Donkey Kong Land III
North American boxart for Donkey Kong Land III.
Developer Rareware
Publisher Nintendo
Release dates Game Boy
October 1, 1997 (NA)
October 30, 1997 (EU)

Game Boy Color
January 28, 2000 (JP)
Genre Platformer
Modes Single player
Platforms Game Boy
Game Boy Color
Media 4 MB Cartridge

Donkey Kong Land III (or Donkey Kong Land 3) is a video game for the Game Boy and Game Boy Color released in the year 1997 and 2000. This game is apparently based on the game, Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The Game Boy version of DKL3 wasn't released in Japan, but was eventually released for the Game Boy Color under the name, Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong and Dixie Kong.


This story takes place in a competition to see who will find the mysterious Lost World which is mentioned to have legends. They also announced that whoever finds it first will have a chance of fame and fortune. The competitors were Donkey and Diddy, who had left Dixie and Kiddy Kong behind, went to search for the Lost World. Dixie and Kiddy decided to show the competitors that they were as good as Donkey Kong and his nephew, Diddy, so the two went ahead to find it.



Animal Buddies





There are more than thirty Bonus Levels in the game and all have two Bonus Levels which must be completed to unlock Time Attack mode. They all apparently have a related theme to Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!.

Cape Codswallop

Primate Plains

Blackforest Plateau

Great Ape Lakes

Tin Can Valley

Lost World

Version Differences

There was a later port for the Game Boy Color only released in Japan known as Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong and Dixie Kong in January 28, 2000. Here are the following differences:

  • The game is in full color
  • The game is in Japanese
  • The splash and title screen are slightly redesigned.
  • The world maps no longer animate.
  • The top score in the Time Attack screen is no longer displayed.
  • There is less slowdown in the game.
  • Bear only has one frame of animation.

Beta elements

  • Donkey Kong Land III was officially going to have the subtitle, The Race Against Time, but was later removed due to the other 2 Donkey Kong Land series games from not having one.
  • Rattly the Rattlesnake can be playable throughout hacking.


Developers of the game left some secrets in their game. In order to do this the player should press several buttons.

  • To reset the game: Start, Select, A, and B.
  • To get infinite lives: Down, Down, Up, Left, and Right.
  • To play the Sheepy Shop minigame: Left, Left, Up, Down, Right, Left, Left, Down, Up, Right, Left, Left, Up, Down, and Right.


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