardcore arcade gamer, or if you actually love these games to death. Otherwise, you'll be horribly disappointed.