Donkey Kong (Arcade)

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Mario must save Pauline from the evil clutches of Donkey Kong!

Mario's girlfriend Pauline has been grabbed by the big gorilla Donkey Kong and now he must traverse 4 levels of girders, elevators, and a host of other dangers as he scales his way to his true love.

Released in 1981, Donkey Kong has become one of the most beloved arcade games of all time and remains a staple of video game platforms, even still to this very day.

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StarDust4Ever said:

While the arcade version of Donkey Kong was undoubtedly superior to the NES release, in all actuality, Nintendo was sitting upon a much better version of NES Donkey Kong, finally revealed on a special edition Wii in 2010, with the missing cement level intact, as well as additional animations never seen before on NES. Appadently, Nintendo had the game finished back in the 80s, but the larger-sized ROM chips required to run the game were too expensive, so Nintendo cut a lot of the fat (and a good bit of meat, too) out of the game code so it would fit the smaller ROM size, hence we got stuck for over twenty years with an inferior port.

Thanks to RetroZone, I now have a repro NES Donkey Kong cart that plays much better than the original. But it makes me really wonder what other lost gems Nintendo may have stashed away in the vault for all these years... :p

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