You Can Now Get Donkey Kong: Original Edition For 3DS, In A Roundabout Way

If you're in the United States, own a Nintendo 3DS and want Donkey Kong: Original Edition, all you have to do is... purchase and download the brand-new 3DS game Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! or Crosswords Plus and register them before January 6.

Perhaps that's not the method you would have predicted.

And just what is Donkey Kong: Original Edition?

Nintendo's press release about Art Academy and Crosswords says: "Donkey Kong: Original Edition game for free. This is a special version of Donkey Kong with content never before seen in the U.S. and is not available for purchase."

The unofficial Super Mario Wiki, however, is a shade harsher: The game "was pre-installed for the European release of the Mario 25th Anniversary limited edition red Wii in 2010. This version restored some missing animations and the level 50M, which was cut from the NES version, although Donkey Kong mistakenly stands still in this level, and while the port's graphics are an improvement to the NES port, it is still inferior to the true arcade version, which remains unavailable on Virtual Console."

Donkey Kong: Original Edition was also recently offered as a free bonus to gamers in Japan who downloaded New Super Mario Bros. 2 and registered it with Nintendo.

Above: Donkey Kong: Original Edition, uploaded to YouTube by Arnold the Bartender


    Donkey Kong isn't very good though. It's a classic, but that fall damage and the inability to move mid jump, there's a reason why people go back to Mario Bros but they don't go back to this one. Don't know why you'd want to buy a shitty art game just to get this one lol.

    I've only properly sat down to play Donkey Kong once, and despite the constant frustration I fell pretty much in love with it

      However that was an arcade edition with a supremely grubby joystick and screen burn in, and the sense of history I got while the game kicked my arse was awesome. I don't know if it'd be the same on 3ds, unfortunately

    What? You wanted Nintendo to travel into the future to steal pcbs and roms so that they could implement future game conventions into the tiny amount of memory physically available? - It is a genre defining classic you muppet :-)

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