(written by Theblackyak) Added on: 5 Jun 2011
Donkey Kong, when it hit the Atari 2600 scene in 1982, was one of the most popular and sought after titles for home consoles. It was ported to everything. Literally. With beginnings as a Coleco publication, Donkey Kong became the first true hit for Nintendo. Not only was it amazingly popular, but it offered the world possibly the best recognized character in video gaming history: Mario. Then known as Jumpman, he is the hero of Donkey Kong, as well as his own games.
Donkey Kong, as platform games go, is pretty routine. Big, bad monkey steals pretty girl and hero must rescue said damsel in distress. The game is played in an industrial themed setting, symbolizing King Kong’s historic climb up the Empire State Building. Mario will remove rivets from girders as he climbs closer to Pauline, the damsel. When all the rivets are removed from the girders, Donkey Kong will fall and Jumpan can save Pauline. Each level is more difficult than the next, but the concept is always the same.
The trouble with removing the rivets is that the ape is flinging stuff at you. The most popular and memorable item is the rolling barrel, but other items include fireballs and spring weights.