Donkey Kong (series)

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The Donkey Kong series is a series of video games starring the titular protagonist, Donkey Kong, and the Kong Family. It was created by Shigeru Miyamoto in 1981, with the release of Donkey Kong.

The Donkey Kong series began with three arcade games in the 1980s. In 1993, Nintendo tasked Rare to develop a Donkey Kong game. After a year of development, Donkey Kong Country was released in November 1994. The game vastly expanded the Donkey Kong franchise and introduced recurring features and characters, most notably the family of Kongs and the Kremlings. Rare's last original Donkey Kong title was Donkey Kong 64, which released in late 1999.

At E3 2001, three other Donkey Kong titles from Rare were unveiled, Donkey Kong Racing (as a trailer), Diddy Kong Pilot, and Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers. The latter two games had playable demos at the event. In 2002, Microsoft acquired Rare entirely, which led to the outright cancellation of Donkey Kong Racing. Diddy Kong Pilot and Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers were redone and released as Banjo-Pilot and It's Mr. Pants respectively. In the 2000s, Rare only made remakes of the Donkey Kong Country trilogy and Diddy Kong Racing.

Games

Original titles

Title Year released Console
Donkey Kong Country 1994 Super Nintendo
Donkey Kong Land 1995 Game Boy
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest 1995 Super Nintendo
Donkey Kong Land 2 1996 Game Boy
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! 1996 Super Nintendo
Donkey Kong Land III 1997 Game Boy
Diddy Kong Racing 1997 Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong 64 1999 Nintendo 64

Re-releases

Title Year released Console
Donkey Kong Country 2000 Game Boy Color
Donkey Kong Country 2003 Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Country 2 2004 Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Country 3 2005 Game Boy Advance
Diddy Kong Racing DS 2007 Nintendo DS

Canceled

Title Console
Diddy Kong Pilot Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Racing Nintendo GameCube

Characters

The main characters are the Kongs, which are a species with a wide variety of primates.

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