Friday, 4 April 2014

D is for Donkey Kong



Developers: Rare, Retro Studios
Notable Releases: Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country Returns

I must admit that I am not quite old enough to remember Donkey Kong as the titular barrel-hauling baddie from the 1980s arcade series. And for others like me, our first brush with the Gorilla came much later.

Despite lending his name to the aforementioned series, Donkey Kong didn't take on any adventures of his own until the 1994 game, Donkey Kong Country, a 2D platformer that made use of pre-rendered 3D character sprites and backgrounds. The result was a game that was both beautiful and technically impressive.

Since that first solo outing, Donkey Kong has appeared in a number of other Nintendo franchises. His latest solo outings were in the throwback titles, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

8 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, I do remember playing the original in the arcade. Fun game.

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    1. Wow. I can only imagine how cool that must have been. Playing it on a PC using an emulator could never have the same feeling.

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  2. I miss Donkey Kong. It was a real favorite.

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    1. Me too. I have loads of SNES era memories attached to it.

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    1. Indeed, they should be. Although, there was an CGI animated TV series from back in the day. Never release got into it though.

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  4. Oh wow just seeing that picture the music comes back to me. Great game.

    Brandon Ax: Writer's Storm

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    1. Yeah. And the awesome atmosphere. :D

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