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News: Rare's Gregg Mayles Reveals It Was Miyamoto Who Suggested Donkey Kong Should Sport Neckwear

Rare's Gregg Mayles Reveals It Was Miyamoto Who Suggested Donkey Kong Should Sport Neckwear

Rare staffer reveals the pre-history of Donkey Kong Country

Gregg Mayles is one of Rare's longest-serving employees and can list some of the firm's most famous titles on his impressive CV. He's currently hard at work on the studio's next offering, Sea of Thieves, but has taken the time to post some interesting info relating to the SNES classic...

Video: Iron Maiden's New Music Video Pays Tribute To Donkey Kong, Of All Things

Iron Maiden's New Music Video Pays Tribute To Donkey Kong, Of All Things

A heavy trip through gaming history

Legendary British heavy metal band Iron Maiden are preparing to release their first single in half a decade and have put together a video game-inspired music video to mark the occasion. Speed of Light's official video sees the band's iconic mascot Eddie getting sucked into an arcade machine which then forces him...

Review: DK: Jungle Climber (Wii U eShop / DS)

DK: Jungle Climber (Wii U eShop / DS)

Aping the King of Swing

What do you get when you throw away an established series' playbook and try for something new? You get DK: Jungle Climber. Unlike previous entries in the venerable Donkey Kong franchise, DK: Jungle Climber takes a fresh look at the series by focusing on swinging and timing more than precise platforming. The problem? It gets...

Video: Here's a Brief, and Entertaining, History of Donkey Kong

Here's a Brief, and Entertaining, History of Donkey Kong

Iconic and diverse

We don't yet know what's next for Donkey Kong and his many relations, but we can certainly celebrate the mascot's diverse history to date. From transforming the fortunes of Nintendo's video game business with the self-titled arcade cabinet, to dazzling in the Rare and then recent Retro Studios days, with plenty of games in...

News: Reggie Explains Why Donkey Kong And Bowser Were Chosen For Skylanders SuperChargers

Reggie Explains Why Donkey Kong And Bowser Were Chosen For Skylanders SuperChargers

As well as how the Activision partnership came to be

If you caught E3 earlier this week, you'd know that Nintendo has teamed up with Activision to create two new amiibo for the latest instalment to the Skylanders series: Skylanders SuperChargers. However, the announcement left some scratching their heads as to why Nintendo decided to use Donkey...

Weirdness: Bethesda’s Fallout 4 Features Mini-Games Inspired By Classics Such As Donkey Kong & Missile Command

Bethesda’s Fallout 4 Features Mini-Games Inspired By Classics Such As Donkey Kong & Missile Command

A surprise from E3 2015 you may not have expected

In case you missed it, this year Bethesda Softworks hosted its very own E3 press conference for the first time ever. As expected, the company teased the new DOOM, Dishonored 2 and their most cherished creation, Fallout 4. During one of the many Fallout 4 segments, the company revealed the latest...

News: Former Rare Devs Playtonic Want Donkey Kong Country Villain K. Rool In Super Smash Bros.

Former Rare Devs Playtonic Want Donkey Kong Country Villain K. Rool In Super Smash Bros.

"Let's get another of our artists' beautiful children into the fight"

Nintendo has opened up voting to see which characters its fans want to see in Super Smash Bros., and this has predictably led to some rather outlandish recommendations. UK studio Playtonic - made up of former Rare developers - has thrown its hat into the ring by suggesting fans...

Video: New Pixels Movie Trailer Passes One Million Views in Less Than a Day

New Pixels Movie Trailer Passes One Million Views in Less Than a Day

"It's just a barrel, how bad can it hurt?"

Pixels is set to be a comedy blockbuster this Summer, and has naturally got fans of gaming - particularly those with a fondness for retro - rather excited. With a big-hitting cast - albeit including the marmite-esque Adam Sandler - it'll be heavily publicised by Sony Pictures as the film to see in a few...

Preview: Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Tips go in the jar, mate

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is just a few days away for North American fans, and those in Europe will only have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on it. With the release date rapidly approaching, we've put together a short video to show you what you can expect to see in the game when it hits the 3DS and...

