Donkey Kong – C64 vs Arcade

0 Donkey Kong Title Screen

I’ve been thinking a bit about content to post since my games are all in storage and there obviously is no work being done on them. As you may know from my previous posts, I recently dug the Commodore 64 out of storage to give me something to occupy my time. So, for the next few posts, I’m going to take a look at original arcade games and how the Commodore 64 version compares.

Since my games aren’t accessible to me and I don’t have a video capture device for the Commodore, I’m going to do all of my comparisons via emulators. MAME for the arcade portion and VICE for the C64 portion. I chose my favorite game, Donkey Kong as the first candidate. I’m going to try and hit the games I own first, so we’ll be taking a look at the C64 ports of Dig Dug, Donkey Kong Jr., Ms. Pac-man, Track & Field and Centipede first, and then games I previously owned like Elevator Action, Missile Command and Jungle Hunt...

Read More

Another Donkey Kong Machine

0

2 weeks ago I picked up another Donkey Kong cabinet from a high school friend (thanks, Nick!).  The cabinet is in good shape and complete with the exception of a monitor.  I have a monitor I could use that would require an inverter board, but I’d prefer an original Sanyo 20EZ monitor.  I have a couple leads on a monitor but nothing set in stone yet.  I planned to use the spare monitor in my Centipede cabinet, which has a serious case of burn-in.

My intention is to run Donkey Kong Jr. in this cabinet.  Here’s the question…leave the cabinet original colors, etc. and just run Jr. in it, or completely convert it to a Jr. cabinet with orange paint, new side art, bezel, control panel and marquee?  Pictures later.

Read More

Donkey Kong – High Score Kit Installed

0

Anyone familiar with Donkey Kong knows that one of the most frustrating things about the game is its inability to save high scores on power down. Powering off the machine results in all 5 top scores being erased and the high score resetting to a measly 7,650 points. Fortunately, a high score kit is available to remedy this frustrating problem.

The Donkey Kong High Score Save kit was developed by Scott Brasington of Braze Technologies. The kit is fairly simple to install and permanently remembers the top 5 scores and initials. The kit also adds some extra features, such as deluxe free play, the ability to play game sounds while in attract mode, a self test on powerup and on-screen settings (no more dip switches!). Mine arrived in the mail yesterday.

The kit is fairly simple to install. The first step is to locate the Z80 chip on the Donkey Kong board and remove it from it’s socket...

Read More

Donkey Kong Pictures

0

The newly acquired Donkey Kong machine made it’s way from the garage to the basement last night. I finally got a real good look at the cabinet and the work that it’s going to require. The control panel and joystick are shot and will be completely replaced. The joystick has no springback, the jump button is the wrong color and the instruction sheet is warped and wrinkled and the plywood base has numerous cracks.

There are numerous areas on the cabinet that need to be filled with wood putty or Bondo and the entire cabinet will eventually be repainted. I’ll also be applying new side art, however the side art currently on the cabinet is in pretty good shape.

The coin door has been beat to hell and I may try to find a replacement in better shape. The coin box was intact, but the box surrounding it and holding it in place has been destroyed and will need to be rebuilt. The base of the cabinet is missing a board, I’ll probably rebuilt the entire base while I’m at it...

Read More

Donkey Kong In The House!

0

My personal “holy grail” of arcade machines finally made it’s way into my collection. I purchased this machine from the same collector who I got the All American Football cabinet from. We worked out a deal and it now has a new place to call home.

The game, of course, is Donkey Kong, in my opinion the greatest arcade game of all time. It was released in 1981 by Nintendo and snatched up most of my quarters back in the day. You can read all about the game on the Killer List of Video Games.

The machine is in decent shape and 100% working. It has a few dings and holes that will eventually need to be patched up. The joystick is very sloppy, so it will eventually be replaced. As a matter of fact, the entire control panel will eventually be replaced. This one is eventually getting a full, ground up restoration to include new paint; new side art; a new control panel, joystick and buttons; new t-molding and a coin door makeover.

With nice weather around the corner, a machine already torn t...

Read More