Remember Donkey Kong 3? No? You’re not alone. Gamers rejected this radical departure for the Donkey Kong series, featuring “Stanley the Bugman” instead of Mario the plumber:
…you play as Stanley, a guy trying to protect his plants from Donkey Kong and his minions of bugs. The gameplay is a mix of shooter and platforming, as you have to maneuver your way up these platforms while also shooting bugs and Donkey Kong with your bug spray gun. In some levels, if you get Donkey Kong high enough, you get access to a Super spray gun, which is a really nice upgrade. It tears through enemies and also has a longer range, allowing you to shoot at Donkey Kong safely from the bottom. You can complete the stage by hitting Donkey Kong enough times with your spray gun, or by killing all the bugs. At the end of each level, you get bonus points for each plant you are able to save. If you get them all taken away or you get hit, you lose a life. But, you get to pick up right where you left off, sort of like in Galaga.
unfortunately for Nintendo, it didn’t sell well at all. The first Donkey Kong sold 60,000 units. Donkey Kong Jr. sold 30,000 units. Donkey Kong 3 sold a measly 5,000 units. Along with bad sales came bad reviews. Critics called it a space invaders clone, and said it wasn’t innovative. It also didn’t help that the video game crash of 1983 occured during it’s release.
You can give it a try here. Once you accept that it’s nothing like the other games in the series, it’s actually pretty addictive.