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                                 Donkey Kong Jr. (NES)
                                          FAQ
    
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          Version: 1.10
     Last Updated: 16 December 2012
           Author: Ryan Harrison
            Email: rjhgamefaqs[at]gmail.com
    
      This document is Copyright (C)2012-2014 Ryan Harrison. All rights reserved.
    
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    Version History
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    Version 1.10 | 16 December 2012
      * I seemed to have forgotten to include level hints for Stage 4 in the last
        version (whoops!). In this version, that problem is now rectified.
    
    Version 1.00 | 5 November 2012
      * The first, complete posted version of this FAQ.
    
    
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                                   Table of Contents
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      i. Introduction
    
        1. STORY ....................................................... [0100]
        2. GAME OVERVIEW ............................................... [0200]
            2.1. Controls .............................................. [0201]
            2.2. Basics ................................................ [0202]
        3. ITEMS ....................................................... [0300]
    
      ii. Credits
      iii. Legal Disclaimer/Contacting Me
    
    
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                                    i. Introduction
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    Hello and welcome to my FAQ for Donkey Kong Jr. In this FAQ I will detail 
    everything there is you need to know for this game; how to play it, as well as 
    some handy tips for playing through each of the game's four stages. This game 
    is the sequel to the original Donkey Kong and was ported to the NES around the 
    same time as its predecessor. It's a simple game and perhaps not as famous or 
    as legendary as the first, but I personally reckon it's a title that's just as 
    worth playing. It's also notable for the fact that it is the only game, to 
    date, in which Mario plays the villain of the game - you take control of DK Jr. 
    as you climb through four different stages in an effort to rescue the captured 
    Donkey Kong. For old-school arcade-style games, this is one that's definitely 
    worth a go, so see if you can score a copy and see for yourself!
    
    
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                                        1. STORY                             [0100]
    
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    DK Junior is on a mission to rescue Donkey Kong from Mario's cage. Jump from 
    vine to vine collecting bonus fruits and avoiding lethal snapjaws. Then move on 
    to tougher stages. Jump platforms, dodge sparks of electricity, and watch out 
    for those birds. Use your skills to get the key that will set your Papa free.
    
    
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                                    2. GAME OVERVIEW                         [0200]
    
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     2.1. Controls                                                           [0201]
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    D-Pad: Down/Up: Make DK Jr. descend/climb vines and chains
    
           Left/Right: Move in those directions
    
    Select: Move the cursor on the title screen to select between game types
    
    Start: Begin highlighted game from the title screen
           Pause the game during play; resume when paused
    
    A: Jump (on own, DK Jr. jumps straight up; when in conjunction with Left/Right
         on the D-Pad, he jumps in an arc movement in those directions)
    
    
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     2.2. Basics                                                             [0202]
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    o---------------------o
    | Wii Virtual Console |
    o---------------------o
    
    A direct port of the NES version of Donkey Kong Jr. is available to download 
    for your Wii Virtual Console via the Shopping Network. It can be played with 
    the use of the Wiimote on its own, or you can also play it with the Wii Classic 
    Controller, or a GameCube controller, if you have it plugged into your Wii. See 
    below for a table of the methods of control input, and which button corresponds 
    to its NES controller counterpart.
    
    
    Wii Virtual Console - Button Key
    --------------------------------
    
    The following buttons on the Wiimote, Wii Classic Controller and GameCube 
    Controller correspond to those of its NES counterparts: use these in 
    conjunction with the Controls section above in order to see their button 
    denotations:
    
    .---------.------------------------.---------------------.----------------.
    | WIIMOTE | WII CLASSIC CONTROLLER | GAMECUBE CONTROLLER | NES CONTROLLER |
    :=========+========================+=====================+================:
    | D-Pad   | D-Pad                  | D-Pad               | D-Pad          |
    |         | Left Analog Stick      | Analog Stick        | D-Pad          |
    |---------+------------------------+---------------------+----------------|
    | 2       | A                      | A                   | A              |
    |---------+------------------------+---------------------+----------------|
    | +       | +                      | Start               | Start          |
    |---------+------------------------+---------------------+----------------|
    | -       | -                      | Z                   | Select         |
    '---------'------------------------'---------------------'----------------'
    
    
    Other Controls (Wiimote & Wii Classic Controller)
    -------------------------------------------------
    
