Today I’m talking about Donkey Kong (again). What can I say? The history behind this game is so significant that the stories could be made into a movie. I’ve done a lot of research on the Universal vs. Nintendo Case (which dealt with a copyright on King Kong), so this encouraged me to look into other court cases involving Nintendo. Little did I know that Donkey Kong was involved in another legal battle, and this one was probably even worse.
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Nintendo hit it big in the United States with their arcade games Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. These weren’t your ordinary arcade games, as they combined exciting action with characters and even a story. While these games were popular, so were many shooters such as Galaga. Nintendo decided to take a gamble and combine their Donkey Kong game with a shooter to create Donkey Kong 3. Unfortunately, it did not pay off, as the game has faded into obscurity. What was this game all about and why such a big change? Find out.
In the early 80′s, Nintendo was a company struggling to get into the video game industry. Their arcade game Radar Scope was a disaster and lost in a sea of space shooters. Shigeru Miyamoto, a young game designer, would help develop an arcade game with characters and a story line. Donkey Kong became an instant classic and pushed Nintendo to the top of the industry. This episode discusses the early struggles of Nintendo as well as the development of Donkey Kong.