Donkey Kong 30th Anniversary Google Doodle

A Google Doodle recently commemorated the 30th anniversary of Donkey Kong, one of the earliest and most influential arcade games ever created. Created by Shigeru Miyamoto, it is among the top ten highest-grossing video games of all time and helped to popularize the platform genre. The game centers on an ape named Donkey Kong who kidnaps a woman and takes her to his own barrels; the player must control Mario, who can jump over barrels thrown at him by Donkey Kong, to save her from the ape’s clutches.

The story behind Donkey Kong

It’s easy to look at Donkey Kong, a seminal Nintendo game from 1981 and one of its earliest popular platformers, as a quaint piece of early video game history. But it was more than that for creator Shigeru Miyamoto. Donkey Kong is an expression of Miyamoto’s childhood and a reflection of his deep interest in art. This weekend marks both Donkey Kong’s official anniversary-the original arcade version launched on July 9, 1981-and Miyamoto’s 60th birthday.

How the game was made

The Donkey Kong game was made in Japan and released in North America on July 9, 1981. It’s an arcade game that involves a lot of jumping. The main character, Jumpman (Mario), must climb a construction site to rescue his girlfriend from an angry gorilla who is throwing barrels at him. Donkey Kong has appeared in various video games since its debut, and it was featured in several different television shows and movies including Saturday Night Live and Tetris Attack. Nintendo created Donkey Kong as part of its effort to compete with Sega’s hit Hang-On. The company had licensed Radar Scope from Universal Studios; however, it received only limited success with that game.

Donkey Kong 30th anniversary

Today, in honor of Donkey Kong’s 30th anniversary, Nintendo is releasing a neat surprise for its fans: a brand new Google Doodle. The new doodle celebrates one of Mario’s best-known games, which introduced many of his most popular foes, including King K. Rool and Diddy Kong. While fans are definitely going to enjoy playing through Mario’s first big platformer again (don’t worry, no quarters needed), there’s something else that makes today even more special for Nintendo loyalists: Since 1981, over 60 million copies of Donkey Kong have been sold worldwide across all platforms.

Artwork from the original version

The design for Donkey Kong was inspired by Nintendo’s Popeye arcade game, according to Shigeru Miyamoto, who designed both games. The storyline follows a carpenter named Jumpman as he tries to rescue his girlfriend Pauline from a giant ape known as Donkey Kong. As Jumpman runs and climbs through construction sites, vines and over girders, he must avoid being crushed by barrels and fireballs tossed by Donkey Kong. Though considered one of Nintendo’s classic games, it was not a huge hit when it debuted in arcades in 1981. It has been reported that only around 200 machines were sold worldwide.

The Donkey Kong arcade machines themselves

Donkey Kong introduced a new character who would become one of Nintendo’s most iconic: Mario. The mustachioed, red-capped plumber became known for saving his girlfriend, Pauline (originally called Lady in Donkey Kong), from Donkey Kong and, later, even more baddies. He was originally called Jumpman but took on his current name with Super Mario Bros., an arcade game that also saw Mario team up with Luigi and……..

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