×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Arcade Classics ‘Donkey Kong,’ ‘Sky Skipper’ Coming To Switch

Retro arcade classics “Donkey Kong” and “Sky Skipper” are coming to the Nintendo Switch Arcade Archives, Nintendo revealed on Thursday during its E3 2018 Treehouse Live stream. “Donkey Kong” is available on the eShop now, while “Sky Skipper” is coming in July.

“Donkey Kong” has been on various platforms over the years, but Kotaku’s Chris Kohler notes this is the first time the actual arcade ROMs are officially available. Apparently, an official re-release was long thought impossible due to copyright issues with the game’s source code. Thursday’s Arcade Archives release reportedly includes three versions of the game — the original Japanese version, an updated Japanese version, and an international version.

While many people are familiar with “Donkey Kong,” they might not know “Sky Skipper.” It was created by Nintendo in 1981, but the arcade version was never officially released outside of Japan. Nintendo reportedly had 10 cabinets built and placed them in “location test” bars and arcades. It didn’t perform well. Only one of those cabinets currently still exists and, apparently, it’s at Nintendo’s HQ.

“For whatever reason, we never released the game but we kept one original ‘Sky Skipper’ cabinet in our archives at Nintendo of America,” said Nintendo of America executive Don James during the Treehouse livestream. “Suddenly all this interest became very hot about this ‘Sky Skipper’ game, this unknown game. And then we got the call to go out, dig up the game, and pull the ROMs out and send them to Japan so they could make it available to the consumers.”

Other Arcade Archive titles currently available include “Punch-Out!!” and “Double Dragon.”

More Gaming

  • 'God of War' Named Game Developer

    'God of War' Named Game Developer Choice Awards Game of the Year

    In an award show packed with indie game winners, Sony Santa Monica’s “God of War” still managed to snatch the Game Developers Choice Awards game of the year. The 19th annual Game Developers Choice Awards took place Wednesday night in the midst of the weeklong Game Developers Conference. The peer-voted awards recognize and celebrate the creativity, [...]

  • "Return of the Obra Dinn" Wins

    "Return of the Obra Dinn" Wins IGF Seumas McNally Grand Prize

    “Return of the Obra Dinn” won this year’s Seumas McNally Grand Prize at the Independent Games Festival. The game was also the Excellence in Narrative winner. Developer Lucas Pope won the same award, a pinnacle in independent game development, in 2014. “Five years I won the award for ‘Paper’s Please’ and I said it was [...]

  • Rebellion is Putting Players Back Behind

    Rebellion is Putting Players Back Behind Enemy Lines in Remastered 'Sniper Elite V2'

    Only seven years after the original “Sniper Elite V2” came out, Rebellion is developing a remastered version of the game for modern platforms. While the new version includes some new features and technical improvements, the gameplay will remain mostly the same. “We’re not trying to alter the gameplay to much since it holds up really [...]

  • Watch the 2019 Game Developers Choice

    Watch the 2019 Game Developers Choice Awards Here

    The 2019 Game Developers Choice Awards and 2019 IGF Awards are happening on Wednesday, Mar. 20 starting at 6:30 p.m. PT, and you can watch all of it here at Variety. Both ceremonies will stream back-to-back on Twitch and Mixer. We’ve also embedded the stream in the player below. Watch live video from GDC on [...]

  • 'No Man's Sky's Disastrous, Wonderful, Amazing

    'No Man's Sky's Disastrous, Wonderful, Amazing Journey

    Hello Games’ ‘No Man’s Sky’ is a story of redemption. But the 2016 launch of the procedurally generated space exploration game was an unmitigated disaster. In addition to complaints about the game’s relatively basic loop, players quickly discovered that promised multiplayer support was completely absent at launch. Those features were later added in July 2018, [...]

  • Final Episode of Telltale's 'The Walking

    Final Episode of Telltale's 'The Walking Dead' Arrives Mar. 26

    Clementine’s journey is coming to an end after seven years. The final episode of Telltale Games’ “The Walking Dead,” called “Take Us Back,” arrives Mar. 26 on consoles and PC. “It’s time for the end. After years of fighting to survive, Clementine is now the leader of a community of lost children, and they’re depending [...]

  • 'Sea of Thieves' Anniversary Update Adds

    'Sea of Thieves' Anniversary Update Adds the Arena, New Storyline

    Rare’s online pirate game “Sea of Thieves” is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a large content update, the developer announced on Wednesday. The Anniversary Update launches on Apr. 30 and adds a new, epic storyline called “Tall Tales — Shores of Gold” that will delve deeper into the game’s pirate lore. It features all-new characters, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content