“Donkey Kong” Remastered for the GB in ’94

One of my favorite games on the original Game Boy console was the remake/reimagining of Donkey Kong (sometimes referred to as Donkey Kong ’94) that was put out in 1994.

The game, though, is a huge enhancement to the classic formula, taking Mario on a journey across several themed areas and 101 total stages, with gameplay borrowed from the original game as well as later titles like Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA version). What results is a fun adventure with a lot of platform-puzzling action to enjoy and keep you on your toes, though sadly now that I’m looking at the game as an adult, I find that the 101 stages fly by far too quickly.

Still, this game is also notable because it was the featured game for the launch of the Super Game Boy in 1994. So, when played on the SGB, the game features cool colored borders and some nice color palettes for certain areas.

Here, I take on the initial construction site, the Big City, Forest, Ship, and Jungle areas. It was a lot of fun and I got about halfway through the game. Want to see more? Let me know and I’ll consider doing another video!

Jessica Brown

Retro Games and Technology Editor. She'll beat pretty much every Mega Man game without breaking a sweat.