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News: New Donkey Kong Country Returns Trailer Shows Mine Cart Madness

New Donkey Kong Country Returns Trailer Shows Mine Cart Madness

And plenty of other madness too, in fact

Two gorillas walking on a whale, hopping on hippos and riding a rocket barrel: it's all here in this new trailer for Donkey Kong Country Returns. Retro Studio's upcoming revival is looking pretty sweet, and it's not long until gamers can tussle with the apes: Donkey Kong returns on November 21st in North...

News: This Plush Donkey Kong Can Be Yours Down Under

This Plush Donkey Kong Can Be Yours Down Under

For a price, of course

Live in Australia? Excited about Donkey Kong Country Returns? Of course you are. If you want your excitement rewarded in the form of a cuddly Donkey Kong plush, it might be time to visit your nearest GameTraders and plonk down a pre-order. Yes, soon you can gaze wistfully into the ape's eyes, though how soon we do not know as Nintendo Australia is yet to issue an official..

News: Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem Launches Next Month

Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem Launches Next Month

The fourth in the series aims to be more user-friendly

When Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! was announced at this year's E3, we knew we'd be seeing its release sometime in the holiday season, but now Nintendo has confirmed that a North American release will go ahead next month. When the fourth title in the Mario Vs. Donkey Kong series launches on 14th November, players will once again take..

News: A Thumping December Euro Release for Donkey Kong Country Returns

A Thumping December Euro Release for Donkey Kong Country Returns

Slipping behind North America by only a couple of weeks

It's always encouraging to see anticipated games make it to retail before the Christmas period as it can obviously be a helpful boost for sales, and we're glad that Retro Studios' upcoming Donkey Kong Country Returns will be launching before the holidays on both sides of the Atlantic. Nintendo has announced that return of the Donkey Kong..

News: Steve Wiebe Reclaims Donkey Kong World Record

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..

Feature: How ColecoVision Became the King of Kong

How ColecoVision Became the King of Kong

How a trip to the toilet resulted in video gaming's greatest coup

When you think of the early '80s video game scene one name instinctively springs to mind: Atari. This pioneering firm had practically invented the concept of the interactive television experience, and its all-conquering VCS (also known as the 2600) was incredibly popular. Naturally...

News: Billy Mitchell Was Never the Donkey Kong Jr. Record Holder

Billy Mitchell Was Never the Donkey Kong Jr. Record Holder

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..

News: Billy Mitchell Back on Top of Donkey Kong

Billy Mitchell Back on Top of Donkey Kong

And Donkey Kong Jr for fun, too

You may remember a recent article about former Donkey Kong world champion Steve Wiebe's induction into the International Video Game Hall of Fame, which took place yesterday. The event will likely be remembered for another reason though – the return of Billy Mitchell as the Donkey Kong world record holder. Setting a...

News: Steve Wiebe to Enter the Video Game Hall of Fame

Steve Wiebe to Enter the Video Game Hall of Fame

DK master honoured

Former holder of the Donkey Kong World Record and Nathan Fillion lookalike Steve Wiebe is about to receive another accolade by being inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame. Mr Wiebe, who once held the score record that now rests with Hank Chien, is being recognised for his arcade accomplishments and will join 28...

News: Reggie Confirms 3DS is Coming Next Year

Reggie Confirms 3DS is Coming Next Year

Barely audible over a million hearts breaking

The discussion of whether Nintendo's 3DS will reach one of the Western territories before Christmas has been a back-and-forth affair. Will it, won't it, will it, won't it? Well, it won't. On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as showing the world his incredible skill at Donkey Kong Country Returns, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime..

News: Optimus Prime Talks About Being the First Voice of Mario

Optimus Prime Talks About Being the First Voice of Mario

Peter Cullen reminisces about lending his vocal talents to the world's most famous plumber

Legendary voice actor Peter Cullen - who has recently lent his talents to Activision's upcoming Transformers title War for Cybertron (also known as the slightly less threatening Cybertron Adventures on Wii) was interviewed by Wired.com the other day and revealed some interesting insights into providing..

E3 2010: First Impressions: Donkey Kong Country Returns

First Impressions: Donkey Kong Country Returns

Nintendo's famous ape is back and better than ever!

When Rare developed the original Donkey Kong Country title for the Super Nintendo console, many were in awe of the impressively-rendered graphics they had managed to syphon out of the Super Nintendo's 16-bit hardware. Now with Rare a part of Microsoft, Nintendo needed someone to reignite the series and decided to look up an old friend for the job..

News: Turns Out Shigeru Miyamoto Does Like Donkey Kong Country

Turns Out Shigeru Miyamoto Does Like Donkey Kong Country

Miyamoto clears things up once and for all

Following on from the E3 announcement of Donkey Kong Country Returns, it seems that something Shigeru Miyamoto had said in the past about the SNES original has re-surfaced. In a recent interview with IGN, Miyamoto cleared up the situation surrounding claims that he didn't like Donkey Kong Country, despite his involvement in the game's development. The..

E3 2010: Mario vs Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem

Mario vs Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem

The struggle between apes and plumbers continues

You'd have thought these two could have settled their differences by now, but the long-standing rivalry between Mario and Donkey Kong continues to boil, with Mario vs Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem for DS the latest title to pit the two against each other. With the promise of user-generated content and plenty of puzzle action it doesn't look like this..

E3 2010: Donkey Kong Country Returns This Fall

Donkey Kong Country Returns This Fall

Retro revival on horizon for DK (updated with trailer)

Nintendo's E3 conference proved last weekend's rumours true, as viewers saw a trailer for a Retro Studios-developed DK game. Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii looks to be a sidescrolling affair in the style of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat or New Super Mario Bros. Wii. As the name suggests, Retro...

Rumour: Retro Bringing Back Donkey Kong

Retro Bringing Back Donkey Kong

Maybe he's finally coming back to kick some tail

Most famous for its Metroid Prime series of course, Retro Studios has been rather quiet since completing work on Samus's first person odyssey, with nary a snifter of information slipping from its Texan headquarters. Here's an intriguing rumour courtesy of IGN, however: the studio is working on...

News: Eminem Prepping Donkey Kong High Score Attempt?

Eminem Prepping Donkey Kong High Score Attempt?

Rapper's Tweet suggests he's a mean Kong player

Considering it's a crusty old arcade machine from a few decades back Donkey Kong sure is grabbing a lot of headlines recently. First there was the amazing King of Kong movie based around Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell's titanic struggle to achieve the best DK score in history. More recently we're seen a relative newcomer grab the accolade when Hank..

News: Donkey Kong Champ Reveals the Height of His Obsession

Donkey Kong Champ Reveals the Height of His Obsession

World record holder very nearly sacrificed his toilet to achieve his high score

Hank Chien may now sitting pretty at the top of the Donkey Kong high score tree but to get to that point he very nearly had to make a difficult lifestyle choice. Speaking in a recent interview with Details Magazine, Chien revealed that due to a lack of space in his humble abode - which he shares with his brother - he..

News: Donkey Kong World Record Smashed

Donkey Kong World Record Smashed

New York plastic surgeon Hank Chien bests Billy Mitchell's top score

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..