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Donkey Kong (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Donkey Kong is a tricky ape. He wants to fool you into believing that this is nothing more than a port of his groundbreaking 1981 masterpiece. You push the start button and discover four old school levels, the type that have vexed Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell for so many years. But don't be fooled, this is more than a silly arcade port. Donkey Kong '94 is a genuine masterpiece. Rating: 100%
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What Is It? Donkey Kong is a tricky ape. He wants to fool you into believing that this is nothing more than a port of his groundbreaking 1981 masterpiece. You push the start button and discover four old school levels, the type that have vexed Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell for so many years. But don't be fooled, this is more than a silly arcade port. Donkey Kong '94 is a genuine masterpiece. It straddles the line between puzzle game and 2D platformer. The object is to get the key to the door, but doing that requires proper handling of special items and quick fingers. With hundreds of levels to master, our hero is forced to take on challenges inspired by ten years' worth of Donkey Kong games.

Does It Still Hold Up? Donkey Kong '94 has it all -- nostalgic levels, boss battles, fast-paced action and brain-busting puzzles. The controls are responsive and the graphics are top notch for an 8-bit handheld. Even more impressive is the way this game seamlessly introduces elements from older games, including Donkey Kong Jr. This Donkey Kong game makes a real strong argument for the inclusion of Game Boy games in the Virtual Console.

Is It Worth The Money? Donkey Kong is secretly the best Game Boy game on the 3DS Virtual Console. While The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX is the amazing game you expect, I was genuinely blown away with the quality of this 1994 platformer. I was shocked at the level of depth found in this tiny download. There were enough levels to keep me busy for the last two weeks, which is not something I can say about Super Mario Land. Even if you only have a passing interest in the old Donkey Kong cabinet, give this Game Boy reimagining a serious look.
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