Back in 1984, after the sport’s success first in arcades after which on the Famicom, Nintendo let Hudson make a Donkey Kong 3 spin-off for the NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-6601, and Sharp X1 private computer systems. It was…not the identical Donkey Kong expertise.
For starters, it was a distinct kind of recreation! Donkey Kong 3: The Great Counterattack, because it was identified, performed extra like Space Invaders, with DK floating by means of the air holding balloons whereas the participant, shuffling left-to-right on the bottom, tried to shoot him down whereas additionally blasting at waves of enemies alongside the way in which.
Which high-quality, no matter, however what’s actually wild about this recreation is the background graphics. Rather than happening in some vivid, vibrant and summary model of the Mushroom Kingdom/World, The Great Counterattack appears to be set in a 1980s PC text-based horror recreation, taking in areas like…a mushroom cloud and a haunted nation highway.
You can see them as backgrounds on this gameplay video:
But they actually shine in these upscaled and wallpaper-sized variations of the stage artwork, helpfully uploaded by skullmullione:
I’ve by no means performed it, however to be sincere the sport appears to be like like shit. This artwork, nonetheless, is unimaginable.
Donkey Kong 3: The Great Counterattack was simply one of many recreations Nintendo licensed for look on Japanese computer systems within the 80s. Versions of Mario Bros., Excitebike and Balloon Fight additionally appeared, and a few of these had fascinating modifications too, like the actual fact Mario Bros. couldn’t truly scroll sideways all through a stage:
Golf and Ice Climber have been additionally ported, and like Donkey Kong 3: The Great Counterattack, these variations have been all dealt with by Hudson Soft.
If you suppose these are compromised ports, although, spare a thought for Capcom’s Ghosts N Goblins, which in contrast to Mario does scroll sideways. Albeit at a horrible value: