Donkey Kong (character)

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Donkey Kong (ドンキーコング Donkī Kongu?) is a fictional gorilla in the Nintendo Universe. He is roughly twice the size of a normal gorilla, weighing approximately 800 pounds. Donkey Kong first appeared in Nintendo's popular 1981 video game of the same name. Since then he has appeared in over 20 games in his own series, as well as in some games in the Mario series. Kong debuted at the same time as Mario (then known as "Jumpman") in the original Donkey Kong game, before moving on to Donkey Kong Country platformers for the Super Nintendo. He still spars with Mario on occasion, appearing as a playable character in Mario Kart, appearing as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. series and the primary antagonist in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games.[2]

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Concept and creation

In 1981, Nintendo was pursuing a license to make a game based on the Popeye comic strip. When this fell through, Nintendo decided that it would take the opportunity to create new characters that could then be marketed and used in later games.[3] Miyamoto came up with many characters and plot concepts, but he eventually settled on a gorilla/carpenter/girlfriend love triangle that mirrored the rivalry between Bluto and Popeye for Olive Oyl.[4] Bluto became an ape, which Miyamoto said was "nothing too evil or repulsive", and the pet of the main character.[5] Miyamoto has also named "Beauty and the Beast" and the 1933 film King Kong as influences for the character.[6]

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