    Home: Bring up Home menu while pausing the game; press again to hide Home menu
          and resume play
    
    
    o--------------o
    | Title Screen |
    o--------------o
    
    Upon starting up the game, you are taken straight to the Title Screen. Here's a 
    diagram of what it looks like, the game types you can choose from, and a quick 
    rundown of each of them:
    
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               |  ___   ___  _  _ _  _______   __     ______   _____    |
               | |   \ / _ \| \| | |/ / __\ \ / /    '-.  .-'.`     `.  |
               | | |) | (_) | .` | ' <| _| \ V /       |  |  |  -'`- |  |
               | |___/ \___/|_|\_|_|\_\___| |_|        |  |  |  >'`< |  |
               |             _  _____  _  _  ___    __ |  |  |       |  |
               |            | |/ / _ \| \| |/ __|  '  '|  |  |     .-'  |
               |            | ' < (_) | .` | (_ |  |  ||  |  |  |\  \_  |
               |            |_|\_\___/|_|\_|\___|  `.____.'  `._. \_(_) |
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               |           *   1   P L A Y E R   G A M E   A            |
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               |               1   P L A Y E R   G A M E   B            |
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               |               2   P L A Y E R   G A M E   A            |
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               |               2   P L A Y E R   G A M E   B            |
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               |      (C)1 9 8 2   N I N T E N D O   C O .,L T D.       |
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               |                   M A D E   I N   J A P A N            |
               |                                                        |
               +--------------------------------------------------------+
    
    1 PLAYER GAME A: This is the standard game of Donkey Kong Jr. at the simplest
                     difficulty level. If you've played the Arcade version then
                     you'll pretty much be familiar with this mode. You take
                     control of DK Jr. and guide him through each of the four
                     stages as you aim to rescue your "Papa" from Mario. You start
                     with the standard three lives, and upon beating all four
                     stages and rescuing Donkey Kong, the game is beaten and loops
                     over, beginning again at the first stage with the difficulty
                     slightly notched up, as well as a higher (but more rapidly
                     decreasing) Bonus Timer. Once you've lost all your lives,
                     that's it; how far can you get?
    
    1 PLAYER GAME B: Like any retro Nintendo Arcade game from the 1980s, this is a
                     slightly more advanced mode of the game. All stages retain the
                     same layout, however the difficulty level is notched slightly
                     higher for experts; enemies and traps are trickier to avoid,
                     and the same hazards from Game A mode will be there as well.
                     For experts of the game this would be your preferred game to
                     play, but if you get through Game A without too much trouble
                     then by all means give this mode a go!
    
    2 PLAYER GAME A: If you have 2 controllers plugged into your Nintendo
                     Entertainment system (or equivalent console), then you and a
                     second player can take it in turns controlling Donkey Kong Jr.
                     as you play through the game. Play alternates when one player
                     beats a level or loses a life. If one player loses all their
                     lives, the other player will continue playing on their own
                     until they too lose all their lives.
    
    2 PLAYER GAME B: As above, two players play through the game, with play
                     alternating when a player wins a stage, or loses a life. Only
                     difference is it is in Game B mode, so the difficulty setting
                     is a little higher.
    
    
    o------------------o
    | General Gameplay |
    o------------------o
    
    The objective of Donkey Kong Jr. is to rescue Donkey Kong from the clutches of 
    the evil Mario. The game consists of four different stages; at the top of each 
    screen you'll see Donkey Kong trapped in a cage, while Mario sends creatures 
    after you from his magic wand. In the first three stages of the game, your 
    objective is to simply manoeuvre your way up to where Donkey Kong is; simply 
    climb the vines and ropes available, and make use of any other helpful things 
    like springs and platforms to make it up. When you grab the blue Key symbol 
    near Donkey Kong, Junior wins that level, and you progress to the next one.
    
    In the fourth level of the game, the object is slightly different. You'll see 
    that Donkey Kong's cage is linked to several locks, and underneath all the 
    locks, the Keys are found sitting on chains attached to them. Junior has to 
    push the Keys up until they are all fitted into the locks, by grabbing onto the 
    chain beneath the Key, and climbing up; while doing so he pushes the Keys up as 
    he touches them. When all the Keys are fitted into the locks, DK is rescued, 
    Mario is defeated, and you win the game. From there, the game essentially loops 
    over and the difficulty level will be raised a little, so see how far you can 
    get before you lose all your lives, at which point the game is over.
    
