9th July 1981 – Nintendo throw their last dice in the game of cracking the North American Video Game market with a rushed game hastily encased in cast-off Radar Scope units.
That game was Donkey Kong. Almost overnight Nintendo had a hit on it’s hands and with nearly $300 million in takings two years later – it had created a proper bridgehead in the arcades and minds of America.
But it was the protagonist of the game who would be the real breakout hit. Named after Mario Segal – Nintendo’s Seattle landlord this character’s first appearance was 35 years ago!
Below is my lunchtime doodle drawing in tribute to this occassion…