An actor who donned a Donkey Kong costume to promote Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is suing Nintendo. Parker Mills was hired to play the iconic gorilla at the Los Angeles Zoo on May 24th, 2013, after which he says he suffered a serious heart condition. Mills’ attorneys claim that he was denied breaks and not provided with an ice pack to cool him down while he was in the Donkey Kong suit. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D was also released on May 24th, 2013, for Nintendo 3DS.
Three decades after its original release, a fan with the technical know-how has unearthed several clips of unused music and voice-overs within the very first Donkey Kong. Discovered while looking through the arcade game’s original code, three music clips and two exceedingly short snippets of Pauline saying a rather garbled “Hey” and “Help” have been found. It’s interesting to note that some sections of the music clips, which were abandoned in the original game, would be found later in the Donkey Kong franchise. You can check out all of the clips at this handy page, here.
Just a quick reminder that you can purchase the marvellous Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Wii U eShop for $30 this week. If you don’t have a Wii U and are looking for some Donkey Kong related action then you can purchase Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on the Nintendo 3DS eShop for $20.
As you will know from the Japanese sales charts yesterday Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze didn’t do too well in Japan. The game only managed to shift 35,717 units while the Wii U sold 8,782 units. Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii sold an impressive 163,310 copies in its first week and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D sold 104,569 copies in its first week.
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.