RELEASED BACK IN 1981, Donkey Kong was seen as one of the most important titles released in the history of videogames.
Giving a début to a first-time video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto as well as marking the first appearances of Mario and Donkey Kong, the game continues to be popular thanks to it being the focus of numerous world record attempts (One of these attempts was the subject of a documentary called The King of Kong).
Those practising their record breaking attempts now have a near-impossible task to overcome. Player Wes Copeland not only broke the world record for Donkey Kong, one he set himself in April, he also finished with a score of 1,218,000, the closest thing to a perfect run you can get.
“This will be my last record score… I don’t believe I can put a game any higher than this,” he wrote on a Facebook post.
The reason for that is because the game only has 22 levels. Once the player reaches level 22, an error in the game’s programming ends up killing Mario after a few seconds.
The attempt took more than three hours to complete and throughout the entire playthrough, Copeland managed to reach the end without losing a single life. If there’s another way to get a higher score, it could be a long time before it’s discovered.
Source: Wes Copeland/YouTube