Donkey Kong has won it’s way into history as one of the most iconic and classic arcade games ever created. Released by Nintendo in 1981, Donkey Kong was the first hugely successful Japanese arcade release in the USA. The game follows Mario (originally called Jumpman) on his mission to save his girlfriend Pauline from the clutches of the evil Donkey Kong. Mario must climb girders and ladders and dodge the obstacles Donkey Kong throws down on him. One of those original cabinets can be yours! This classic arcade game is sold in the original cabinet with side art. This game includes an original Donkey Kong PCB circuit board, fully working controls and 19″ CRT monitor! A full restoration of this classic arcade is also available for an additional $600.
One of the most profitable arcade games ever manufactured, Donkey Kong launched a cottage industry of Mario Bros. spin-off games that continues to this day. Donkey Kong was among the most heavily bootlegged machines but finding an original (licensed, like this one) cabinet in near-mint condition is still pretty rare, and this one is beautiful. Donkey Kong led the second wave of videogame mania. It was so popular that it was even featured on an episode of the Peabody Award Winning Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The award-winning documentary King of Kong is about an international Donkey Kong contest.
Featured in The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games: Page 121, 157; Arcade Fever: Page 66.
1981 Nintendo. Standard Upright Cabinet. Measures 66.75 x23.75 x 33.5″.