09.07-Donkey Kong

As you already guess this text is about famous arcade game Donkey Kong.

It is released by Nintendo in 1981. It is an early example of the platform game genre, as the gameplay focuses on maneuvering the main character across a series of platforms while dodging and jumping over obstacles. In the game, Jumpman ( Mario) must rescue a damsel in distress, Lady ( Pauline), from a giant ape named Donkey Kong.


The hero and ape later became two of Nintendo’s most popular and recognizable characters.

Donkey Kong is considered to be the earliest video game with a storyline that visually unfolded on screen. The eponymous Donkey Kong character is the game’s de facto villain. Donkey Kong is the pet of a carpenter named Jumpman (later Mario). The carpenter mistreats the ape, so Donkey Kong escapes and kidnaps Jumpman’s girlfriend, originally known as the Lady, but later named Pauline. The player must take the role of Jumpman and rescue the girl.

Donkey Kong was extremely popular in the United States and Canada. The game’s initial 2,000 units sold, and more orders were made. By October, Donkey Kong was selling 4,000 units a month, and by late June 1982, Nintendo had sold 60,000 Donkey Kong machines overall and earned $180 million.

Donkey Kong spawned the sequels Donkey Kong Jr. and Donkey Kong 3, as well as the spin-off Mario Bros. A complete re-make of the original arcade game on the Game Boy, named Donkey Kong or Donkey Kong ’94 contained levels from both the original Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr arcades. It starts with the same damsel-in-distress premise and four basic locations as the arcade game and then progresses to 97 additional puzzle-based levels.

Its success entrenched the game in American popular culture. In 1982, Buckner and Garcia and R. Cade and the Video Victims both recorded songs (“Do the Donkey Kong” and “Donkey Kong”, respectively) based on the game. Artists like DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince and Trace Adkins referenced the game in songs. Episodes of television series such as The Simpsons, Futurama, Crank Yankers, and The Fairly OddParents have also contained references to the game. Even today, sound effects from the Atari 2600 version often serve as generic video game sounds in films and television shows.


The Killer List of Videogames ranks Donkey Kong the third most popular arcade game of all time and places it at No. 25 on the “Top 100 Videogames” list. In February 2006, Nintendo Power rated it the 148th best game made on a Nintendo System.Today, Donkey Kong is the fifth most popular arcade game among collectors. The phrase “It’s on like Donkey Kong” has been used in various works of pop culture. In November 2010, Nintendo applied for a trademark on the phrase with the US Patent and Trademark office.

At the and I will like to encourage you to comment on the text. So here are some question to help start some discussion :). Did you ever played Donkey Kong? If yes what do you think about the game? Do you feel nostalgic about good old days :)? Are todays games better or do you think that graphics are not everything?

Have a great 09.07.2014


2 thoughts on “09.07-Donkey Kong

  1. Well I am more of Super Mario generation, and when I was a kid that game was absolutely amazing and revolutionary :). I am sad that I did not get a chance to play older arcade games, but unfortunately in my country this games are very rare. So Im hoping that one day I will get a chance to visit some country that still have big arcade play parks because Im a big fan of them.
    Thank you for your comment have a nice day 🙂


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