History YMMV / DonkeyKong

8th Mar '17 7:04:43 PM Spanks
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** Creator/{{Rare}} is generally considered to be the true shaper of the ''Donkey Kong'' franchise for introducing DK's unique supporting cast, setting, and enemies, as otherwise the original games would have been a footnote in the history of the ''Mario'' series.

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** Creator/{{Rare}} is generally considered to be the true shaper of the ''Donkey Kong'' franchise for introducing DK's unique supporting cast, setting, and enemies, as otherwise the original games would have been a footnote in the history of the ''Mario'' series. Cementing this further is the DorkAge the franchise suffered from 2002 to 2010, the time between when Rare left the helm, and before Retro Studios took over the franchise.
10th Jan '17 6:20:25 PM YellowYoshi398
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* FanNickname: Stanley from ''Donkey Kong 3'' is commonly referred to as "Stanley the Bugman", despite the fact that there is no documented evidence of Nintendo referring to the character with the "Bugman" epithet. Just where this name came from has been the source of [[http://www.mariowiki.com/Talk:Stanley_(Donkey_Kong_3) much speculation]] for ''Mario'' fans. It appears to have proliferated in the late 90s and early 2000s through fan-created character lists like [[http://www.smbhq.com/viewbio.htm those]] featured on ''NeglectedMarioCharacters'' or the [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/snes/588739-super-mario-rpg-legend-of-the-seven-stars/faqs/32231 Mario Characters FAQ]] created by spacepope4u until the name became accepted as "fact" by fans.
15th Sep '16 3:23:40 PM WaxingName
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* CultClassic: The original 1981 game continues to be played competitively for world records; the latest world record as of this writing was set in May of ''2016''.

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* CultClassic: The Despite largely being overshadowed by later games in both the ''Mario'' and ''Donkey Kong'' series, the original 1981 game continues to be played competitively for world records; the latest world record as of this writing was set in May of ''2016''.
15th Sep '16 2:51:09 PM WaxingName
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!Donkey Kong franchise in general

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!The original arcade game

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15th Sep '16 2:50:57 PM WaxingName
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* AccidentalInnuendo: "HOW HIGH CAN YOU GET?"
* CultClassic: The original 1981 game continues to be played competitively for world records; the latest world record as of this writing was set in May of ''2016''.
* DesignatedVillain: It's AllThereInTheManual that Mario is Donkey Kong's abusive master.
* DorkAge: After Nintendo sold off Rare in 2002. The franchise struggled in finding a new identity for itself. Donkey Kong stopped starring in platform games and went into quirky spinoff titles that while they have their share of fans, [[SoOkayItsAverage were unimpressive]] and lacked memorability. It came to an end in 2010, when Retro Studios took over and developed ''Donkey Kong Country Returns'', which was [[WinBackTheCrowd was released to wide acclaim]].

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* AccidentalInnuendo: "HOW HIGH CAN YOU GET?"
* CultClassic: The original 1981 game continues to be played competitively for world records; the latest world record as of this writing was set
!Donkey Kong franchise in May of ''2016''.
* DesignatedVillain: It's AllThereInTheManual that Mario is Donkey Kong's abusive master.
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* DorkAge: After Nintendo sold off Rare in 2002. The franchise struggled in finding a new identity for itself. Donkey Kong stopped starring in platform games and went into quirky spinoff titles that while they have their share of fans, [[SoOkayItsAverage were unimpressive]] and lacked memorability. It came to an end in 2010, when Retro Studios took over and developed ''Donkey Kong Country Returns'', which was [[WinBackTheCrowd was released to wide acclaim]].acclaim]] and brought in a new legion of DK fans.



