Donkey Kong

Why Are Universal Studios Japan’s News A Big Deal?

USJ (Universal Studios Japan) took the world by surprise by announcing an expansion to its Super Nintendo World area. Super Nintendo World opened in early 2021 to much fanfare, and less than one year after its opening, USJ announced that they would construct a Donkey Kong land adjacent to Super Mario Bros one. The area…

Battle of the Apes: How Did Nintendo’s Donkey Kong Beat King Kong?

With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo seems to be on the upswing after a very troubling period. It is hard to remember that in the late ’80s and throughout the ’90s, Nintendo was on top of the world. It was seemingly indomitable. They could crush any competitors, and they often did. Yet,…

Mario was meant to be Popeye!

With Mario being the best-selling video game franchise of all time, it is interesting to explore the start of Nintendo’s most iconic figure. With the Mario series counting to almost twenty original games and with Mario having appeared in over 200 other video games, the success is overwhelming. But Shigeru Miyamoto (Mario’s designer) first intentions…