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30th Anniversary of Donkey Kong

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the you-are-old dept.

Classic Games (Games) 47

An anonymous reader writes "30 years ago this month, Nintendo released Donkey Kong — an iconic arcade machine that put the company on the video game map and introduced Mario. Technologizer's Benj Edwards celebrated the anniversary by rounding up some of the game's odder sidelights. For instance, it was originally going to be a game about Popeye, Bluto, and Olive Oyl — and among its stranger offshoots was a pocket-sized game in which Donkey Kong and Mario faced off in hockey." Gamasutra has a more detailed article about the game's development.

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Well ain't that... (1)

kakyoin01 (2040114) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726072)

...a barrel full of monkeys. Congrats, Nintendo!

Re:Well ain't that... (1)

obergfellja (947995) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726194)

Oh! It's on... like Donkey Kong!

Re:Well ain't that... (1)

kakyoin01 (2040114) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726218)

Oh! It's on... like Donkey Kong!

Didn't Nintendo copyright the phrase "on like Donkey Kong" a while back though?

Re:Well ain't that... (1)

obergfellja (947995) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726268)

that is why it was fitting as a response to the parent comment.

World's Smallest Playable Donkey Kong (2)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726122)

Videos (part 1 [youtube.com] , part 2 [youtube.com] ).

Made by Build Your Own Arcade Controls Forum member Bender.

Donkey Kong - Named for the Bad Guy? (2)

Slider451 (514881) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726124)

I was just explaining to my young kids how I played this growing up. The kept asking me why I only got to play as Mario when the game was called Donkey Kong. It reminded me of Patrick Stewart explaining that he thought "Star Trek" was the name of the ship when he auditioned for ST:TNG.

Re:Donkey Kong - Named for the Bad Guy? (2)

Life2Short (593815) | more than 3 years ago | (#36727240)

At my college we had a Crazy Kong [wikipedia.org] machine in 1982. It was another year before I saw a "real" Donkey Kong, and I thought the real one was the knock-off because of the gaudier (to me) color scheme. According to the Wikipedia article it was licensed outside the U.S., but this was definitely in the U.S. As I recall Atari games were still much bigger than Donkey Kong, at least with my age group. The big hits were Tempest [wikipedia.org] and Centipede [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Donkey Kong - Named for the Bad Guy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36727706)

Naming a game after the bad guy isn't unique - see Metroid, Metal Gear, Mike Tyson's Punch-out, Space Invaders, Dragon's Lair...other games are named after third parties, like the Legend of Zelda.

Re:Donkey Kong - Named for the Bad Guy? (1)

noodler (724788) | more than 3 years ago | (#36735272)

Metal Gear is not evil, it is technology.
It has no moral values of it's own.
It can be used for killing people (evil) or for sowing pretty flowers and making cupcakes (not evil).

A ship named "Star Trek" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36728324)

Ah, that'll be why the following series were called "Deep Space 9", "Voyager", and "Enterprise".

Re:Donkey Kong - Named for the Bad Guy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36813674)

I think Star Trek is a pretty cool guy. Eh kills aleins and doesnt afraid of anything.

I always think of The Mentors song... (-1, Flamebait)

grub (11606) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726174)

Donkey Kong always reminds me of that great Mentors song Donkey Dick:

Lyrics to Donkey Dick :
I got a donkey dick, it'll make you sick
I got a donkey dick, it's big and thick
I got a donkey dick, it's a hell of a fact
I got a donkey dick, it's where it's at

I've got a great big donkey dong
It's over 15 inches long
I've got a great big donkey prick
So shut up bitch and suck my dick

I got a donkey dig, it's big and long and white
I got a donkey dick, it packs a lot of might
I got a donkey dick, it's fucked old bags
I got a donkey dick, it's so long, it brags

I've got a great big donkey dong
It's over 15 inches long
I've got a great big donkey dong
So shut up, bitch, and listen to the song

I got a donkey dick, it will pass your test
I got a donkey dick, you will say it's the best
I got a donkey dick, and I'm not a real goal
I got a donkey dick, and it will really pack coal

I've got a great big donkey dong
It's over 15 inches long
I've got a great big donkey dick
So shut up bitch and lick my prick

Donkey dick, donkey dick
I got a donkey dick
I got a donkey dick, it's a real fact
I got a donkey dick, it's where it's at

Donkey dick, suck my prick

Donkey dick

Re:I always think of The Mentors song... (1)

grub (11606) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726222)

The video [youtube.com]

What a pile of worthless toss... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36726936)

At the start I was trying to figure out if that song was so bad it's good, or just shit. Having listened to it all the way through, I'd say it's pretty obviously... just shit. Not actually funny, not amusingly bad, not so offensive that you have to laugh, just crap.

