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Encyclopedia > Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong as depicted in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.
Game series Donkey Kong series
First game Donkey Kong (1981)
Creator(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Voice actor(s) (English) Soupy Sales
Richard Yearwood
Kevin Bayliss
Voice actor(s) (Japanese) Koichi Yamadera
Takashi Nagasako

Donkey Kong (ドンキーコング Donkī Kongu?), sometimes abbreviated DK, is a Nintendo video game character, first appeared in the popular 1981 video game of the same name. Initially Donkey Kong was just a large, muscular, brown gorilla, with no distinct features. Since the 1994 Donkey Kong game remake, he is depicted wearing a red necktie with a DK emblem. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... For the Game Boy game, see Donkey Kong (Game Boy). ... Donkey Kong is a video game series created by Shigeru Miyamoto, featuring a gorilla called Donkey Kong. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Donkey Konga Jungle Beat ) is a Nintendo GameCube video game featuring the gorilla Donkey Kong and played with a pair of bongos (tarukonga). ... Donkey Kong is a video game series created by Shigeru Miyamoto, featuring a gorilla called Donkey Kong. ... For the Game Boy game, see Donkey Kong (Game Boy). ... Shigeru Miyamoto , born November 16, 1952) is a Japanese video game designer. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Soupy Sales (born Milton Supman on January 8, 1926) is an American comedian and actor. ... Richard Yearwood is a Canadian voice-over artist and character actor who does the voice of Donkey Kong in Donkey Kong Country and other film roles. ... Koichi Yamadera Koichi Yamadera ), born June 17, 1961 in Tagajo, Miyagi, is a veteran seiyÅ« who also hosts Oha Star, a childrens TV show in Japan. ... Takashi Nagasako (長嶝 高士 Nagasako Takashi, born February 24, 1964) is a seiyū who was born in Yamagata. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Fictional character. ... 1981 1981 in games 1980 in video gaming 1982 in video gaming Notable events of 1981 in computer and video games. ... Type species Troglodytes gorilla Savage, 1847 distribution of Gorilla Species Gorilla gorilla Gorilla beringei The gorilla, the largest of the living primates, is a ground-dwelling omnivore that inhabits the forests of Africa. ... 1994 1994 in games 1993 in video gaming 1995 in video gaming Notable events of 1994 in computer and video games. ... Donkey Kong (Also known as Donkey Kong 94) is a platform game developed by Nintendo for the Game Boy handheld video game system, which also contains puzzle elements. ... For the grappling position, see double collar tie. ...

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History

Naming

Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the character, believed "donkey" means "stupid" in English, and assumed the name would convey the sense "stupid ape" to an American audience.[1] When he suggested this name to Nintendo of America, he was ridiculed, but the name stuck. Shigeru Miyamoto , born November 16, 1952) is a Japanese video game designer. ...


Early games

Front of Donkey Kong promotional flier from 1981 showing Mario, Donkey Kong, and Pauline

Donkey Kong made his first appearance as the titular character of the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong alongside protagonist Mario (then known as Jumpman) and heroine Pauline. As Mario, the player must reach Donkey Kong at the top of each stage, where he is holding Pauline captive. Donkey Kong attempts to hinder the player's progress by throwing barrels and other obstacles towards Mario. The ape would reappear the following year in the sequel Donkey Kong Junior, where Donkey Kong is taken captive and locked in a cage by Mario, while Donkey Kong Junior sets out to rescue him. Donkey Kong would resume his antagonistic role in Donkey Kong 3, this time the character Stanley the Bugman taking Mario's place as the protagonist (Mario was given his own spin-off game, Mario Bros.). Stanley fights Donkey Kong's attempts to invade a greenhouse along with a horde of killer bees. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Donkey Kong ) is an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981. ... Mario ) is a video game character created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and the official mascot of Nintendo. ... Mario ) is a video game character created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and the official mascot of Nintendo. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Donkey Kong characters. ... Donkey Kong Junior ) is a 1982 arcade game by Nintendo. ... Donkey Kong 3 ) is the third video game in the original Donkey Kong series by Nintendo. ... This article is about the original arcade game and its ports. ...


