In the game's intro, he participates in the tournament, where he loses to Mario (allowing the latter to advance to a semi-finals match against Yoshi).Donkey Kong appears in Mario Power Tennis as a playable character.The current Donkey Kong is the third known to carry the name, Cranky Kong being the original Donkey Kong, followed by Donkey Kong Jr.Donkey Kong's character design was created by Shigeru Miyamoto for the Donkey Kong arcade game, in which the big ape kidnaps Mario's (originally Jumpman's) original girlfriend, Pauline.In the arcade version, upon his head getting stuck in a beehive, he also twitches and tries to get the beehive off, only to fall to the ground, with the beehive breaking in half and revealing that Donkey Kong's face is partially swollen, with his right eye also puffy, implying he was stung by bees.Donkey Kong, along with Mario and Pauline appears in several episodes of Saturday Supercade. On the show, Donkey Kong Jr., along with his pal Bones, travels across the globe searching for Donkey Kong.
Donkey Kong Country also saw the appearance of the elderly Cranky Kong, who was the original Donkey Kong from the older Arcade games.Here, Donkey Kong is a circus escapee and is now traveling across the country, Mario and Pauline on his tail. Donkey Kong makes occasional appearances on Captain N: The Game Master. Oftentimes on the show, Donkey Kong is manipulated by Mother Brain and her minions to do their bidding. Donkey Kong appears in the sixth Nintendo Adventure Book, Doors to Doom, in a recreation of the original game (though Mario and Luigi are trying to reach the top to rescue Princess Peach instead of Pauline). successfully reach the top of the tower, Donkey Kong is ultimately sent plummeting out of sight when Peach jabs him in the backside with her crown.He is also playable in all of the golf, tennis and other sports titles.Indeed, this new Donkey Kong was a character built for a new generation.During the current Donkey Kong's infancy, he is stolen from his treetop home by Kamek and his Toady army during their massive kidnapping spree.