BTW, I'm looking at the guy I assume's the singer and getting the vibe that he's one of those large blokes that has a small cock you can barely see with his belly in the way. I'd say "put up or shut up" with the donkey dick chant, but apparently he's been dead for like 14 years. So even if he had a donkey dick before, it's probably not so impressive now.

Re:What a pile of worthless toss... (1)

grub (11606) | more than 3 years ago | (#36728650)

The Mentors were a joke band. In "the day" they had all sorts of picketing from various groups at shows. The lead guy has been dead for years (hit by a train) but the rest of the group still tours.

Re:What a pile of worthless toss... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36738444)

The Mentors were a joke band.

I'll bet. It doesn't change the fact that this song sucks, er... donkey dick, though!

At least the black girl in the video was cute.

Putcha D in her Mouth (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36726400)

That reminds me of the charmingly titled "Put Cha D. In Her Mouth" (ok, so it's king, not donkey, but close enough):

Man let me tell you something
Man this girl was sucking my dick so good the other day
That she would tell me just let it go, just let it go
Man i just ran off all in her mouth!

[Chorus]
I'ma get my chief on
While she suck my ding dong
Eyes like a ching chong
Hard on like king kong

Put cha dick in her mouth
Gimmie head til I'm dead

Those are many quarters I'll never get back (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726182)

Damned ape took more lives than a serial killer at a hitchhiker convention.

Technologizer article format (1)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726294)

I think Slashdot should jsut be banned from posting links to Technologizer.
I generally don't complain about article formats, but this is the worst I've ever seen. The article is 15 pages long, with 2 paragraphs of text on each page, and a picture of Donkey Kong that is bigger than the article text. At first, I couldn't even find the article because the page layout is so dumb I had to scroll to the right to see it.

15 pages of ads? (1)

frostfreek (647009) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726300)

No thanks. Made it all the way to page 2.

Re:15 pages of ads? (1)

msobkow (48369) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726718)

Install AdBlock Plus and quit whining about ads. You only put up with ads 'cause you choose to.

Re:15 pages of ads? (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 3 years ago | (#36728260)

Install AdBlock Plus and quit whining about ads. You only put up with ads 'cause you choose to.

You are part of the problem. Just because you don't see the ads doesn't mean their resources are not loaded. Lots of trickery goes into making sure the site doesn't ban you for blocking the ads (not that I agree with either practice).

The solution is to simply not view those heavily ad-laden pages with articles designed to increase ad impression counts. Vote with your feet (or hits), else you are perpetuating the problem, not solving it. (Wouldn't you like to not have to use an ad blocker?)

Personally, I've found that I can easily bypass your ad-blocker software by incorporating the ads right into my site's content and hosting the resources on my servers. I use referral / affiliate link revenue for my sites, they actually give me better returns so I don't have to use as many ads. This is good because I've have to manually add each ad to the appropriate pages -- that means more work than including an iframe or script (increased load times) -- Now that my custom CMS supports the affiliate media it's much easier to manage the ads that I tailor to each page...

Also: Since you use ad-block, you probably didn't see the Google ad for this Slashdot article -- Which is a link to a free flash game site that has Donkey Kong. [livingplay.com]

o_O (I really don't mind this kind of targeted advertising!)

Re:15 pages of ads? (1)

the_other_chewey (1119125) | more than 3 years ago | (#36734268)

Install AdBlock Plus and quit whining about ads. You only put up with ads 'cause you choose to.

You are part of the problem. Just because you don't see the ads doesn't mean their resources are not loaded.

If you use ABP, that's exactly what it means.

Do Apes live that long? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36726410)

And for that matter do donkeys?

How can I play this again? (1)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726652)

Anyone know? Do I have buy a Wii or something?

Re:How can I play this again? (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726730)

Emulation, duh.

Re:How can I play this again? (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 3 years ago | (#36728314)

Anyone know? Do I have buy a Wii or something?

Well... There's a cheesy flash version [livingplay.com] in the Google ad for this article (your ad targeting may vary).

30 years later... (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726708)

...and it's still on like Donkey Kong.

There's a great documentary about Donkey Kong (2)

zoom-ping (905112) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726826)

I highly recommend The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. [imdb.com]

Re:There's a great documentary about Donkey Kong (1)

creat3d (1489345) | more than 3 years ago | (#36728680)

I highly recommend The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. [imdb.com]

This is a must-see. Everyone in this film is fascinating. Billy Mitchell and Brian Kuh are hilarious!

