Coleco Wants to Bring Back Their Version of Donkey Kong
Posted by Tim Latshaw
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Who's up for a quick history lesson? While Donkey Kong is purely Nintendo's furry, banana-breathed baby, the company originally granted Coleco rights to produce console and tabletop versions of the hit arcade game. Coleco bundled Donkey Kong with their new ColecoVision in 1982, then ported the game to other systems including the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64. Nintendo didn't release their own console version of Donkey Kong until 1983, but still made bank off the royalties from the other versions sold.
Although Coleco would fade out of the scene as a modern contender, they still carry a substantial amount of nostalgic respect. The company plans on releasing the ColecoVision Flashback, a throwback to their original console, this fall and have expressed an interest in having an ape join the party.
Upon announcing their upcoming system on Twitter, the topic of Donkey Kong was brought up. Coleco's response was short and sweet:
@plsburydoughboy working on it— COLECO HOLDINGS LLC (@ColecoVision_) August 7, 2014
An equally short reply was provided when the script was flipped and they were asked if they'd like to hop onto Nintendo's Virtual Console:
@PBZReviews worth a conversation— COLECO HOLDINGS LLC (@ColecoVision_) August 7, 2014
It is of course difficult to know just where Coleco is at this point in trying to secure Donkey Kong for the Flashback and what legal hoops might be involved (if Nintendo is even open to the idea at all). Would you mind seeing Donkey Kong reappear on a non-Nintendo system? How about ColecoVision appearing on Virtual Console? Input your responses on your number pad controllers below.