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The Donkey Kong franchise is Nintendo 's oldest franchise that still thrives today. The original arcade games gave birth to Mario, while the Donkey Kong Country games were later among best-sellers for Nintendo.

Classic Donkey Kong seriesEdit

The classic Donkey Kong series includes the original arcade games and the later Mario vs. Donkey Kong games. The classic Donkey Kong series has sold 20.347 million units.

Arcade gamesEdit

Year Platform Title Sales
(millions)
Revenue
(millon US$)
(no inflation)
Revenue
(millon US$)
(2016 inflation)
Notes
1981 Donkey Kong 10.352 2024.3 5333
1981 Arcade Donkey Kong 0.152 1638 4315 [n 1][n 2]
1982 Coleco Donkey Kong 6 153.3 381 [6]
1983/1986 NES Donkey Kong 1.13 69 166 [7]
1994 GB Donkey Kong 3.07 163 263 [8]
1982 Donkey Kong Jr. 2.56 219 543
1982 Arcade Donkey Kong Jr. 0.03 125.4 311 [n 3]
1983/1986 2600 Donkey Kong Junior 0.97 25.22 61 [n 4]
1983/1986 NES Donkey Kong Jr. 1.11 68 164 [10]
1983 Other 1.565 99 238
1983 Arcade Donkey Kong 3 0.005 21 50 [n 5]
1988 NES Donkey Kong Classics 1.56 78 158 [11]
Total 14.477 2342.3 6170

Mario vs. Donkey KongEdit

Although the series contains 6 entries, only 3 were released at retail. The rest are digital, so they cannot be properly tracked.

Year Platform Title Sales
(millions)
2004 GBA Mario vs. Donkey Kong 1.37
2007 DS Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis 1.52
2010 DS Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! 2.98
Total 5.87

Donkey Kong Country Edit

Year Platform Title Sales
(millions)
1994
2000
2003
SNES
GBC
GBA
Donkey Kong Country 9.3
2.19
1.82
1995 SNES Donkey Kong Country 2 5.15
1996 SNES Donkey Kong Country 3 3.51
1999 N64 Donkey Kong 64 5.27
1995 GB Donkey Kong Land 3.91
1996 GB Donkey Kong Land 2 2.35
1997/2000 GB/C Donkey Kong Land 3 1.03
2005
2009
GC
Wii
Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat 1.34
2010 Wii Donkey Kong Country Returns 6.53
2013 3DS Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D 1.76
2014 Wii U Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze 1.12

Other gamesEdit

These are the remaining entries that have sold over 1 million.

Year Platform Title Sales
(millions)
1997 N64 Diddy Kong Racing 4.88
2004 GC Donkey Konga 1.18
2007 DS Diddy Kong Racing DS 1.59

NotesEdit

  1. Donkey Kong arcade hardware sales: 152,000 cabinets
    • Japan: 65,000 of Donkey Kong[1]
    • United States: 87,000 of Donkey Kong and Crazy Kong
      • 67,000 of Donkey Kong[2]
      • 20,000 of Crazy Kong (licensed release of Donkey Kong)
  2. Donkey Kong arcade revenue: $1.639 billion during 1981-1982
    • Cabinet sales revenue: $636 million during 1981-1982
      • United States hardware sales: $280 million during 1981-1982[3]
        • Average Donkey Kong cabinet price in United States: 67,000 cabinets for $280 million = $4179 per cabinet
      • Crazy Kong cabinet sales in United States: 20,000 cabinets at $4179 each = $84 million
      • Japan hardware sales: 65,000 units at $4179 each in 1981 = $272 million
    • United States coin revenue: $1.002 billion from July 1981 to December 1982
      • July-December 1981: $175 million[4]
      • 1982: $827 million[5]
  3. 30,000 cabinets[9] at $4179 each
  4. 970,000 units at $26 each[6]
  5. 5000 cabinets[9] at $4179 each


ReferencesEdit

  1. Brian Ashcraft ; with Jean Snow. ; forewords by Kevin Williams; Crecente, Brian (2008). Arcade Mania: The Turbo-charged World of Japan's Game Centers (1st ed. ed.). Tokyo: Kodansha International. ISBN 4-7700-3078-9. http://books.google.co.uk/books?ei=DH03T87uGYbp8QO-rtHMAg&id=wX8kAQAAIAAJ. Retrieved 12 February 2012. "Jumpman hopped over barrels, climbed ladders, and jumped from suspended platform to suspended platform as he tried to rescue a damsel from his pissed-off pet gorilla. The game was a smash, and sixty-five thousand cabinets were sold in Japan, propping up the then-struggling Nintendo and laying the groundwork for Nintendo and Donkey Kong creator Shigeru Miyamoto to dominate gaming throughout the 1980s and beyond."
  2. Bienaimé, Pierre (January 13, 2012). Square Roots: Donkey Kong (NES). Nintendojo. Retrieved on 8 April 2012. “Donkey Kong sold some 67,000 arcade cabinets in two years, making two of its American distributors sudden millionaires thanks to paid commission. As a barometer of success, know that Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man are the only arcade games to have sold over 100,000 units in the United States.”
  3. Jorg Ziesak (2009), Wii Innovate ? How Nintendo Created a New Market Through the Strategic Innovation Wii, GRIN Verlag, p. 50, ISBN 3640497740, http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=C8rHXoUCbfAC&pg=PA2029, retrieved 9 April 2011, "Donkey Kong was Nintendo's first international smash hit and the main reason behind the company's breakthrough in the Northern American market. In the first year of its publication, it earned Nintendo 180 million US dollars, continuing with a return of 100 million dollars in the second year."
  4. July-December 1981:
    • July-October 1981: 4,000 cabinet sales per month, at $288 weekly average earnings per cabinet = $50 million
      • July 1981: 4,000 cabinets = $5 million
      • August 1981: 8,000 cabinets = $10 million
      • September 1981: 12,000 cabinets = $15 million
      • October 1981: 16,000 cabinets = $20 million
    • November-December 1981: 50,000 cabinets at $288 weekly earnings each [1] = $125 million
  5. 1982: Donkey Kong was the highest-grossing arcade game of 1982 in the United States
    • 60,000 cabinets sold by June 1982: $407 million coin revenues
      • January-February 1982: 60,000 cabinets at $288 weekly average each = $150 million
      • March 1982: 60,000 cabinets at $255 weekly average each = $66.3 million
      • April 1982: 60,000 cabinets at $250 weekly average each = $65 million
      • May-June 1982: 60,000 cabinets at $241 weekly average each = $125.32 million
    • July-December 1982: 67,000 cabinets at $241 weekly average each = $420 million
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sheff 121:
    "And we received from Coleco an agreement that they would pay us three percent of the net sales price [of all the "Donkey Kong" cartridges Coleco sold]." It turned out to be an impressive number of cartridges, 6 million, which translated into $4.6 million.
    ~ Sid Sheinberg
  7. 1.13 million units at ¥4860 ($61)
  8. 3.07 million units at ¥4212 ($53)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Steven L. Kent (2001), The Ultimate History of Video Games: The Story behind the Craze that Touched Our Lives and Changed the World, Prima, p. 352, http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=C2MH05ogU9oC, retrieved 2011-04-09, "With more than 60,000 units sold in the United States, Donkey Kong was Nintendo's biggest arcade hit. ... Nintendo released Donkey Kong Junior in 1982 and sold only 30,000 machines, 20,000 Popeye machines (also 1982), and a mere 5000 copies of Donkey 3 (1983)."
  10. 1.11 million units at ¥4860 ($61)
  11. 1.56 million units at $50

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