Who Are They?Mario’s original nemesis, this stubborn ape and the 1981 arcade game named after him helped usher in Nintendo as one of gaming’s biggest players. He’s also a gorilla wearing a tie with his own initials on it, which is just magnificent. But while his history with Mario is certainly significant, Donkey Kong really struck out on his own in the acclaimed Donkey Kong Country series on the Super Nintendo.Smash HistoryWith no Bowser or Ganondorf in the original Smash 64, Donkey Kong is the closest thing the first entry has to a villain. He’s also the game’s first attempt at a heavyweight character. Donkey Kong barrels over opponents with beefy physical strikes like wind-up punches, hand slaps, and knocking out fools with his head. But as later entries added more heavy characters, Donkey Kong received the surprisingly agile animal grace that also defines his platforming series as a way to stand out.What Looks New in Ultimate?Aesthetically, DK’s fur looks worse but his eyes bug out more so it’s kind of a wash there. He has a new Final Smash: a flurry of punches from Donkey Kong Jungle Beat which is a game that needs all the attention it can get. From the competitive side, consensus seems to be he’s better overall but his trademark cargo throw, aerial headbutt “ding-dong” combo isn’t as a potent. And since the recent Donkey Kong Country games, while excellent, represented a return to form, it’s not like there’s anything new for this DK to draw from when it comes to movesets.Our Hopes?Donkey Kong is just so outstanding in general. He’s far and away the funniest Nintendo character. And his general hard-hitting playstyle is just entertaining enough to me as a fan of the character overall. But DK’s platformers have this flowing sense of momentum to complement all the weightiness. It would be nice if Donkey Kong’s Smash Bros. feel could replicate this somehow.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. 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When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Donkey Kong.