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Technically, Billy Mitchell Never Set The Donkey Kong Jr. Record

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The notorious arcade champion Billy Mitchell was certified as the new world record holder in Donkey Kong Jr. at his induction to the International Video Game Hall of Fame last month. But Mark Kiehl had already beaten his score.


Kiehl (pictured) from whom Mitchell took the record, posted a score of 1,307,500, on July 19, which was just certified today by Twin Galaxies, the international high score sanctioning authority. Mitchell, best known for his villainous depiction in "The King of Kong," posted a score of 1,270,900 on July 31, the same day he also beat the world record in Donkey Kong. Both scores were certified on Aug. 7 at Mitchell's hall of fame enshrinement.

Kiehl, of Enid, Okla., told that he was fine with Mitchell holding the record, even though he'd already beaten Mitchell's mark.


"I had mixed feelings about submitting my score, because I didn't at the time, and still don't now wish to take anything away from Billy's absolutely phenomenal feat," Kiehl said. "But, as far as I know, no one has ever claimed a score of over 1.3 million, even going back to the 80's, on Donkey Kong Junior. So, I wanted to be the first to officially eclipse that benchmark score."

Kiehl said he won't try to set another high score on Donkey Kong Jr. unless his record is beaten again. ""I don't believe that this score by any means represents the top-end score for this title," he told

Mitchell still is the world record holder in Donkey Kong.

Mark Kiehl Claims Donkey Kong Junior World Record For A Third Time, Conquering Billy Mitchell [ Image by Mark Kiehl, via]