News: Complete First Season Of Donkey Kong Country TV Series Coming To DVD This May

Complete First Season Of Donkey Kong Country TV Series Coming To DVD This May

"I'M GONNA BE A STAR!!!"

Did you know that our dear old ape Donkey Kong has a nigh-on angelic singing voice? Anyone who watched the absolutely bizarre television series from the 90's will know all about it, and now the non-believers will finally get a chance to hear it for themselves in full. Yes, in an announcement that will either delight,...

News: Nintendo España Appears to Confirm Super Mario amiibo for Rosalina, Donkey Kong and Wario

Nintendo España Appears to Confirm Super Mario amiibo for Rosalina, Donkey Kong and Wario

Picking up on previous speculation in Japan

Update: Nintendo España has, unsurprisingly, now informed Nintenderos that this press release was in error; we've also received a similar message after enquiring on this with Nintendo UK. As suggested below there have been instances like this out of Nintendo's Spanish divisions in the recent past, so...

Video: Donkey Kong Country Returns...To Wii U

Donkey Kong Country Returns...To Wii U

It's on like Donkey Kong. Again.

The second Wii re-release has arrived on the European eShop, and it's a doozy. Are you ready for Donkey Kong Country Returns? As we have come to expect from Retro Studios, they knocked it out of the park with a game that apes (pun intended) the original SNES trilogies' gameplay, but is it worth revisiting on Wii U?...

Review: DK: King of Swing (Wii U eShop / GBA)

DK: King of Swing (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Shouldering the effort

Between 1999's Donkey Kong 64 and 2010's Donkey Kong Country Returns, Nintendo's great ape served a cool-off period of sorts when it came to straight-up platforming adventures. He had no huge releases to his name, but that didn't mean he was on the backburner entirely. The 2000s were a time to utilise Donkey Kong as a...

News: Donkey Kong Land Rated And Ready For North American 3DS Virtual Console Release

Donkey Kong Land Rated And Ready For North American 3DS Virtual Console Release

Monkey business

After a successful 3DS Virtual Console début in both Japan and Europe earlier this year, the 1995 Game Boy title Donkey Kong Land is finally on its way to North America. Evidence of the anticipated re-release has appeared via the ESRB. Released a year after the success of the Super Nintendo original, Donkey Kong Land has the Kongs...

News: Actor Is Suing Nintendo After Suffering Heart Problems In A Sweltering Donkey Kong Suit

Actor Is Suing Nintendo After Suffering Heart Problems In A Sweltering Donkey Kong Suit

Legal teams are going bananas

When actor Parker Mills stepped into a Donkey Kong costume to promote the launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at the Los Angeles Zoo last year, he most likely assumed the job would be a piece of cake — after all, what's better than being the mighty Kong for a day, right? However, Mills ended up earning more than...

Anniversary: 20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

Donkey Kong Country is now two decades old

Donkey Kong is Nintendo's first major star, having made his début in the arcade game that effectively turned the company into the global monster it is today. However, when Mario decided to become Super on the NES and take his place as Nintendo's number one mascot, DK was bumped down the pecking order and...

Review: Donkey Kong Land III (3DS eShop / GB)

Donkey Kong Land III (3DS eShop / GB)

Marvellous Monkeys

In 1997 the fifth generation of video games was well underway (even Europe and Oceania had the N64 by then), but the trusty Game Boy was still the place to go for portable gaming joy. Having successfully brought monkey platforming action to the handheld twice already, Rare produced a third game — the imaginatively titled Donkey...

Review: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Wii U eShop / SNES)

The ape escape

Rare managed to do something incredible with Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong-Quest; it took the well refined gameplay and style of the first Donkey Kong Country game and made it even better. This second entry in the series features gameplay almost identical to its predecessor’s, but this time everything’s been streamlined...

Video: Did You Know Gaming Tackles Donkey Kong Once Again

Did You Know Gaming Tackles Donkey Kong Once Again

The Rare years

Rare's Donkey Kong titles have recently been making their way onto the Wii U eShop in Europe — and hopefully will do so soon in North America — making it a good time to look back on the franchise. Whether that timing was part of its consideration or not, we do have Did You Know Gaming returning to the DK IP in its latest video...