25 Years Ago, The Super Game Boy Reinvented Donkey Kong

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Illustration: Greg Melo (Kotaku)

25 years ago, Nintendo released the Super Game Boy, allowing the Super Nintendo to play an expansive library of Game Boy titles. Beyond letting gamers play years of portable classics on their televisions, the Super Game Boy housed extra functionality that would enable certain games to achieve a level of presentation that the original Game Boy never could.

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To show off these features, when the Super Game Boy launched on June 14, 1994, it was accompanied by a Game Boy game simply titled Donkey Kong. But this release (known by fans today as Donkey Kong ’94) surprised players with some tricks of its own...

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Greg Melo is an illustrator, animator, and comicer. He posts JPGs and bad jokes on Twitter @letitmelo.

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I’m glad Donkey Kong ‘94 ended up being a best seller on the system, because it was an incredible puzzle platformer and anyone who just thought it was just a port of the original DK missed out on something special.

I still use my Super Game Boy on the regular, much easier than trying to get one of my old Game Boys to work. Even my Game Boy Color is starting to be stubborn.