Ten years ago this month, Nintendo released the simply titled Donkey Kong for the Game Boy. At the time, it didn’t seem like much of a mile- stone, but it has since become the gold standard of how to update a
classic game without losing the soul of the original.
The main reason Donkey Kong works so well is that it’s not so much a remake as an extension of the 1981 arcade game. While the update contains all four levels of the original — one of the few home versions to do so, in fact — the big ape doesn’t stay defeated for long. He grabs Pauline and continues his reign of terror, sending Mario on a brand new chase with 96 more levels.
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