Did You Know: Donkey Kong = Popeye?
September 16, 2012
Did you know that the inspiration for the characters in Donkey Kong came from the characters in the classic old cartoon Popeye?
When a 1981 video game called Radar Scope sold poorly, Nintendo suddenly had 2,000 empty arcade-game cabinets to fill. At the same time, a deal with King Features to make a Popeye Nintendo game fell apart, so staff designer Shigeru Miyamoto used the Popeye love triangle for inspiration: Popeye, his girlfriend Olive Oyl, and brute Bluto became Mario, Pauline, and a giant ape named Donkey Kong.
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