Donkey Kong Turns 30 (Time for Oddities)

July 11th, 2011 by Benj Edwards

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Thirty years ago this month, Nintendo released Donkey Kong in the arcade. The title introduced Mario to the world and turned Nintendo of America’s fortunes around.

Since the Mario character first debuted in Donkey Kong, we could just as well be celebrating Mario’s 30th birthday. I’m sure someone will figure that out and write about it soon (if they haven’t already). But folks celebrate Mario endlessly, regardless of anniversary or season, so I think it’s time to focus on his simian rival and the game they first starred in together.

That’s why I put together Donkey Kong Oddities, which celebrates the game in that very Benj way — by finding weird and interesting tidbits of Donkey Kong-related ephemera and compiling them in a graphically-rich slideshow. I hope you enjoy it.

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One Response to “Donkey Kong Turns 30 (Time for Oddities)”

  1. Thomas Says:

    As usual you’ve captured som really funny and interesting stuff. Although, I usually am familiar with most of the oddities there’s almost always one thing that’s entirely new to me.

    This time i LOL’ed when I saw the Taiwanese cover for Donkey Kong. It’s so amazing that it doesn’t feature *anything* that can be found in the game. I would love to get a time machine and go back to the time the cover was being dreamed up and try to comprehend what they were thinking. 🙂

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