Mitchell, according to Walter Day of the Ottumwa-based video game sanctioning body Twin Galaxies, is lending his name and support to the Ottumwa movement. Mitchell has pledged to donate the Donkey Kong cabinet on which he set the world record in 2007 to the hall of fame, Day said.
The push to place a hall of fame and museum in Ottumwa, a hub of the 1980s video gaming craze, was first reported by Kotaku earlier this month. The movement has gained significant traction since then. Ottumwa's mayor, city council members, the director of its chamber of commerce, and representatives of the city's convention bureau and development council will all be present at a meeting today at 2 pm local time (1 pm MDT). All endorse the idea of creating a hall of fame as a tourism attraction and business development opportunity.