That old adage, what is old is new again, is certainly true in the homebrew scene as old gaming properties are constantly seeing new light on platforms they may have missed from official channels. We have seen Mario jump to the Sega Genesis, unofficial sequels to The Lion King, Link from The Legend of Zelda venture on new adventures and more. Now, we can count another Nintendo homegrown classic that has been given the fan treatment- Donkey Kong Jr. There was never an official release of Donkey Kong Jr. for the Commodore 64 so you know a fan somewhere had to fix that.
Donkey Kong Jr. is based on the Atari 7800 version, which was quite a highly regarded title for that platform. There has been quite a bit of reworking of the graphics, sounds and colors to make them look really great on the Commodore 64 computer. Cues were taken from the NES and arcade versions of Donkey Kong Jr. for inspiration, the results are quite impressive. Check out the video below to see the game in action.
The cool part about this unofficial port of Donkey Kong Jr. is that it is free, as most of these releases are, and it is capable of being played through an emulator (the ROM file was just released earlier today) or on your actual Commodore 64 if you have one available. Playing on the actual hardware will be easiest if you have something like the SD2IEC available, otherwise you will have to have a way of writing .d64 files to a floppy and have a working 1541, or compatible, disk drive handy.
If you want to grab Donkey Kong Jr. for the Commodore 64 then head over to The C-64 Scene Database and nab it. You know you want to.
My question to you is, which Donkey Kong game is your favorite? Personally, I am a huge fan of the original arcade game.