Video Game Review Donkey Kong Country Super Nintendo 1994 Developed by: Rare Published by: Nintendo
Donkey Kong isn’t exactly the crown prince of Nintendo’s large cast of mascots. In fact, it’s almost as if he’s the black sheep; the first nemesis of the beloved Mario that was relegated in the 80s to teaching kids about math. When Nintendo enlisted Rare to create a new type of platformer during the mature age of the Super Nintendo’s life cycle, it was curious to see what would be the result. Donkey Kong Country ended up being a renaissance f or the primate character that helped revitalize the I.P. and became, for a while, a solid number two behind Mario in Nintendo’s roster of franchises. Donkey Kong Country is the game that started it all again and despite its age is still one of the best platformers ever.
Another year, another top ten list for video games. Unlike last year where it was a bit difficult to come up with a top ten list, this year there were only a few titles that I feel one could argue could have made this list that aren’t on my list. Actually, I was not too surprised that Screwattack had nine out of the ten games I picked on their top ten list. Additionally, Gametrailers only had a top five but all five were games from my top ten list. Even though my list is being published last (I usually publish it on New Year’s Day), the list has essentially been in the bag for almost two weeks now. Had I published it earlier, I could have accused other sites of ripping me off. However, I think it’s because there were very few MUST OWN!!! games this year that it’s no surprise that there is quite a bit of consensus across the Internet. The last couple of years there has been major differences between the lists of most outlets. Now, it almost seems unanimous.
There will be a special Weekly Video Game Podcast posted tomorrow featuring myself and Chris Karpyszyn where we’ll look at the list and discuss it. There will be a supplemental podcast on Monday where we quickly talk about this list and compare it to the previous years. The second podcast almost didn’t exist as we were wrapping up the first one and then we started talking about the last year and the year before that. Before I knew it, we had talked for half-an-hour. Once the podcasts are posted, they’ll be linked to on the front page as well as this article.
Whether you agree with this list or hate it, say something about it. Leave a comment at the bottom or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll read your comments during the next Weekly Video Game Podcast,
Video Game Review Donkey Kong Arcade 1981 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo
The original arcade Donkey Kong has become one of the most famous games in the world. It stars two of Nintendo’s world famous mascots and has been the focal point of films like The King of Kong. Behind all the nostalgia and popularity lies an entertaining game. Although it’s not as in-depth an experience as later Mario or Donkey Kong titles would become, the original Donkey Kong is a game that manages to hold its own. While it was never worth the price of what a full price game is today, it was, and still is an easy way to lose a lot of quarters.
Video Game Review Mario Bros. Arcade 1983 Developed by: Nintendo Published by: Nintendo
Back before Mario became a household name, there was Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong was incredibly popular in the arcades and Nintendo was constantly looking to keep their properties strong and profitable. Donkey Kong became a strong franchise with multiple sequels. His nemesis, Jumpman also made the leap into his own game. Mario Bros. was the first Mario game that didn’t involve the big ape. It was a basic game that was quite fun. It also took on a new dimension when a second player got involved. For those wondering where Nintendo got the idea of multiplayer co-op for New Super Mario Bros. Wii, you should take a look at this title.
Hall of Fame Inductee Donkey Kong Original Release: 1981 Designers: Shigeru Miyamoto Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo
While there were games that were more popular during their time in the arcades and games that made more of an impact in the world of gaming, Nintendo’s Donkey Kong is important for a variety of reasons. The first is that, while it didn’t become as big a mass market icon like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong was still plenty popular and was a staple of any arcade worth going to. Another reason is that the battle over Donkey Kong between Nintendo and Universal was the first example of a small video game company not bowing down to the movie industry and coming out on top. Most importantly, though, it introduced the public into the most popular video game icon of all time.