Billy Mitchell Was Never the Donkey Kong Jr. Record Holder
Posted by James Newton
Score was beaten before he started
Last month, Billy Mitchell beat Hank Chien's Donkey Kong score to reclaim his place at the top of the game's scoring girders. On the same day, he also felt like setting a new high score on Donkey Kong Jr., something we reported on last month. Now it transpires the latter record is not really a record at all, Mitchell's score having been beaten before the bearded Billy even took to the buttons.
Oklahoma's Mark Kiehl racked up a score of 1,307,500 on July 19th, nearly two weeks before Mitchell's score of 1,270,900 was announced as a new world record, but it's taken until now for scorekeeping association Twin Galaxies to verify Kiehl's score. So while Mitchell may have held the highest verified score for a while, as the score was set before his attempt it's undoubtedly Kiehl's crown now.
Does Kiehl feel like setting the bar even higher? No, he does not, but he wants to keep the fire of competition alive for others.
I don't believe that this score by any means represents the top-end score for this title. I don't intend on playing again until someone, anyone, claims a new record... so go for it!
That looks like a gauntlet at your feet, Mitchell.