    
    Fruit
    -----
    
    Fruit is Donkey Kong Jr.'s only means of attacking, and defeating, his enemies 
    in this game. When you touch a piece of Fruit, it drops down in a straight 
    vertical line, and if it hits any enemies as it falls, it defeats them and will 
    score you some extra points. Also note that touching Fruit also gives you 400 
    points.
    
    
    Climbing/Descending Vines
    -------------------------
    
    One of Donkey Kong Jr.'s vital skills in this game is climbing. You'll notice 
    that throughout each level are several vertical lines, such as vines, ropes and 
    chains. Donkey Kong Jr. has to climb these to reach higher ground and continue 
    making it up to the top of each level. To grab onto a vine, simply jump into 
    it, and Junior will grab the vine. From there, you can press Up or Down on the 
    D-Pad to move Junior up or down, or tap Left/Right to make him reach over in 
    those dirctions; tap Left or Right again, and he'll let go of the vine and 
    fall. Don't fall from too great a height, or you'll lose a life.
    
    Also note that Junior can climb two vines at once, if there are two close 
    enough. If Junior is holding a vine, and there is another vine within reach, 
    tap the directional button towards that second vine to make Junior grab it. 
    While holding both vines, you can also climb up or down. The speed at which DK 
    Jr. climbs or descends is dependent on whether you're holding one, or two 
    vines. When Junior is holding one vine, he climbs slower but descends quicker. 
    When he's holding two, he climbs faster but descends slower. Quickly changing 
    vines and height you climb/descend is a vital skill to know in order to master 
    this game; especially in the second and fourth stages when you have several 
    enemies flying toward you.
    
    
    Characters
    ----------
    
    Like the original, you only control the one chracter so I won't bother with a 
    completely separate characters section that goes into too much detail, 
    nevertheless, here I'll introduce all the characters seen in the game, and the 
    roles they play.
    
    Donkey Kong: The antagonist of the preceeding game, remembered for capturing
                 Mario's girlfriend Pauline and keeping her hostage, the roles are
                 somewhat reversed as now he sits helplessly in a cage at the top
                 of each screen after he was captured by Mario as punishment for
                 kidnapping his beloved Pauline. Climb to the top of each level to
                 get all the Keys, before pushing them all into the locks to rescue
                 your Papa.
    
    Donkey Kong Jr.: The hero and titular character of the game. You control Donkey
                     Kong Jr., the son of Donkey Kong. He's a little smaller than
                     his dad, and wears what looks to be like a white vest. Help
                     Junior make it through each level to rescue DK.
    
    Mario: In his first, and to date only, appearance as the bad guy in a video
           game, Mario is the guy with the blue shirt and red overalls and cap that
           stands at the top of each area. He doesn't attack DK Jr. directly, but
           rather uses his magic wand to spawn several grunt enemies that he sends
           after you.
    
    Nitpicker: These are the bird enemies that you encounter in the game. They come
               in two variations. Small Nitpickers are found in Level 2
               (Springboard Stage). Mario will send them from his wand along to the
               gap between the high ledges, where they will drop through and fly to
               the left at random trajectories in an attempt to strike Junior while
               he is climbing along the vines. While you are at the lower part of
               the stage, they can also attack by dropping eggs down, so do your
               best to avoid these. Large Nitpickers are seen in Level 4 (Chains
               Stage) - they fly in zigzag-patterns as they go from one side of the
               screen to the other, descend a short distance, before flying back in
               the other direction, before they get to the bottom of the area and
               disappear. Try to fight them by dropping Fruit on them if possible,
               otherwise do your best to avoid them.
    
    Snapjaw: These are the small gator-like creatures, and are the first enemy that
             Donkey Kong Jr. encounters in the game, found in the first level. They
             come in two varieties: Red Nitpickers, while slow, will patrol one
             platform and turn around when they reach the edge. Blue Nitpickers are
             quicker, but if they move to the end of a platform, will fall off it.
             You can jump over them for points or drop Fruit on them to defeat them
             entirely, but touching one is lethal to Junior.
    
