DVD: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

You have probably played Donkey Kong sometime in your gaming career. But for some people this game is more than just a game. This movie shows the rivarly between Billy Mitchell who had the record on Donkey Kong for years and Steve Wiebe who was the first to score over 1,000,000 in Donkey Kong.

The highscore for Donkey Kong changed after the documentary was made last year. According to TwinGalaxies.com Billy Mitchell is now in the lead with 1,050,200 points followed by Steve Wiebe with 1,049,100 points. Pretty amazing scores there.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a good documentary. Fun to watch and it shows that a game is not only a game. It’s fun to play a game, but for Mitchell and Wiebe it’s more important to have the highest score.

Extras on the disc:

  • Feature commentary with director Seth Gordon, producer Ed Cunningham and associate producer J. Clay Tweel and Luis Lopez
  • Feature Commentary with Chris Carle (Entertainment Editorial Director, IGN) and Jon M. Gibson (Founder, i am 8-bit)
  • Animated Short “A Really, Really Brief History of Donkey Kong”
  • Extened Interviews
  • Arcade Glossary
  • Theatrical Trailer

I can really recommand this movie.

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Wii: Virtual Console – Europe – Friday October 31, 2008

Nintendo released three Virtual Console games in Europe on Friday October 31, 2008. They call i Halloween Special.

Castlevania III – Dracula’s Curse
NES – 1992 – Konami – action/platformer – 1 player – 500 points – age 7+

Fight back against Dracula in the third exciting instalment of the highly popular Castlevania franchise! As with the original ‘Castlevania’, the player’s goal is to work their way through deviously challenging levels, but this time there’s difference – when the level ends, you can choose one of two paths to take for a completely different experience!

The most innovative feature of this game lies with the spirit companions that the player will meet through the journey. Besides the main character Trevor, who uses the traditional Belmont weapon, the Mystic Whip, as well as a number of items, the player can also strike up a spiritual partnership with any one of three distincitve characters. These include Sypha the imprisoned sorceress, Grant the pirate, who is able to jump high and climb up walls, and Alucard, who is Dracula’s son but has a bone to pick his father.

With a range of diverse characters and paths available to choose from, this game boast incredible replay value, ensuring that each playthrough is a new experience!

Devil World
NES – 1987 – Nintendo – action – 500 points – 1-2 players – age 7+

In this little-known action game from Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, you play heroic dragon Tamagon, who must defeat evil by collectiong Boa-Boa Dots inside a maze and destroing enemies with his fire breath.

However, keep an eye on the devil at the top of the screen, who instructs his minions to move the maze in random directions, trying to squash Tamagon within its wall.

If this seems familiar, you might have seen the devil performing the same tricj as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl!

Ghosts’n Goblins
NES – 1989 -  Capcom – action/platformer – 1-2 players – 500 points – age 7+

Ghosts’n Goblins was a popular arcade game before it made the leap to the NES in 1986. Like later games in the series that followed, Ghosts’n Goblins presents quite a challenge to players brave enough to take on the role of the Knight Arthur and delve into the realm of demons and monsters to rescue the kidnapped princess.

Choose your weapons wisely and take advantage of their strenghts to deal with the situation at hand. Pass through the six gates that stand between you and Astaroth and teach him a lesson in chivalry he’ll never forget.

Demostrating a high level of technical prowess for a game of that era, Ghosts’n Goblins presents a unique and unforgettable universe. The stage for adventure is set. Are you up to the test?