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Donkey Kong

A Platform game for arcades, Atari, Commodore 64, NES and others by Nintendo in the Donkey Kong series

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Donkey Kong box art

The classic story of a beautiful woman, a horny ape, and an Italian plumber, told countless times over the course of traditional oral history, is given new virtual life.

Donkey Kong was the very first creation of Shigeru Miyamoto (in collaboration with Gunpei Yokoi and under the commission of Nintendo boss Hiroshi Yamauchi). Miyamoto has identified Donkey Kong as his favorite game and raison d'ĂȘtre:

It was from [Donkey Kong] that I chose the path that I took and I went from a simple industrial designer to a "game design specialist".1

Donkey Kong also marked the very first appearance of both Mario (known as "Jumpman" at the time) and the character Donkey Kong, two of Nintendo's most beloved characters.

Trivia

Due to its popularity in arcades, Donkey Kong was outsourced to several other home consoles, among them Atari, Apple II, Commodore 64, ColecoVision, and Intellivision, before arriving on Nintendo's own NES. In addition, Donkey Kong was released as a Game & Watch title and licensed for use on cereal boxes, board games, pajamas, and hundreds of other consumerish things.

Universal Studios, owners of the intellectual rights to King Kong, sued Nintendo for copyright infringement. Universal lost the court battle, and in winning, Nintendo had a strengthened resolve to be real pricks to its contemporaries in the entertainment industry. Also borne from the court battles: Nintendo named the character Kirby after John Kirby, the lawyer hired by Nintendo to represent the company in court. Nintendo thanked John Kirby for his service with a $30,000 yacht christened "the Donkey Kong along" with "exclusive worldwide rights to use the name for sailboats."2

Categories & Concepts
Notes
  1. Miyamoto Shrine: interview from E3, May, 2001

  2. Wikipedia: Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Box Art

Title
Donkey Kong
Platform
Atari 2600
Release date
1982
Donkey Kong box art for Atari 2600
Title
Donkey Kong
Platform
Apple II
Release date
1983
Donkey Kong box art for Apple II
Title
Donkey Kong
Platform
Commodore 64
Release date
1984
Donkey Kong box art for Commodore 64
Title
Donkey Kong
Platform
NES
Release date
1986
Donkey Kong box art for NES
Title
Donkey Kong
Platform
Atari 7800
Release date
1988
Donkey Kong box art for Atari 7800
Title
Donkey Kong
Platform
Game Boy
Release date
1994
Donkey Kong box art for Game Boy
Title
Donkey Kong (Classic NES Series)
Platform
Game Boy Advance
Release date
2004
Donkey Kong (Classic NES Series) box art for Game Boy Advance

News & Blogs

Rumor: Retro Studios is reviving Donkey Kong

According to IGN, Nintendo second party developer Retro Studios (the team behind the Metroid Prime trilogy) is cooking up a revival of the beloved and venerable Donkey Kong series. They stress it's a rumor and that we should not sacrifice ourselves for Nintendo just yet, but they also stress it's a "credible" rumor, which means we'll probably sacrifice ourselves anyway.

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