With Donkey Kong Nation turning 25 final week and absorbing the lion’s share of the anniversary headlines, we thought we might give its youthful sibling an opportunity to shine. Donkey Kong 64 celebrated its 20th birthday on 22nd November and we caught up with Mark Stevenson and Chris Sutherland of Playtonic Video games, each Uncommon veterans and concerned within the growth of DK 64 (Mark was Lead Artist and Chris lent his dulcet tones to video gaming’s most beloved rap).
Clearly, we extremely advocate trying out the function for some behind-the-scenes insights into the event of the collectathon-to-end-all-collectathons (or ‘collectakong’, if you’ll… Howdy?). There was, nevertheless, a tidbit from our interview which did not actually slot in anyplace regardless of being completely intriguing to DK followers.
You see, because the DK trustworthy will already know, old-ape Cranky Kong from the DKC video games is definitely the unique Donkey Kong from the arcade recreation, which implies his given identify was as soon as ‘Donkey’ earlier than he obtained previous and altered it. Consequently, we have at all times puzzled in regards to the fluid first names of the Kong clan. Is it a private alternative? Are you compelled to relinquish your identify to your offspring while you develop a specific persona trait or the passage of time ravages your once-youthful visage?
Having spent far an excessive amount of time considering how this all works, we posed Mark and Chris the next query:
Nintendo Life: Seeing as Cranky Kong was the unique Donkey Kong, it appears first names within the Kong clan can change in response to look or disposition. What was Wrinkly Kong’s identify earlier than she obtained previous? What’s going to we name Funky Kong when in the future he inevitably loses his cool?
Having clearly thought-about this many occasions earlier than (or maybe simply humouring us in a completely gentlemanly method), Stevenson responded thusly:
Mark: Your guess is pretty much as good as mine, I’ll persist with the concept that if Cranky was initially Donkey then possibly Wrinkly would have been extra like Sweet Kong, possibly she was the unique Sweet Kong, or possibly she had the same candy sounding identify like Cookie Kong or Caramel Kong. Possibly Funky Kong will change into Clunky Kong, driving round in his pimped-up mobility scooter.
Sutherland went on to solid doubt on all of the truths we cling to:
Chris: I at all times thought Cranky was the unique Donkey Kong, however I feel there are fan theories that counsel in any other case (and if there aren’t any such theories, they are going to be now be created that I’ve mentioned this).
Head canon on the prepared, folks! Earlier than Wrinkly turned all previous and properly, wrinkly, she simply may need been the unique Sweet Kong (or Cookie, or Caramel Kong) earlier than passing the torch to the subsequent technology. It appears a bit of unfair to rename any person due to their altering look, however who’re we to guage the methods of the Kong?
Maybe better of all, Funky is destined to change into Clunky Kong, burning across the jungle on a mobility scooter as soon as his knees have given out in spite of everything that browsing in Donkey Kong Nation: Tropical Freeze. This pleases us immensely.
Caramel Kong, eh? We’ll go away you with that.