is a series of video games
that features the adventures of a large ape
called Donkey Kong
, created by Shigeru Miyamoto
. It mainly comprises two different game series, plus spinoff
titles of various genres.
The games of the first series are mostly single-screen platform
types, featuring Donkey Kong as the antagonist
in an industrial construction setting. The original Donkey Kong
game was the first appearance of Mario, Nintendo's flagship character, pre-dating the well-known Super Mario Bros.
by four years.
The second, the Donkey Kong Country
series, feature Donkey Kong and his clan as protagonists
in their native jungle setting versus a variety of anthropomorphic
enemies. These are side-scrolling platform games
. (The Donkey Kong character of this series is the grandchild of the title character from the original Donkey Kong
Titles outside these two series have included rhythm games (Donkey Konga
), racing games (Diddy Kong Racing
), and edutainment (Donkey Kong Jr. Math
A hallmark of the Donkey Kong series is barrels
, which the Kongs use as weapons, vehicles, furniture and lodging. Characters from the Donkey Kong series have appeared in Nintendo's crossover titles such as the Smash Bros.
and Mario Kart
series. The Donkey Kong character is highly recognizable and very popular; the franchise has sold over 40 million units......