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The History & Evolution of Donkey Kong (1981-2018)

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Nikki K (20 days ago)
awww DK on super nes brings back HUGE nostalgia. So much of my childhood..
ChrisVizy (29 days ago)
Here’s hoping for a new DKC game for the Switch! The DKCTF port is amazing.
NintendoTv (1 month ago)
We need another 3D dk
NintendoTv (1 month ago)
We need another 3D mario way past due date
Mars Marley (1 month ago)
Loved the video! Great job man
bob rodriguez (1 month ago)
Great video!
Adam Walker (1 month ago)
comment for respect
Arcadeperfect Reviews (1 month ago)
Lanky Kong needs a game where he has to save princess waluigi from the evil captain rainbow
Pyra The Pooch (1 month ago)
I know you put alot of effort into this, and it really shows! Great video dude, keep up the good work!
Riddler (1 month ago)
DK 64 is one of my alltime favorite games.
321seb (1 month ago)
would've liked to see mention of his appearance in smash bros but small not pick. nice video
Caboose (1 month ago)
I hope retro finishes off their DK country trilogy
C S (1 month ago)
Thanks for plugging this in another video! I'd missed it but it's right up my alley.
Matthew Neal (1 month ago)
8:52 this should be a meme
Freddie Baker (1 month ago)
Dunkey reference at 1:26?
DJmenAce84 (1 month ago)
Video is sick dude... Well don I know how much you wanted this to reach at least 10 million views... GREAT VID DUDE...
RossOriginals (1 month ago)
Huh, so if they'd gotten the Popeye licence, we may never have had the Nintendo we know today -- no Donkey Kong, no Mario, no Yoshi, it all started with a game licence they couldn't get.
Nathan Squire (1 month ago)
I had DKC3 as a kid so always been fond of the Kong's.
Stringz777 (1 month ago)
Also the barrel blast
Helionomicon (1 month ago)
You are a very narrator!
josh6520 (1 month ago)
lol, yep...comments beat me to it, composers for DKCR were minako hamano, masaru tajima, shinji ushiroda, daisuke matsuoka, and kenji yamamoto. X3 david wise came back for the sequel, otherwise amazing video OwO and JUST so ya know mr. "not doing as well as i had hoped" ive watched it twice so far so = P XD love ya mate!
Brandon Jeffi (1 month ago)
"After DK 64, Rare was bought out by Microsoft in a move that many have considered to be the worst thing to happen ever."
scontulous (1 month ago)
wow this video has been doing kinda poorly, like you said... :( not a huge fan yet, just started watching, but I thought this video was fantastic and hope you're not put off of making more like it because it didn't explode.
Alpha008 (1 month ago)
Goof! Goof! I say yer done goofed!
Andrew (1 month ago)
Great work! Really enjoyed this video.
You really make a great video here. thanks for the time you dedicate it
Nukatha (1 month ago)
Real talk Alex: You short-changed Jungle Beat. It is just as much of a solid DK platformer as any other.
theburntcrumpet (1 month ago)
Why oh why didn't YouTube notify me about this video?
Red Roxy (1 month ago)
I watched your video since you asked. Damn good. Growing up in East Leicester, I always felt a strong connection to Rare. I LOVED gems like Killer Instinct, felt a sort of home pride whenever anyone mentioned goldeneye, and spent many a teenage weekend playing all three country games into the wee hours. I was one of the few who had a wii u, (which I thoroughly loved as being a truly lovely little console despite the hate of those who never even tried it) and Donkey Kong was bought immediately. This game is beautiful yes, but I honestly found it BRUTALLY difficult.. even for a Nintendo veteran since the early eighties. I felt like I was training my reaction time for a future top secret space mission in which I would be required to integrate my new found DK skills into rigorous astronautical engineering. I think perhaps I got old and now i'm probably just too bad at video games. Now I feel cranky. Thanks for your channel.
Alfboyz (1 month ago)
"Dongs were expanded in the making of this video."
NinjaRodent (1 month ago)
I want that plush
ToadyBloyster (1 month ago)
Far from the complete history; i enjoyed the video but the missed games (DK94, jungle climber etc) and inaccuracies (David wise didn't work on DKCR) shows this could have done with more time in the research phase. Quality over quantity, even though YouTube's algorithms don't always agree.
Psy-Crow Mantis (1 month ago)
Correct me if I'm wrong (pretty sure I'm not) but I'm pretty sure David Wise was not involved with Returns and actually made his return composing for Tropical Freeze. Granted, Nintendo did re-arrange like 94% of his OG DKC soundtrack for Returns so he might as well have been.
GSS1-Sirius (1 month ago)
I heard a long time ago that Miyamoto named him "Monkey Kong" but due to miscommunication "Monkey" was interpreted as "Donkey". It was so long ago though, so I don't know if that story was proven false, but I believe it really was considered canon back then.
