There is a continuity in the games, and this timeline is a project to put them in order of when they take place in respect to each other.
This is to include all linked games. This may or may not follow the order of publication. It is based on dialogue within games establishing when they occur, and the characters in the games.
- Circus (prequel where Mario begins conflict by kidnapping DK+son)
- Donkey Kong (game) (1981) starring Cranky, the original Donkey Kong.
- Donkey Kong Jr. (game) (1981) starring Cranky's son, who rescues him.
- Donkey Kong (Game Boy) (1994) is a remake of the original but DK has a tie. It is unknown if this is the original DK, or perhaps a grown junior.
- Donkey Kong Country
- Donkey Kong Land
- Donkey Kong Country 2
- Donkey Kong Land 2
- Donkey Kong Country 3
- Donkey Kong Land 3