The powerful National Game Museum in Rochester, New York, is building a Donkey Kong video game cabinet big enough for King Kong to try out.
published on Twitter, the museum’s upcoming Donkey Kong video game will be nearly 20 feet tall, making it the largest playable Donkey Kong video game in the world. The Strong Museum also reports that Nintendo of America provided input on the project.
What’s even better is that this massive version of Donkey Kong will be available for guests to play via a smaller, human-sized console that sits at the base of a tripod. We can only wonder if the larger buttons on the machine also work for game control. Donkey Kong is coming to the museum on June 30, and you can check out for yourself what the machine will look like underneath.
As part of our June 30 expansion, The Strong will make the largest, playable Donkey Kong arcade game in the world. The game will be nearly 20 feet tall and will be ready for guests to play! Thank @NintendoAmerica to provide input to the project.#Donkey Kong #Entertainment pic.twitter.com/xQhsRVvCib
– Powerful Museum (@museumofplay) April 10, 2023
Donkey Kong will be part of the museum’s 90,000-square-foot expansion dedicated to the history of video games, museum announced. It is about 370% larger than the original and will run on motherboards from the original Donkey Kong cabinet.
Along with the reveal of this massive game cabinet, Donkey Kong is now co-starring in the biggest movie in the world: The Super Mario Bros. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll notice that Donkey Kong is redesigned from the version of the character we often see in Donkey Kong Country and Super Smash Bros. Shigeru Miyamoto said the redesign actually is said to give DK “a funny personality and design reminiscent of the original character” seen in this barrel game.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN on video games and entertainment news. He has over six years of experience in the games industry with sub-lines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.