Saturday, July 24th, 2021

Many faces of Donkey Kong, Nintendo’s 40-year-old gorilla-close-up


Nintendo’s omnipotent monkey-one Donkey Kong, Esq. – Just turned 40 years old recently. The forty-year-old young man is still so energetic, but it is reasonable to think that the old Kongmeister has experienced some identity crisis for most of his life. Compared with Daxiu, the orangutan has more times from heel to face to heel (there is for wrestling fans).

Naturally, along with these emotional changes, our friends who like bananas are forced to carry on their shoulders like a furry Atlas, producing a lot of interesting and diverse game styles. So, what better way to commemorate his respected birth month than by looking at the different flavors of DK and seeing if we can find any type of through-line to tie the whole experience with a neat bow?

Because you have to admit that for one of Nintendo’s flagship characters, Big N is surprisingly willing to push the ship with him…

OG DK: Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr and Donkey Kong 3

The Arcade Archives version gives Switch owners the opportunity to revisit the original work on the Switch
The Arcade Archives version gives Switch owners the opportunity to revisit the original work on the Switch (image: Nintendo)

1981 Donkey Kong It is one of the most iconic video games of all time. We also consider it to be one of the earliest games and still enjoyable today-who doesn’t like to spin fast in the first loop? But checking Donkster himself, it is clear that although he is the star of the show (hence the name), he is also a villain. The unnamed Jumpman (aka Mario) climbed over the bright purple beams, avoided the barrels viciously attacked by DK, took the elevator and ejected the ridiculously huge support from the platform, and finally rescued the beautiful lady Pauline and caused Kong to fall to the ground. Ground-the head may be permanently injured.

It can be argued in a boring and normative way that as the series progresses, the said skull trauma may be the cause of DK’s turnover, but it will be bad taste.However, the situation reversed the following year, and in 1982 Little King Kong Shape you into the nominal Tektronix and try to save the poor Donkey Kong from the now correctly named Mario.It is estimated that he was lying in the hospital after being brutally beaten, and Mario took a back seat in the follow-up action next year. Donkey Kong 3, But DK replayed the role of the villain as the not-so-popular Nintendo hero Stanley Burgerman (why didn’t he become a household name?!) on the stage in a compelling shooter and saw The donkey sends swarms of vicious insects to Stanley, and he must use high-pressure insect repellent to keep the insects and beasts out.

Good, but not Donkey Kong, is it?

Idol: Donkey Kong Country and Sequel

DK country© Nintendo

Entrusting the magnificent monkey to the British software company Rareware is Nintendo’s trick Donkey Kong Country When it comes to “Donkey Kong”, the first thing many players think of should be the series. And for good reason-these titles codify DK as a hero and fight the evil king K. Rool in three consecutive Super NES adventures.

However, since Donkey Kong didn’t actually play the leading role in the first and second sequels, this fact became messy again. Dad’s King Kong Mission or Dixie Kong’s double trouble, But relegated to the ape-like character in trouble. This shows that DK is considered not interesting enough to be a playable character, but still has his name on the box, which is a rather frustrating trend.

Thankfully, the ultimate Wii-quel Donkey Kong Kingdom Return And its beloved Wii U/Switch sequel Tropical freezing Put the hero in the best position where he belongs-you always play DK here, although your partner Kongs can rotate.Probably the strongest DK sub-series, Country saga is called This Donkey Kong experience. But it is far from the only one, you will see soon…

Beat technicians: Donkey Konga and Jungle Beat

Jungle rhythm© Nintendo

In 2003, Nintendo released an episode of DK Bongos, a gorgeous specific peripheral of GameCube, designed around the King Kong theme series of three rhythm action games based on the popular drum series (one of which was not released in the West) Taiko. They are interesting games, yes, but DK is almost a facade in them.

In our opinion, it is more noteworthy that Donkey Kong jungle rhythm, A charming, gorgeous Totally crazy A platform game controlled by DK Bongos-hit the right drum and go to the right, and the left drum to the left, the two jump together and actually clap your hands, let DK clap your hands.This shows us another world of Kongster, a world we have never seen before. He is once again on the side of the angels, but there is almost no recognizable Donkey Kong. thing In addition to the usual collectible bananas. The game is re-released on the Wii in the “New Play Control” series, and it is worth buying.

The Enigma: Mario vs Donkey Kong, its sequel and predecessor

DK Game Boy© Nintendo

Before DKC, Nintendo released the Game Boy incarnation as Donkey Kong, commonly known as Donkey Kong ’94, This allows Mario to return to the starring role and regain the original roots of DK.In fact, the first few levels are upgraded games of arcade games. Only by defeating them will things become a little explosive, allowing Mario to have more than one hundred levels of adventure in the various worlds of platform puzzle games. For thousands of years. If you haven’t played this yet, go buy it immediately On the 3DS.

We will wait. Got it?Okay, now it’s eight hours later, you know How good is it.Nintendo does not. It took the company ten years to launch a follow-up to the 2004 GBA game. Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Provides similar but slightly less interesting gameplay, as well as some really ugly pre-rendered sprites and a lot of Charles Martinet Mario nonsense.Following a somewhat lack of (but still good) follow-up to the Game Boy masterpiece, the Mario and Donkey Kong series went in a completely different direction, offering a series of similar games Lemming, Incredible machine with Daydream. Good thing, generally speaking, but what does it have to do with great apes! ?

The Cloud Clu-Clu Lander: DK: King of Swing

DK Swing King© Nintendo

It’s a bit related to the country series, but it has its own things, DK: King of Swing Hit the Game Boy Advance in 2005 and provided another perspective on the great ape. By playing the game using only the L and R buttons on the GBA, DK navigates a well-designed and shocking world built of nails, with each shoulder button clenching its own fist and allowing DK to climb up the stage to collect medals , Crystal coconut and-yes-banana.

sequel DK: Jungle climber Two years later, the same formula was treated more delicately and deliberately, and it remains one of the most underrated titles in the entire series.But it messed things up with Xananab, a giant alien banana from the planet Plantaen (Sigh deeply) Bring DK and his friends and enemies into a strange cosmic environment that has never been revisited. This may be the best.

Bucket of fun: the rest

DK 64© Nintendo

Does this cover all the roles and reversals of DK? not at all.We did not cover Donkey Kong 64 First of all, this game is part of the Country series, but in fact it has almost no similarities.and also Donkey Kong Barrel Explosion, A tragic racing game, originally designed for DK Bongos, but later transferred to Wii.Then there is a title like this Super smash bro Series, it can make DK a hero or a villain according to the game.

After all, the only real consistency in Donkey Kong games is that they are usually that’s goodEven his recent adventure Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze avoided his predecessor’s enemies and many gimmicks, and instead supported a brand new monster squad to fight. Although almost everyone thinks it is great, it is impossible not to notice the continuous transformation of the DK series. This may be the best, and it helps to keep it fresh, but it’s nice to see that the DK series takes at least the time to develop a consistent visual style. Nevertheless, if the quality is to remain so high, we are totally willing to ignore the lack of identity in the series.