Happy birthday, Donkey Kong – and Mario!
Donkey Kong celebrates its 40th anniversary today
THE ICONIC APE AND MARIO BOTH MADE THEIR DEBUTS ON JULY 9, 1981
It was on July 9, 1981 that Nintendo first published and released the original Donkey Kong arcade machines in Japan, kicking off a series that would remain popular after four decades.
Perhaps more notably, it also marked the debut of Mario, who had originally been named Mr Video by his creator Shigeru Miyamoto, before being renamed Jumpman then finally Mario.