After Donkey Kong, Mario would go on to become Nintendo's primary mascot, while Donkey Kong and his son were relegated to supporting roles and cameos such as in the arcade version of Punch-Out!!, the NES version of Tetris, Super Mario Kart, and the Virtual Boy game Mario's Tennis. The 1994 Game Boy version of Donkey Kong marked his re-emergence as a major character. He was redesigned, sporting a necktie as his sole article of clothing. Punch-Out!! is a 1984 arcade game by Nintendo. ... Nes is: A municipality in the county of Akershus in Norway, see Nes, Akershus. ... Tetris (Russian: ) is a falling-blocks puzzle video game, released on a large spectrum of platforms. ... Super Mario Kart is the first video game in the Mario Kart series, released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. ... Nintendos Virtual Boy ) was the first portable game console capable of displaying true 3D graphics. ... Marios Tennis is a game for Nintendos Virtual Boy video game console. ... For the entire Game Boy series of handheld consoles, see Game Boy line. ... Donkey Kong (Also known as Donkey Kong 94) is a platform game developed by Nintendo for the Game Boy handheld video game system, which also contains puzzle elements. ...


Rare era

The 1994 Super NES game Donkey Kong Country made by British game developer Rare marked a turning point for Donkey Kong by creating a new setting (Donkey Kong Island) and backstory for the character. This incarnation was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and then rendered in 3D by Rare. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The European SNES design is identical to the Super Famicom. ... For the television series, see Donkey Kong Country (TV series). ... Rare, Ltd is a United Kingdom-based video game development company. ... Donkey Kong Island as seen on the SNES version of Donkey Kong Country. ...


Dialogue in the Donkey Kong Country series implied that the current Donkey Kong is the grandson (later, the son) of the antagonist in the 1983 arcade game, who was now the bitter, elderly ape Cranky Kong. Donkey Kong was portrayed as a powerful, yet lazy and laid-back ape who was more interested in lounging than heroics, and as such was constantly vilified by Cranky and his peers. The series introduced a sidekick for Donkey: his hyperactive nephew, Diddy, and DK's crocodilian archenemy, King K. Rool. Cranky Kong Cranky Kong is a character from the Donkey Kong series of video games. ... This article is about the domestic group. ... Diddy Kong is a fictional monkey in the Donkey Kong series of video games. ... Genera Mecistops Crocodylus Osteolaemus See full taxonomy. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... K. Rool (a pun on the word cruel) (pronounced Ka-Rool in the cartoon show) is a fictional villain who appears in a number of video games featuring Donkey Kong. ...


Despite his name being in the titles of both games, DK did not play an important role in the sequels Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, having been captured by K. Rool. introduces a new protagonist in the same manner, in which both Donkey and Diddy are captured, with Dixie and Kiddy Kong serving as the new main characters in their place. The Donkey Kong Country series also inspired the Donkey Kong Land trilogy and a television series. Kiddy Kong Kiddy Kong (known as Dinky Kong in Japan) was created by Rareware to be partnered up with his cousin Dixie Kong in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kongs Double Trouble! for the game. ... Donkey Kong Land is a video game developed by Rareware for the Game Boy. ... Donkey Kong Country is a computer-generated animated television series based on the successful Nintendo franchise Donkey Kong as portrayed in the Donkey Kong Country video game series by Rare. ...


Donkey Kong 64 for the Nintendo 64 would be the last platform game developed by Rare that starred Donkey Kong. The modern Donkey Kong supplanted Junior's role in the Mario Kart series from Mario Kart 64. In addition, DK became a regular playable character in the Mario sports series and other spinoffs such as Mario Party and Super Smash Bros. Donkey Kong 64 is a 3D platformer video game developed by Rare for the Nintendo 64. ... The Nintendo 64 ), often abbreviated as N64, was Nintendos third home video game console for the international market. ... A simple platform sequence from the game Wonder Boy Platform game, or platformer, is a video game genre characterized by jumping to and from suspended platforms or over obstacles. ... A screenshot from Mario Kart Wii. ... Mario Kart 64 ) is a racing video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console. ... // This category includes any of the main Mario games: platform games (2D and 3D) that feature Mario as the main player character. ... This article is about the first game in the series. ... This article is about the Nintendo 64 game. ...


