Donkey Kong was an extraordinarily influential game created in 1981 by Nintendo, not in the least because it was the first appearance of their flagship character Mario.


In the game, the player plays as plucky character, Mario- originally named Jumpman in this game – who attempts to save his girlfriend from the evil Donkey Kong, the gorilla. He takes her up a set of girders, which you then have to follow him up as he throws down barrels and fireballs, attempting to knock Mario off. It is one of the first games to have an actual storyline unfold onscreen inspiring countless more after.

Gamer’s tips:

It’s a little-known fact…
If you survive long enough to get to the 22nd level of one of the original games, Mario will be immediately killed because of a game glitch?  Or ..MAYBE because you are too powerful of a player and you must be stopped, either/or?  Probably they just ran out of levels they felt like programming!

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July 9, 1981
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  1. by Bueller… Bueller? October 17, 2018 4:43 pm

    When I first saw Super Mario Bros, I knew it was the “guy” from Donkey Kong. I didn’t even know he had a name in DK.
    Mario is now very famous but began as the un-named hero of Donkey Kong in Japan, secretly named by his creator as “Mr. Video” …then named “Jumpman” for the American release of the game and then becoming the video game star we know as Mario. And we even know how to pronounce his name the way he and Luigi say it, haha. A fun history of Mr. Video is here:

    • by Tubular November 12, 2018 11:30 am


  2. by 예스벳88 February 2, 2020 2:15 pm

    Best stars you can see !

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