Donkey clone country

When Donkey Kong Country was first revealed many thought it was for the then upcoming Ultra 64 console. The twist was that it was actually for the SNES. But what if it was made for the NES instead, complete with rendered visuals? Impossible, right?

Well, talented Chinese pirates ‘Hummer Team’ have had a go and managed to get the 8-bit system doing stuff it really shouldn’t be doing. Of course, it’s an illegal bootleg that has nothing to do with Nintendo, but it’s impressive stuff. They’ve had to leave out the animal helpers and bonus rounds, but the level design is intact and the visual style has been retained. There’s a video and more screenshots over on TechEBlog.

Pirated NES (or Famicom) games are still common in the Far East – recently a Harry Potter has been doing the rounds, as well as a 2D version of Final Fantasy VII.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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  • I don’t know man. It doesn’t look that impressive. The rendered sprites reduced to such a low colour depth kind of makes it all a murky mess.

    Mortal Kombat on the Master System probably holds the title for best looking 8-bit game. Well, I say that, looking at it again today it might be shit.

  • The NES was never great with bright colours.

    You’re probably right about Mortal Kombat being the best looking Master System game though.

  • this has been knocking around on the internet for years. its only recently that its been doing the rounds of the “blogosphere” for some reason.

    as for the graphics, i think it actually looks alright in 8-bit pixel-vision, as opposed to the godawful blurred compressed jpegs posted on techeblog (honestly its like theyve never even heard of gif, let alone png). try playing it on an emulator. and its certainly much better than any other attempt at porting the series to the NES – try “Super Donkey Kong” for an example of how bad it can get, or “Super Donkey Kong: Xiang Jiao Chuan” which seems to have been made based on a description of the original game scribbled on the back of someone’s hand

  • veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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