Atari 7800 Review: Nintendo on Atari: Donkey Kong Jr.
By Brian Thomas Barnhart |
Hey, what is up everybody? Welcome back to 7800 Avenue! I’ve got the boys from Pixel Vault Games here, back again! Carlos, “The Super Retro Mexican” in the house, and Armando, the owner, the proprietor, of Pixel Vault Games. Best place to get the games, man!
We’re talking about Nintendo on Atari. We played Donkey Kong on the last episode, and these Nintendo boys were surprised. They were surprised that Donkey Kong on the Atari 7800 was decent. It kept up with Donkey Kong on the NES, it looked good, it played good, and it was an absolute surprise to these NES fans. This week we’re going one step further with the next big hit Nintendo had: Donkey Kong Junior. Thumbs are warmed up, ready to go, let’s do it, Donkey Kong Junior on the Atari 7800:
You know what I liked about these games? We were kinda like done with the space games. We’re done with the space games, were done with the maze Pac-Man type stuff… Now there’s like a guy, a little guy with a story, and that was mind-blowing to me.
In the last episode, our resident NES gurus Armando and Carlos were surprised with how good Donkey Kong looked on the 7800. This episode is no different.
“It plays exactly the same as the original NES Donkey Kong Junior, just the sound was a little bit different” says Armando. “I was impressed that you could take the little thumb sticks off of the Atari 7800 Control Pad. It made a big difference for me.”
Carlos agreed. “I like it with the knob off.”
We’ve got all four levels on this game. Nothing’s missing. We started with the vines level, then moved on to the tree tops level, then the spark level, and finally ended at the chains level. “I was kinda shocked, you know that last level was really hard. The electrical level” says Armando.
The cartridges are beautiful. The artwork is really, really, really nice on these games. For one, Atari actually printed color labels for these 7800 cartridges, which is a must. The Nintendo games on Atari 7800 have a really clean look. It’s just classic Nintendo, early Nintendo arcade artwork.
“Look at the artwork. It’s awesome artwork on the cartridges. It’s just like on the side of the arcade cabinet. I still love the original Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Junior arcades. Those colors are just so vibrant” says Armando.
Well, we just finished up playing Donkey Kong Junior on the Atari 7800, and we’ve got one more Nintendo game that we’re going to roll out: Mario Bros!
“So how do you compete with Nintendo, and not bring bring out the Atari 7800 control pad? That’s insane.”
– Brian Thomas Barnhart
I hope you guys love Donkey Kong Junior. I know I do. Join us next time on 7800 Avenue! And check out Lynx Lounge and Jag Bar, those are great shows and we do it all here in the new studio and talk about some really great Atari games. Anyway, we will see you guys later! Take it easy!
The original Donkey Kong Junior was created by Shigeru Miyamoto at Nintendo. Donkey Kong Junior was released by Atari for the 7800 in 1988.
Brian Thomas Barnhart is a classic gaming aficionado, retro pop culture connoisseur, and a Senior Fellow at Atari I/O. He is host of The Jag Bar, Lynx Lounge, 7800 Avenue, and the Atari I/O After Hours Podcast. Brian is a Moderator in the Atari I/O Forums under the name btbfilms76. You can follow him on Instagram and at his YouTube channel.
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