Donkey Kong is a classic arcade game developed and published by Nintendo in 1981. It was the first game to feature Mario (then known as Jumpman) as the main character, and it laid the foundation for the Super Mario series.
In Donkey Kong, players control Jumpman as he tries to rescue Pauline, a damsel in distress, from the titular character, Donkey Kong. The game is played by navigating Jumpman through a series of platforms while avoiding obstacles and enemies, including barrels and fireballs thrown by Donkey Kong.
One of the key features of Donkey Kong is its challenging gameplay, which requires precise timing and quick reflexes. The game also introduced several elements that have become staples of the Mario franchise, including jumping over gaps and enemies, and using ladders and elevators to navigate the levels.
Donkey Kong was a massive commercial success, and it has since been released on numerous platforms, including home consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. It is often cited as one of the greatest and most influential video games of all time, and it remains a beloved classic among gamers.