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Coin-Op : Arcade : Donkey Kong (1981, Nintendo)

General Information


Donkey Kong single-handedly transformed Nintendo from a small Japanese toy company to later become one of the biggest video game companies in the world. Donkey Kong was (and still is) one of the most popular arcade games ever released.

Donkey Kong was probably the second most merchandised game of its time, behind Pac-Man. The game went on to spawn two classic sequels, Donkey Kong Jr. and Donkey Kong 3 as well as a slew of other games involving its characters on home systems. Donkey Kong and its star character, Mario are probably one of most well known video game characters today, with new games still be released featuring them.

Coin-Op Details

In the game, your player plays as "Jump Man" (later known as Mario) in search of his captured girlfriend who has been taken by none other than Donkey Kong. This game is a classic platform style game, consisting of four levels.

You control Jump Man using a 4-way joystick for movement and a button for jumping. The joystick does not center, so it feels slightly different than other games (Pac-Man for example). The buttons are slightly smaller than the standard 1" buttons, so if they are replaced they need to be replaced with similar Nintendo buttons, or the holes in the control panel need to be slightly enlarged.

Weights and Measurements:

Type Height Width Depth Weight   Notes
Cabaret: 55" 20.5" 23.5" 124 lbs.   Cabaret
Cocktail: 22.75" 33.75" 22" 130 lbs.   Cocktail
Upright: 66.875" 23.75" 33.5" 0 lbs.   from my ded cab - cnlmoore
Upright: 67" 23.5" 33.5" 220 lbs.  

Disclaimer: These are approximate weights and measurements taken from actual games or the manufacturer's literature. Occasionally games vary.

Web Reference Links:

Type Name/Description Courtesy
Manual: PDF Manual Model #TKG2-UP BasementArcade.com
Manual: PDF Manual Model #TKG3-UP BasementArcade.com
Manual: PDF Manual Model #TKG4-UP BasementArcade.com

Technical Information

Knowledge Base Articles:

Article Author
Donkey Kong Pinout Anthony Pietrak
Nintendo Sanyo EZ-20 Monitor Issue (Slanted Colors, no Real Picture) Anthony Pietrak
Replacing Original Nintendo Audio Amplifier (Amp) with a New Amp Anthony Pietrak

MAME Virtual Machines:

Year ROM Set Description Manufacturer
1981 dkongjp Donkey Kong (Japan set 1) Nintendo
1981 dkongjo Donkey Kong (Japan set 2) Nintendo
1981 dkongjo1 Donkey Kong (Japan set 3) (bad dump?) Nintendo
1981 dkong Donkey Kong (US set 1) Nintendo of America
1981 dkongo Donkey Kong (US set 2) Nintendo

NOTE: These are MAME "Virtual Machines." These virtual machines are ROM-specific but contain address space information (memory maps) that may be useful when debugging hardware. There may be descrepancies between MAME's definition of the hardware, and actual hardware. Information is provided for reference only. THERE ARE NO ROMS ANYWHERE ON THIS WEB SITE.

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