Classic NES Series: Donkey Kong FAQ by RHarrison0987
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                        Classic NES Series: Donkey Kong
                           For the Game Boy Advance
                                      FAQ

                               By Ryan Harrison
                          rharrisonfaqs(at)gmail.com

                         Last Revised: 01 January 2006
                                  Version 1.2

             This document is Copyright (c)2004-2006 Ryan Harrison

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Table of Contents

     1. Guide Opening
          1.01  -  Version History
          1.02  -  Introduction

     2. Game Overview
          2.01  -  Story
          2.02  -  Controls
          2.03  -  Characters
          2.04  -  Basics
          2.05  -  Level Screens
          2.06  -  FAQs

     3. Hints and Tips
          3.01  -  Game A
          3.02  -  Game B

     4. Guide Closing
          4.01  -  Credits
          4.02  -  Legal Disclaimer
          4.03  -  Contacting Me


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                               1. Guide Opening
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The beginning of my Donkey Kong FAQ.


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                           1.01  -  Version History
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Version 1.2  -  01 January 2006  -  A new layout for this FAQ, and I have
                                    updated the copyright notice for the new
                                    year.

Version 1.1  -  26 October 2004  -  The newly reformatted version of this FAQ.

Version 1.0  -  01 August 2004   -  The first version of this FAQ.


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                             1.02  -  Introduction
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25 years after Donkey Kong originally hit the Arcade systems back in 1981, the
same old game, ported from another copy from the NES makes its way to Game Boy
Advance, unedited and still in its original glory! If you missed a copy all
those years ago, now is your chance to get it again!


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                               2. Game Overview
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Basics of the game.


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                                2.01  -  Story
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(Taken from the instruction manual)

Donkey Kong's kidnapped Pauline, and now it's up to Mario to rescue the damsel
in distress! Dodge rolling barrels, climb for your life, and get that crazy
ape!


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                               2.02  -  Controls
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D-Pad          -  Move (Left/Right); climb/descend ladders (Up/Down)

Select Button  -  Highlight the type of game you wish to play from the title
                  screen

Start Button   -  Confirm the type of game you wish to play from the title
                  screen; pause/resume game

A              -  Jump (combined with D-Pad direction will make Mario jump in
                  that direction)

Note: Pressing Start, Select, B Button and A Button all at once will reset the
      game

Note: Pressing L Button and R Button simultaneously will access the System Menu
      (explained in the Basics section)


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                              2.03  -  Characters
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Mario
-----
This was the first game Mario appeared in, and his original name at the time
was Jumpman. Donning his trademark overalls, shirt and cap, this was in the
days before his superstardom came (which was in Super Mario Bros.) and his role
in this game was as a carpenter who lost his girlfriend Pauline (not Princess
Toadstool or Peach from the later games) to a big, stupid ape known as Donkey
Kong. You will control Mario.


Donkey Kong
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The main villain of the game and also his video game debut. Donkey Kong is a
huge gorilla who escapes from the zoo and climbs a building (I can see the
close resemblance to this game's storyline with the 1933 film King Kong),
kidnapping Mario's girlfriend Pauline. He'll roll Barrels and Jacks down at you
to try to prevent you from climbing up the scaffolding.


Pauline
-------
Where did Pauline go anyway? Anyway, she was Mario's first girlfriend as far as
we know his life in video gaming, and she is at the top of each level that you
progress through. When you get to her, the level finishes, but then DK takes
her away again and continues climbing.


Barrel
------
DK rolls these down at you from the top of the screen in Stage 1. You must
either jump over them or smash them using the hammers provided. They can also
sometimes come down ladders so be aware.


Fireball
--------
These appear in all levels and can come towards you at any time, so be sure to
avoid them using ladders to escape or hitting them with hammers.


Jack
----
Donkey Kong throws these at you in Stage 2. They bounce quickly and drop down
the gap at the end of the top girder he is on. Make sure to try to evade by
running under them as they bounce along - it's a little tricky.


