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The horror.

Donkey KongGraphics: 2
Sound: 1
Replay Value: 1
Notes: 1- or 2-player game. I'm feeling generous on this rating. Does not work on Intellivision II.
Screen Shots

What can you say about Donkey Kong? A travesty. Only has two screens - Girders and Rivets. The Elevator and Conveyor Belt levels are missing. Best Score: 42100 [Start: Skill Level 1]




ROM It's been reported that a ROM variant exists.
Box So far, eight variations have been found.
Manual Ten variants have been identified.
Overlays Custom overlays have been designed and distributed by Psycho Stormtrooper.
Label Some cartridges are made with a beige plastic rather than the more common black dase. To date, seven labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of eight Donkey Kong box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Donkey Kong Box (Coleco 2471) Coleco 2471 1982 U.S.A. Has 'PLAYS LIKE THE REAL ARCADE GAME' text; standard 'Intellivision' banner; small top flaps have proof of purchase w/ part number on one and date of manufacture on the other
Donkey Kong Box (Coleco 2471) Coleco 2471 1982 U.S.A. Has artwork next to picture of arcade machine; standard 'Intellivision®' banner; small top flaps have proof of purchase w/ part number on one and date of manufacture on the other; has barcode on back; 'NOT FOR USE WITH INTELLIVISION®II' sticker on front
Image not available. Coleco R56413 1982 U.S.A. French-Canadian; has 'PLAYS LIKE THE REAL ARCADE GAME' text; standard 'Intellivision' banner; small top flap has date of manufacture; part number was hidden on internal flap on bottom (found because it's a mashed-up box); unclear if two versions exist, or if one just has sticker covering text on front of box
Image not available. CBS Electronics N/A None   English (U.K.) version; large art, small arcade cabinet
Image not available. CBS Electronics ???? None ???? International edition; need image; blue box with five languages, shows Mario climbing a ladder, Kong and some flaming barrels
Donkey Kong Box (CBS Electronics 7625-7A) CBS Electronics 7625-7A 1983 Holland English (U.K.) edition; has a very intense Mario threatening a very scary-looking Donkey Kong; back cover has several screen shots; haven't cracked shrinkwrap to find other part numbers within
Image not available. CBS Electronics 7625-7 D 1983 Holland German version
Image not available. CBS Electronics N/A None   French version; large art, small arcade cabinet




Reportedly, a ROM variant was released (Europe only?) that fixed the 'Intellivision II' bug. Hankster reports that this is true. This version may also come in beige case, rather than the black one. My copies with the beige case do not work with the Intellivision II.





A total of ten Donkey Kong manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Donkey Kong Manual (Coleco 78269A) Coleco 78269A 1982 U.S.A. Wonder if they removed the Plays, sounds and scores like the DONKEY KONGTM arcade game! text because, well....
Donkey Kong Manual (Coleco 78269B) Coleco 78269B 1982 U.S.A.  
Donkey Kong Manual (Coleco 78269C) Coleco 78269C 1982 U.S.A.  
Image not available. Coleco 78269D 1982 U.S.A.  
Donkey Kong Manual (Coleco 78269E) Coleco 78269E 1982 U.S.A.  
Image not available. Coleco 56643 1982 Canada French-Canadian
Image not available. CBS Electronics ???? None ???? International Edition; blue artwork; languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish; need remaining information
Image not available. CBS Electronics N/A None   International edition; includes English, French, German, Dutch, Italian and Spanish instructions; grayscale art from multilingual box with title and other highlights in blue; need part number, origin, et. al.
Image not available. CBS Electronics ?????? 1983   NEED CONFIRMATION: haven't opened a U.K. version of the game to get info
Image not available. CBS Electronics 2L xxxx 1983   UNCONFIRMED: my German copy of Donkey Kong is still shrinkwrapped; German; no origin printed on manual

Somewhere between revs. C and E, the instructions for inserting the cartridge became more explicit. Were users really that dense?

Original Manual - Page 3

Original instructions for cartridge insertion (page 3)

Revised Manual - Page 3

Revised instructions for cartridge insertion (page 3)

The documentation regarding scoring was modified to describe a bug that exists in the game. I changed at least twice, too!

Manual (rev. B) - Page 7

Rev. B Scoring (page 7)

Manual (rev. C) - Page 7

Rev. C Scoring (page 7)

Manual (rev. E)- Page 7

Rev. E Scoring (page 7)





Only one version of the overlay has been found for Donkey Kong.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Image not available. Coleco N/A None   Custom overlay designed by Psycho Stormtrooper




A total of seven Donkey Kong label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Donkey Kong Label (Coleco) Coleco N/A 1982 U.S.A. Standard black label; game logo upside down on edge; word wraps: Nintendo, America, Coleco, of, a, Printed, 1982, York
Donkey Kong Label (Coleco) Coleco N/A 1982 U.S.A. Glossy black label; found on tan cartridge; game logo right side up on edge; word wraps: Nin-, of, —, a, video, Roebuck, 1982, New
Donkey Kong Label (Coleco) Coleco N/A 1982 U.S.A. Standard black label; game logo right side up on edge; word wraps: Nin-, of, Exclusive, Intellivi-, su-, Sears, 1982, York; Note: this label has also been found on tan cartridges
Donkey Kong Label (Coleco) Coleco N/A 1982 U.S.A. Standard black label; game logo right side up on edge; word wraps: Nin-, of, Exclusive, Intellivi-, su-, Sears, 1982, York; Note: this label has also been found on black cartridges
Image not available. Coleco N/A 1982 U.S.A. English label from a French-Canadian copy; standard black label; game logo upside down on edge; word wraps: Nintendo, America, Coleco, of, Coleco, Montréal
Image not available. CBS Electronics ???? 1983 England NEED CONFIRMATION: haven't opened a U.K. boxed version of the game to see what its label looks like; English text on label
Image not available. CBS Electronics 4Lxxxx 1983   UNCONFIRMED: my German copy of Donkey Kong is still shrinkwrapped; German label

Besides the minor changes in word-breaks on the label, there were black and tan versions of the cartridge case. The black version seems to be the more common one. I've arbitrarily put names to the case variations - I have no idea which versions were released first, or if any are more common than any other. I am confident in saying that the older copies had a sticker on the back, rather than raised text, indicating that you should insert the cartridge with the other side 'up'.

INSERT OTHER SIDE UP on a sticker on back

Revision "A": Back side of the cartridge had a sticker on it indicating 'INSERT OTHER SIDE UP'.

INSERT OTHER SIDE molded as part of cartridge

Revision "B": Cartridge now has 'INSERT OTHER SIDE UP' text as part of the actual molded plastic, rather than as a sticker.

Back of tan cartridges

Revision "C": Beige cartridge plastic with the same raised lettering as rev. B.





Title Screen Title screen for Donkey Kong.
Game Selection The standard Coleco game startup sequence, complete with error buzz when you first see the screen!
Girders Though this game is pretty much universally reviled and ridiculed in the Intellivision community, graphically, just a few small touches would have done so much: fire in the oil can, more detail on Donkey Kong himself, and of course, more detail for Pauline.
Rivets *Sigh*




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