History YMMV / DonkeyKong

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]].
18th Nov '15 2:59:50 PM NoUsername
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Fans can't agree on whether Donkey Kong was [[DonkeyKongCountryReturns immune to the Tiki's hypnotism]] because he's too stupid, too smart [[note]] Smash Bros Brawl outright states that DK is smarter than the average ape [[/note]] or just stubborn.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Stanley.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Stanley.Stanley has a bit of a fanbase despite his obscurity.



* MemeticMutation:
** [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/652762-expand-dong Expand Dong]] started with an image of Donkey Kong. Expand Dong involves taking cover art from various media, zooming on a character (preferably with a [[MemeticMolester misinterpretable expression]] on their faces) and putting a caption consisting of sexual things, whilst also making said caption out of bits of the cover's title graphic in a newspaper-ransom-note style.
*** And then [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL2A_KSdoc4 this]] happens. Just when you had a false sense of security from the knowledge that all Expand Dong memes were static, ''this'', of all things, happens.
** "Who is Dankey Kang?" originated from a photoshopped image of a ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' contestant's answer.
** [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/lankyposting-he Lanky Kong]]'s verse in the DK Rap has become inexplicably popular on gaming message boards.
** The Great Ape War, a GreatOffscreenWar [[EpilepticTrees apparently implied]] by the existence of the Manky Kongs and Funky's Donkey Kong 64 armory that has become the lynchpin to various attempts at giving the Donkey Kong games a Zelda-esque timeline and deep lore.



* NightmareFuel: In Donkey Kong 3, when Stanley loses a life, all the enemy bugs on the screen swarm his lifeless body, and when they leave, nothing is left but his spray bottle(Arcade Version ONLY)

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* NightmareFuel: In Donkey ''Donkey Kong 3, 3'', when Stanley loses a life, all the enemy bugs on the screen swarm his lifeless body, and when they leave, nothing is left but his spray bottle(Arcade Version ONLY)bottle. This only appears in the arcade version.



* SpiritualLicensee: The original arcade game was created after Nintendo failed to license WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}.

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* {{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.
* SpiritualLicensee: The original arcade game was created after Nintendo failed to license WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}.''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}''.
27th Oct '15 8:07:55 PM FigmentJedi
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** The Great Ape War, a GreatOffscreenWar [[EpilepticTrees apparently implied]] by the existence of the Manky Kongs and Funky's Donkey Kong 64 armory that has become the lynchpin to various attempts at giving the Donkey Kong games a Zelda-esque timeline and deep lore.
18th Aug '15 8:23:55 AM Rjinswand
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* MemeticSexGod: Donkey Kong, due to his burly physique has made him popular among {{Bara}} enthusiasts. The "Expand Dong" meme has [[AccidentalInnuendo further heightened his status]] as this.
2nd Jul '15 3:50:26 PM Kytseo
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* SpiritualLicensee: The original arcade game was created after Nintendo failed to licensefrom Nintendo's failed attempt at the WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} license.

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* SpiritualLicensee: The original arcade game was created after Nintendo failed to licensefrom Nintendo's failed attempt at the WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} license.license WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}.
10th Jun '15 7:50:45 AM Wingnut
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* AccidentalInnuendo: "HOW HIGH CAN YOU GET?"
23rd May '15 9:48:55 PM Luigiofthegods
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***And then [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL2A_KSdoc4 this]] happens. Just when you had a false sense of security from the knowledge that all Expand Dong memes were static, ''this'', of all things, happens.
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