Donkey Kong is a platformer franchise created by Nintendo. With the lone exception of the Game & Watch line of games, Donkey Kong is Nintendo's first video game franchise, with its first entry being the arcade game Donkey Kong, which was released in 1981. The game stars an angry gorilla named Donkey Kong battling it out with Nintendo's current mascot, Mario, who went on to launch his own franchise. After a six year hiatus since the Nintendo Entertainment System remake of the arcade trilogy, Nintendo relaunched the series with Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994. Since then, the series now revolves around Donkey Kong and his friends collecting bananas and battling invaders to protect their home, Donkey Kong Island. As of December 2019, the Donkey Kong franchise has sold over 82.55 million copies worldwide.
Games[edit | edit source]
Classic games[edit | edit source]
|1981||Arcade||Donkey Kong||0.152||[n 1]|
|1982/1984||ColecoVision, Atari 2600,||Donkey Kong||6.00|||
|1988||NES||Donkey Kong Classics||1.56|||
|2004||GBA||Classic NES Series: Donkey Kong||0.72*|||
|1982||Donkey Kong Jr.||2.11|
|1982||Arcade||Donkey Kong Jr.||0.03|||
|1983||Atari 2600||Donkey Kong Junior||0.97*|||
|Donkey Kong Junior||???|
|1983/1986||NES||Donkey Kong Jr.||1.11|||
|1983||Donkey Kong 3||0.005|
|1983||Arcade||Donkey Kong 3||0.005|||
|1984/1986||NES||Donkey Kong 3||???|
|1993||NES||Donkey Kong Jr. Math||???|
|1994||GB||Donkey Kong (Game Boy)||3.07|||
Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit | edit source]
|2004||GBA||Mario vs. Donkey Kong||1.37|||
|2006||DS||Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis||1.52|||
|2009||DSiWare||Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!||N/A|
|2010||DS||Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!||2.98|||
|2013||3DS eshop||Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move||N/A|
|2015||3DS/Wii U||Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars||0.04|||
|2016||3DS/Wii U eshop||Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge||N/A|
Donkey Kong Country[edit | edit source]
|Donkey Kong Country||9.30
|Donkey Kong Country 2||5.15
|Donkey Kong Country 3||3.51
|1999||N64||Donkey Kong 64||5.27|||
|1995||GB||Donkey Kong Land||3.91|||
|1996||GB||Donkey Kong Land 2||2.35|||
|1997/2000||GB/C||Donkey Kong Land 3||1.03|||
|2005||GCN||Donkey Kong Jungle Beat||1.34*|||
|2008||Wii||New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat||0.56*|||
|2010||Wii||Donkey Kong Country Returns||6.53|||
|2013||3DS||Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D||2.87|||
|Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze||2.01
Donkey Kong spinoffs[edit | edit source]
|1997||N64||Diddy Kong Racing||4.88|||
|2004||GCN||Donkey Konga 2||0.52*|||
|2005||GBA||DK: King of Swing||0.28*|||
|2005||GCN||Donkey Konga 3: Tabehōdai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku||0.08|||
|2007||DS||Diddy Kong Racing DS||1.59|||
|2007||DS||DK: Jungle Climber||0.51*|||
|2007||Wii||Donkey Kong Barrel Blast||0.59*|||
Notes[edit | edit source]
- * identify VGChartz numbers
- These games based on Donkey Kong were converted into Game & Watch systems: Donkey Kong (1982), Donkey Kong Jr. (1982), Donkey Kong II (1983), Donkey Kong 3 (1984), Donkey Kong Circus (1984), and Donkey Kong Hockey (1984).
- A special version of the NES version of Donkey Kong was released for the Wii Virtual Console in 2010.
- Donkey Kong Classics, which was a combo pack of Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr., was not released in Japan.
- A slot machine version of Donkey Kong was released in 1996 only in Europe.
- Hudson Soft developed and released Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū in 1984 for the PC-6001mkII/PC-6601, PC-8801, and X1 computers.
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars was only released in physical form in Japan.
- A competition variant of Donkey Kong Country was released by Nintendo Power in 1994. Only 2,500 copies were printed.
- Two Arcade semi-sequels to Donkey Kong Jungle Beat were released in 2005 and 2006, Donkey Kong: Jungle Fever and Donkey Kong: Banana Kingdom.
- Donkey Konga 3: Tabehōdai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku was only released in Japan.
References[edit | edit source]
- Brian Ashcraft ; with Jean Snow. ; forewords by Kevin Williams; Crecente, Brian (2008). Arcade Mania: The Turbo-charged World of Japan's Game Centers (1st ed. ed.). Tokyo: Kodansha International. ISBN 4-7700-3078-9. http://books.google.co.uk/books?ei=DH03T87uGYbp8QO-rtHMAg&id=wX8kAQAAIAAJ. Retrieved 12 February 2012. "Jumpman hopped over barrels, climbed ladders, and jumped from suspended platform to suspended platform as he tried to rescue a damsel from his pissed-off pet gorilla. The game was a smash, and sixty-five thousand cabinets were sold in Japan, propping up the then-struggling Nintendo and laying the groundwork for Nintendo and Donkey Kong creator Shigeru Miyamoto to dominate gaming throughout the 1980s and beyond."
- Bienaimé, Pierre (January 13, 2012). Square Roots: Donkey Kong (NES). Nintendojo. Retrieved on 8 April 2012. “Donkey Kong sold some 67,000 arcade cabinets in two years, making two of its American distributors sudden millionaires thanks to paid commission. As a barometer of success, know that Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man are the only arcade games to have sold over 100,000 units in the United States.”
- Sheff 121:
“ "And we received from Coleco an agreement that they would pay us three percent of the net sales price [of all the "Donkey Kong" cartridges Coleco sold]." It turned out to be an impressive number of cartridges, 6 million, which translated into $4.6 million. „ ~ Sid Sheinberg
- Kent-352: Steven L. Kent (2001), The Ultimate History of Video Games: The Story behind the Craze that Touched Our Lives and Changed the World, Prima, p. 352, http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=C2MH05ogU9oC, retrieved 2011-04-09, "With more than 60,000 units sold in the United States, Donkey Kong was Nintendo's biggest arcade hit. ... Nintendo released Donkey Kong Junior in 1982 and sold only 30,000 machines, 20,000 Popeye machines (also 1982), and a mere 5000 copies of Donkey 3 (1983)."