Nintendo kicked off the last day of Treehouse Live with a big announcement for fans of their classic games: Two arcade games that have never been officially released on home consoles are coming to Switch Arcade Files: the original Donkey Kong which is now available and Sky Skipper in July.
Donkey Kong is an important milestone in the history of Nintendo, marking the first design of the game of Shigeru Miyamoto, the first great success of the company, and the origins of his most beloved characters and Pauline. While versions of Donkey Kong have been released on many platforms, this is the first time that real arcade ROMs are officially available.
For a long time, it was thought that an official re-launch of the game room Donkey Kong might be impossible due to copyright issues related to its source code, but apparently all are now resolved (yes in fact they once existed).
Hamster, the editor of Arcade Archives, is making an extra effort with this release, since it will actually include three separate versions of Donkey Kong : the original Japanese release, which still had some major bugs; the fixed Japanese version; and the slightly modified "international" version, which we obtained in the USA. UU in 1981.
Nintendo executive Don James, the only current Nintendo employee whose management dates back to the release of Donkey Kong appeared on Treehouse Live to present the game. But he also had another surprise, this was a deep cut of the Nintendo files.
Sky Skipper was a Nintendo arcade game in 1981 that was never officially released. Nintendo of America had 10 cabinets, and put some of them in "location tests" in bars and arcades to see if the players enjoyed them. The reactions apparently were not great, since Sky Skipper never happened. Only one of those cabinets still exists today, as far as is known. Fortunately, it was at Nintendo's headquarters.
"We kept an original cabinet from Sky Skipper in our Nintendo of America archives," James said in the live broadcast. "We received the call to go dig up the game, they took out the ROMs, they copied them and they sent them to Japan"
Sky Skipper has been an object of desire for fans of Nintendo consoles for decades. In 2016, Nintendo allowed some experts in arcade restoration to examine and scan the artwork of their cabinet to help restore some of the existing tables by Sky Skipper in full cabinet versions.
That work of art, by the way, Shigeru Miyamoto always thought that he had been inspired by the style and knowledge that Miyamoto made many promotional illustrations for the Nintendo games in his early pre-superstar years. Today in the stream, Don James confirmed that he spoke with Miyamoto earlier this week, and Miyamoto gave James permission to say that, yes, he did draw the Sky Skipper cabinet art
Sky Skipper will be available on the Switch sometime during the month of July. Other Nintendo arcade games that have been released so far include Mario Bros. Punch-Out !! and Vs. Super Mario Bros. with more to come in the future.