Diehard Nintendo Fans Debate Whether Donkey Kong Is Good Or Evil

Nintendo's famous ape seemed like a villain back in the original Donkey Kong game, but he's been a good guy recently. Which is it? We asked people who would know, some of whom were dressed as Nintendo characters.

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This video was shot in November at the Nintendo World Store. Thanks to all who agreed to answer this tough question for Kotaku.

Fun fact: In November Donkey Kong did something unusual, starring as hero and villain in two new games. That may be a first.

DISCUSSION

By
HowardC

Well that was a great interview. You polled a bunch of kids so young they couldn't possibly know the entire library to form a valid opinion, possibly the creepiest guy I've ever seen, and a nintendo rep, you obviously isn't going to call the star of their latest title a bad guy.

Has anybody thrown down the possibility that DK is just a gorilla and isn't smart enough to really be considered good or bad?

In DK he escapes from the zoo and kidnapps a pretty girl. perfectly normal behavor for a gorilla. Also he attacks the guy trying to imprision him, which is really self defense.

In DK2 he's captured by the evil mario.

In DK3 he wanders into a greenhouse and hijinks ensue.

He's clearly a "hero" in all the DKC games, but in actuality all he ever does is protect his food and family. Again, quite ape-like.

In the mini's games he get jealous and steals toys. He's not committing murder guys. Basically he's too dumb to understand things like possession.

So to answer the question:

Is he a good guy? No

Is he a bad guy? No

Is he childlike and innocent like a primate should be? Yes!