Grant Kirkhope says Donkey Kong 64's rap was always meant to be a joke, leaving him surprised when people didn't get it

Joke's on you

Donkey Kong 64 is remembered for a lot of reasons, but perhaps none moreso than the DK Rap. The tune is a big part of Nintendo history nowadays, and is great for a chuckle. When the game first launched, plenty of people found the song to be quite cringeworthy.

In an interview with GamesRadar, composer Grant Kirkhope opens up about the song, and reveals that it was always meant to be tongue-in-cheek.

"I thought everyone would get the joke but no one did. It was the first time I'd ever had anyone write something negative about my music. I'd been fortunate up until then - people liked my tunes most of the time - and it was supposed to be a joke track about monkeys rapping about bananas and grapes, so I felt a little bit hard done to. I thought everyone would get the joke but no one did... it was the first time I'd ever had anyone write something negative about my music.

I'm glad I wrote it. It's been a fun thing to have people take the mickey out of me for years about and, you know, my 17-year-old son and all of his mates know it. None of those guys were born when I did that and it's incredible that they know every word."

Beyond Donkey Kong: A History of Nintendo Arcade Games paperback launches Aug. 6th, 2020

It was a different time

Before the enormously successful NES console changed the video game landscape in the 1980s, Nintendo became famous for producing legendary arcade machines like Donkey Kong and Mario Bros. Drawing on original interviews, news reports and other documents, this book traces Nintendo's rise from a small business that made playing cards to the top name in the arcade industry. Twenty-eight game titles are examined in-depth, along with the people and events that defined the company for more than four decades.

If Beyond Donkey Kong: A History of Nintendo Arcade looks like something you'd want to give a read, you have two options. You can grab a Kindle version of the book right now, or you can wait until August 6th, 2020 for the paperback. Either way, you can snag each version here.

Dixie Kong creator shares new art to celebrate Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest's arrival on Switch

This needs to be a print!

The Switch Online SNES Collection updated just a few days back, and it added one of the all-time SNES greats to the Switch. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest is now available for all Switch Online owners to play, and the original gang behind the game couldn't be happier.

Current Playtonic member and former RARE dev Steve Mayles spent some time to create a piece of tribute art to celebrate Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest making it onto Switch. Mayles was the one behind Dixie's design all the way back in the day, so there's no better person to offer up a tribute!

Nintendo grabs new/re-ups a series of trademarks

Tools of the trade

Nintendo has been doing some trademark housekeeping in Japan. The company has grabbed trademark for new projects, and also re-upped some names you're familiar with. Check out the rundown of their trademark spree below.

- Entei
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
- FURY WORLD (The Japanese name of Super Mario 3D World's expansion)
- Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
- マリカーライブ (Japanese for Home Circuit)
- Donkey Kong Country

Composer David Wise says Nintendo allows for 'freedom and creative expression' in game music

Wise words

If you're a Nintendo fan, you've no doubt heard the music of David Wise. While Wise never worked at Nintendo, he did provide soundtracks for some of their biggest franchises, including Donkey Kong Country.

In a ComicBook.com interview with Wise, we get to just how free he was to create the music he wanted to for projects like Donkey Kong Country.

There is always welcome guidance from Nintendo. There is also a huge amount of freedom and creative expression. I have consistently found that Nintendo are very happy to let creativity breathe and flourish, especially for first drafts, and then possibly suggest changes or give ideas to reflect the development of the rest of the game.

Along with that, Wise was asked if he'd like to compose for the Donkey Kong Country series again, if a new installment came along. Wise's answer should surprise no one!

I’d obviously be delighted to be involved again if ever the opportunity were to come up in the future.

Nintendo releases Donkey Kong Country "Classified Information" trailer with tips, tricks, and secrets

Did you know?

Top Secret! This Donkey Kong Country - Classified Information video unveils secrets to get extra lives, go beyond 100% completion, and more!

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Steve Wiebe breaks 1.1 million mark in Donkey Kong, setting a new personal record

The comeback tour

Just recently, Steve Wiebe, star of The King of Kong documentary, announced that he was returning to the competitive Donkey Kong scene. Just weeks into his return, Wiebe has already set a personal best.

