Donkey Kong (ドンキーコング) is a Family Computer game released by Nintendo on July 15th 1983. It is a port of the 1981 arcade game of the same name. Donkey Kong features the first appearance of future Nintendo mascot Mario. It was one of three launch games for the Famicom.
Donkey Kong is a single screen platformer. There are 3 unique stages (one less than the original arcade game) that the game cycles through throughout play. The player plays as Mario as he progresses each stage to save a woman later named Pauline from the titular Donkey Kong. Mario can jump and climb ladders to traverse through the stage. Barrels and other objects are used by Donkey Kong to stop his progress. Hammers can be found in each level which can destroy these objects, awarding points. Points are also granted from collecting additional items in the level, jumping over obstacles, and completing a stage.