P Ferreira (1 month ago)
"Hello you gorillas" - Alex.
Josiah Malott (1 month ago)
I️ don’t know why, but I️ really want a game where Donkey Kong and Mario finally team up in an awesome platformer game
Patat Je (1 month ago)
Donkey and Diddy aren't related. Donkey is an ape, a gorilla, an anthropoid ape. Diddy is a monkey, possibly a spider monkey. He has a long tail. Donkey hasn't. Diddy cannot be family of Donkey. Diddy is not Donkey's nephew.
Patat Je (1 month ago)
Nintendo Life, you have a point. Perhaps in Donkey Kong's world spider monkeys and gorillas can interbreed, just like in Star Trek humans and all alien races can interbreed.
Nintendo Life (1 month ago)
And giant reptiles don't walk on two legs and wear crowns. I have a sneaking suspicion Donkey Kong isn't trying to be true to life.
Juliusaurus (1 month ago)
"many have considered to be the worst thing to happen ever" I am one of those many, hahah. But hey, it all worked out in the end and we got the Retro Studios games, which I feel are even better than Rare's.
T Bartja (1 month ago)
I actually didn't mind the motion controls too much :P it was fairly clunky for sure, but made the boss bashing at the end extremely satisfying!
takai (1 month ago)
Donkey Kong Country was one of the first games I ever played. I hold it incredibly close to my heart. I thought Returns was ok, but after hearing so much praise for Tropical Freeze, I’m genuinely excited to play it.
GILWOLF (1 month ago)
Love Donkey Kong! I hope we get a Donkey Kong game with free roam similar to 64 or a DK Jungle Beat!
Saltine Supreme (1 month ago)
Trevor Greenfield (1 month ago)
Donkey Kong Country is SO GOOD...UGH.
ChampionsBallad (1 month ago)
Which you never brought up btw
ChampionsBallad (1 month ago)
That’s my main in smash bros
Jared RB Garrison (1 month ago)
Awesome video Alex! Although David Wise's compositions were used in DKC Returns, he didn't actually compose for that game. Just a correction. It's always wonderful to see the Donkey Kong series get the love and respect it deserves.
UltraCboy (1 month ago)
1:26 Your vowel-switching won’t pass over me.
Caleb Willden (1 month ago)
I'M BONGOING. (The subscribe button's not happy)
El Alex (1 month ago)
Hello there lovely people x2
Jacob Montoya (1 month ago)
DK jr. crashed his kart in the original Mario Kart. He's believed to be dead, but shows a large resemblance to the mysterious, Racer M.
VOMIT THE SOUL (1 month ago)
I grew up on Donkey Kong 64. I'd give anything for a similar styled game to return on the Switch... it would be perfect!
Brian Preston (1 month ago)
Just gonna say it... DK64 was horrible.
ElementalIguana (1 month ago)
I'm hoping that Nintendo will make it brand new Donkey Kong game for the Nintendo switch later on in the future. And if they do I'm hoping for the return of the Kremlings.
Cappy 22 (1 month ago)
Donkey Kong gotta be benching at least 800lbs
Gypsymuffin (1 month ago)
Great video man, love DK. Can’t wait for May 4th for Tropical Freeze on switch. That game is a masterpiece!
Kelly Evans (1 month ago)
You forgot Donkey Kong Barrel Blast on the Wii. It was a racing game released in 2007 in the US, and 2008 in Europe. It featured 8 members of the Kong family (including Lanky Kong), along with 8 Kremlings.
SuperDan (1 month ago)
Donkey Kong Country on the SNES was the 2nd game I ever played <3 #1 was Super Castlevania 4 :) Me and my dad played it together........... Great video, this was awesome to watch
AM Real (1 month ago)
You missed DK King of swing/Jungle climber (not great DK game but they still exist) Wise only returned for the Epic Tropical Freeze and DK jungle beat should NEVER be slept on (especially the Wii port) cause that was the closest thing we had to a country game at the time plus all the insane combos and satisfying kong fights
Nicholas Ostrom (1 month ago)
You left out Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.
T Striker (1 month ago)
1:24 I see you throwing shade there~
Devilcraft 42 (1 month ago)
_K O N G E R T H E S U C K E R_
Lostmymind1 (1 month ago)
"What do you say DK? ................ He can't talk. He's an enema." Did.....he really just say that? Jeez. Alex! Tell DK how you really feel!
DeJay_Incognito (1 month ago)
*37 yrs of Dong
Emerson Reisch (1 month ago)
I love Dankey Kang!!!
Skyler Thomson (1 month ago)
Great video!!! David Wise returned for Tropical Freeze though, not Returns!
