A 20′ Donkey Kong Arcade Machine Is Being Built For The Strong Museum!


The Strong National Museum of Play will create a 20′-tall recreation of the classic Nintendo Donkey Kong arcade cabinet!

The Strong Museum announced the project on Twitter, with a tweet showing off a render of the cabinet with a humanoid thrown in for scale. Museum visitors will play Donkey Kong via controls set up on a pedestal in front of the Kong-sized machine.

In a press release from The Strong Museum, the VP of exhibits, Jon-Paul Dyson, Ph.D., had this to say:

“Donkey Kong is a true titan in the video game world—both in terms of character size and the iconic status of the game—so it lends itself perfectly to this playful, whimsical installation. The museum’s expansion will provide a new and bigger home for the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and fittingly, Donkey Kong was inducted into the hall in 2017. We’re thankful to Nintendo of America for providing guidance as we create this unique game feature as authentically and true to the original game as possible.

The Donkey Kong machine is being added to the Strong National Museum of Play’s new 90K square-foot expansion that focuses solely on the history of video games. The DK machine will premiere with the museum’s new wing on June 30th.

If you’re a stickler for authenticity like me, you’ll be pleased to know that this version of Donkey Kong will run via a motherboard from an original DK machine! No emulation here! I can already see this thing being used to set a new world record.

It’s unclear if the machine will be a permanent fixture at the museum or if it will be swapped out for other iconic arcade games.

Are you looking for more news about Nintendo and Donkey Kong? Then, check out our Super Mario Bros. movie review!



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Mike Phalin
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Longtime problematic entertainment journalist. The former workhorse for Dread Central, ScienceFiction.com, and Fanbolt.

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