Steve Mayles

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Photo of Steve Mayles, from Playtonic's official website.
Photo of Steve Mayles, taken from Playtonic Games' official website

Steve Mayles is a British game artist and animator formerly employed by Rare Ltd., and the brother of Gregg Mayles. He was a character designer and sprite artist for the first two installments of the Donkey Kong Country series, where he created King K. Rool and Dixie Kong, among other characters.[1] He also worked on several other games by Rare, including the Banjo-Kazooie series, for which he designed, modeled, and animated the titular characters. For Donkey Kong 64, he only designed a few characters, such as Mad Jack and Puftoss.[2]

Mayles, along with several other Rare alumni, left Rare in September 2014[3] to found Playtonic Games, which successfully crowdfunded Yooka-Laylee on May 1, 2015.

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Donkey Kong franchise[edit]

Donkey Kong tribute artwork[edit]

The following is a gallery of artwork created by Steve Mayles in which he pays homage to the Donkey Kong franchise. Most of the artwork originates from his Twitter profile, WinkySteve.


  1. ^ Steve Mayles's description on his Twitter accountMedia:Steve Mayles Twitter Description.png (captured 27 October, 2016)
  2. ^ Mayles, Steve (June 3, 2019). Tweet by Steve Mayles. Twitter. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Kirkhope, Grant (September 30, 2014). Tweet by Grant Kirkhope about Steve Mayles' departure. Twitter. Retrieved November 24, 2015.

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