On July 9, 1981, Nintendo dropped what is the equivalent of the “fire mixtape” in arcades: Donkey Kong. Still, on it’s 34th anniversary, it is considered an all-time classic, and pretty much anyone who’s familiar with Nintendo knows this game, and for good reason. Everything about the game gives off “fun”.
The mood in the Nintendo office in the incipient stages of 2014 was a morbid one. A kind of stoic acquiescence, an acceptance of economic collapse drifted between desks like phantasmic tumbleweeds. The critics were fashioning sticks of ridicule and bombast with which they hoped to flail the corpse of