By Alexa Ray Corriea on Nov 18, 2013 11.18.13
Jeff Willms, winner of the 2012 Kong Off 2 Donkey Kong world championships, took home the grand prize for the second year in a row following The Kong Off 3 this weekend. Willms — who hails from Ontario, Canada — obtained a high score of 1,096,200 points over the three-day event, beating out second place winner Ross Benziger of Portland, Ore. by 29,100 points. Willms also has the fourth-highest Donkey Kong score ever recorded since the game's launch in 1981; the world record of 1,138,600 points is still held by Dr. Hank Chien of New York City. Chien himself finished in third place for The Kong Off 3 with a score of 1,056,900 points, while fourth place went to Steve Wiltshire with 1,053,200 points and fifth place to Steve Wiebe with 1,048,800 points. The Kong Off 3 was held for...
By Jenna Pitcher on Sep 30, 2013 09.30.13
A new Nintendo Direct scheduled for tomorrow morning will offer viewers more information on upcoming Wii U and 3DS titles that will launch later this year, Nintendo announced today. Titles possibly featured in the upcoming presentation could include The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Sonic Lost World, Professor Layton, Azran Legacy and Pokémon X and Y, along with Wii U titles such as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Super Mario 3D World, Wii Party U and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The presentation will be broadcast simultaneously worldwide Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. ET and 7 a.m. PT. The previous Nintendo Direct aired on Sept. 8 and announced that Capcom's Nintendo 3DS game, Monster Hunter 4, will include tie-ins to two classic Nintendo franchises.
By Samit Sarkar on Aug 07, 2013 08.07.13
Nintendo is delivering a smattering of retro classics to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console services later this year, including Super Mario Bros. 3 and Tecmo Bowl, the company announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation today. Super Mario Bros. 3 will be available on both Wii U and 3DS Virtual Consoles, while the following games will be released on 3DS Virtual Console: Summer Carnival '92: Recca, the NES version of Donkey Kong (Aug. 15), Wario Land 3 (Aug. 29) and Tecmo Bowl (this fall).
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jul 15, 2013 07.15.13
Nintendo is bringing Pikmin 3, Wind Waker HD and a handful of other Wii U and 3DS games to Comic-Con International this weekend, as well as to a special gaming lounge adjacent to the convention that will be open to the general public, the company announced today. Nintendo's show floor booth in the San Diego Convention Center will focus largely on upcoming Wii U title Pikmin 3, with kiosks set up for hands-on demos. Those without a Comic-Con badge can still gets hands-on time with a number of Nintendo games in the Nintendo Gaming Lounge, a public gaming space set up in the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina hotel next to the convention center. Playable titles include: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS) Bayonetta 2 (Wii U) Disney Infinity (Wii U) Donkey Kong Country...
By Simon Parkin on Feb 26, 2013 02.26.13
The video game — a homeless invention — flourished in the drinking context. A year after Computer Space's arrival Al Acorn, one of Atari's first employees, was called to Andy Capp's Tavern in Sunnyvale, California where a Pong location test machine had malfunctioned. On arrival Acorn opened the coin box to issue himself free credits for testing, only to be showered with coins. The game had proved so popular that the coin mechanism was seized. Atari soon began to use drinking establishments as impromptu venues for ruthless live user testing. A new arcade game would be stationed in a popular bar and, if it failed to exceed a set amount of earnings over the week, would be promptly dropped from production. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, video games lived or died on their ability...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Nov 17, 2012 11.17.12
Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! will be removed from the European Wii Shop Channel by Nov. 25, according to an image from one Twitter user. Daan Koopman, who goes by the handle @NintenDaan, tweeted the image yesterday. It includes a message sent via the Wii, which states that all three titles will no longer be available for purchase. The message does not include a reason why, or if the removal is permanent. There is no indication yet whether or not other regions will be included in the pull. Donkey Kong Country was originally developed by Rare for the Super Nintendo in 1994. Both sequels saw subsequent releases in 1995 and 1996, respectively.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Oct 29, 2012 10.29.12
The Kong Off Donkey Kong tournament will hold its second annual event Nov. 16 through 18 in Denver, Colo., reports Arcade Heroes. The event will be held at 1up arcade and bar, and will award $2,000 to the player with the highest Donkey Kong score at the end of the three day tournament. The event is free to the general public, with VIP access available for $45 for those who want to avoid waiting in lines. Participants include last year's Kong Off winner and Donkey Kong world record holder Hank Chien "The Dr. of Kong," former Donkey Kong world record holder Steve Wiebe, Donkey Kong Jr. champion Mark Kiehl and former Donkey Kong champion Billy Mitchell, whose dethroning by Wiebe was the subject of the documentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters . Attendees who wish to play against...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Oct 28, 2012 10.28.12
During a recent interview with several Spanish media outlets, Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that optioning Retro Studios for a Legend of Zelda game isn't far-fetched — in fact, it's "entirely possible," Miyamoto told Game Reactor. Retro Studios, a subsidiary of Nintendo, is responsible for games such as Metroid Prime, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Mario Kart 7. According to Miyamoto, Retro is qualified to do the job, but the studios would have to stay closely in touch with Nintendo. However, the studio's focus on developments with less dependence would probably not be the best for Zelda, Miyamoto said. The designer, producer and director also talked more about the soon-to-be-released Wii U. The Miiverse, the Wii U's social networking app will promote handwritten chats. According to...
By Dave Tach on Oct 16, 2012 10.16.12
Nintendo 3DS owners who purchased Crosswords Plus and Art Academy: Lessons for Anyone! have begun to receive download vouchers for Donkey Kong: Original Edition, according to Nintendo World Report. In a promotion that began last October, Nintendo offered a download of Donkey Kong: Original Edition to Club Nintendo who purchase and register the games before January 6, 2013. According to Nintendo, Donkey Kong: Original Edition is "a special version of Donkey Kong with content never before seen in the U.S. and is not available for purchase." Donkey Kong: Original Edition will also be free for purchasers of Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Style Savvy: Trendsetters, and Paper Mario Sticker Star. We've reached out to Nintendo to confirm that the download vouchers are being sent,...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Oct 01, 2012 10.01.12
Donkey Kong: Original Edition is available for free to Club Nintendo members who purchase and register Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! or Crossword Plus through the 3DS eShop by January 6th, 2013, Nintendo announced today. This downloadable version of the game includes content previously released only in Japan and is compatible with both the 3DS and 3DS XL systems. Donkey Kong: Original Edition is not available for individual purchase. Art Academy, which instructs players in painting and drawing techniques, and word puzzle compilation Crossword Plus are available today for $29.99 each at retail and digitally.