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The 100 Greatest Games | 76 | Donkey Kong Country

YEAR: 1994     FORMAT: SUPER NES

The 100 Greatest Games | 76 | Donkey Kong Country


Little known fact: Donkey Kong Country was originally designed by developer Rare to be a Mario game. However, once Nintendo saw the jaw-dropping graphics and how their British partners were squeezing every last bit of juice from the Super NES, they panicked and demanded that new heroes be shoehorned into the game, lest punters avoid buying the upcoming N64 as there was clearly life left in their old console. Despite Mario's absence, though, DKC was one of the best platformers of the 16-bit era, and one of the finest 2D adventures ever released.

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Gasp� the graphics! Even as every British gamer drooled over tantalising screen shots of the first wave of Japanese PlayStation titles, DKC's visuals were enough to inspire Mario fanboys to save their cash for Nintendo's next console.

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