History VideoGame / DonkeyKong

13th Jan '18 12:53:13 AM jormis29
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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: The Creator/{{Sega}} arcade game ''Congo Bongo'' (aka ''Tip Top'') is often considered to be a rip-off of ''Donkey Kong''. In reality, Ikegami ended up also developing this game[[note]]Along with VideoGame/{{Zaxxon}}, which uses the same hardware.[[/note]] for Sega, foreshadowing the future rivalry between Nintendo and Sega.

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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: The Creator/{{Sega}} arcade game ''Congo Bongo'' ''VideoGame/CongoBongo'' (aka ''Tip Top'') is often considered to be a rip-off of ''Donkey Kong''. In reality, Ikegami ended up also developing this game[[note]]Along with VideoGame/{{Zaxxon}}, which uses the same hardware.[[/note]] for Sega, foreshadowing the future rivalry between Nintendo and Sega.
7th Nov '17 12:11:07 AM HarpieSiren
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* {{Expy}}: Initially conceived as a ''{{Popeye}}'' game until Nintendo was unable to secure the rights from Kings Features, the three central characters were instead made into new ones, Popeye becoming Jumpman, Bluto becoming Donkey Kong, and Olive Oyl becoming Lady. A ''Popeye'' arcade game did get made some time later. The Jumpman/Mario in [[http://video-game-ephemera.com/image/045e395.jpg the illustration artwork for this game]] still bears a vestigial resemblance to Popeye (in particular the nose, chin and squinty eyes) that becomes downplayed after Mario's ArtEvolution.

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* {{Expy}}: Initially conceived as a ''{{Popeye}}'' game until Nintendo was unable to secure the rights from Kings Features, the three central characters were instead made into new ones, Popeye becoming Jumpman, Bluto becoming Donkey Kong, and Olive Oyl becoming Lady. A ''Popeye'' arcade game did get made some time later. The Jumpman/Mario in [[http://video-game-ephemera.com/image/045e395.jpg the illustration artwork for this game]] still bears a vestigial resemblance to Popeye (in particular the nose, chin and squinty eyes) that becomes downplayed after Mario's ArtEvolution.would vanish when Mario got his more familiar redesign.
1st Oct '17 2:00:54 AM tropower
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In another ironic twist, Nintendo itself was [[ScrewedByTheLawyers found guilty of violating the copyright]] for the arcade game, and therefore cannot sell the original version of ''Donkey Kong'' for its consoles. To summarize, the original arcade game was written by a company named Ikegami Tsushinki on assignment, but the contract did not include ownership rights to the code. When ''Donkey Kong'' became a hit, Nintendo tried to make more boards themselves, and got sued for copyright violation as a result. A detailed report is [[http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/134790/the_secret_history_of_donkey_kong.php?print=1 available here.]]

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In another ironic twist, Nintendo itself was [[ScrewedByTheLawyers found guilty of violating the copyright]] for the arcade game, and therefore cannot sell the original version of ''Donkey Kong'' for its consoles. To summarize, the original arcade game was written by a company named Ikegami Tsushinki Tsushinki[[note]]A maker of professional broadcasting equipment, including video cameras.[[/note]] on assignment, but assignment. Either that, or Nintendo made the game themselves using hardware made by Ikegami, [[OrSoIheard depending on who's telling the story]]. Either way, the contract did not include ownership rights to the code. When ''Donkey Kong'' became a hit, Nintendo either tried to make more boards themselves, themselves or simply used the code (illegally, according to Ikegami) to create Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong 3, VideoGame/MarioBros, VideoGame/{{Popeye}}, and possibly other games. In any case, they got sued for copyright violation as a result. A detailed report is [[http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/134790/the_secret_history_of_donkey_kong.php?print=1 available here.]]
]]. However, with the release of the arcade version of Mario Bros. on UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch [[note]]As part of Hamster's Arcade Archives series.[[/note]], this may start changing.



* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: The Creator/{{Sega}} arcade game ''Congo Bongo'' (aka ''Tip Top'') is often considered to be a rip-off of ''Donkey Kong''. In reality, the programming for ''Donkey Kong'' was outsourced to a company called Ikegami Tsushinki, who sued Nintendo when they felt they were not properly compensated for their work. Ikegami ended up developing a ''Donkey Kong''-like game for Sega, foreshadowing the future rivalry between the two companies.

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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: The Creator/{{Sega}} arcade game ''Congo Bongo'' (aka ''Tip Top'') is often considered to be a rip-off of ''Donkey Kong''. In reality, the programming for ''Donkey Kong'' was outsourced to a company called Ikegami Tsushinki, who sued Nintendo when they felt they were not properly compensated for their work. Ikegami ended up also developing a ''Donkey Kong''-like game this game[[note]]Along with VideoGame/{{Zaxxon}}, which uses the same hardware.[[/note]] for Sega, foreshadowing the future rivalry between the two companies.Nintendo and Sega.



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

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



* ArcadePerfectPort: Averted. Most of the ports are faithful to the arcade version, but leave out [=50m=] due to memory limitations. Some ports play it straighter, such as "''Donkey Kong: Original Edition''" and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'', but even then there are graphical and audio differences. This is because Nintendo does not own the rights to ''Donkey Kong'''s source code, as explained above. The only truly arcade-perfect port is the one included in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64''.

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* ArcadePerfectPort: Averted. Most of the ports are faithful to the arcade version, but leave out [=50m=] due to memory limitations. Some ports play it straighter, such as "''Donkey Kong: Original Edition''" and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'', but even then there are graphical and audio differences. This is because Nintendo does not own the rights to ''Donkey Kong'''s source code, as explained above. The only truly arcade-perfect port is the one included in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64''.''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64''[[note]]Which is just an emulated version of the arcade original.[[/note]].
26th Sep '17 1:40:45 PM barberbarberjoe
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* BreakoutCharacter: Donkey Kong and Jumpman, who later became Mario. Pauline, not so much.

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* BreakoutCharacter: Donkey Kong and Jumpman, who later became Mario. Pauline, not so much.much (well, [[VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey at the time]]).
30th Jul '17 1:19:02 PM Sammettik
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* NoOSHACompliance: It's understandable that a giant ape could cause a few collapsed walkways and broken ladders in a construction site, but who's responsible for letting him get up there in the first place?

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* NoOSHACompliance: NoOSHACompliance:
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It's understandable that a giant ape could cause a few collapsed walkways and broken ladders in a construction site, but who's responsible for letting him get up there in the first place?place?
** Forget the barrels and jacks, what kind of oil spawns ''living fire monsters''?
30th Jul '17 1:13:00 PM Sammettik
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* ExcusePlot: The ever popular "Guy chases after other guy who kidnapped his girl".
30th Jul '17 1:08:41 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.



* 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.
29th Jul '17 4:45:59 AM jormis29
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** Pauline is named after the famous DamselInDistress from the FilmSerial ''The Perils of Pauline''.

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** Pauline is named after the famous DamselInDistress from the FilmSerial ''The Perils of Pauline''.''Film/ThePerilsOfPauline''.
28th Jul '17 4:17:40 PM HarpieSiren
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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[[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.

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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[[note]]Interestingly, the exact same thing happened when VideoGame/{{Pong]] 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.
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]]
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