Everyone knows and loves the giant monkey an/or ape like character that is Donkey Kong. The character was first debuted to the world back in 1981 via an arcade machine game, just like so many of the characters that we have seen today. This game also gave us the first look at the character that we would come to know as Mario himself, who hadn’t quite been introduced into his own game and franchise at that point in history. Another side note — Donkey Kong is actually considered the “pet” of Mario. The rise in popularity of the Donkey Kong games has led to many spinoff games and appearances over the years. The character has also been featured in television series, film, and even a documentary about the game itself.