In the Donkey Kong Online Open 2015 on Thursday, arcade gamer Wes Copeland registered a score of 1,170,500 in the arcade version of Donkey Kong. If this score was submitted and certified, he would have beaten the all-time highest score which has been held by Robert Lakemen for the last year.
Unfortunately for Wes, Robert Lakemen noticed his competition and tried out 6 hours later, exceeding that score again with an impressive 1,172,100 points. Robert’s score is still awaiting verification, but once certified he will have held his position firmly at the top spot for a little while longer – or, at least until they meet again at the Twin Galaxies Festival to battle it out one more time.
Wes Copeland did not walk away empty-handed, as he also became the first gamer to score 1.1 million on his first man. Twin Galaxies, the player achievement archive, acknowledged his skill and said “He was able to sacrifice his three extra men on the final barrel screen, essentially making this a near perfect game.”
You can see part 1 and part 2 of Copeland’s game in his Twitch stream archive.
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I think I’ve found my favorite NFL player. Travis Kelce, who is a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, has a Nintendo-inspired touchdown celebration based on one of Donkey Kong‘s signature moves in Super Smash Bros. That’s right – Donkey Kong and his Giant Punch special ability, which sees him twirling his arm repeatedly until he gains enough power to unleash a massive, devastating blow. See Kelce’s unique celebration for yourself in the video above.
“I got the actual move from Super Mario Smash Brothers,” Kelce said on NFL Network. “I mean, Donkey Kong was the original, what they called the ‘Fist of Zeus.’ He had the original Fist of Zeus on Smash Bros.”
Pixels director Chris Columbus has revealed that Donkey Kong nearly didn’t make it into the film. Columbus says that he and the rest of the team had months and months of talks with Nintendo in an effort to get Donkey Kong to feature in the film. They had to promise that they would treat the iconic character with as much respect as they possibly could. Nintendo and the Pixels team came to an agreement and the rest is history. Pixels is out this Friday.
You can certainly find some interesting information floating around Twitter. Mark Stevenson, who previously worked at Rare, has shared on the social network that the development team for the Donkey Kong Country series on the Super Nintendo originally envisioned Donkey Kong wearing a helmet with a flashlight for the dark and dank cave levels found throughout the original game. However, Stevenson says this was later replaced with Squawks the parrot.
We learned during Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event 2015 that both Bowser and Donkey Kong will be staring in Skylanders SuperChargers for the very first time. The collaboration was a wise move by Nintendo who are very clearly treading the water by letting other companies use their iconic IP in popular video games. To hype up the creative collaboration the official Skylanders YouTube channel has produced a video showcasing the two special guests in action. Be sure to check out the video embedded, below.
Nintendo has teamed up with Activision to launch brand new amiibo figures for Donkey Kong and Bowser. For the first time ever, players will be able to use the new Bowser and Donkey Kong figurines in Skylanders SuperChargers for the Wii U. Both characters will get their very own vehicles to add into the mix, including the Barrel Blaster for our wonderful ape which is synonymous with the franchise.
Those who buy these special amiibo to use in Skylanders SuperChargers will also be able to switch them to “amiibo mode”, allowing for additional use in other compatible Nintendo games. More information will be released on these figures shortly. Skylanders SuperChargers is due for release September 20 for North America and September 25 for Europe.
You can now rejoice as we’ve finally got the official trailer for the forthcoming Adam Sandler and Peter Dinklage movie, Pixels. There’s a whole bunch of iconic video game characters featured in the movie including Donkey Kong and Pac-Man and it does look fairly good. The official story for the movie is as follows:
When intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.