Donkey Kong series
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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