Donkey Kong Hockey

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Donkey Kong Hockey
Dkhbox.jpg
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game & Watch
Release date November 13, 1984
Genre Sport
Rating(s)
Mode(s) Single player
Double player
Media
Game & Watch:
Built-in
Input
Game & Watch:

Donkey Kong Hockey is one of the few two-player Game & Watch games ever manufactured. Donkey Kong and Mario must engage each other in a two-player game of Ice Hockey. It was released on November 13, 1984.[1] The game was colourless, being set up on a small LCD screen. The console was an elliptical shape, while the controllers were small and circular; the console could open up to store the controllers.[2]

Controls[edit]

  • Controller 1: Controls Mario.
  • Controller 2: Controls Donkey Kong.

Buttons[edit]

  • Circle Button: Slams ball towards opposing player.
  • D-Pad: Moves characters up, down, left, and right.

Features[edit]

  • Referee: A referee will occasionally appear to change the course of the ball.
  • Crazy Spots: If the ball passes through one of these points, it will rapidly increase in speed and change its current course.
  • Ball: The item that must stay in play in order for a player to win.

Gameplay[edit]

The objective of the game is basically the same as that of normal hockey: score goals against the opposing player. There were two game modes, each operate similarly, with few variations.

Game A[edit]

The game, with its respective controllers.

Game A is a one-player game; the player will play against the CPU. While using controller 1, the player must control Mario and try to win the game of hockey against the CPU, which takes the form of Donkey Kong. For each goal scored, one point is awarded; the first one to reach ten points wins the game. However, if the CPU reaches ten points before the player, the game is over.

The game can also be pause in Game A by pressing the circular button on the second controller. The game will automatically release its pause after four minutes; the pause can be ended before that time by pressing the circular button once more.

Game B[edit]

Game B is a two-player game; the first player will control Mario, while the second player will control Donkey Kong. The rules are almost the same as in Game A; the first to reach ten points wins the game. There are no CPUs in Game B, and there are no Game Overs. Game B cannot be paused.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donkey Kong Hockey info page on In the Attic Retrieved November 13, 2010
  2. ^ Controller storage
  3. ^ The entire gameplay setup