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Classic Kong



We are proud announce the release of Classic Kong, a faithful recreation of a classic title for the SNES. Yes, an actual new SNES ROM. It’s free of copy-protection and free of charge, and we’ve even released the source code for you hobbyist types. Special thanks to Shiru for his hard work as lead developer.

Update: Second release! Because of the great response and requests for more content we’ve now added the pie factory level plus some more extras.

Check out the code, or just download the ROM! Contact us with feedback or questions. Game on!

The source code is available on the authors website here -



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Do A Barrel Roll!

Reviewed By: Eldrethor on 29 Sep 2021

I have to admit, I was cautious about this one. The old-school Donkey Kong is so iconic now that any attempts to “upgrade” it past its 8-bit roots is going to be met with a healthy dose of skepticism.

After a few rounds of hopping over barrels, and hammering angry fireballs, Classic Kong turned out to be a winner. It’s a very faithful 16-bit recreation of the original that adds its own decorative flare with smooth animations and colorful, eye-popping sprites. The title screen and backgrounds don’t quite have that Nintendo level of finesse to it, but they look fine. It looks and sounds like Donkey Kong, it plays like Donkey Kong, and it even includes the pie factory that never made it to the NES version, so it has all of the meat and bones of the arcade version.

My only criticism is that there are some fine details that could probably use some fine-tuning. Mario’s head doesn’t bob as he walks, and it creates this weird effect where it looks like it’s floating in place as he moves. Adding to his overly floaty feel is the fact that his footsteps don’t make that familiar “doink-doink-doink” sound, though the strange thing is that it can be heard while climbing ladders. Neither issue affects the gameplay, but these small details do stick out.

Overall, this is an impressive homebrew that’s worth adding to your collection. While the presentation has those slight nuances that make it obvious that it’s not a Nintendo product, it’s still a lot of fun, and it has all of the content of the arcade original, so you’re getting the full Donkey Kong experience on the SNES/SFC. This one gets a recommendation.

Version 2.01 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Do A Barrel Roll!Eldrethor29 Sep 20212.01Yes
Excellent and Faithful to the Originalmjdxp02 Apr 20212.01Yes
Pretty Faithful recreationpocket03 Feb 20202.01Yes
My original review (for piko interactive)ace5426 Jul 2014N/AYes