History VideoGame / DonkeyKong

9th Jul '17 3:31:17 AM tropower
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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Or maybe everything's worse with an ape.

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: While only mentioned in [[AllThereInTheManual the instructions]] Pauline was this originally, only being called "the lady" until the NES version was released in North America.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Or maybe everything's worse with an ape.[[note]]Monkeys have tails, while apes don't.[[/note]]
29th Jun '17 10:34:44 PM Sammettik
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* {{Mascot}}: What Mario would eventually become this for Nintendo, starting with this game. Donkey Kong also enjoyed a big role in the limelight.

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* {{Mascot}}: What Mario would eventually become this for Nintendo, starting with this game. Donkey Kong also enjoyed a big role in the limelight.
29th Jun '17 10:25:55 PM Sammettik
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* AntiVillain: Donkey Kong's reason for kidnapping Jumpman's girlfriend is that he had enough being mistreated by Jumpman. Jumpman locked up Donkey Kong because of his rampage.



* {{Mascot}}: What Mario would eventually become for Nintendo, starting with this game. Donkey Kong also enjoyed a big role in the limelight with his antagonist.

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* {{Mascot}}: What Mario would eventually become this for Nintendo, starting with this game. Donkey Kong also enjoyed a big role in the limelight with his antagonist.limelight.



* {{Revenge}}: Donkey Kong's reason for kidnapping Jumpman's girlfriend as he had enough being mistreated by Jumpman.
29th Jun '17 10:19:45 PM Sammettik
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* VillainProtagonist: It's worth noting that [=DK=]'s kidnapping Pauline was a MistreatmentInducedBetrayal, and said betrayal was because of Jumpman[=/=]Mario mistreating the big lug. Hell, Mr. Video Game himself was the BigBad of the sequel.
25th Jun '17 6:25:43 AM tropower
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* DamselInDistress: The (originally) unnamed "lady" (Pauline[[note]]She was first called by this name in the instruction manual for the Famicom / NES version[[/note]]) fills this role.

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* DamselInDistress: The (originally) unnamed "lady" (Pauline[[note]]She was first called by this name in the instruction manual for the Famicom / North American NES version[[/note]]) release.[[/note]]) fills this role.
20th Jun '17 3:56:14 PM tropower
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The game is more-or-less single-handedly successful for saving the then-fledgling Nintendo of America. After having numerous arcade games tank, the then-president of Nintendo of Japan sent over circuit boards containing ''Donkey Kong''. They installed the game in an old ''Radar Scope'' arcade cabinet and set it up at a nearby bar, the Spot Tavern. The first day in, it made $30. The next day, it broke down too many quarters had caused a short circuit. Soon after that, Nintendo of America was assembling and shipping ''Donkey Kong'' machines all over the country, and the company was saved by this single game from Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto.

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The game is more-or-less single-handedly successful for saving the then-fledgling Nintendo of America. After having numerous arcade games tank, the then-president of Nintendo of Japan sent over circuit boards containing ''Donkey Kong''. They installed the game in an old ''Radar Scope'' arcade cabinet and set it up at a nearby bar, the Spot Tavern. The first day in, it made $30. The next day, it broke down too many quarters had caused a short circuit.circuit[[note]]Interestingly, the exact same thing happened when VideoGame/{{Pong]] was field tested.[[/note]]. Soon after that, Nintendo of America was assembling and shipping ''Donkey Kong'' machines all over the country, and the company was saved by this single game from Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto.



* AnimatedAdaptation: The ''WesternAnimation/SaturdaySupercade'' show, featuring none other than Creator/PeterCullen as the voice of Mario.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: The ''WesternAnimation/SaturdaySupercade'' show, featuring none other than Creator/PeterCullen as the voice of Mario.Mario, plus Frank Welker as Donkey Kong Junior.



* CaptainObvious: The original instruction card combines this with DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment, but was unintentional in both cases:
--> "Jump button makes Jumpman jump."



* DamselInDistress: Lady (Pauline) fills this role.

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* DamselInDistress: Lady (Pauline) The (originally) unnamed "lady" (Pauline[[note]]She was first called by this name in the instruction manual for the Famicom / NES version[[/note]]) fills this role.


