Kong of the Jungle
Art: Jonathan Gray
Full name: Donkey Kong
Height: 4'5" hunched over (about 135cm)
Weight: 450 lbs.
Home: DK's Treehouse, DK Isle
First appearance: Donkey Kong (arcade)
Last appeared in: Donkey Kong 64
Just who is Donkey Kong? These days, it can be rather hard to tell,
especially if you're not familiar with the Donkey Kong Country series.
Donkey Kong first appeared in the arcade game of the same name released
in 1981, after Shigeru Miyamoto lost the rights to make a Popeye game. In this early title, DK played the role of Mario's abused pet that took revenge
on his cruel master by kidnapping his girlfriend, Pauline. After Mario
defeated DK, and once again imprisoned him, it was up to DK's estranged
son to come to his rescue in Donkey Kong Jr. After the wildly unsuccessful Donkey Kong 3, the Kong family disappeared for many years, until 1993,
when a relatively unheard of company called "Rare" released a new DK game
that took the world by storm. Donkey Kong Country starred an all-new Donkey Kong
who was said to be the son of DK Jr. and thusly the grandson of the original
Along with the original DK who was now old and withered and had earned
himself the nickname "Cranky," DKC introduced many new branches to the Kong
family tree. In the almost-as-popular sequel, we got to meet Wrinkly Kong,
Cranky's wife and mother of the never seen DK Jr. as well as Dixie Kong, who
was said to be some distant cousin of DK. Since Cranky is too old, and DK Jr.
seems to have disappeared, nowadays most of the monkey business is being preformed
by the DKC DK, or as he's known in Japan, "Super Donkey Kong."
When he's not trying to save a fellow ape from the sinister K. Rool, DK can usually
be seen as a playable character in new N64 games like Mario Kart 64, Super Smash Brothers, or Mario Golf. Of course, now DK is getting ready to embark on his biggest adventure
ever in Donkey Kong 64.
Written by JJ McCullough.