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 to pieces in my work room and the Track & Field cabinet still untouched, this one, for the time being, is going to get plugged in for some playing time. As with all of my restorations, I’ll be detailing the restoration process in a photo gallery. Hopefully I’ll get a batch of pictures tonight to show you the cabinet’s current condition so look for an update tomorrow or Friday.