Nintendo's arcade game Donkey Kong is nearly 40 years old and there's still a competitive scene for it.
What's even more impressive, in fact, is that the top players continue to set new high scores. According to a recent tweet by the one and only Billy Mitchell, the former champ Robbie Lakeman has returned to the top spot as the game's world record holder.
Lakeman apparently racked up 1,260,700 points in his latest run to dethrone John McCurdy. The leaderboards on Twin Galaxies note how McCurdy had held the previous world record (1,259,000) since 23rd July 2019 - so he's finally been beaten.
The last time Robbie was in the top spot was February 2018, racking up 1,247,700. As tough as this new record will likely be to topple, given the history of the Donkey Kong high score scene, we're sure it'll only be a matter of time before a new one is set.
The King of Kong 2020.
So long as it isn't that one cheater guy.
@ReaperExTenebris Apparently he tries to sue people all the time, I heard he even tried to sue Cartoon Network over some episode of Regular Show that made fun of him.
@whereswarren I remember how dissapointed I was as a child with my Atari 2600 version and then when I bought the NES version it still wasn't as I remembered it in the arcades. It wasn't until Donkeykong64 (you had to collect special coins) that I finally got to play the arcade version again after all those years
Let's see how long it takes for Billy to cheat himself up again lol.
Screenshot that comment before it gets taken down by a defamation lawsuit.
@whereswarren @Luminous117 You can get to the kill screen just by reaching a certain level, it's not triggered by score. That's why player's kill screen scores vary so wildly, typically starting somewhere in the neighborhood of 800,000 points. Most of everyone's points are earned on the barrel stages, and then the rivet stages.
@Luminous117 Ah, ok. In that case I remember discussions back in the day that the theoretical score ceiling was around 1,310,000 (I might be off by a bit). But since barrel RNG can't be that consistent, any time this score gets pushed up it feels like that's the new ceiling.
there won't be a perfect game in a donkey kong...there are several ways to make points on each level, and each player brings his methods to the table.
both robbie and billy are good dudes. billy got railroaded by the new guard at twingalaxies, so don't spread more untruths that are already out there.
that todd rogers, dragster dude...ya...that was bad.
congrats to robbie. great score!
I want you to remember that no punk ***** ever got a gnarly piece of poon-tang by being sensitive and considerate!
@whereswarren Like any gamer who walks into GameStop, LOL. Also, for the pushy salespeople, "I like saying no, it lowers their enthusiasm."
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