Post-Rare era

Following Rare's departure from the series, Donkey Kong was reunited with his former rival Mario in the 2004 Game Boy Advance game titled Mario vs. Donkey Kong. A throwback to the Donkey Kong title for the Game Boy, Donkey Kong resumed his antagonist role from his earlier games by taking over the Mario Toy Company, upset over the lack of Mini-Mario toys available for purchase. The game was followed by a 2006 sequel titled Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, where Donkey Kong, who is infatuated with Pauline, kidnaps her and takes her to the roof of the Super Mini-Mario World amusement park when she ignores a Mini-Donkey Kong toy in favor of a Mini-Mario. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... “GBA” redirects here. ... Mario vs. ... Donkey Kong (Also known as Donkey Kong 94) is a platform game developed by Nintendo for the Game Boy handheld video game system, which also contains puzzle elements. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Nintendo also co-produced a trilogy of rhythm games with Namco for the Nintendo GameCube known as the Donkey Konga series, which were based on Namco's own Taiko: Drum Master, though only two of the series' games made it to America. There was also DK Jungle Beat, which used the drums, and DK Barrel Blast, which would have before it was ported to Wii. Aside from those, DK King of Swing on the GBA was released by Paon around the time of DKJB, and its sequel, Donkey Kong Jungle Climber, is due for early September. It was confirmed that Donkey Kong will return to the Super Smash Bros. series in the upcoming game Super Smash Bros. Brawl with a new stage based on the look of Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat and Donkey Kongs Final Smash will be Konga Beat which is based on the DK Bongos.[2] and according to a recent magazine article, he might be appearing in the Mario and Sonic crossover game, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games. A music video game, also commonly known as a music game or rhythm game, is a type of video game where the gameplay is oriented almost entirely around the players ability to follow a musical beat and stay with the rhythm of the games soundtrack. ... Namco Ltd ) is a amusement company based in Japan, best known overseas for video games development. ... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Taiko: Drum master (U.S. title) or Taiko no tatsujin (太鼓の達人; Taiko master) is a drumming game for arcade and PlayStation 2. ... Super Smash Bros. ... Super Smash Bros. ... Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Categories: Donkey Kong games | GameCube games | 2005 computer and video games | Computer and video game stubs ... DK Bongos DK Bongos are drum-like controllers for the Nintendo GameCube game series Donkey Konga, Donkey Konga 2, Donkey Konga 3, and Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat. ... Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a recently announced sports game[1], featuring both Mario and Sonic, Nintendo and Segas mascots, along with other characters from their respective series. ...


Media

In 2007 The King of Kong was released, a movie documenting Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe competing for the world record at Donkey Kong. In the movie Billy Mitchell defends his 1982 Donkey Kong record of over 800,000 points. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a documentary following several people as they try to break the world high score in Donkey Kong. ...


References

  1. ^ Miyamoto Shrine: Shigeru Miyamoto's Home on The Web: (html). Interview with Miyamoto (May 16th 2001, E3 Expo). Retrieved on 2007-05-31.
  2. ^ Rumble Falls. Smash Bros. DOJO!!. Smashbros.com (2007-07-23). Retrieved on 2007-08-02.

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

Donkey Kong is one of the characters that helped break Nintendo into the homes and hearts of many gamers throughout the world. ... Universal City Studios, Inc. ... King Kong in the 1933 film. ...

External links

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Official

  • Nintendo's official Donkey Kong Jungle Beat website
  • Nintendo's official Donkey Kong Country website
  • Nintendo's official Donkey Konga website

Other


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Donkey Kong - MobyGames (350 words)
Released in the arcades in 1981, Donkey Kong was not only Nintendo's first real smash hit for the company, but marked the introduction for two of their most popular mascots: Mario (originally "Jumpman") and Donkey Kong.
Donkey Kong is a platform-action game that has Mario scale four different industrial themed levels (construction zone, cement factory, an elevator-themed level, and removing rivets from girders) in an attempt to save the damsel in distress, Pauline, from the big ape before the timer runs out.
Donkey Kong is also notable for being one of the first complete narratives in video game form, told through simplistic cut scenes that advance the story.
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