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Donkey Kong

Nintendo released Donkey Kong in 1981 when arcades were new and popular. Gas stations, fast food places and other restaurants were sure to have one of the many one-quarter arcades that had been produced. Players controlled a construction worker (or carpenter) known as Jump Man who tried to get back his girlfriend Pauline from a huge gorilla known as Donkey Kong (which means "Stubborn Gorilla" ) by jumping over several obstacles and climbing up ladders. The single-screen game was a big hit and in 1982 Donkey Kong Jr was released. Mario (formally Jump man) had trapped and caged the barrel-rolling baboon and it was up to DK Jr to save his dad. Instead of more barrel-jumping action, the game consisted of climbing vines and dropping fruit on psycho-traps.

In1983, Nintendo released Donkey Kong 3, in which Stanley the Bug man (who was armed with unlimited bug-repellent), tried to keep the bugs from taking his flowers, while making sure the Giant Monkey didn't come down from the vines.

"When the Donkey Kong coin-op game was first released in 1981, it was a phenomenal success, selling over 65,000 units. Donkey Kong Jr. and Donkey Kong 3 brought the series' total sales to over 100,000 units. Compare the fact that the ultra hot Street Fighter II series sold nearly 50,000, and you can see how big of success Donkey Kong really was."

Game Control:  Arrow keys and space bar.

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