Donkey Kong (ドンキーコング)

Released in 1981

Developer: Nintendo
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Distributor: Nintendo

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Donkey Kong marquee
game marquee

Game Summary

Guide Mario (jumpman) to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong.

Hardware Info

Controls: 1 Joystick / Button(s)
Vertical-mounted Raster monitor
224 x 256 Resolution
Colors: 256 Color

Additional Hardware Info (from Mame)

Z80 cpu @ 3 Mhz
I8035 cpu
DAC audio
* Samples audio
* Information was extracted from Mame, so "Samples audio" may indicate the game has analog sound hardware.

Mame ROMs

dkong, Donkey Kong (US)
dkongjp, Donkey Kong (Japan)

Game Details

Mario's first appearance in a video game, he was first introduced as jumpman and was a carpenter not a plumber as he is known today. This was Nintendo's first game by Miamoto, he later created all Mario games on nes, snes and n64, also Mario has become the most popular character in video games. In the 90's Donkey kong was brought back to star in his own game on the Super Nintendo. There were only two sequals to DK they were DK JR and Donkey Kong 3

First poular platform game - introduced Mario - Four levels of running and jumping action - Often ripped off and called things like Crazy Kong - How high can you try?



Donkey Kong control panel
control panel


Donkey Kong cabinet photo
cabinet photo
Donkey Kong title screen
title screen
Donkey Kong gameplay screen shot
gameplay screen
Donkey Kong promotional flyer
promotional flyer

"Maybe" Images

(fuzzy search, these MAY match the game, or they may not)

Mario workin' the hammer.Donkey Kong cabinet photoDonkey Kong flyer: 1 FrontDonkey Kong flyer: 2 Back

Coinop.org Member Ratings / Comments

**** by kk. Comment: "How high can you get? Of course, the fact that Nintendo built an empire on the carpenter character nonwithstanding, this was a pretty decent game at the time." 2000-07-26 09:02:04Z

***** by dsig. Comment: "Hard not to rate this game 5-stars. It did so many things to further develop the video gaming industry. It was one of the first climbing games, one of the first games to have multiple levels, it turned Nintendo into a household name and in effect helped the home gaming industry to be as successful as it is now. Last but not least, it's just plain fun! Too bad the modern games don't look back at how important the characteristics of this game have been." 2000-07-27 17:27:49Z

**** by donk_fan. Comment: "I could play this game for hours and i did a long, long time ago!" 2002-01-11 21:41:46Z

*    by mikey1953. Comment: " I have been playing this game since 1982 (I am 48 now)!I bought an up-right version in 1995 and am still playing it at my home! At one time I could put a mim. of 200K points per man on it! I really love it! Mikey" 2002-09-07 13:28:56Z

***** by bahamut. Comment: "Great game, always loved it when I was a kid and still do. Just wondering, does anyone know where I can get a replacement monitor for it, cause mine is starting to wear down, if you can help, email me at Bowden@wctc.net Thank you!" 2002-11-27 17:11:21Z

***  by madpembo. Comment: "had so much fun played every night got told i played to much by mum & dad what did they no ha ha can any body tell me where to go on computer to play this game would love to play it again my email is pembo@bushinternet.com thanks " 2003-06-11 14:41:54Z

**** by nosrevlah. Comment: "The big question back then......"Have you made it to the pie factory??" You were a stud if you did.....:) Great game." 2003-12-22 13:03:53Z

***** by BlackRage. Comment: "Just got my Firt arcade machine three days ago. Found it by chance while buying stuff for work, it was Donkey Kong. It needed some work, but after a day of looking on the net, and trail and error, I got it working. Been playing it now every waking momment for the last 48 hours. Anyone know how to find more???" 2005-05-15 20:39:09Z

***** by videodan. Comment: "My all-time favorite! What can you say about this game that hasn't already been said? I can play this game for hours and not get tired of it. A classic among classics!" 2007-02-26 10:23:30Z

***** by jabutler02. Comment: "I have always loved this game. I was driving down the road today and saw something sitting behind the supermarket next to the dumpster.... Guess what it was Donkey Kong. After an hour or so i saw something i think on this website checked that and it was the prob. Now i have a perfect working version of DK ..... YEAH !Guess today was my lucky day." 2006-07-23 01:03:18Z

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