Donkey Kong 3: The Great Counterattack is Playable for the First Time by Western Audiences

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Are you itching for some nostalgia, or to endure a challenging game you may not have known existed? If so, you’re in luck, as the obscure and used-to-be Japan-only game Donkey Kong 3:Daigyakushuu (The Great Counterattack) has been made playable to anyone with an X1 emulator. The work was done by a group of fans pooling money together to extract the data and create an image file for the world to play.

If you’ve never heard of the game, you probably aren’t alone; the game is one of the many released by Hudson Soft in the 1980’s. They had a deal with Nintendo to create games for Japanese personal computers. This particular game was for the Sharp X1 computer. That also meant that the only way to play them was through magnetic media of years past, while also needing a compatible machine.

Stanley vs. Donkey Kong, only slightly different – Image via Nintendo Era Channel.

Alas, no longer is the case with this particular title. The ROM can be found here, if you feel so inclined to play it, but a bit of caution should be taken: The Great Counterattack is supposed to be challenging. The gameplay itself is a different version of Donkey Kong 3, where players have a wider field to work with, and must shoot up at the titular ape, complete with 20 tough-as-nails stages. 

We always love when these interesting and rare titles pop up again from time-to-time, especially with the history of unreleased games for countries outside Japan. If you’re a fan of Donkey Kong, or rare games in general, you’ll definitely want to check this out.

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