To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Famicom, Nintendo has released the original Donkey Kong in the Wii U Virtual Console. The classic game, which was first released in 1981, has players control Jumpman – later renamed Mario – who must scale platforms, climb ladders and jump over obstacles to rescue damsel in distress Pauline from the grasp of the large, stubborn ape Donkey Kong.
The game requires 35MB to download from the Nintendo eShop and you can purchase it for only 30 cents until August 13th, which is when it will be priced at $4.99. Donkey Kong is the seventh and final offer of the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign.
Conker’s Bad Fur Day director, Chris Seavor, has revealed that Microsoft mistakenly thought they owned the Donkey Kong franchise when they purchased Rare back in 2002. The information came about when Seavor was asked where the Xbox One’s equivalent of PlayStation 4 exclusive Knack was. Seavor then told the tale about Microsoft and Donkey Kong. Here’s what he had to say.
The current generation of ‘enablers’ won’t even know they own the IP… Here’s a true story.. When Rare was first bought by MS a group of execs came on a tour.. One of them noticed the Donkey Kong. ..Posters everywhere and said.. ‘Hey that’s great.. We own Donkey Kong right??’ ………/massivesigh
GameSpot has posted some glorious direct feed footage of Retro Studios latest project, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The latest Donkey Kong Country game sees the return of the revered David Wise who composed the music on the original Donkey Kong Country games on the Super Nintendo. Tropical Freeze is due out in November.
Veteran Rare composer David Wise will be composing the glorious soundtrack to the newly announced Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze which is coming to Wii U this November. Wise developed the soundtrack to a number of acclaimed Rare games including the original Donkey Kong Country games on the Super Nintendo. Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze is being developed by the revered Retro Studios.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze’s producer Kensuke Tanabe, who speaks of why they chose sea creatures and an invasion of Vikings. Tanabe also takes you through the title’s features on the Wii U, looking at camera angles and how they developed fur for the big DK – make sure you check it out.
Nintendo has launched a series of developer videos on its YouTube channel as a bid to tell you, the user, just why they’ve chosen to develop this game and what you should expect when the title is finally released. In the hot seat this time is
To celebrate the launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for Nintendo 3DS on May 24, Nintendo is partnering with the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens on Memorial Day weekend (May 24-27) to host an event on the L.A. Zoo grounds. The four-day event will feature fun activities for all members of the family, including an interactive experience at the Campo Gorilla Reserve, various demo stations where attendees can play the Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D game and coupon giveaways for $5 off the game at participating GameStop retail stores. For the weekend, the gorilla area will be temporarily renamed the “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at Campo Gorilla Reserve.
One of the weekend’s main events, a Donkey Kong Interactive Experience, allows visitors to watch L.A. Zoo staff feed the real-life gorillas from giant cardboard barrels that are inspired by the barrels featured in the video game. This friendly, educational activity is a one-of-a-kind experience for families and a treat for the gorillas. In addition to the feeding, there will be opportunities for fans to take pictures with the costumed Donkey Kong character around the zoo.
“Fans will get a chance to spend time with Donkey Kong and some of his friends from the animal kingdom at the L.A. Zoo this Memorial Day weekend. They’ll be able to experience a fun day with Nintendo at the zoo and play Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.”
- Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing
Nintendo of America has confirmed that Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will feature eight new levels o play after completing the main game. Nintendo says that the game has been fully optimised for portable play and also you’ll get an extra heart and new items.
A father has hacked the original Donkey Kong for his three-year-old daughter. Donkey Kong is an NES game in which players control Mario and help him rescue Pauline from the clutches of the stubborn gorilla Donkey Kong. The father, Mike Mika, hacked the NES game to swap the roles between Mario and Pauline, making Mario the plumber in distress. Will Pauline be able to rescue the helpless Mario? Watch the video above to find out.
My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together. Her favorite is Donkey Kong. Two days ago, she asked me if she could play as the girl and save Mario. She’s played as Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do the same in Donkey Kong. I told her we couldn’t in that particular Mario game, she seemed really bummed out by that. So what else am I supposed to do? Now I’m up at midnight hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline. I’m using the 2010 NES Donkey Kong ROM. I’ve redrawn Mario’s frames and I swapped the palettes in the ROM. I replaced the M at the top with a P for Pauline. Thanks to Kevin Wilson for giving me the lead on the tools and advice.
Nintendo Europe have announced that Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for the Nintendo 3DS will be coming to Europe this summer. There will be a 3D video of the game on the Nintendo 3DS eShop later today.
A remake of Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii was announced during today’s Nintendo Direct online presentation. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be released this summer in Japan, North America and Europe exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.