Oh, It's On!
July 12, 2011 6:57 PM Subscribe
posted by FfejL (39 comments total)
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30 years ago this summer Ronald Reagan was president, Raiders of the Lost Ark
hit the theaters, and Nintendo launched Donkey Kong.
The first video game designed by Shigeru Miyamoto
, Donkey Kong orignially starred Popeye, Brutus and Olive Oyl
. At the time, Nintendo was producing playing cards and watches with the characters, but they decided against letting Miyamoto use them in his new video game, leading to the creation of the now-iconic gorilla, carpenter & princess.
Miyamto designed the game, but the actual coding and hardware development was done by Ikegami Tsushinki, an engineering firm. Under the contact between the two companies, Nintendo owned the characters and the game, but not the manufacturing rights. This lead to a biter copyright dispute, and put Nintendo in the odd position of having to reverse engineer its own product.
But reverse engineer it they did, and Nintendo created many sequels and remakes. The game has appeared in one for or another on every game platform Nintendo has ever made.
Oh, and that carpenter? You may know him better as Mario
, the star of a few games of his own, many designed by Miyamoto.
Donkey Kong, previously on Metafilter:
Donkey Kong Country
Mister Rogers learns to play
Play Donkey Kong Jr online