Donkey Kong Shocked
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New York-based The Strong Museum Of Play has announced that it will be creating the world's largest playable Donkey Kong arcade cabinet as part of its expansion plans this year.

The machine will stand 20 feet tall, and visitors to the museum will be able to play it via an external control panel situated directly in front of the cabinet.

The original Donkey Kong arcade game arrived in 1981 and is credited as being the title which paved the way for Nintendo's future triumphs in the video game arena; before its release, the company had failed to secure a commercially successful coin-op release and was on the verge of pulling out of the market entirely. The game also marks the first appearance of Mario, who would later become Nintendo's mascot.

The Strong describes itself as a "highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play" and is situated in downtown Rochester, New York. It is home to the World Video Game Hall of Fame.