We've done Pokemon facts, Mario facts and Zelda facts. Nintendo's big three, if you like. Now it's time to go back to the beginning, to a great ape that our favourite characters descended from. Not literally, of course, (that would add even more confusion to the family tree) but without this character, there would be no Mario and with no Mario, Nintendo might not be making games today. Indeed, as Super Mario Bros is sometimes credited with saving the games industry, there might not be any videogames without this guy. We're, of course talking about Donkey Kong. Here are 14 Donkey Kong facts and secrets.
1. The lost level
Like the original NES port, the version of Donkey Kong available on the Wii's Virtual Console is missing the second level: 50m. However, if you buy a 25th Mario Anniversary red Wii console in Europe, it comes pre-loaded with Donkey Kong: Original Edition. This restores 50m to the game.