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 <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Jumpman was later named 'Mario' by Nintendo of America's staff, in honor of his resemblance to their landlord Mario Segale. See more »

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The game that started it all
17 April 2000 | by (Skagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Back in 1981 Nintendo was on the verge of bankruptcy. So the hired this unknown man called Shigeru Miyamoto to do a game for them.

The game was called Donkey Kong and starred a little carpenter called Jump Man who would later change his name to Mario and become the most famous videogame-hero of all time.

The game itself was a the time revolutionary. Not only was the first real platformer, but it was also the first game with a story of some sort.

Today the game is of course outdated, but it still stands as one of the most important games ever.


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