Twin Galaxies, the website that monitors and rules over gaming's top scores, today announced that a new Donkey Kong champion has been crowned.
Plastic surgeon Hank Chien has rocketed into first place, racking up a score of 1,061,700 points in 2 hours 35 minutes, and ending on the legendary kill screen that prevents players from progressing any further.
This score-smashing display was performed on an original Donkey Kong arcade machine in New York, and was verified by Twin Galaxies officials David Nelson of New Hampshire and Eric Akeson of Washington state.
Chien has stolen the record from Billy Mitchell by beating the hot-sauce salesman's high-score of 1,050,200 points. Mitchell's controversial rise to fame and continued rivalry with gamer extraordinaire Steve Wiebe (whom we recently interviewed) have been chronicled in popular documentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
This is huge news for the gaming community, who have followed the unfolding drama over who holds the all-important top-spot for years. We want to hear your reactions to this game-changing news in the comments below.