Steve Wiebe Reclaims Donkey Kong World Record

The high score merry-go-round keeps turning

Billy Mitchell, Hank Chien, Steve Wiebe: these men are the giants of Donkey Kong, throwing the world record around like a numerical barrel. Chien bested Mitchell, then Mitchell topped Chien, and now long-time underdog Steve Wiebe has reclaimed the top spot by a whisker.

Mitchell's previous best stood at 1,062,800, with Wiebe's new world record reaching 1,064,500. How much higher can these three point-based pugilists go, or will a fourth competitor enter the fray to spice things up further? The most nail-biting soap opera of the year continues.

Official video game scorekeeping organization Twin Galaxies has announced that the World Record on the classic arcade game Donkey Kong has changed hands for the third time this year as former champion Steve Wiebe climbs back into the top spot with a score of 1,064,500 points.

Wiebe last held the Donkey Kong record in spring of 2007, only to be bested by his movie rival Billy Mitchell months later. Mitchell's score fell to New York's Hank Chien in March of this year, but the Florida hot sauce distributor regained the title on July 31 with a score of 1,062,800 points.

Wiebe, who has attempted regaining the record at numerous live events over the years, recorded his championship game on August 30 for submission to Twin Galaxies, who verified and announced the score on Monday, September 20 as the new World Record.

Find out more about the Donkey Kong World Record holder in our Steve Wiebe interview.