Donkey Kong, the 1981 Nintendo classic, exists in the upper echelon of Arcade Classics. This timeless arcade game was and still is one the most popular games ever made. Donkey Kong also has an impressive legacy that still exists in console games of today. Donkey Kong features the first appearance of Mario, (Mario wasn't officially named until Donkey Kong Jr.) who inspired countless games. It also features its namesake, the misunderstood giant ape: Donkey Kong.
Donkey Kong has kidnapped Mario's girlfriend, Pauline. And Kong will stop at nothing to keep Mario from getting her back. The first level involves Donkey Kong rolling barrels down declined red steel girders. Mario must jump the barrels or smash them with the hammer, while he climbs up the various ladders to the top, where Pauline is held captive. The next level is similar, with ladders and steel girders with Kong guarding Pauline at the top. But instead of jumping barrels and climbing ladders to get to the top, Mario must remove rivets in the girders that will drop Donkey Kong on his head. Of course, it will take more than that to kill the mighty ape. The game then repeats the first level. After beating this level again, there is a mystery level that is a blast to play. I'll leave it a secret that can be revealed by the winning bidder.
Donkey Kong, an excellent classic game full of early 80s nostalgia, really put Nintendo on the map. This game began the company's string of successes that made it the gaming powerhouse of today. And it can be traced back to a simple yet fun game of 1981 and two characters, Kong and Mario, that have captured the imaginations of kids of all ages for generations.
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