Again in 1984, after the sport’s success first in arcades after which on the Famicom, Nintendo let Hudson make a Donkey Kong 3 spin-off for the NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-6601, and Sharp X1 private computer systems. It was…not the identical Donkey Kong expertise.
For starters, it was a distinct kind of sport! Donkey Kong 3: The Nice Counterattack, because it was recognized, performed extra like House Invaders, with DK floating by means of the air holding balloons whereas the participant, shuffling left-to-right on the bottom, tried to shoot him down whereas additionally blasting at waves of enemies alongside the best way.
Which high-quality, no matter, however what’s actually wild about this sport is the background graphics. Moderately than happening in some shiny, vibrant and summary model of the Mushroom Kingdom/World, The Nice Counterattack appears to be set in a Nineteen Eighties PC text-based horror sport, taking in areas like…a mushroom cloud and a haunted nation street.
You may see them as backgrounds on this gameplay video:
However they actually shine in these upscaled and wallpaper-sized variations of the stage artwork, helpfully uploaded by skullmullione:
I’ve by no means performed it, however to be trustworthy the sport appears to be like like shit. This artwork, nevertheless, is unimaginable.
Donkey Kong 3: The Nice Counterattack was simply one of many video games Nintendo licensed for look on Japanese computer systems within the ‘80s. Variations of Mario Bros., Excitebike and Balloon Combat additionally appeared, and a few of these had attention-grabbing modifications too, like the very fact Mario Bros. couldn’t really scroll sideways all through a degree:
Golf and Ice Climber have been additionally ported, and like Donkey Kong 3: The Nice Counterattack, these variations have been all dealt with by Hudson Smooth.
For those who assume these are compromised ports, although, spare a thought for Capcom’s Ghosts N Goblins, which not like Mario does scroll sideways. Albeit at a horrible price: