Best Video Game Series: (25) Donkey Kong

Life can be confusing sometimes, but rest assured, everything is fine. You are fine. I am fine. And video games are fine. That’s why when the good people of the Objection Network (formerly At The Buzzer) invited me to participate in a Top 25 countdown of favorite video games series, I was more than happy to oblige. This post here kicked off the Top 25 with everyone’s favorite pixelated gorilla: Donkey Kong. Click on through to view this post and to join the list-mania over on Objection Network!

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This is Objection Network’s countdown of the top 25 video game series of all-time. We’re counting down to the best franchise ever on March 31. For more info on the voting process, click here.

25) Donkey Kong (3 votes, 54 points)

Chris: The first member of the DK crew snuck into the top 25 on the strength of the Country games alone. All three people who voted for the series mentioned Country specifically, and it’s no surprise — all three Super Nintendo games are highly regarded, and Returns and Tropical Freeze also received good reviews. That’s not to say that Donkey Kong’s other outings have been worthless; the original Donkey Kong is one of the most well-known games ever made, and 64 had its charms (and a million collectibles). Plus, Diddy Kong Racing technically falls under this umbrella as well. We’re just going to pretend that Donkey Konga (and…

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Donkey Kong 64, you were the last but the…uh…no, that’s all. Just the last.

Donkey Kong 64 (1999) was the last Nintendo 64 game I ever played. In fact, it was the last Donkey Kong game I played. It was also the only game that accompanied my Nintendo 64 when I decided to give it away.

Donkey Kong 64 cover art © Rare, Nintendo
Donkey Kong 64 cover art © Rare, Nintendo (source)

In 2002, I made the leap to grad school, which took us to a place that was far, far away from our then-current residence. At the time, our gaming arsenal consisted of a Super Nintendo, a Nintendo 64, a Gamecube, a Playstation 1, and a Playstation 2. As this was both a tempestuous and exciting move, it didn’t come without a few sacrifices. The SNES and N64 were “my” consoles, which meant that I had to make the keep-or-toss decision. As I generally tend to be rather detached from “things,” (rather than people or memories), I wasn’t very sad in choosing to let go of them. The SNES went first to a dear friend. At that point I was really just holding onto it for sentimental reasons, but the reality was that I hadn’t played it in years and didn’t have any games for it. The N64, a gift, should have been a different story. Between Mario, Banjo, and Conker, I spent some of my best and most productive gaming time with that console. I should have become a bit weepy upon handing it over to another friend as my mind flooded with all the great memories stored within its little plastic walls. But I gave it away as easily as if I had given away a bag of old clothes to the Goodwill. And Donkey Kong 64? I wasn’t all that sad to see it go either.

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Donkey Kong Country — proof that the 90s weren’t ALL Desert Storm, flannel, and angst.

You know that moment.

That moment of sheer excitement when you start a game that’s so totally different from anything you’ve ever played before and it turns out to be a beautiful thing.

My moment like that happened with Donkey Kong Country.

Donkey Kong County cover art © Nintendo, Rare (source)

It’s a familiar game to most and beloved by many; and DKC set Rare on the map of development titans (at least for a little while).  It was the first “3D” game I ever played.  (Well, it was rendered with 3D graphics, but it was still a side-scroller.)  We got the game at Christmas 94 or 95 (maybe 96?  The 90s are really just a lump of strange and obnoxious and awesome), and I could hardly believe my bedazzled eyes.

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