Donkey Kong Jr

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Donkey Kong Jr - Game & Watch clone
TypePlatform game
Downloadable via the Open Shop Channel

Donkey Kong Jr In 1982 I got my first ‘handheld’ console: the G&W Donkey Kong Jr. In 1983, I programmed my own version for the TRS-80 home computer. And now I programmed this version for the Wii homebrew.

Why? Because it is simply possible to do and a fun experience too! I got the trigger to start this at an information evening at my son's school. A student of de 'hogeschool voor de kunsten' was telling about game design. A girl asked him if it would be possible to program games for the Nintendo Wii. That question triggered me because the month before I softmodded my Wii.

So I started looking for information about creating Wii homebrew applications. I learned that the devkitpro development environment could help me with it. So I decided to give it a try and to recreate a game that I programmed in 1983. At the age of 13 I programmed a relatively simple version of the Game and Watch Donkey Kong Jr for the TRS-80 home computer. I thought it would be fun to recreate it for the Wii.

This is the result and I hope you like it.



DKJR start.png DKJR controls.png

DKJR history.png DKJR game.png


  • Gameplay identical to the Game & Watch Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Each level becomes gradually more difficult: more birds and crocs are added.
  • Controlled using the Wiimote controller in horizontal position.
  • Wiimote rumble feedback.
  • Background graphic 'borrowed' from 'Game and Watch Gallery 3'.
  • All other graphics created from a picture taken from my G&W Donkey Kong Jr.
  • All sounds recorded from a playing session with my G&W Donkey Kong Jr.

[ Yes, my original G&W Donkey Kong Jr handheld is still working !]


DKjunior v1.0

  • First released version


WiimoteHorizontal.svg Action
Wiimote D-Pad Up Move Up
Wiimote D-Pad Right Move Right
Wiimote D-Pad Down Move Down
Wiimote D-Pad Left Move Left
Wiimote 2 Button Jump
Wiimote A Button Start
Wiimote HOME Button Quit

Channel Forwarder WAD

I created a channel forwarder WAD to add the Donkey Kong Jr game to the system menu. The WAD is included in the wad-folder in the download ZIP.

  • Create the folder SD:\wad\ on the SD card.
  • Put the following file in this folder:
  • Donkey Kong Jr - DKJR.wad.
  • Put the SD card back in the SD card slot on the Wii.
  • Install the WAD file using a WAD manager of your choice.
  • Now you can start the game from the Wii System Menu.

[Notice: The channel forwarder WAD is created using CustomizeMii.]

The Making Of ...

For those that are interested I also created a making of video. This video shows the different stages that the game has gone through during development.