Donkey Kong Classics NES Review - Game makers suffer memory loss....again.

by ToddVania on Thursday, October 3, 2002
You'd think Nintendo, who made the original aracade games in this cart back in the '80's, would get it right. I guess the only way we can play the true arcade versions is to buy the goddamned arcade versions, which Nintendo probably wants us to do. Where the hell is: The cement factory stage in Donkey Kong, the ape measure asking how far you'll make it, the blue barrels, etc. Donkey Kong Jr. is more complete, but us older gamers were proud of the fact that we could get to Mario's Hideout--it wasn't just one of the normal screens, you had to live through about 8 screens to get to it, and it had a cute intro. Also, Donkey Kong doesn't kick the shit out of Mario.
These might sound like small things, but they're what make us remember these games sometimes.
However, overall, this is a good cart if you want the basics. The graphics are faithful (unlike the horrible Atari 2600 version--I like to forget I ever owned that thing), and so is the music. This is probably as close as we'll ever get to the arcade versions. I'll give 7 out of 10.

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