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The initial pitch for Donkey Kong Country included Mario, a time machine, and Wario as the main villain

Donkey Kong Country started off COMPLETELY different

Games change a lot from their first idea to final release. A ton of different options are discussed, elements are tweaked or cut altogether, and some content never makes it past the initial pitch. Turns out Donkey Kong Country is a great example of that.

Believe it or not, the original pitch for Donkey Kong Country included Mario and a time machine. Wario ends up stealing that time machine, uses it to get some sort of crazy gun that turns Mario to stone, and Donkey Kong sets out to save the day when he hears about the trouble. It sounds like some sort of off-the-wall fan fiction, but it's all how Donkey Kong Country got started!

You can learn a lot more about that initial pitch, complete with more artwork, in the video above. Thanks to ibbsters for the heads up!

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I'm glad they decided to stay away from the Mario IP and develop it into a series with entirely its own flavour. I don't know if we would've gotten all the amazing DK music if they had gone with this original pitch!

I'm glad they decided to stay away from the Mario IP and develop it into a series with entirely its own flavour. I don't know if we would've gotten all the amazing DK music if they had gone with this original pitch!

While I would like to see this game some day (just because it sounds so bizarre and batshit) of course Im glad they went the way they did (obviously). We wouldnt have gotten Diddy, Cranky, Candy, Funky, Dixie, K.Rool & the Kremlings and the amazing David Wise soundtracks.

So the villain could have been a bad knock off of Mario instead of the bad knock off of Bowser we eventually got?

thedestructo94
Sun Oct 13 19 01:51pm
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Bad knock off of Bowser? Jesus Christ here we go with this bullshit again..

Ha ha. I’m just giving ya a hard time.

You better be. You know how much I hate hearing that. Lol After 13 years of hearing that BS during Smash speculation Im tired of it. Lol

Heh, sorry. Teasing to get a rise out of K Rool fans. I won’t keep teasing if it genuinely bothers you though.

If it makes you feel better you can make cracks about purple pterodactyls who are too stupid to know when to stay dead. ;)

If this happened, we could not have gotten the Wario Land series(we still haven't gotten a new one as well!)

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