Retro Review: A Second Look at Donkey Kong – Ultimate NES Remix Edition

Recently Nintendo, Atari, Sega, and many other game companies’ classic libraries are making their comeback with a vengeance. They have made these consoles with hundreds of titles all preloaded. Fans have been able to play classics, and a whole new generation have come to enjoy the games we know and love. Considering this, we have decided to play these games and give them a second look. Whether it’s remixes, remastered, or classics on a new system, like Pokémon we want to catch ‘em all!

Donkey Kong – Ultimate NES Remix Edition

We picked up a copy of Ultimate NES Remix and tried our hand at Donkey Kong. The original Donkey Kong had us playing as Mario against a giant gorilla named Donkey Kong. The objective was to save Princess Peach. You climb ladders as barrels are thrown down. We played this game a long time ago. We are given seven stages to complete. In each stage, you go through four objectives. The twist in this remix is that you are on a timer to do them.

The easiest objectives have five seconds and the hardest have 90. As you would expect, the easiest starts on the shortest timer. It’s actually quite difficult to move around in that short amount of time and is a good test of your reflexes. You have a couple of lives to try your best with and hopefully complete all of the missions. If you fail, you can’t get more than one star on the stage. If it is the first time you play, completing stages and getting stars opens other stages and other games on the Ultimate NES Remix title select screen to play. The stars accrue throughout all games to open more challenges.

The music and audio are the same as the first time around. Mario still makes a squeaky nose as he walks. The hammer you can grab to kill the fireballs or destroy the barrels still has a very quick rhythm and exciting tone to it. The music has the classic Donkey Kong flavor to it that some people wouldn’t mind listening to without even needing to play the game. The same can be said of the graphics. If you haven’t played it, it is a product of its time. The graphics are low quality compared to current specifications. although you can still tell exact what is going on. For its time it was decent quality.


The only timer for each level in the Donkey Kong section of this Remix compilation is literally the only twist. It only has seven very fast stages that took us less than half an hour to play through entirely. Graphics and music stayed the same. Nostalgia only goes so far, so is this game worth it? Since it comes as part of a pack of several games we vote slightly yes. It’s still fun to play, but the remix value isn’t that great. Overall, we give Donkey Kong – Ultimate NES Remix Edition an overall score of 5 / 10.

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