This is Objection Network’s countdown of the top 25 video game series of all-time. We’re counting down to the best franchise ever on March 31. For more info on the voting process, click here.
25) Donkey Kong (3 votes, 54 points)
Chris: The first member of the DK crew snuck into the top 25 on the strength of the Country games alone. All three people who voted for the series mentioned Country specifically, and it’s no surprise — all three Super Nintendo games are highly regarded, and Returns and Tropical Freeze also received good reviews. That’s not to say that Donkey Kong’s other outings have been worthless; the original Donkey Kong is one of the most well-known games ever made, and 64 had its charms (and a million collectibles). Plus, Diddy Kong Racing technically falls under this umbrella as well. We’re just going to pretend that Donkey Konga (and its sequel?????) didn’t happen, okay? Nintendo has produced a multitude of good and terrible peripherals over the years and thinking of those bongos just makes me angry.
Michelle: The Donkey Kong Country games have some of the most gorgeous pixel art I’ve seen in a video game, the gameplay is solid, and the levels are fun as hell. They were my jam and jelly when I was a kid, but I wouldn’t hesitate to get down on some DK Country as a grown-ass woman either. (Why has my SNES betrayed me???) Simply put, these games stand the test of time. But even if we’re talking newer DK games, the Wii and WiiU installments have been a blast to play as well. Sure, it rehashes the same formula. But it works, and Nintendo’s smart enough to slip in new environments, actions, and character gimmicks over time to keep the games looking and feeling fresh for new and seasoned fans alike.
Cary: You never forget your first…game. Right? The Game n’ Watch version of Donkey Kong Jr. was the first “video” game I ever played. Boy, that was a long time ago! Donkey Kong has sure come a long way since them. Though I think he was under Mario’s thumb for the longest time, since his was something of a spin-off series from the original Mario Bros., Donkey Kong became nothing short of a star in the 1990s with the Donkey Kong Country series. If you’re looking for a brilliant and entertaining side-scroller with a storied past, it doesn’t get much better than DKC.