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Creator: Shigeru Miyamoto
First game: Donkey Kong (1981)
Latest game: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014)
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Donkey Kong is a franchise created by Shigeru Miyamoto in 1981, centering around the Donkey Kong character. Originally conceived as a series of platforming games, the series has since branched off into numerous types of games. Collectively, the series has sold over 40 million units worldwide.

Overview[edit]

Arcade[edit]

After Nintendo's previous arcade title Radar Scope failed to perform in North America, Nintendo were left with a number of unsold machines, and president Hiroshi Yamauchi assigned Shigeru Miyamoto to create a new game that would appeal to American audiences, intending to simply convert the unsold Radar Scope machines. Nintendo wanted to obtain the license for Popeye video games, but after the deal fell through they instead thought of an original plotline and characters for the new game involving a love triangle between a gorilla (Donkey Kong), a carpenter (Jumpman), and his girlfriend (Pauline). The game, Donkey Kong was finally released in 1981 and became a success. The game was ported to several home consoles available at the time and even received two sequels: Donkey Kong Jr. and Donkey Kong 3.

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

In 1993, British developer Rareware was given the license to develop a new game in the Donkey Kong series using pre-rendered full 3D graphics.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit]

Other games[edit]

Spin-off media[edit]

Donkey Kong would later receive his own cartoon series, Donkey Kong Country, based on the video game series by Rare. One of the earliest fully CG-animated cartoons, the series ran for 40 episodes across two seasons. The original French series was accompanied by La planète de Donkey Kong, a programming block on France 2 which would air a variety of shows and also showed live-actions segments featuring actors interacting with the CG Donkey Kong Country characters.

Other appearances[edit]

Donkey Kong's first appearance outside of video games was in the 1983 cartoon Saturday Supercade. The show featured a number of segments based on hit arcade games at the time, including ones based on Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. The Donkey Kong segments featured Mario and Pauline trying to recapture Donkey Kong who is on the run from them, while the Donkey Kong Jr. segments featured Donkey Kong Jr. and an original character Bones trying to find Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong would later appear as a minor recurring character in the 1989 cartoon Captain N: The Game Master; in this series, Donkey Kong is a giant gorilla from "Kongo Land" who attacks anybody that enters his home.

Games[edit]

Game JP release NA release EU release AUS release KOR release Console
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Arcade games
Donkey Kong N/A ??? 1981 N/A N/A N/A Arcade
Donkey Kong Jr. 1982 1982 N/A N/A N/A Arcade
Donkey Kong 3 1983 1983 N/A N/A N/A Arcade
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Donkey Kong Country series
Donkey Kong Country 1994 1994 1994 1994 N/A Super Nintendo
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest 1995 1995 1995 N/A N/A Super Nintendo
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! 1996 1996 N/A 1996 N/A Super Nintendo
Donkey Kong 64 1999 1999 1999 N/A N/A Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong Country Returns 2010 2010 2010 2010 N/A Wii
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 2014 2014 2014 2014 N/A Wii U
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Donkey Kong Land series
Donkey Kong Land 1995 1995 1995 N/A N/A Game Boy
Donkey Kong Land 2 1996 1996 1996 N/A N/A Game Boy
Donkey Kong Land III 2000 (GBC only) 1997 1997 N/A N/A Game Boy / Game Boy Color
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Donkey Konga series
Donkey Konga 2003 2004 N/A N/A N/A Nintendo GameCube
Donkey Konga 2 2004 2005 N/A N/A N/A Nintendo GameCube
Donkey Konga 3 2005 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo GameCube
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Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat series
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat 2004 2005 2005 N/A N/A Nintendo GameCube
Donkey Kong: Jungle Fever 2005 N/A N/A N/A N/A Arcade
Donkey Kong: Banana Kingdom 2006 N/A N/A N/A N/A Arcade
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Mario vs. Donkey Kong series
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2004 2004 N/A N/A N/A Game Boy Advance
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis 2007 2006 N/A N/A N/A Nintendo DS
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! 2009 2009 2009 2009 N/A DSiWare
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! 2010 2010 2011 2011 N/A Nintendo DS
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move 2013 2013 2013 2013 N/A Nintendo 3DS
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars 2015 2015 2015 2015 N/A Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge 2016 2016 2016 2016 N/A Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
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DK games
DK: King of Swing 2005 2005 2005 2005 N/A Game Boy Advance
DK: Jungle Climber 2007 2007 2007 2007 N/A Nintendo DS
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Donkey Kong (Game & Watch) ?? 1982 ?? ?? ?? Game & Watch
Donkey Kong Jr. (Game & Watch) 1982 1982 ?? ?? ?? Game & Watch
Donkey Kong II ?? 1983 ?? ?? ?? Game & Watch
Donkey Kong 3 (Game & Watch) ?? 1984 ?? ?? ?? Game & Watch
Donkey Kong Circus ?? 1984 ?? ?? ?? Game & Watch
Donkey Kong Hockey ?? 1984 ?? ?? ?? Game & Watch
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Other games
Donkey Kong Jr. Math 1983 1985 N/A N/A N/A Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong 1994 1994 N/A N/A N/A Game Boy
Diddy Kong Racing 1997 1997 1997 1997 N/A Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast 2007 2007 N/A N/A N/A Wii
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Ports and remakes
Donkey Kong Jr. + Jr. Math Lesson 1983 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong Classics N/A 1988 N/A N/A N/A Nintendo Entertainment System
Diddy Kong Racing DS N/A 2007 2007 2007 N/A Nintendo DS
New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat 2008 2009 N/A N/A N/A Wii
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Unreleased/Cancelled Games
Return of Donkey Kong ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong no Ongaku Asobi ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? Nintendo Entertainment System
Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? Game Boy Advance
Diddy Kong Pilot ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Racing ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? Nintendo GameCube

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