Donkey Kong is a well known character in and outside the gaming community. His humble roots came from an arcade game called (you guessed it) Donkey Kong developed by Nintendo in 1981. In this game, you control Jumpman through up to four stages of a construction site chasing after Donkey Kong who kidnapped Lady. After winning the rivet stage , the game starts over in a harder setting. Game ends when all your lives are used up or you get bored of the game. The kill screen for the game occurs at level 22. My record is running through the levels completely three times then dying on the elevator level.
Some things you might not know about this game. Popeye was the inspiration for the game, but since Nintendo could not get the license for the characters, they decided to create new characters with the same plot. Thus, Jumpan (Mario) and Donkey Kong was born. Now, how did they come up with the name Donkey Kong? Well, Shigeru Miyamoto thought that "donkey" would translate to "stupid" in English. It doesn't, but the original name stuck, and I wouldn't have it any other way.