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                                2.04  -  Basics
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Starting Your Game
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When you turn on the power of your Game Boy Advance, you'll be taken to the
title menu. You can select one of four game modes:

1 PLAYER GAME A: Play the game with one player on the original difficulty.

1 PLAYER GAME B: Play the harder version of the game using one player.

2 PLAYER GAME A: If you have a buddy playing with you, you can play the
                 original game difficulty taking turns with the Game Boy
                 Advance.

2 PLAYER GAME B: Play the harder version with a friend, taking turns with the
                 Game Boy Advance.


The System Menu
---------------
The System Menu is accessed, whilst playing the game by pressing the L Button
and R Button on your Game Boy Advance simultaneously. Here is a run-down of all
the options you are presented with in the System Menu:

CONTINUE: Continue playing your game as normal.

RESET: Go back to the Title Menu.

LINKED PLAY: Use a Link Cable to link to another person's GBA for a Linked Play
             Mode.

SAVE HIGH SCORE: Save the current high score, which will remain on the cart's
                 memory data.

SLEEP MODE: The game will turn off but the power will remain on. Press Select,
            L Button and R Button to exit Sleep Mode and resume the game.


Game A & Game B
---------------
Like most Nintendo early arcade games, there was a Game A and Game B mode. Game
A is the usual beginner's original difficulty if you want to get used to the
game or just have a bit of practise. Game B is a more difficult version of Game
A. This FAQ covers both modes.


The Hammer
----------
In some of the levels you can find a hammer located in parts of the stage. Jump
up to grab it, and you'll see Mario start waving the hammer up and down for a
while. When he's doing this, you can take out the enemies but cannot jump or
climb ladders.


Scoring
-------
You score points for doing the following things in the game:

Jumping over barrels
Destroying enemies with the hammer
Beating a stage within a certain amount of time for Bonus Points
Collecting valuables that are scattered amongst parts of the stages


Game Key
--------
Here is a list of some of the things that appear on the game screen you may
want to understand before you begin.

I = 000000   TOP = 000000

( I represents your current score. TOP represents the highest score that has
  been achieved in the game. )

[ M ] [ BONUS ] [ L ]
  2     4900      2

( M represents the amount of MEN you have left [or to be more accurate, the
  amount of lives]. BONUS is as the name implies, BONUS POINTS for beating a
  level. L represents the LEVEL number you are on. )


Extra Life
----------
Get 20000 points in a game and you'll be awarded with an extra life.


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                            2.05  -  Level Screens
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Stage 1
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           ||===|| ||===||
           ||==PAULINE==|+------------------+
           +-------------+------------------+
           +-------------+             ||===||
     DONKEY||===|| ||===||             ||===||
      KONG ||===|| ||===||             ||===||
+-----------------------------+        ||===||
+-----------------------------++-------------+
                        ||===||+-------------+--------------------+
   HAMMER               ||===||              +--------------------+---+
                                                           ||===||+---+
                                                           ||===||
                        ||===||                            ||===||+-----------+
                        ||===||              +--------------------+-----------+
                  +--------------------------+--------------------+
          +-------+--------------------------+      ||===||
   +------+-------+||===||
   +------+        ||===||
    ||===||        ||===||
    ||===||        ||===||
    ||===||        ||===||
+--+||===||        ||===||
+--+------+        ||===||
   +------+-------+||===||                          ||===||
          +-------+--------+                        ||===||
           ||===||+--------+------------------+     ||===||
    HAMMER ||===||         +------------------+-------------------+
                                  ||===||     +-------------------+-------+
                                  ||===||                         +-------+
                                  ||===||                          ||===||
                                  ||===||                          ||===||
                                  ||===||                          ||===||
                                  ||===||                   +-----------------+
                                  ||===||            +------+-----------------+
           ||===||                ||===||     +------+------+
           ||===||               +------------+------+
           ||===||+--------------+------------+
          +-------+--------------+
   +------+-------+      ||===||
   +------+              ||===||
    ||===||              ||===||
    ||===||              ||===||
    ||===||              ||===||
+---------+              ||===||
+---------+------------+ ||===||
          +------------+----------+
                ||===||+----------+---------+
                ||===||           +---------+----------+
                ||===||                     +----------+--------+
                                                       +--------+--------+
                                                                +--------+
                                                                 ||===||
    _____                                                        ||===||
   |     | YOU  ||===||                                          ||===|| +----+
   | OIL | START||===||                                +-----------------+----+
   |_____| HERE ||===||           +--------------------+-----------------+
+---------------------------------+--------------------+
+---------------------------------+


