Return of Donkey Kong (lost build of cancelled NES game; existence unconfirmed; 1987-1988)

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Blurb describing the game in the Official Nintendo Player's Guide.

Status: Existence Unconfirmed

Return of Donkey Kong was an unconfirmed canceled video game planned for the NES, as an entry to the, at the time, insanely popular Donkey Kong franchise.


The only proof of the game's existence is in the Official Nintendo Player's Guide in 1987, where it is listed as an "upcoming attraction",[1] and the Nintendo Fun Club magazine in 1988, where it mentions the game in its 5th issue[2] It's not known if the game was being made but got canceled, or if it was planned but scrapped before they could work on the game. Based on the advertisements, it seems that the player would play as Donkey Kong, and said player could throw barrels like in the original Donkey Kong arcade games. There are currently no images of the game, and it was never shown to the public or mentioned again.


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