System: Nintendo (NES)
Release Date: 1986
Price: $49.99 (1985)
This was the start of
all things Mario. Originally released in 1982, this game has went on to
become one of the all-time Ten Greatest Classics. Hardly anyone who's played
video games, has not played Donkey Kong, no matter what their age.
In this game, you
control Jumpman (Mario before he had an official name), who is out on a
quest to save Pauline from the clutches of the angry giant ape, Donkey Kong.
Not alot of story is given as to why this is happening, but in the early
1980's, this was more story than most games got.
work your way up the steel girders, climbing ladders and ducking fireballs,
while attempting to jump barrels the mighty ape hurls down the collapsed
beams at you. Grabbing a Hammer grants you temporary power in the form of
something to destroy both the fireballs and the barrels.
Reaching the top of the
level successfully, and climbing to Pauline's cage, results in you saving
her. Of course, this is temporary, as DK has run off with her again, by the
time the next level begins.
This is simple, classic
gameplay at its finest....and what else would we expect from the father of
Mario? If by some odd chance you have never gotten to play this classic,
find it on an emulator today, or try and track down a working copy if you
have an NES.