Game: Donkey Kong
System: Nintendo (NES)
Release Date: 1986
Price: $49.99 (1985)




DKARCADE2.gif (3979 bytes)This was the start of all things Mario. Originally released in 1982, this game has went on to become one of the all-time Ten Greatest Classics. Hardly anyone who's played video games, has not played Donkey Kong, no matter what their age.

In this game, you control Jumpman (Mario before he had an official name), who is out on a quest to save Pauline from the clutches of the angry giant ape, Donkey Kong. Not alot of story is given as to why this is happening, but in the early 1980's, this was more story than most games got.

DK2.gif (4670 bytes)You work your way up the steel girders, climbing ladders and ducking fireballs, while attempting to jump barrels the mighty ape hurls down the collapsed beams at you. Grabbing a Hammer grants you temporary power in the form of something to destroy both the fireballs and the barrels.

Reaching the top of the level successfully, and climbing to Pauline's cage, results in you saving her. Of course, this is temporary, as DK has run off with her again, by the time the next level begins.

This is simple, classic gameplay at its finest....and what else would we expect from the father of Mario? If by some odd chance you have never gotten to play this classic, find it on an emulator today, or try and track down a working copy if you have an NES.

- NulShock