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** Creator/{{Rare}} is generally considered to be the true shaper of the ''Donkey Kong'' franchise for introducing DK's unique supporting cast, setting, and enemies, as otherwise the original games would have been a footnote in the history of the ''Mario'' series.
** While the fans have not forgotten Rare even after their buyout by Microsoft, they have also embraced Creator/RetroStudios as a "second" daddy for their work on ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' and winning back the fandom for the then-suffering franchise.
* {{Sequelitis}}: ''Donkey Kong 3'' switched up the gameplay from a platformer to a shooter, and replaced Mario with an exterminator named Stanley. It ended up being far less popular than its predecessors, so Nintendo focused on the increasingly popular ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' game instead.

!The original arcade game
* AccidentalInnuendo: "HOW HIGH CAN YOU GET?"
* CultClassic: The original 1981 game continues to be played competitively for world records; the latest world record as of this writing was set in May of ''2016''.
* DesignatedVillain: It's AllThereInTheManual that Mario is Donkey Kong's abusive master.



* {{Sequelitis}}: ''Donkey Kong 3'' switched up the gameplay from a platformer to a shooter, and replaced Mario with an exterminator named Stanley. It ended up being far less popular than its predecessors, so Nintendo focused on the increasingly popular ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' game instead.
8th Sep '16 8:08:48 AM YellowYoshi398
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* FanNickname: Stanley from ''Donkey Kong 3'' is commonly referred to as "Stanley the Bugman", despite the fact that there is no documented evidence of Nintendo referring to the character with the "Bugman" epithet. Just where this name came from has been the source of [[http://www.mariowiki.com/Talk:Stanley_(Donkey_Kong_3) much speculation]] for ''Mario'' fans. It appears to have proliferated in the late 90s and early 2000s through fan-created character lists like [[http://www.smbhq.com/viewbio.htm those]] featured on ''NeglectedMarioCharacters'' or the [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/snes/588739-super-mario-rpg-legend-of-the-seven-stars/faqs/32231 Mario Characters FAQ]] created by spacepope4u until the name became accepted as "fact" by fans.


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* FollowTheLeader: The game was endlessly ripped off by other Japanese games companies, both straight clones and also variations - one of which, the 3D-isometric ''Congo Bongo'', was foreshadowing-ly made by Creator/{{Sega}}. It also had home version clones, one of which was ''VideoGame/{{Miner 2049er}}''.
24th Jun '16 1:00:19 PM VicGeorge2011
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* PortingDisaster: The Intellivision version with its blocky graphics, limited number of screens, and terrible controls. So bad that it was purposely blocked from being played on the updated Intellivision II by its hardware. Carl Mueller Jr. created an updated version with better graphics, more screens, and even additional characters you can play as.
17th Jun '16 12:33:08 AM erforce
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* MorePopularSpinoff: The entire ''SuperMarioBros'' series, and to a lesser extent but more obviously, ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''.

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* MorePopularSpinoff: The entire ''SuperMarioBros'' ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series, and to a lesser extent but more obviously, ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''.



* SequelDisplacement: Many people born in modern times think that [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] debuted with ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1''. Likewise, there exists a small group of people who think, or at least once thought, that Donkey Kong made his debut in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''. Technically they're right, but it was the current Donkey Kong, with the original Donkey Kong debuting as Cranky Kong.

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* SequelDisplacement: Many people born in modern times think that [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] debuted with ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1''. Likewise, there exists a small group of people who think, or at least once thought, that Donkey Kong made his debut in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''.''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1''. Technically they're right, but it was the current Donkey Kong, with the original Donkey Kong debuting as Cranky Kong.
9th Jun '16 3:02:23 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* CultClassic: The original 1981 game continues to be played competitively for world records; the latest world record as of this writing was set in May of ''2016''.
10th May '16 9:11:15 PM Spanks
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* DorkAge: After Nintendo sold off Rare in 2002. The franchise struggled in finding a new identity for itself. Donkey Kong stopped starring in platform games and went into quirky spinoff titles that while they have their share of fans, [[SoOkayItsAverage were unimpressive]] and lacked memorability. It came to an end in 2010, when Retro Studios took over and developed ''Donkey Kong Country Returns'', which was [[WinBackTheCrowd was released to wide acclaim]].
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