    Spark: These enemies are found in Level 3 of the game (Mario's Hideout). They
           can only move along the outlines of the middle platforms, or along the
           links between them. Red Sparks stay to one platform, while Blue Sparks
           can also move down the links randomly to try and catch Junior. Touching
           them is fatal and they can only be defeated with the use of Fruit, so
           use good timing to plan when it's best to get past them as you make your
           way up to the top of the screen.
    
    
    o-------------o
    | Game Screen |
    o-------------o
    
    Here's an example of what you see at the top of the game screen, and what 
    everything means:
    
                       +---------------------------------------+
                       | I:000000   TOP:000000                 |
                       |            .---.  +-J-++-BONUS-++-L-+ |
                       |     (Key)->| % |  +-0-++-5000--++-1-+ |
                       |             `-`                      |
                       |                                       |
                       |                                       |
                       |                                       |
                       |                                       |
                       |                                       |
                       |                                       |
                       +---------------------------------------+
    
    High Score: The score counter beside the word 'TOP' at the top-centre of the
                screen. This is the highest score that has been achieved in the
                current sitting of Donkey Kong Jr. (i.e. since the power has been
                switched on).
    
    Score: Seen in the top-left corner of the screen, for Player 1 (marked by 'I')
           or Player 2's (marked by 'II') score in the game of Donkey Kong Jr. they
           are currently playing. Increase this by defeating enemies and finishing
           levels.
    
    Key: A blue pentagon-shaped crest with a picture of a Key inside it. Getting
         this wins the first three stages, and in the fourth and final stage, push
         them all into the locks to free Donkey Kong.
    
    Remaining Lives: Shown in the top-right corner of the screen, underneath the
                     'J' (stands for 'JUNIOR', as in Juniors remaining), this
                     number is for how many lives DK Jr. has remaining. You can
                     earn an extra life for every 20,000 points you rack up.
    
    Bonus: This has two purposes; it acts as a timer (ticks down by 100 points as
           the level wears on) and thus giving you an incentive to try and beat
           each level as quickly as possible; and it is also the amount of points
           that will be added to your score when you win a stage. If you fail to
           finish a stage before the Bonus decreases to zero, you'll lose a life,
           so remember to be quick. Also, each time you beat the game (i.e. finish
           all four stages), the difficulty level goes up, but the Bonus timer goes
           up by 1000 points as well (although it starts to tick down at a slightly
           faster rate).
    
    Stage: This is also shown in the top-right corner, underneath the 'L' (for
           'LEVEL') header. This starts at 1 and goes up by one every time you beat
           the game's four stages. The game gets more and more challenging as your
           Stage number increases, but so do the bonus points.
    
    
    o---------o
    | Scoring |
    o---------o
    
    There are a variety of ways to increase your score in the game, and different 
    point amounts awarded for each method. See the table below for how many points 
    you are awarded for each means of scoring in the game:
    
    .-----------------------------------.-------------.
    |         METHOD OF SCORING         |    POINTS   |
    :===================================+=============:
    | Bonus Timer at end of level       | 100 - 5000+ |
    |-----------------------------------+-------------|
    | Grab Fruit                        | 400+ *      |
    |-----------------------------------+-------------|
    | Jump over enemy                   | 100         |
    |-----------------------------------+-------------|
    | Pushing Keys into locks (Stage 4) | 200         |
    '-----------------------------------'-------------'
    
    * When Fruit drops and hits enemies, the points value doubles for each enemy
      this is hit consecutively (e.g. 400, 800, 1200, etc.)
    
    NOTE: You get an extra life when you achieve 20,000 points.
    
    
    o------------------------------o
    | Level Screens/Hints and Tips |
    o------------------------------o
    
    Level 1: Vines Stage
    --------------------
    
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         |    |    |    |            |              |                     |       |
         | D O| N K| E Y|  +------+  |   KEY       /|\                    |       |
         |   K| O N| G  |  +------+ /|\                                   |       |
         |____|____|____|MARIO                                            |       |
    +---------------------------------------------+                       |       |
    +-------------------------------------------+-+----------------------+|       |
         |        |                  |         |+------------------------+|       |
         |      FRUIT              FRUIT       |        |        |        |       |
        /|\       |                  |         |        |       /|\      /|\      |
         |        |                  |         |        |        |        |       |
         |        |+--------+        |        /|\     FRUIT      |        |       |
         |        |+--------+        |         |       /|\       |        |       |
         |        |      |           |         |        |        |        |       |
         |       /|\     |          /|\        |        |        |       /|\     /|
         |        |     /|\          |         |        |        |+---------------+
         |        |+--------------+  |        /|\       |       /|+---------------+
        /|\       |+--------------+  |       FRUIT     /|\       |        |       |
         |        |      |           |                  |       /|\       |       |
         |        |      |          /|\                /|\               /|\     /|
         |       /|\     |
        /|\             /|\                                             .---------.
        YOU                       .-----------.           .-----------. '---------'
       START                      '-----------' .-------. '-----------'    | v v|
        HERE                         | v v |    '-------'    | v v |       | v v|
    -----------------------.         | v v |      | v v|     | v v |       | v v|
    -----------------------'^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    
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    * Start by jumping to grab the vine directly above your starting point. Climb
      it a little, and once high enough, lean over to the right to grab the second
      vine so that you can climb faster. Beware of Blue Snapjaws that can come
      down; if you see one, swing over onto an unoccupied vine, let it fall to the
      bottom, and continue climbing. Grab the fruit at the top of the second vine
      from the left, then drop right and onto the smaller of the two brown
      platforms.
    