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* GratuitousEnglish: Not in the game itself, but on the arcade version's instruction card:
-->"If Jumpman reaches top, Donkey Kong takes the lady higher up, and structure changes shape."
-->"When a certain structures have been cleared, Jumpman saves the lady."
-->"Extra Jumpman when you gain a certain points."
16th Jun '17 7:14:59 PM Kytseo
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* VillainProtagonist: It's worth noting that [=DK=]'s kidnapping Pauline was a MistreatmentInducedBetrayal, and said betrayal was because of Jumpman[=/=]Mario mistreating the big lug. Hell, Mr. Video Game himself was the BigBad of the sequel.
13th Jun '17 5:12:25 PM Sammettik
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* DependingOnTheWriter: Most of the time it's official that the Donkey Kong of this game became Cranky Kong later, but rarely they "forget" this and act like the "present" DK was there all along. There's also the matter of whether Cranky is the current Kong's father or grandfather.
13th Jun '17 4:57:51 PM Sammettik
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* AdaptationalHeroism: The ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'' retelling ignores the original backstory of Mario (and sometimes Pauline) being abusive and has Donkey Kong and Mario closer to their present selves. They also end the game on [[DefeatMeansFriendship amicable terms]].



* AntiVillain: If the backstory is any indication, the titular Donkey Kong would qualify as a downplayed Type II. Averted in ''Donkey Kong 3'', where's he's just a straight-up villain.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The damsel was Pauline instead of Peach, the antagonist was DK instead of Bowser, and, in DKJR, Mario (as Jumpman) was the BigBad (and was arguably a VillainProtagonist in the first game, due to DK rebelling after being mistreated). The third game doesn't even have Mario at all; the protagonist is Stanley.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The damsel was Pauline instead of Peach, the antagonist was DK instead of Bowser, and, in DKJR, Mario (as Jumpman) was the BigBad (and was arguably a VillainProtagonist in the first game, due to DK rebelling after being mistreated).BigBad. The third game doesn't even have Mario at all; the protagonist is Stanley.



* GreyAndGrayMorality: In the original alleged backstory, Donkey Kong went on a rampage because "Jumpman" (and in some versions "Lady") mistreated him. However, the third game shows DK is no saint himself. This is more pronounced in the AnimatedAdaptation.



* KillerGorilla: The titular character may be a subversion if his rampage is a reaction of frustration, if the [[UrbanLegendOfZelda rumor]] that Jumpman mistreated Donkey Kong in the first place is correct. Played straight in the third game, where he harasses a gardner for no real reason.



* SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome: Mario/Jumpan in ''Donkey Kong Jr.''. Unless you're going by the alleged original backstory, in which case this applies to Donkey Kong in ''3'' instead.

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* SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome: Mario/Jumpan in ''Donkey Kong Jr.''. Unless you're going by the alleged original backstory, in which case this applies to Donkey Kong in ''3'' instead.



* VillainProtagonist: Mario, while more of a {{Jerkass}} than a villain, fits into this role according to the [[http://books.google.com/books?id=CbYLQfZrUPcC&pg=PA166&dq=Donkey+Kong+mistreated+pet&hl=en&ei=_Rb0TYHDL-Hx0gHPxM3vDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Donkey%20Kong%20mistreated%20pet&f=false alleged backstory.]]
13th Jun '17 4:46:29 PM Sammettik
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* AdaptationalHeroism: The ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'' retelling ignores the original backstory of Mario (and sometimes Pauline) being abusive and has Donkey Kong and Mario closer to their present selves. They also end the game on [[DefeatMeansFriendship amicable terms]].



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: This whole plot got started because Jumpman was ([[AllThereInTheManual allegedly]]) an animal abuser. Quite a far cry from the kind-hearted hero he is now known as. Donkey Kong was also more of a mindless animal as opposed to his present BigFun portrayal. The ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'' retelling ignores the original backstory and has Donkey Kong and Mario closer to their present selves.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: This whole plot got started because Jumpman was ([[AllThereInTheManual allegedly]]) an animal abuser. Quite a far cry from the kind-hearted hero he is now known as. Donkey Kong was also more of a mindless animal as opposed to his present BigFun portrayal. The ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'' retelling ignores the original backstory and has Donkey Kong and Mario closer to their present selves.


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* SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome: Mario/Jumpan in ''Donkey Kong Jr.''. Unless you're going by the alleged original backstory, in which case this applies to Donkey Kong in ''3'' instead.
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