Pablo Moreno (1 month ago)
The 5 dislikes are Dashie
mr walugi guy (1 month ago)
New super mario bros wii was dificulty
dementedavenger2784 (1 month ago)
DKTF one of the most underrated platformers ever
Ancient Magic (1 month ago)
*HeEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeEeEeeEEeEEeEeEeEEEEEeEeEeEEeEeEEEEello* there lovely people
Sucker times: 0:15 0:24 0:28 10:00
James Skinner (1 month ago)
so yes ill buy a play a 3rd 2d DK game in this line of games......but as with any new game on the switch ... they should go back to 3D and "breath of the wild" that mother up
Lucas_14 (1 month ago)
best franchise ever <3 I'm really excited for the future of Donkey Kong, whether it's a third DKC game by Retro or a brand new 3D take on it.
Elvis Sanchez (1 month ago)
You forgot to mention how Tropical Freeze got some hate from Metroid fans since it was taking Retro Studios away from making a new Metroid Prime game
That kid From YouTube (1 month ago)
Do more of this series!!
CyberGW30 (1 month ago)
I'm very similar to you. Somehow started using him in Mario Party, and then we he became my MK8 main there was no going back. Such a fun unique character
wikichris (1 month ago)
SNES graphics blew people’s minds when first demoed.
Knuckles the Echidna (1 month ago)
❤ DK was never very good at it but love the colorful graphics and the sounds of all the games.
Sonicice 24 (1 month ago)
Nice I wish you said "fun fact funky kong, diddy kong, and donky kong were all in Mariokart wii"
SuperSwagGuy (1 month ago)
Hello there lovely peeeoooopppplllleeee!!!!!
ElNoArtista (1 month ago)
Hey!! Nice video I love it ! I want to se more "History of" videos of Nintendo games like, maybe F-Zero? Hehe
Isaiah Nordine (1 month ago)
Nyah Senai (1 month ago)
DK is one of my favourite Nintendo characters, as well. And Tropical Freeze, above all, is a gem of a game. Beautiful in every way you look at it, and a difficulty that makes it worth playing! Nice video!
Nate Menzel (1 month ago)
Wait but isn’t Funky Kong DK’s brother? But then that would mean diddy Kong is funky Kong’s son
The Cosmic, Kidd (1 month ago)
Neat! Hey. Ever thinking of doing a video like this for kirby? Or another franchise?
Nicktendo 1 (1 month ago)
You forget to mention a game called Donkey Kong Circus for the Game & Watch where Mario was forcing Donkey Kong to balance on a ball and juggle. https://www.mariowiki.com/Donkey_Kong_Circus
Always Wright (1 month ago)
Alex you forgot the Mario and rabbits dlc
amadawn (1 month ago)
Chardee MacDennis (1 month ago)
"Hello there lovely people italics from Nintendo Life." Thanks YouTube subtitles
Silver & Gold (1 month ago)
Then Why Was Donkey Kong Jr In Mario Tennis 64 Alongside The Modern DK? Why Does Modern DK Kidnap Pauline In The Mario VS Donkey Kong Series?
Nicktendo 1 (1 month ago)
Silver & Gold The sports games also have the babies alongside their modern counterparts. They don’t make sense.
DeadofWinter321 (1 month ago)
Donkey Kong Country 1-3 and Donkey Kong 64 were my all time favorite games growing up and when I was about to give up hope on getting a new DK game, Nintendo dropped DKC Returns on the Wii. I was happy again.
George Marionerd (1 month ago)
I love the Mario vs DK series. Perhaps it's partly because I was a kid when I got it on my GBA. I'd love a new one on the Switch that blends the Mario gameplay of the first game and the touchscreen controlled minis into one game.
Jump On Everything (1 month ago)
Don't think I didn't notice you changed donkey to dunkey.
DDub 64 (1 month ago)
I love that the ppl who were kids on the 90s are now bringing the good shot back n running a lot of things.I love the 90s. hell a snoop dogg commercial for his game show popped up while watching a donkey Kong history video. I'm glad that I grew up in the early 90s
Erik W. (1 month ago)
No DK '94?! The true sequel to the original?! Dammit...
Nintendo Life (1 month ago)
Did you watch the video?
Ninten70 (1 month ago)
DK is been part of my Childhood since I was 5. I praise Rare for making such a wonderful masterpiece with the SNES trilogy, the Land trilogy and DK 64. I liked the Opening of rare in DKC2 BTW.
Joe Mead (1 month ago)
Hey Alex great video. I hope you're going to do one like this for the metroid series. Also what's your beef with DK? Why you got to keep calling a sucker? Haha
alvstar1984 Gaming (1 month ago)
As the great Dashie once said... “Donkey Bitch ass”
JaidynReiman (1 month ago)
David Wise didn't return until Tropical Freeze. Get your facts right! Otherwise, pretty good overall.
Ninten Dan (1 month ago)
I like this style of videos
Lonnie Peck (1 month ago)
Donkey Kong Country 2 was the first game I ever finished by myself without any of my older sisters help. Loved the video man.

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