Donkey Kong

Release: June 3, 1982

Sales: 250, 000-1, 000, 000

Model Number: DK-52

Donkey Kong is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on June 3, 1982. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch with an orange body. It opens like a compact, with an upper and lower screen. This game was also the first Game & Watch to feature a directional pad.

Donkey Kong was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 2 for Game Boy Color and Game & Watch Collection for the Nintendo DS (a Club Nintendo-exclusive). It was also re-released as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics.

Donkey Kong was developed by Nintendo R&D1 as part of the Game & Watch Multi Screen series, featuring two LCD screens. Released in 1982, it is a port of the arcade game, where Mario is a carpenter attempting to rescue his girlfriend from an evil, or at least angry, ape.

Like the arcade Donkey Kong, Mario must climb a building while avoiding barrels; however, beating the game is different from the arcade version. The player must trigger a lever on the upper screen, activating a hook, which Mario must then jump and catch. If the player succeeds, a peg will be removed and Mario will return to the starting point, but if the player does not, Mario will fall to the ground and lose a life. Removing all available pegs in this manner will cause Donkey Kong’s platform to collapse, and he will fall to the ground.

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