Donkey Kong Land III
Donkey Kong Land III Coverart.jpg
North American box art
Developer(s)Rare
Publisher(s)Nintendo
Designer(s)Gary Richards
Huw Ward
Writer(s)Leigh Loveday
Composer(s)Eveline Fischer
SeriesDonkey Kong
Platform(s)Game Boy, Game Boy Color, 3DS Virtual Console
ReleaseGame Boy
Game Boy Color
3DS Virtual Console
  • JP: May 7, 2014 (GBC)
  • PAL: October 30, 2014 (GB)
  • NA: February 26, 2015 (GB)
Genre(s)Platform
Mode(s)Single-player

Donkey Kong Land III is a 1997 platform game in the Donkey Kong series for the Game Boy, later being ported to the Game Boy Color exclusively in Japan under the name Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong (ドンキーコングGB ディンキーコング&ディクシーコング, Donkī Kongu Jī Bī: Dinkī Kongu & Dikushī Kongu). It was developed by Rare and published by Nintendo. Like its predecessors, Donkey Kong Land III served as the portable version of and follow-up to its SNES counterpart, in this case Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, was enhanced for the Super Game Boy, and was packaged with a "banana yellow" cartridge.

Gameplay

See also: Gameplay of Donkey Kong Land

Plot

A contest has begun with big prizes for the first person who discovers the Lost World. Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have already left to find it, leaving a disgruntled Dixie Kong behind. Deciding to prove herself every bit as capable as them, Dixie partners up with her toddler cousin Kiddy Kong. Unfortunately, Baron K. Roolenstein and the Kremling Krew are also searching high and low for the fabled land. The level archetypes are the same as in Donkey Kong Country 3, which takes place in the "Northern Kremisphere". While the levels have the same environments and the Donkey Kong Country 3 bosses return, the worlds and stage layouts are all unique.

Wrinkly Kong is the only non-playable Kong family member to make an appearance. A character simply titled Bear or "Brother Bear" gives Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong hints and can teleport them to another world as well as hosting a card mini-game. He bears a resemblance to Bazaar Bear from Donkey Kong Country 3. The Animal Buddies Ellie the Elephant, Enguarde the Swordfish, Squawks the Parrot, and Squitter the Spider all return. Donkey Kong Land III also marks the only time in a Rare Donkey Kong game where Donkey Kong does not actually appear.

Game Boy Color update

On 28 January 2000,[3] over two years after the game's North American and European releases, Nintendo released an updated Game Boy Color version of the game in Japan. Titled Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong, it was not released outside of Japan. This version is the same as the Game Boy version, but lacks some animations and dialogues.[1] This was also the version released on the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console in 2014.[4]

Reception

Donkey Kong Land III received a score of 81.25% at GameRankings based on four reviews.[5] Nintendojo praised the game and awarded it 8.5 out of 10, citing the "brilliantly designed" levels and "impressive" visuals.[6] Nintendo Life gave the Virtual Console re-release 9 out of 10, declaring it to be "The best of the DKL trilogy and one of the best options for 3DS-owning platform fans."[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c "'Donkey Kong Land 3'". NinDB. Archived from the original on 19 June 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Nintendo - Customer Service / Game List". Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong for GBC". Gamespot.com. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Software: Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong and Dixie Kong".
  5. ^ "Donkey Kong Land III". GameRankings. Archived from the original on May 17, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  6. ^ Segers, Andre. "Donkey Kong Land 3". Nintendojo. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Frear, Dave (October 31, 2014). "Donkey Kong Land IIII". Nintendo Life. Retrieved November 22, 2015.