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Today is a special day for video games as Donkey Kong, one of the first characters to make a name for himself in the industry, turns 40.
The cheerful Donkey Kong made its debut on July 9, 1981, in the game of the same name, in Nintendo game halls in Japan, and was created by Shigeru Miyamoto, who took inspiration from the famous King Kong and Popeye to give the character the name and look.
In this game, Donkey Kong is the main villain and the girl Pauline, who has been waiting to be rescued, is trapped by a curious character named Jumpman (later known as Mario Bros.)
This triangle was a direct reference to Popeye, Olivia, and Bluto (or Brutus) from the comics of Popeye the sailor man, who were billed as a star in the title, though Nintendo failed to obtain the license and had to create a new cast.
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In addition, legal problems were also found with Universal, where the aforementioned company denounced Nintendo in the United States, arguing that it had infringed intellectual property rights (those of king kong character). However, thanks to attorney John Joseph Kirby, the company succeeded and was able to keep the name of the gorilla. As a curious fact, Kirby received his name in honor of the aforementioned lawyer.
From the villain to the protagonist of the wonderful games
After his difficult but highly successful debut, Donkey Kong has enjoyed a host of nicknames during his four decades of existence, transforming from being a villain to a likable and friendly character.
As for her most notable games, we can find some likes Donkey Kong Country (SNES)And the Donkey Kong 64 (Nintendo 64), Donkey Kong Country is back (wei) and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U), among others.
What awaits the franchise?
Finally, the future of franchising donkey kong Still uncertain, since after port Tropical Freeze For the Nintendo Switch, nothing is announced about the gorilla and his friends. However, there are many rumors about a new project that will be developed by the same team responsible for it Super Mario Odyssey.
We’ll have to wait a little longer to find out what Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and Dixie Kong await on Switch. In the meantime, it’s time to celebrate and continue to congratulate this great Nintendo character.
Congratulations Donkey Kong!
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