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Miyamoto wanted Donkey Kong to be a side-scrolling game

That damn circuit board!

Shigeru Miyamoto has said that he wanted the original Donkey Kong game to scroll like his later Mario platformers.

In an interview on the Wii's US Nintendo Channel, Miyamoto admitted that the original Donkey Kong game wasn't what he had originally planned.

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"I actually wanted to make it scroll," he said. "But the circuit board wasn't capable of doing that so we made four various levels which each can be shown in a single screen. And that worked out pretty well."

No kidding, Miyamoto! Donkey Kong went on to become hugely successful and launched the career of Mario.

He also said the fixed screen had it's advantages. "When you play on a fixed screen you can plan things out because you can see the entire level."

You can see the entire Miyamoto interview here.

Of course Donkey Kong has been scrolling with the best of them for a number of years. You can find out what his latest side-scrolling platformer is like by reading our Donkey Kong Country Returns review.

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  1. imbusydoctorwho Wednesday 8th Dec 2010 at 12:53

    I love these little snippets of info :D
    He is a true Gentleman .

  2. Waldy565 Wednesday 8th Dec 2010 at 15:57

    I love these little snippets of info :D
    He is a true Gentleman .

    yh keep the snippits coming in! i blurt em out as soon as i read em! lol, god damn circuit board! btw mate, u off school too? my bus wont come through my village cuz of ice, but gotta meet the bus at diff place now :(

  3. MrChewtoy Wednesday 8th Dec 2010 at 19:26

    Cooliosa. Odd to think of the original DK being a side scroller, maybe Mario would have dropped him into the lava instead of Bowser :D

  4. Rabbid_girl Wednesday 8th Dec 2010 at 20:16

    kehehe

  5. sivlock Sunday 12th Dec 2010 at 23:41

    It all turned out for the best then really :D

  6. Mart2006 Monday 13th Dec 2010 at 16:56

    I love these little snippets of info :D
    He is a true Gentleman .

    Warren Spector, on the otherhand...

  7. The_Legend_not Monday 13th Dec 2010 at 19:51

    Cooliosa. Odd to think of the original DK being a side scroller, maybe Mario would have dropped him into the lava instead of Bowser :D


    I know dry bowser is when bowser was dropped in the lava but maybe it was DK dropped in the lave :D :( Sad face cos i like DK so i dont want him to be dropped in lava. LOLOLOL

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