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Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
Did I miss the donkeys?  :confused:
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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
IIRC It was called 'Monkey King', but there were copyright problems because of 'King Kong', and the outcome, for some unfathomable reason, was 'Donkey Kong'.

Something like that anyway...

 

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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
In the original Japanese they use a word that connotes great strength and fortitude. That was translated as 'donkey' as in a very strong animal .
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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
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My take on it is...............Because japanese happy funny time translation is good !


 
Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
Mr. Miyamoto was looking through a thesaurus for synonyms for "Stubborn Gorilla". He came up with "Donkey Kong".

And in fact there was a legal battle with Universal Studios: they sued Nintendo because they were at the time making a King Kong movie (this was after the game Donkey Kong was released). Nintendo won, though.
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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
Stubborn as a mule, mule->donkey (semantics i know) add a Kong to it. plus it's got a ring to it :D


What would you guys call Monkey character?

Little tit-bit of info for ya, the only reason mario wears a hat, is because 8-bit an dpre 8-bit systems didn't have the resolution to produce hair to Miyamotos standard.

 

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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
Little tit-bit of info...

"Tid-bit", you mean? ;)
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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
When Deckers concerned, assume nothing ;)

 

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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
 :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
Little tit-bit of info...

"Tid-bit", you mean? ;)

I dunno what Tids are :p

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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
Why are Mario and Luigi called Mario and Luigi?

I mean why would Japanese game developers base one of the most successful series ever on two Italians? Wasn't Pac Man enough(it was inspired by a pizza)? :wtf:
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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
Well, Mario was named after Nintendo of America's first landlord (before that he was "Jumpman").

Luigi is just an Italian name to go along with Mario.
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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
Meh...they could have chosen two Japanese names... :doubt:
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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
Yes, because an Italian plumber with a Japanese name makes perfect sense.

 
Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
I think what happened is they designed his appearance before deciding on a name, so they had to choose a name that fit his appearance.

His appearance was dictated by graphical limitations. Overalls because it made it easier to animate arms moving. A hat because hair is tricky on 8-bit systems. A moustache because a mouth is also difficult. All this adds up to a carpenter, which was changed to plumber when Mario Bros. came out in arcades (which took place in the sewers, rather than a construction site), and I guess the moustache in particular they thought an Italian look; therefore, Italian name.

Also, another naming oddity: they are referred to as the "Mario Bros.", which implies that it is their last name that is Mario... and indeed, their official full names are "Mario Mario" and "Luigi Mario".
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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
Yes, because an Italian plumber with a Japanese name makes perfect sense.

Use a Japanese plumber?

Also, another naming oddity: they are referred to as the "Mario Bros.", which implies that it is their last name that is Mario... and indeed, their official full names are "Mario Mario" and "Luigi Mario".

Yeah, I know it...it's so odd :wtf:
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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
Yes, because an Italian plumber with a Japanese name makes perfect sense.

Use a Japanese plumber?

Also, another naming oddity: they are referred to as the "Mario Bros.", which implies that it is their last name that is Mario... and indeed, their official full names are "Mario Mario" and "Luigi Mario".

Yeah, I know it...it's so odd :wtf:

It depends really... it's not uncommon for Italian people to have identical First and Last names. Very few ones, but there are some :)
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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
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Re: Why is Donkey Kong called Donkey Kong?
It depends really... it's not uncommon for Italian people to have identical First and Last names. Very few ones, but there are some :)

Similar, yeah...but identical? I recall a Guido Guidi, just to give an example, but Mario Mario is exaggerately odd...
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