    * From there, make a leap to the right to grab onto the fourth vine along (get
      the Fruit on the top of it, too), and descend the vine to the bottom,
      dropping off to land on the first little island.
    
    * Hop along these small islands until you're on the one at the far right side
      of the screen. Now jump up to the vines above, and swing over to the left so
      that you can get the Fruit just below the middle vine, and the Fruit near the
      top of the vine just on its right. Again, beware of Snapjaws patrolling the
      vines; if there is one, swing over onto an unoccupied vine and let it move up
      or down a ways before you can get below/above it as needed.
    
    * Now swing back over to the right, so that you can climb the vines on the far
      right, and drop left onto the ledge at the top of the screen. Look out for
      any Snapjaws here, as well.
    
    * From there, go left and jump onto the next ledge (the one with Mario and
      Donkey Kong on), and jump up and left to grab the Key and the vine it is next
      to, and you'll beat the level.
    
    
    Level 2: Springboard Stage
    --------------------------
    
          ______________
         |    |    |    |             |               |                  |        |
         | D O| N K| E Y|  +------+   |   KEY         O                  |        |
         |   K| O N| G  |  +------+   O                                  |        |
         |____|____|____|MARIO                                           |        |
    +---------------------------------------------------+     +--------+ |        |
    +---------------------------------------------------+     +--------+ |        |
         |       |       |       |       |       |      |      |         |        |
         |     FRUIT     |   FRUIT       |       |      |      |         |        |
         O       |       |       |       |       |      |      |         |        |
                 |       |       |       |       |      |      |         |        |
         .------.|       |       |       |       |      |      |         |        |
         '------'|       |       O       |       O      |      O         O        O
         | |v |  |       |               O          FRUIT
         | |v |  |       |                              |                     ___
         | |v |  |       O                              O                    /,-.\
         | |v |  |   =======================================================|( o )|
         | |v |  |    `-'             `-'                                   ||`-'||
         | |v |  |     |               |                                .---------.
         | |v |  |     O               O                                '---------'
         O |v |  O                                                       | |v v ||
           |v |                                                          | |v v ||
    ------------.                                          .-----------. | |v v ||
    ------------'                                          '-----------' | |v v ||
      v v v v |                     <- .----. ->                         | |v v ||
      v v v v |YOU                  <- '----' ->                         | |v v ||
      v v v vSTART                                                       O |v v |O
      v v v v HERE                                                         |v v |
    ----------------.         .-------------.                              |v v |
    ----------------.  _____  '-------------' .----.----.       .------------------
      v v v v v v |     /|\      | v v v |    '---------'       '------------------
      v v v v v v |    < | >     | v v v |                          | v v v v v v v
      v v v v v v |    _\|/_     | v v v |                          | v v v v v v v
    __v_v_v_v_v_v_|___(_____)____|_v_v_v_|__________________________|_v_v_v_v_v_v_v
    
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    * The quickest, and most convenient way to get up to the higher level is to
      jump over onto the springboard, then press the jump button as DK Jr. presses
      down on it to get a high thrust upwards. Time it so that you land on the
      horizontally-floating platform moving left and right just beneath the line.
      From there, make a jump to the left to grab the left handle on the line while
      it is extended (if it isn't, DK Jr. will simply miss it and fall back down,
      so be sure to jump only when the handle drops down).
    
    * You can also take the long route by going across all the ledges at the lower
      part of the area and climbing one of the lines at the very right side below
      the contraption holding the line. From there, you can drop onto the
      stationery floating ledge and jump left onto the right handle moving along
      the line, drop onto the moving platform and jump left to reach the left
      handle on the line while it is extended. However, I find this method to be a
      little riskier anyway with the Nitpickers above dropping eggs, so I would
      suggest sticking with the first method, as described in the first point
      above.
    
