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    Donkey Kong...or Monkey Kong?


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    Donkey Kong...or Monkey Kong?

    Post by GigemGrl9490 on 27th January 2008, 3:54 pm

    I found this interesting info in a fact/fiction video game article on Yahoo. Ever wondered how a gorilla ended up with the name Donkey?

    Video Game Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    By Ben Silverman
    Nintendo's classic arcade game Donkey Kong was actually a mistranslation. It should have been called Monkey Kong.

    We're the first to admit that the 'Donkey' in Donkey Kong is one of the more
    mystifying title choices in video game history (right behind the
    'Final' in Final Fantasy), but it was just that - a choice, not a
    mistranslation. It was also the brainchild of legendary Nintendo designer
    Shigeru Miyamoto, who was handed the reigns of this, his very first
    video game, back in 1981.Based loosely on the comic strip Popeye,
    Donkey Kong erupted into the public consciousness and skyrocketed to
    worldwide fame. As Nintendo's first bona fide hit in North America, it
    also launched the career of carpenter-turned-plumber Mario.

    So what about that oddball name? For years, the popular theory was that
    something funny happened on the way to production - a blurred fax,
    perhaps - and those wacky Japanese misprinted the word "Monkey" as
    "Donkey." Inexplicably, this was accepted as fact by most gamers until
    Miyamoto himself cleared the air by insisting that "donkey" was
    intentional all along. According to the designer, the word was simply
    meant to indicate stubborn stupidity, while "kong" was just a doff of
    the cap to the great cinematic ape. Put the two together and you've got
    a 'stupid ape,' a landmark video game, and a myth debunked.

    **Note: This is not the entire article. To see the rest go to

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    Re: Donkey Kong...or Monkey Kong?

    Post by Miluaces on 27th January 2008, 8:11 pm

    Heh... They spoofed that on Futurama...

    Interesting to know. I had no opinion on the subject until now.

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    Re: Donkey Kong...or Monkey Kong?

    Post by Ralph on 28th January 2008, 12:32 am

    wow thats pretty amazing, i had never heard of this and always wondered why it was donkey kong.
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    Re: Donkey Kong...or Monkey Kong?

    Post by ThePreserver on 28th January 2008, 9:07 pm

    Yes wow. Random stuff. Winking I wonder what other random Nintendo spoofs can be unearthed?

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