Donkey Kong Circus

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Donkey Kong Circus is a Game & Watch title released as part of the Panorama series on September 6, 1984[1]. It is a remake of the second Mickey Mouse Game & Watch game, which was released worldwide seven months earlier. The two games' codes even seem to have gotten mixed up, with Mickey Mouse being model "DC-95" and Donkey Kong Circus being "MK-96".[1] Neither the Panorama Screen Mickey Mouse nor Donkey Kong Circus were released in Japan.

Gameplay[edit]

In this game, Donkey Kong (Mickey Mouse) balances on a barrel (circus ball) while juggling pineapples (batons) and avoiding the flaming torches. Mario (Donald Duck) watches his performance.

Trivia[edit]

  • While this originally had a Disney license that was dropped in favor of Nintendo characters, the previous Game & Watch game featuring Mickey Mouse was an alternate version of Egg released simultaneously in certain countries.
  • This is one of the few Game & Watch units to feature full color. This was actually due to Gunpei Yokoi's idea to move the background around the characters rather than vice versa.
  • This game may be set as a prequel to the original Donkey Kong, since it is said that it was Mario who unwittingly started the conflict by mistreating his pet. It is possible that Mario is a mere audience member, rather than taming Donkey Kong to perform, as many people think. However, the relationship between the two in this instance seems to be good-natured.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Donkey Kong Circus info page on In The Attic, a website dedicated to classic videogames Retrieved 13 November 2010