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Overview

 
Donkey Kong Junior
(also known as DK Jr. or simply Junior and occasionally confused with Diddy Kong) is the main protagonist of the 1982 arcade game of the same name and the son of Donkey Kong. In terms of character design, Junior is essentially a child version of his father, but wears a white singlet, emblazoned with a red letter "J". His objective in the game is to save his father, who is being kept in a locked cage by Mario. He returns in the 1994 Game Boy remake of Donkey Kong, where he teams up against Mario with his father, who is once again holding Pauline captive.

Cameos

 
Junior
has also appeared as a playable character in the original Super Mario Kart and Virtual Boy game Mario's Tennis, as well as a hidden character in the Nintendo 64 version of the similarly named Mario Tennis. He is also featured in the games Donkey Kong Jr. Math and Donkey Kong Classics for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Other appearances by Junior includes the Game & Watch games Donkey Kong Jr. and Donkey Kong 2, as well as the Game & Watch Gallery compilations for Game Boy. He also appears as the king's physical transformations from World 5 in Super Mario Bros. 3, and like his father, he even had his own cereal.

The Concept of Age

 
According to Rare, the developers of Donkey Kong Country, there are in fact multiple Donkey Kongs, with the current one, who appears from Donkey Kong Country and onward, is actually a grown-up version of Junior himself..

The character Diddy Kong was originally going to be an updated version of Donkey Kong Junior. However, Nintendo did not like this idea, suggesting either to retain his old look or make him an entirely new character.

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