    * While DK Jr. is holding the handle on the line it will stay extended, so you
      won't have to worry about falling from it. When it is far enough over to the
      left, reach over and grab the line attached to the small tree, and swing
      completely over so that you're clinging to that and off the moving handle on
      the line. Now climb up to grab the first piece of Fruit.
    
    * Nitpickers will fly towards you at different altitudes from the right-hand
      side of the screen, so you're going to have to be quick as you adjust your
      height on the vines as you swing over the lines to reach the far right side
      of the area. Try to hit them with the Fruit if possible, and also beware for
      the eggs that these pesky enemies also like to drop.
    
    * Once you're over at the far right, climb up and drop left onto the small,
      floating ledge. Wait until it's clear to jump over the small gap and land on
      the ledge to the left (i.e. when there are no Nitpickers nearby), and keep
      going left before jumping to grab the vine beside the Key and beat the stage.
    
    
    Level 3: Mario's Hideout
    ------------------------
    
       ______________
      |    |    |    |                |  KEY                           |        |
      | D O| N K| E Y|   ---------.   |                                |        |
      |   K| O N| G  |            '                                    |        |
      |____|____|____|MARIO                                            |        |
      .---------.    .--------------------------------------------.    |        |
      |         |    |                                            |    |        |
      '---------'    '-|-|--------|-|--------------|-|--------|-|-'    |        |
       |        |      '.'        '.'   FRUIT      '.'        '.'      |        |
       |        |      '.'        '.'              '.'        '.'      |        |
       |        |      '.'        '.'              '.'        '.'      |        |
       |        |      '.'        '.'              '.'        '.'      |        |
       |        |    .--------------------------------------------.    .---------.
       |        |    |                                            |    |         |
       |        |    '-|-|/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\|-|-'    '---------'
       |        |      '.'                      FRUIT                  |        |
       |        |      '.'                                             |        |
       |        |      '.'                                             |        |
      .---------.    .--------------------------------------------.    |        |
      |         |    |                                            |    |        |
      '---------'    '-|-|/\/\/\/\FRUIT\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\|-|-'    |        |
       |        |                                             '.'      |        |
       |        |                                             '.'      |        |
       |        |                                             '.'      |        |
       |        |    .--------------------------------------------.    |        |
       |   YOU  |    |                                            |    |        |
         START       '-|-|/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\|-|-'
          HERE         '.'
       .-----------------.
    ___|_________________|_________________________________________________________
    
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    * There are two main enemies in this stage, known as Sparks. These enemies come
      in two separate varieties: Red Sparks will only circle around the perimeter
      of the ledge they are on. Blue Sparks can move around platforms, as well as
      down the links between platforms; and more often than not they go down when
      Junior gets close, so timing is of the essence. There is one piece of Fruit
      to a platform, and you can defeat the Sparks with it, but it's better to try
      and get through this stage as quickly as possible so that Mario isn't sending
      too many enemies after you at once.
    
    * You start at the lower-left part of the area, so grab one of the lines right
      above Junior's starting point, climb a little, and drop over onto the first
      ledge on the right. Run right along it, grab the Fruit, avoid any Sparks, and
      get to the end, then jump right, over to the lines on the right-hand side of
      the screen.
    
    * Climb a little further up, then drop left to be on the next platform up. Now
      head left to the end of this one, again getting the Fruit and avoiding any
      Sparks patrolling on this platform. Once you're at the left-and side, make a
      jump over to the lines on the left-hand side, so that you can climb up a
      little further, and drop to the right to be on the third platform up.
    
    * You'll have to use extra caution on that penultimate platform; there are four
      vertical links between this and the top platform, which makes for more threat
      from Blue Sparks. Simply use good timing and judgment to determine when it is
      best to run across. If you feel the need to, hold back to wait for a Blue
      Spark to drop down before you jump over it and continue making your way over
      to the right-hand side. Use the Fruit floating between the middle links if it
      is necessary.
    
    * At the end, jump right and grab the lines on the right, climb up a little
      more, then drop left to land on the top platform. Just keep an eye out for
      any more sparks as you go left and jump onto the line beside the Key to
      finish this level.
    
