In 1984, after the success of the game, first in arcades and then on the Famicom, Nintendo let Hudson in Donkey Kong 3 Spin-off for the PCs NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-6601 and Sharp X1. It was … not the same Donkey kong Experience.
For starters, it was a different type of game! Donkey Kong 3: The Great Counterattackas it was known, played more like Space Invaders
Whatever, whatever, but the really wild thing about this game is the background graphics. Instead of playing in a bright, colorful and abstract version of the mushroom kingdom / world, The great counterattack appears to be set in a text-based horror game from the 1980s that takes up places like … a mushroom cloud and a haunted country road.
You can see them as backgrounds in this gameplay video:
But they really shine in these upscaled and wallpaper-sized versions of the stage art, Helpful uploaded by skullmulione:
I’ve never played it before, but to be honest the game looks like shit. This art is however incredible.
Donkey Kong 3: The Great Counterattack was just one of the games that Nintendo intended to appear on Japanese computers in the ‘80s. Versions of Mario brothers., Excitebike and Balloon fight also appeared, and some of them also had interesting changes, such as the fact Mario brothers. couldn’t really scroll sideways through a level:
golf and Ice climber were also ported, and how Donkey Kong 3: The Great Counterattack, these versions were all maintained by Hudson Soft.
However, if you think these are compromised ports, think Capcomscom Ghosts N Goblinswhat contrary to Mario does scroll sideways. Albeit at a terrible price: