7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Donkey Kong

Today is the 33rd anniversary of the release of Donkey Kong to arcades, and the world was never the same. Today we thought we'd look at some things about the game you might not have been aware of.

Mario is Actually the Bad Guy

You might have thought that Donkey was just a stand-in for King Kong, and you're partially right. In the same way that a capture ape was brought to America and thrust in from of an audience against his will, so was Donkey Kong a pet. In this case, he's Mario's pet, and according to the game manual and he only ran away because he was abused. In fact, in Donkey Kong Jr., his son is attempting to rescue him from a cage where Mario is keeping him in line by holding a whip!

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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