The original Donkey Kong released 40 years ago today (July 9 1981), marking Mario and the eponymous ape’s first appearance, so series developers went online to celebrate.
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Grant Kirkhope, a video game composer who worked at Rare during the Nintendo 64-era and beyond, tweeted: “Happy 40th birthday to Donkey Kong, it’s an honour to have played a little part in your history and I apologise for subjecting you to that bloody awful rap!! O-KAY!!”
Happy 40th birthday to Donkey Kong, it’s an honour to have played a little part in your history and I apologise for subjecting you to that bloody awful rap!! O-KAY!! 🤣😂🤣😂
— Grant Kirkhope (@grantkirkhope) July 9, 2021
David Wise, another video game music composer involved in plenty of games from the series, said: “Happy 40th Birthday to Donkey Kong. It’s been amazing to have been involved with the talented and creative development teams in bringing such a fun and charismatic video game giant to the SNES and Switch”.
— Steve Mayles (@WinkySteve) July 8, 2021
Reliable Nintendo insider Zippo has also stated that Nintendo could be planning a massive Donkey Kong expansion in the near future. This could reportedly include the likes of a new game, animation series, and a theme park.
Zippo said: “I’ve been told by multiple people that Donkey Kong is the next franchise in line to follow Mario in Nintendo’s push for their game franchises to become multimedia juggernauts.”
According to NintendoLife, Nintendo might be putting together a core development team to create an entirely game. It is believed to be a platformer, with no knowledge as to whether it is 2D or 3D.