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

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Anthony Williams (12 days ago)
It was supposed to be monkey kong. Get the facts right
Big Smoke (3 months ago)
Hope his next game is a baNANAAAAAAAA SLAMMMAAAA
Josh Douglas (3 months ago)
Did only 4 people buy it on the will u
Josh Douglas (3 months ago)
Nice video
Trey Vlogs (3 months ago)
dk jr is dk now
Nik (5 months ago)
awww DK on super nes brings back HUGE nostalgia. So much of my childhood..
Djingy (5 months ago)
Here’s hoping for a new DKC game for the Switch! The DKCTF port is amazing.
NintendoTv (5 months ago)
We need another 3D dk
NintendoTv (5 months ago)
We need another 3D mario way past due date
Mars Marley (6 months ago)
Loved the video! Great job man
bob rodriguez (6 months ago)
Great video!
bingus khan (6 months ago)
comment for respect
Arcadeperfect Reviews (6 months ago)
Lanky Kong needs a game where he has to save princess waluigi from the evil captain rainbow
Pyra The Pooch (6 months ago)
I know you put alot of effort into this, and it really shows! Great video dude, keep up the good work!
Riddler (6 months ago)
DK 64 is one of my alltime favorite games.
321seb (6 months ago)
would've liked to see mention of his appearance in smash bros but small not pick. nice video
Caboose (6 months ago)
I hope retro finishes off their DK country trilogy
C S (6 months ago)
Thanks for plugging this in another video! I'd missed it but it's right up my alley.
Matthew Neal (6 months ago)
8:52 this should be a meme
Freddie Baker (6 months ago)
Dunkey reference at 1:26?
DJmenAce84 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
I had DKC3 as a kid so always been fond of the Kong's.
Stringz777 (6 months ago)
Also the barrel blast
Helionomicon (6 months ago)
You are a very narrator!
josh6520 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
Goof! Goof! I say yer done goofed!
Andrew (6 months ago)
Great work! Really enjoyed this video.
Eduardo Elias de Molins (6 months ago)
You really make a great video here. thanks for the time you dedicate it
Nukatha (6 months ago)
Real talk Alex: You short-changed Jungle Beat. It is just as much of a solid DK platformer as any other.
theburntcrumpet (6 months ago)
Why oh why didn't YouTube notify me about this video?
Red Roxy (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
"Dongs were expanded in the making of this video."
NinjaRodent (6 months ago)
I want that plush
ToadyBloyster (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
"Hello you gorillas" - Alex.
Josiah Malott (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
F I R E S I N S P U R T S
Trevor Greenfield (6 months ago)
Donkey Kong Country is SO GOOD...UGH.
//Heal// (6 months ago)
Which you never brought up btw
//Heal// (6 months ago)
That’s my main in smash bros
Jared RB Garrison (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
1:26 Your vowel-switching won’t pass over me.
Caleb Willden (6 months ago)
I'M BONGOING. (The subscribe button's not happy)
El Alex (6 months ago)
Hello there lovely people x2
Jacob Montoya (6 months 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.
DREAM E4TER (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
Just gonna say it... DK64 was horrible.
ElementalIguana (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
Donkey Kong gotta be benching at least 800lbs
Gypsymuffin (6 months ago)
Great video man, love DK. Can’t wait for May 4th for Tropical Freeze on switch. That game is a masterpiece!
Kelly Evans (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
You left out Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.
T Striker (6 months ago)
1:24 I see you throwing shade there~
Devilcraft 42 (6 months ago)
_K O N G E R T H E S U C K E R_
Lostmymind1 (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
*37 yrs of Dong
The ERRor (6 months ago)
I love Dankey Kang!!!
Skyler Thomson (6 months ago)
Great video!!! David Wise returned for Tropical Freeze though, not Returns!
Pablo Moreno (6 months ago)
The 5 dislikes are Dashie
New super mario bros wii was dificulty
dementedavenger2784 (6 months ago)
DKTF one of the most underrated platformers ever
Ancient Magic (6 months ago)
*HeEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeEeEeeEEeEEeEeEeEEEEEeEeEeEEeEeEEEEello* there lovely people
IamTabu - Nintendo Life (6 months ago)
Sucker times: 0:15 0:24 0:28 10:00
James Skinner (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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
Simon Richards (6 months ago)
Do more of this series!!
CyberGW30 (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
SNES graphics blew people’s minds when first demoed.
Knuckles the Echidna (6 months ago)
❤ DK was never very good at it but love the colorful graphics and the sounds of all the games.
Sonicice 24 (6 months ago)
Nice I wish you said "fun fact funky kong, diddy kong, and donky kong were all in Mariokart wii"
SuperSwagGuy (6 months ago)
Hello there lovely peeeoooopppplllleeee!!!!!
ElNoArtista (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
SCREEEE!!
Nyah Senai (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
Neat! Hey. Ever thinking of doing a video like this for kirby? Or another franchise?
Nicktendo 1 (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
Alex you forgot the Mario and rabbits dlc
peeling_potato (6 months ago)
DK!
Chardee MacDennis (6 months ago)
"Hello there lovely people italics from Nintendo Life." Thanks YouTube subtitles
Harry Best (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
Silver & Gold The sports games also have the babies alongside their modern counterparts. They don’t make sense.
DeadofWinter321 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
Don't think I didn't notice you changed donkey to dunkey.
DDub 64 (6 months 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. (6 months ago)
No DK '94?! The true sequel to the original?! Dammit...
Nintendo Life (6 months ago)
Did you watch the video?
Ninten70 (6 months 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.

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