Back in the '80s and the '90s, Nintendo worked with third-party developer Hudson Soft to bring many of its NES and arcade titles to Japanese personal computers. Most of these ROMS have made their way to the West over the years, but one has remained locked away. That game is Donkey Kong 3: The Great Counterattack and it's now available for anyone to play.
Donkey Kong 3: Daigyakushuu was originally released in 1984, but wasn't until an intrepid group of gamers recently pooled their money and bought a rare copy from a Yahoo Auction for $415 that the retro dream became a reality. Bound to a magnetic disk, this Sharp X1 version was carefully extracted and the result is an incarnation of the game with some rather strange changes to the original Donkey Kong 3.
The original version of DK3 saw hero Stanley climbing tiers in a series of greenhouses while DK leered from above on some vines. In the Japanese PC version, the giant ape floats down with some balloons while Stanley toddles about on a single platform. Not as exciting as the original, but a piece of Nintendo history nonetheless. You can download a copy here.
Let us know what you make of this curio finally surfacing in the West. You can check out a full playthrough of it above.
It's finally fre!
Fremage... Oppsie, Fromage.
"You can download a copy here."
There's no download link to be seen, and although it seems pretty obvious to me, it's a bit odd to leave out that you would need an X1 emulator to even be able to play it in the first place.
At least the Kotaku article is a bit more clear on that...
It would be handy if you actually included the link to download the game and perhaps mention that an X1 emulator is needed to play it.
Edit, beaten to it.
@OorWullie Beat you to it.
But now that I've seen the video, I don't even think that it was worth the effort of making my initial comment, since this looks like a lousy game, not even worthy of the name Donkey Kong.
It's more like Galaxians starring Donkey Kong, which is not a good thing.
This is awesome, I always did consider Donkey Kong 3 to be an arcade shoot' em up. This version actually looks like a Galaga game, lol.
Emulating games for the Sharp X1 is a bit tricky, though. Good luck!
DK's poor testicles.....
His laugh at 32:29, lol.
Now port it to switch.
@VinnieMii That wasn't mine or @Oorwullie's point. If you state in the article "download the game HERE", then the word HERE should be a clickable link that leads directly to the download.
And thanks but no thanks, it looks like a worthless game. Didn't like what I saw in the video at all.
I love these Japanese computer versions of Nintendo games. There's tons of them with quite a few odd differences. Like a version of Mario Bros. where you have to kick balls at enemies to defeat them.
I'll have to watch the 35min vid later. Interesting. It'd be pretty interesting, if Nintendo went through all the legal hoops to release these obscure Nintendo-themed games from other consoles. Super Special Mario Bros., anyone?
We want a smash bros stage out of this!
Never liked the DK series past the original (except for donkey Kong country and beyond of course!)
I always had an appreciation for the oft forgotten DK3, but this is like a bad mashup with Space Invaders, lol. Gotta love those 1st party property/3rd party made spin offs from way back when-- CD-i Zelda would be proud
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