Stage 2
-------
              ||===|| ||===||
              ||==PAULINE==|+--------------------+
              +-------------+--------------------+
              +-------------+             ||===||
   DONKEY     ||===|| ||===||             ||===||
    KONG      ||===|| ||===||             ||===||
+----------------------------------------------------------+
+--------=====------------------=====----------------------+             ITEM
         =====                  =====               ||===||             +-----+
        GIRDER                 GIRDER               ||===||    +----+   +-----+
           |                      ^                 ||===||    +----+   ||===||
           V                      |                 +-----+             ||===||
   ITEM                               +---------+   +-----+             ||===||
+-------+  |  +-------------+     ^   +---------+                       ||===||
+-------+  V  +-------------+     |     ||===||                 +-------------+
  ||===||     ||===|| ||===||           ||===||                 +-------------+
  ||===||  |  ||===|| ||===||     ^     ||===||                 ||===||
  ||===||  V  ||===|| ||===||     |     +-------+               ||===||
  ||===||     ||===|| ||===||           +-------+   +-----+     ||===||
  ||===||  |  ||===|| ||===||     ^                 +-----+     +------+
+-------+  V  ||===|| ||===||     |                             +------+  +---+
+-------+     ||===|| ||===||                                             +---+
 ||===||   |  ||===|| ||===||     ^                                       ||=||
 ||===||   V  +-------------+     |                                    +------+
 ||===||      +-------------+                             +---------+  +------+
YOU START  |                      ^            +------+   +---------+
+--HERE-+  V                      |  +------+  +------+
+-------+                            +------+
         =====                  =====
+--------=====------------------=====-----------------------------------------+
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+


Stage 3
-------
                       PAULINE
                     +---------+
                     +---------+
                                    DONKEY
         ITEM                        KONG
        +------+=+------------------------------------------+=+------+
        +------+=+------------------------------------------+=+------+
         ||==||   ||==||            HAMMER            ||==||   ||==||
         ||==||   ||==||                              ||==||   ||==||
         ||==||   ||==||                              ||==||   ||==||
         ||==||   ||==||                              ||==||   ||==||
         ||==||   ||==||                              ||==||   ||==||
     +---------+=+------------------------------------------+=+----------+
     +---------+=+------------------------------------------+=+----------+
HAMMER||==||                            ||==||                     ||==||
      ||==||                            ||==||                     ||==||
      ||==||                            ||==||                     ||==||
      ||==||                            ||==||                     ||==||
      ||==||            ITEM            ||==||                 ITEM||==||
  +------------+=+------------------------------------------+=+------------+
  +------------+=+------------------------------------------+=+------------+
  ||==||                     ||==||             ||==||                ||==||
  ||==||                     ||==||             ||==||                ||==||
  ||==||                     ||==||             ||==||                ||==||
  ||==||                     ||==||             ||==||                ||==||
  ||==||                     ||==||             ||==||                ||==||
 +-------------+=+------------------------------------------+=+--------------+
 +-------------+=+------------------------------------------+=+--------------+
 ||==||                              ||==||                             ||==||
 ||==||                              ||==||                             ||==||
 ||==||                              ||==||                             ||==||
 ||==||                              ||==||                             ||==||
 ||==||                              ||==||                             ||==||
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+


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                                 2.06  -  FAQs
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Q: Where's DK's tie?

A: About 15 years later...


Q: Wasn't there a fourth level in this game?

A: Well yes, but that was only in the Arcade version of this game (it was
   called the Pie Factory level). However, at the time the NES was introduced,
   cartridges were not capable of holding so many stages, as the technology was
   very early so that level was left out. Ever since, NES port remakes have
   just had the same three levels.


Q: How do I get an extra life?

