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
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.