Steve Wiebe's new best score is a 1,106,200, easily topping his previous best of 1,064,500 set in 2010. Robbie Lakeman holds the world record at 1,260,700, so Wiebe has some work to do. Wiebe shared some words on his new score milestone, which you can read below.

I'm a ways away from any world record on Donkey Kong, but it sure felt good to cross the 1.1M mark. I was just doing a practice game before I was going to stream, and I had a good run for 1,106,200. I should be streaming everyday for the summer and hopefully, I can hit my next milestone of 1.15M soon.

Guinness World Records reinstates Billy Mitchell's scores, unanimously decided

Back in 2017, the first concrete information about the video game cheating of Billy Mitchell was unearthed. It came to light that Mitchell used MAME emulation hardware and used Twin Galaxies referees to put in unlawful scores. In 2018, Guinness World Records decided to pull the highscores, stating the following: ''The Guinness World Records titles relating to Mr. Mitchell's highest scores on Donkey Kong have all been disqualified due to Twin Galaxies being our source of verification for these achievements. Twin Galaxies was the original source of verification for these record titles and in line with their decision to remove all of Mr. Mitchell's records from their system, we have disqualified Mr. Mitchell as the holder of these two records.''

Now, somewhat more than two years later, GWR changed their mind in light of new evidence. Their statement:

In the light of compelling new evidence received by Guinness World Records, the Records Management Team has unanimously decided to reverse decisions made in April 2018 in regards to videogame high scores achieved by Billy Mitchell between 1982 and 2010.

As of 10 June 2020, the following historical records for the arcade platform have been reinstated:

3 July 1999 - First Perfect Score on PAC-Man – 3,333,360 Points
7 November 1982 – Highest score on Donkey Kong – 874,300 Points
4 June 2005 – Highest score on Donkey Kong – 1,047,200 Points
14 July 2007 – Highest score on Donkey Kong – 1,050,200 Points
31 July 2010 – Highest score on Donkey Kong – 1,062,800 Points

This reinstatement also re-recognizes Mr Mitchell as the first gamer to reach the kill screen on Donkey Kong (7 November 1982) and first gamer to score 1 million points on Donkey Kong (4 June 2005).

Guinness World Records is always open to accepting new evidence for historical achievements, and to reviewing new and existing evidence for disputed titles.

In this case, a re-examination of the records in question and the emergence of key eyewitness and expert testimonials led to a reversal of earlier disqualifications and the reinstating of Mr Mitchell’s original records. The records archive has been updated accordingly to reflect this.

Mitchell must be rather thrilled to those scores back, though we must question the ''key eyewitness and expert testimonails'' used to revert this decision. GWR isn't willing to share any significant details about the ordeal, which is fishy at the very least. We can only guess at what happened here.

Donkey Kong has a new high score recorder holder

The new king of Kong

Just a couple weeks back, Steve Wiebe said he was ready to dive back into the Donkey Kong competitive scene to see if he could still hang with today's players. Now he's got a new king to dethrone.

Robbie Lakeman has managed to snag the new top score for Donkey Kong, racking up 1,260,700 points. He has taken the top spot from John McCurdy, who snagged the #1 position with a score of 1,259,000. Looks like there's still plenty of room for newcomers to squeak out a first place victory, but it's not going to be easy!

Heavy metal band "Alestorm" sneaks multiple Donkey Kong Country references into their latest album art

Looks like I've got a new favorite band

Alestorm is a heavy metal band from Scotland that uses a pirate theme in a lot of their music. It also seems the band is quite fond of the Donkey Kong Country series.

The band just released their latest album, Curse of the Crystal Coconut, back on May 29th, 2020. A quick glance at the cover makes it seem like any other pirate-themed artwork, with perhaps a nod to the Pirates of the Caribbean. When you take a deeper look, you see all kinds of Donkey Kong Country references in the artwork.

Scattered along the left-hand side of the art is a banana peel, a Donkey Kong skeleton, multiple Kremlings, a TNT barrel, and even a DK Coin floating in the background. These guys definitely love their Donkey Kong Country!

Thanks to 1_21_gigawatts for the heads up!


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