The original arcade Donkey Kong was a major breakthrough for Nintendo and for the videogame industry. Released on July 9th, 1981, sales of the machine were great, with the game becoming one of the best-selling arcade machines of the early 1980s. The gameplay itself was a large improvement over other games of its time, and with the growing base of arcades to sell to, it was able to gain huge distribution. In the game, Mario must climb a construction site while avoiding obstacles such as barrels and fireballs to rescue his girlfriend, Pauline from Donkey Kong.
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