Items tagged with Donkey Kong

The best recipes combine different ingredients that may or may not seem like they go together, and then out comes something wonderful. This does not apply to just food, either. Case in point, a modder/maker found a delightful way to combine retro gaming (awesome), Spotify (also awesome), and alcohol (mmm, booze!) into a single delightful project. Meet the RetroPie Barrel Arcade. This is something we never knew we wanted, but now that we have seen its existence, this will permeate our daydreams until we get the gumption to construct something similar ourselves. Or maybe it's just me (this ranks as my favorite mod/maker project). So, what exactly are we looking at? It starts with the barrel, which... Read more...
Billy Mitchell is perhaps the most polarizing figure in the history of arcade gaming, particularly as a sport where legitimately obtained high scores on original cabinet hardware carries with it a bit of fame and recognition. And in some cases, a bit of controversy as well. Adding to it, Guinness World Records has reinstated several records that were previously stripped from Mitchell. "In the light of compelling new evidence received by Guinness World Records, the Records Management Team has unanimously decided to reverse decisions made in April 2018 in regards to videogame high scores achieved by Billy Mitchell between 1982 and 2010," Guinness said. Those records include... First perfect score... Read more...
If Netflix can make a documentary about the Tiger King, then surely it can do an updated one on Billy Mitchell, the 54-year-old former record holder of several classic arcade cabinet scores. Until then, we have The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters to tide us over. Oh, and his ongoing legal dispute, in which Mitchell is suing Twin Galaxies for alleged defamation. You may not have known about the lawsuit, even though it was actually filed in April 2019. Mitchell told Ars Technica the timing of lawsuit was to fit within California's statue of limitations for defamation claims, which would have expired a year after Twin Galaxies concluded its investigation into cheating allegations and removed... Read more...
When it comes to Donkey Kong, most of the news surrounding the game in recent months have been the negative aura surrounding "King of Kong" Billy Mitchell. However, Nintendo has some positive and exciting news surrounding the original arcade version of the game: it is now available on the Switch console. Donkey Kong is available as part of Nintendo's Arcade Archives Series and actually contains three version of the game, which was originally released in arcades. There's the original Japanese version of the game along with slightly newer Japanese edition with some minor updates and bug fixes. Finally, there’s an intentional version that even includes online leaderboards.  This is the... Read more...
Twin Galaxies, the organization that tracks video game world records and is very much involved in the retro gaming scene, has come down hard on former record holder Billy Mitchell. We say "former" because the organization has officially stripped the King of Kong star of all his high scores in its database, including a longstanding score of 1,062,800 points in Donkey Kong, and also banned him from participating in the organization's competitive leaderboards. Ouch. This is a dark day for Mitchell, who rose to prominence in the retro arcade gaming scene for a series of high scores throughout the years. He also gained a bit of mainstream fame as one of leading subjects in the 2007 documentary "The... Read more...
More drama is unfolding in the ultra-competitive retro arcade gaming scene, and yes, that is a thing. Billy Mitchell, the arcade legend who appeared as a central character opposite Steve Wiebe in the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, has been accused of cheating his way into the record books for high scores in Donkey Kong. As a result, he's now been stripped of his 1.062 million score on the Donkey Kong Forums. Image Source: Flickr via David Fulmer Let's go back a bit to understand how it got to this point. Mitchell was the first person to crack 1 million points in Donkey Kong, and for a time, he and Wiebe leapfrogged each other for the top spot. That was more than a decade... Read more...
It's often said that records are meant to be broken, and that's certainly been true of the high scores in Donkey Kong, one of several classic arcade games in which players are still actively trying to set high marks in. But the record Wes Copeland set in Donkey Kong on May 5, 2016, might never be topped, not without a whole lot of luck. Copeland achieved a staggering score of 1,218,000 in Donkey Kong, an all-time high on any eligible platform, be it MAME or an arcade cabinet. His feat was achieved on the latter, though equally remarkable is that he reclaimed the record with a perfect run. For more than three hours of jumping over and dodging barrels, Copeland never lost life. The score counter... Read more...
File this one under "Oh yes they did!," because Nintendo has gone and tried to trademark the popular phrase "It's on like Donkey Kong." The request was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office recently, and who knows if it will be granted or not. However, this isn't the first time Nintendo has tried to trademark a phrase associated with its game characters. Nintendo also tried to trademark "Gotta Catch 'Em All," which as you know is tied into the company's Pokemon cash cow. But what you might not be aware of is that Nintendo didn't create the phrase "It's on like Donkey Kong," which GameStop says was popularized by rapper Ice Cube when he used it in his 1992 track "Now I Gotta... Read more...