Date of Release for Original Donkey Kong Game for the United States

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Date of Release for Original Donkey Kong Game for the United States

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Post by Mario500 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:15 am

I had often seen "June 2[nd]" as its date of release for them (the United States) for the calendar year 1981 over a period several years before ever having had seen "July 31st" as its date of release for them afterwards and had wondered if someone could tell me whether one of them was correct or not?

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Re: Date of Release for Original Donkey Kong Game for the United States

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Post by Marilink » Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:23 am

Release dates are always really difficult to ascertain in the early video game days. They weren't publicized like they are today, since there was hardly a games press. The "release date" for a game was typically just "whenever it got to the store," and shipping could vary by several days in different parts of the country.

So with all that in mind, I'm surprised that anyone was able to pinpoint June 2 or July 31 at all. I wouldn't be surprised if either--or both--were correct.

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Post by Valigarmander » Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:53 am

NoA did a pilot run of Donkey Kong at a couple of bars in Seattle before the machine officially went on sale on July 31. Perhaps that's what the June 2 date refers to.

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Post by Mario500 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:50 am

I had originally considered posting about this subject here on the thirtieth day of July (July 30th) for this calendar year (2019) before deciding to do so on its thirty-first day due to personal reasons.

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Re: Date of Release for Original Donkey Kong Game for the United States

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Post by Mario500 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:12 pm

This discussion reminded me of my having read of the first animated movie* to have had a certain character named "Mickey Mouse" having had a "test screening" at a certain theater months before a certain date of release (this also reminded me of my having read of a certain poll in which the "Mario" of this game was more recognizable than this "Mickey Mouse").

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