Jumpman must save Pauline from the giant ape Donkey Kong.

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Hiroshi Yamauchi
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

31 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Donkey King See more »

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Nintendo See more »
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Trivia

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

Goofs

There is a bug in the game that randomly occurs when Jumpman jumps over a barrel, and is not awarded any points for it. See more »

Quotes

Introduction screen: How high can you get?
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Sorry Atari, but that did not look remotely like an ape.
29 April 2012 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

Donkey Kong took arcades by storm, I remember waiting in line to play this thing and I promptly got wiped out. I was so psyched when it was going to hit the Atari 2600 and I got my parents to buy it for me. I do not want to say I was disappointed...well, yes I was. The game play is about the same, but the graphics are most certainly different. Being a kid and not understanding why it looked different it made me a bit sad. Still, I had a bit of fun with this one as Mario at least looked a bit like Mario and the barrel jumping was the same. And so were the levels basically, all two of them. Wait a minute!?! In the arcade, you had three stages. At the end of the first stage you would go to this place where the dreaded Donkey Kong would throw springs and you had like elevators to jump on. Then came the stage where you undo the girders causing the monkey to fall on his head. The middle stage is gone, I am guessing the Atari could not handle it, but they also cut the monkey falling down. That kind of sucks, all you get for your trouble is a melody. So while it was sort of fun, the Atari 2600 is very bare bones.


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