Sunday, January 1, 2012

Donkey Kong and.... "Jumpman"?

sooo how you guys spent your new year? so much hangover today, I bet!
I can also bet some of you spent it playing some videogame (drunk or sober, doesn't matter)...
all that matters is having fun, right?

well, but to the subject of today... I'm going to talk about a game that gave origin to two of most adored characters of all video game history... it's Donkey Kong!

Go Jumpman, save Pauline from King Donkey Kong

I'm pretty sure all of you played Donkey Kong Country on the SNES sometime in your life! or know the charming gorilla from mario kart, super smash bros or other nintendo game. Donkey Kong is a hero, right? well... not always! In fact, in the old arcade game he was the villain. (and the game was named after him)
Well, if he was the villain, I want you to tell me who was the hero, without looking to the picture above. Guessed already? that's right! It's a me Mario!
This time, Mario didn't have a name, he was called just Jumpman. and he had to save his girlfriend (familiar lady too?) Pauline from the raging kong, that throws barrels at him.
Fun fact: in 1982, Universal Studios of Hollywood sued nintendo, for similarities between Donkey and... King Kong. fair enough?
Well, needless to say, despite of problems with copyright, the game was so much of a success in the 1981 arcades, that gave origin to 2 of the most acclamed franchises of the wolrd of video games. First was Mario, and (a lot later) Donkey Kong Country!
The more you know, children...

Mario & DK today: good friends, but still rivals

and you guys? someone played the original Donkey Kong in the arcades of life? Share your experience!

27 comments:

  1. Spent new years playing Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. That's kinda retro. I played a little Donkey Kong when I was young I think it was on a console like intelevision. That's one hard game.

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  2. I dont own any oldschool consoles, unless you consider these gameboy advances lying around here as classic.
    I played soo much megaman, not because it was good but because it was extremely difficult haha.
    Good old times...

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  3. Wish I would have kept more of my old school consoles!

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  4. Donkey kong games are great loved all the old snes games, liked the 64 one too and the one for wii was one of the best nintendo games I played in years. Also use him in SSBM all the time, brawl, well that can kiss my behind.

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  5. I actually did when I was a very little kid. I don't think I had patience to finish it though I got so frustrated at some point. Although compared to Go Dizzy Go finishing it (eventually) was nothing.

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  6. I remember these games, and I love all of the TV references to them.

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  7. I forget how I know this... I know I've never played it, lol. Didn't know he was names Jumpman!

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  8. This was an excellent game that spawned excellent franchises.

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  9. yeah i loved that game back in the day!

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  10. yea, basically this was one of the root games of all time. my older brother played that.

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  11. I love this blog. All these old games that, at the time, seemed so advanced to me. I remember playing Atari. So when the leap was made to this, I thought "It can't get any better" I was wrong. I didn't realize Mario was in the game. I never made the connection, or if I did, I forgot (too much gin).

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  12. Donkey Kong throwing Mario is totally saved.

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  13. It's amazing how far we've come from that but both characters still manage to be relevant.

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  14. My first experience with DK was on the 64. Good old days of Mario Kart :)

    Weird Interesting News

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  15. I used to play a game like this when I used to own a gameboy SP

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  16. I'm a great fan of DK.. I like every game he is in except that Climber for DS... What were they thinking?

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  17. I love Donkey Kong! Outstanding chap. We used to get coffee together.

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  18. Awesome, I love this game. I totally following you!

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  19. That used to be one of my all time favorites!

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  20. i played donkey kong 3 once, that game sucked. i remember playing donkey kong jr math when i was a kid.. i couldn't figure it out

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  21. i love super mario!!! i follow you!! luisanavinci.blogspot.com

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  22. Woah, had this game when I was a child. It was the first videogame that I played with my NES. Now I don't have all time I would like to re-play old good games. Great blog, following!

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