A: Score 20000 points.


Q: How come Donkey Kong is a villain in this game?

A: A la King Kong, he's kidnapped a lady and scuppered to the top of a tower.
   That's not very nice, is it?


Q: Hi, I'm from CheatCC...

A: Go away.


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                               3. Hints and Tips
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Help for each level.


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                                3.01  -  Game A
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Stage 1
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- From the start, Donkey Kong will roll barrels down. Jump over them for points
  and watch out if they approach a ladder, because sometimes they roll down
  them. If you see a ladder with a barrel nearby about to roll over it, wait
  for it to go by before climbing up.

- DK will roll a barrel down to hit the oil barrel, setting it on fire and
  making Fireballs appear out of it. You should have already run across the
  first level of girders to get out of the way of it when it appears. Fireballs
  can climb ladders, including the broken ones.

- Grab both hammers if you can to whack as many of the barrels as you can -
  this will raise your score greatly. Just remember you can't climb stairs or
  jump while Mario is in Hammer Mode.

- Eight of the twelve ladders are intact. Remember you can only climb up using
  the ladders that aren't missing any rungs.

- Jump over barrels for points.

- Complete the level as fast as you can for a bigger amount of Bonus Points.


Stage 2
-------
- You need to get across to the right-hand side of the stage and climb up. The
  best way I do this is climb the ladders on the set of platforms you start on
  and make a jump over to the platforms with two ladders on them (using the
  girders as a stepping stone to get across), and doing the same to reach the
  set of small platforms on the right-hand side to finish climbing.

- There are two items worth more points to get in the stage. Grab them if you
  can.

- DK throws Jacks at you in this stage. They quickly bounce in arcs and
  vertically fall at the end of the girder DK is standing on. When you get
  here, you need to walk carefully and time it so the Jack bounces over you if
  you can.

- Watch out for the Fireball on the platforms with ladders.

- Again, beat the level as quickly as possible for more Bonus Points.


Stage 3
-------
- To beat this stage, you must take out all the yellow couplings holding the
  girders together. Do this by walking or jumping over them. It is best to
  start from the bottom and work your way up. Use the ladders to get around.

- Grab the hammer when Fireballs get near you and take them out. A lot of
  Fireballs appear in this stage and it'll be quite hard to evade them if they
  corner you, so use the hammer if you feel it is going to become tough.

- Enjoy the rather simple ending once you detach all the girders.


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                                3.02  -  Game B
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Stage 1
-------
- DK throws barrels diagonally a lot more often to try to catch you out (be
  aware), and they also roll down the ladders a lot more often. Be more careful
  when climbing.

- Again, try to get to the top as quickly as possible for extra Bonus Points.

- Use tips from Game A as well to help.


Stage 2
-------
- There is barely any change, if any, with this level from the first version.
  Just remember to avoid the Jacks and Fireballs in the stage.

- Get to the top quickly for more Bonus Points.

- Use the hints from Game A mode to help as well with this stage.


Stage 3
-------
- The Fireballs will try to attack you a lot more often, making it almost vital
  to get the hammer. Remember to try to grab it when they're near you so you
  can catch hem before they have a chance to escape with a ladder.

- Start from the bottom and work to the top as you uncouple the couplings.

- Use other Hints and Tips from the other Game mode, and enjoy the ending,
  which isn't much but I won't spoil it for you.


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                               4. Guide Closing
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The ending to my Donkey Kong FAQ.


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                               4.01  -  Credits
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Steve "Psycho Penguin" McFadden
     For being my FAQ-writing role model, and a true shabba friend, GameFAQs
     and personally. He's supported me through some hard times and I've done
     the same for him, so thanks for everything Steve!

Jeff "CJayC" Veasey, the IGN staff, and other sites whom have posted this FAQ
     For hosting all my work and allowing me to become a much more recognised
     author.


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                           4.02  -  Legal Disclaimer
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This FAQ is copyright (c)2004-2006 and exclusive property of Ryan Harrison.
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                            4.03  -  Contacting Me
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If you wish to get in touch with me regarding my work, whether you have any 
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