Re:There's a great documentary about Donkey Kong (1)

benengel (448238) | more than 3 years ago | (#36729334)

Its also viewable on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQZ9wXO8RVs [youtube.com] - definitely check it out - its awesome. I think Billy Mitchell rates as one of the worlds all time greatest douches and Steve Wiebe is one of the best underdogs of all time. You just can't help but root for the guy all the way throug the the film. Its great. Beware though it is a descent into the pure geekiness of reto competitieve gaming and the twin galaxies universe - shouldn't be a problem to the average slashdotter though i guess :) Read more at its Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_of_Kong:_A_Fistful_of_Quarters [wikipedia.org]

You don't say? (2)

Red_Chaos1 (95148) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726848)

"For instance, it was originally going to be a game about Popeye, Bluto, and Olive Oyl."

Actually, Nintendo *did* make a Popeye video game: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye_(video_game) [wikipedia.org] It was both in the Arcade and on the NES.

Re:You don't say? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36727818)

The article mentions that.

Re:You don't say? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36815264)

I had that on Colecovision.

Horsecrap (1, Interesting)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#36726976)

The man who made up zelda based on childhood memories of exploring the countryside sure as hell did not base donkey kong on an American cartoon, go on youtube search for "history of video games" there is a g-4 show where he shows the original storyboards, including killing kong at the end.

Re:Horsecrap (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36727084)

Iwata Asks: New Super Mario Bros Wii [wii.com] :

Iwata: Yes, the company was releasing Popeye playing cards and Popeye Game & Watch titles.

Miyamoto: That's why at first I asked if I could make a game using Popeye. The basic concept of Popeye is that there is the hero and his rival who he manages to turn the tables on with the aid of spinach.

Iwata: When you put it like that, it's the same as Pac-Man, isn't it? (laughs)

Miyamoto: Yes, it's identical to Pac-Man! (laughs) So I sketched out a few ideas for games using Popeye. At that point, Yokoi-san was good enough to bring these ideas to the President's attention and in the end one of the ideas received official approval. Yokoi-san thought that designers would become necessary members of development teams in order to make games in the future. And that's how Donkey Kong came about.

Straight from the mouth of "the man who made up zelda based on childhood memories" ;)

Re:Horsecrap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36728674)

Back in college, before slashdot, before chips n dips, CmdrTaco made a game based on his childhood memories. Somehow "Meat Popsicle 3000" didn't do as well.

Can you hear it? (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#36727338)

Doo, doo, doo dee dee doo, doo, doo dee dee doo, doo...
You hear that Mr. Mario? That is the sound of inevitability... It is the sound of your death...

And so King ain't so Kong after all... (1)

Super Dave Osbourne (688888) | more than 3 years ago | (#36728528)

The movie, if you have not seen it, is a complete waste of time. The game though, it still rules.

Donkey Kong or Monkey Kong? (1)

Rhodri Mawr (862554) | more than 3 years ago | (#36728632)

So, was the name Donkey Kong a classic translation error or not?

Re:Donkey Kong or Monkey Kong? (1)

mister_playboy (1474163) | more than 3 years ago | (#36730266)

From Wikipedia:

Yamauchi wanted to primarily target the North American market, so he mandated that the game be given an English title. Miyamoto decided to name the game for the ape, whom he felt to be the strongest character The story of how Miyamoto came up with the name "Donkey Kong" varies. A popular urban myth says that the name was originally meant to be "Monkey Kong", but was misspelled or misinterpreted due to a blurred fax or bad telephone connection. Another story claims Miyamoto looked in a Japanese-English dictionary for something that would mean "stubborn gorilla," or that "Donkey" was meant to convey "silly" or "stubborn"; "Kong" was common Japanese slang for "gorilla". A rival claim is that he worked with Nintendo's export manager to come up with the title, and that "Donkey" was meant to represent "stupid and goofy".

So the answer is... maybe?

Done with TFA at page 2. (2)

destiny71 (731278) | more than 3 years ago | (#36728688)

Really?? One whole web page full of advertisements, and 2 paragraphs of actual content? And there's 15 total pages?

Closed tab at page 2.

But hey, Happy Birthday Donkey Kong!

Jumpman (2)

pgn674 (995941) | more than 3 years ago | (#36729556)

They missed one of the more interesting facts. One that I didn't know about until I played on an original Donkey Kong arcade that had been embedded into a table [flickr.com] in a burrito restaurant in Orono, Maine, and read the instructions [wikipedia.org] . The character's original name was Jumpman.

DK'94 was awesome (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 3 years ago | (#36730828)

There was also the Super Game Boy game, that wasn't much like the original but it was fucking awesome. It's on the 3DS's virtual console if it's too hard to find a cartridge.

Tape (1)

cathalibm (1293192) | more than 3 years ago | (#36731008)

I've still got my copy of Donkey Kong from 1983 in cassette form for my Acorn Electron (BBC Micro clone) buried in my parents attic, wonder if it still works?

Re:Tape (1)

jank1887 (815982) | more than 3 years ago | (#36731968)

hmmm.... tape at attic temperatures for how many years? what lattitude?

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