Donkey Kong (1981)

Video Game  -  Action | Family | Fantasy  -  1981 (USA)
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Jumpman must save Pauline from the giant ape Donkey Kong.


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The classic tale of a man saving a beautiful damsel from the clutches of an evil beast has been played out many times, most notably in the classic "King Kong." This basic premise served as the plotline for one of the all-time classic video arcade games, Donkey Kong. Released in the fall of 1981, Donkey Kong introduced us to two characters that would soon become mascots for then-fledgling Nintendo: Mario, a carpenter (he was first known as "Jumpman") and Donkey Kong, a fearsome gorilla who aimed to do harm to Mario. The story went thusly: Donkey Kong was an evil gorilla who had kidnapped Mario's girlfriend, Pauline (to do who-knows-what to her), and Mario came to save the day. The player controlled Mario through four different playing fields, dodging whatever Donkey Kong hurled at him. Completing each level awarded a bonus and the player moved on to another round. The rounds included the Ramps (six ramps, where Mario dodged wooden barrels and flaming oil barrels); Factory (! Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Shigeru Miyamoto has stated in interviews that the name was "Donkey Kong" because he thought the word meant stubborn, as in a stubborn mule. The name was intended to mean "Stubborn Ape". See more »


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Referenced in The Simpsons: Marge Be Not Proud (1995) See more »

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might be your mom's game, but still fun.
24 August 2005 | by (In a Chair in my room) – See all my reviews

You can bet a hundred bucks to someone that they've played this game. people have played this for generations, and all of them have had fun, one way or another.

Donkey Kong, a giant ape, breaks out from the local Zoo (or at least i think he did.) and kidnaps a woman named Paula. so, it's up to jump-man (also known as Mario) to go and rescue this woman, and defeat the monkey who stole her.

Donkey Kong has come a long way. from enemy, to good guy, and to rhythm game icon. in the second version of the donkey Kong games, he was captured and Mario was holding him there. so Mario isn't all you think he is. but nowadays, DK and Mario don't hate each other. they just beat each other up every now and then. play super smash bros to do stage a fight between the 2.

this outdated, but fun game gets 8/10

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