    
    Level 4: Chains Stage
    ---------------------
    
                                     ______________
                                .--=|    |    |    |=--.
                               /    | D O| N K| E Y|    \
                              /   .=|   K| O N| G  |=.   \
               MARIO         T    T |____|____|____| T    T
        =======================================================================
         `||'`||'.-.|'`||'`||'`||.-.`||'.-.'`||.-.|'`|.-.|'||'`||'`|.-.||'`||'
         ,||.,||.|T||.,||.,||.,|||T|,||.|T|.,|||T||.,||T||.||.,||.,||T|||.,||.
        =========|_|=============|_|====|_|====|_|====|_|===========|_|========
        (__)      |       |       |      |      |      |      |      |     (__)
        (__)      |       |       |      |      |      |      |      |     (__)
        (__)      |       |       |      |      |      |      |      |     (__)
        (__)      |       |       |      |      |      |      |      |     (__)
        (__)      |       FRUIT   |      |      |      |  FRUIT      |     (__)
        (__)      |       |       |      |      |      |      |      |     (__)
        (__)      |       |       |      |      |      |      |      |     (__)
        (__)      |       |       |      |      |      |      |      |     (__)
        (__)      |       |       |      |      |      |      |      |     (__)
        (__)      |       |       |      |      |      |      |      |     (__)
        (__)      |       |       |      |      |      |      |      |     (__)
        (__)      |       |       |      |      |      |      |      |     (__)
        (__)     KEY      |      KEY    KEY    KEY    KEY     |     KEY    (__)
        (__)      |       |       |      |      |      |      |      |     (__)
        (__)      O       O       O      O      O      O      O      O     (__)
        (__)   YOU                                                         (__)
        (__)  START                                                        (__)
        (__)   HERE                                                        (__)
    ===============================================================================
    `||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||'`||
    _||__||__||__||__||__||__||__||__||__||__||__||__||__||__||__||__||__||__||__||
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    * The main objective of this stage differs from that of the previous ones;
      rather than making your way up to the top, you have to free Donkey Kong from
      his cage. This is done by pushing all of the six Keys up each line and into
      the keyholes at the top.
    
    * There are Nitpickers that fly across from side to side while making their way
      from the top of the stage to the bottom. There are also Snapjaws on some of
      the lines. Try and take them out with the two pieces of Fruit, if you can at
      all manage.
    
    * The key to succeeding in this level is your movement in not only climbing and
      dropping down the vines, but moving across them as well. Remember, when
      holding two vines at once, Junior climbs higher; when holding one, he drops
      faster. It's also faster to make your way across from left to right and vice
      versa by swinging along the vines rather than running along on the ground.
    
    * The best order to push the Keys into the locks is from left to right. Of
      course, with the four in the middle, you can push two up at a time, but
      remember to keep an eye out for those enemies.
    
    * Once all six Keys have been pushed up into the keyholes, Mario and Donkey
      Kong plummet to the ground. Mario is knocked out, while Junior displays
      remarkable strength by catching and holding his dad above his head! You also
      therefore win the game; and begin again at the Vines Stage, with the
      difficulty notched up a little, and from here, the game loops over until you
      lose all your lives, so have fun playing!
    
    
    ===============================================================================
    
                                        3. ITEMS                             [0300]
    
    ===============================================================================
    
    Fruit: Seen scattered around each stage, Donkey Kong Jr. doesn't actually
           collect the Fruit, but drops it down once he touches it, and it will
           wipe out any enemy it comes into contact with as it falls. Touching
           Fruit will also award you 400 points.
    
    Key: Seen at the top of the screen in the first three stages of the game near
         where DK's cage is, grabbing the Key will beat the level. In the fourth,
         and final level, there are several Keys on the chains that Donkey Kong Jr.
         has to push up into the locks. Once all the Keys are inserted into the
         locks, Mario is defeated, Donkey Kong is saved, and the game is won.
    
    
    ===============================================================================
                                      ii. Credits
    ===============================================================================
    
    Gamesdbase | http://www.gamesdbase.com/
      * Their site has a scanned, online copy of the Donkey Kong classics
        instruction manual, which in turn I was able to refer to for the game story
        (used in the Story section of this FAQ), and various game basics that I put
        in the Basics section.
    
    StrategyWiki Donkey Kong Jr. Guide | 
    http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Donkey_Kong_Jr.
      * For level and character names used in this FAQ.
    
    Wii Virtual Console Operations Guide
      * For some basics used in this guide.
    
    
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