Hello! We are working very hard on translating the Melee website. We decided to ramp up our translation focus on the character introduction pages in order to give everyone a better picture of Melee, and its character. Special thanks to soma for providing assistance with this translation.
All comments were originally written by Sakurai himself. You can see Sakurai’s individual picture comments by hovering your mouse over the image. Originally pictures were given their own page, but for the sake of brevity I combined them. The original page can be accessed here.
He’s the king of the jungle.
He loves bananas.
He has the fearful Giant Punch.
With the increased processing power, we were able to get him to look this good. We couldn’t render individual hairs, though.
Speaking of which, is it human nature that makes people believe that new hardware (like the Gamecube) makes anything seem possible when looking in from the outside? That’s an illusion, so please understand that every little thing is made by the hard work of actual people.
Back to the topic at hand, Donkey Kong can smash opponents into the ground with his newly added special, “Headbutt.” I wanted to make it a little cartoony with a slapstick kind of feeling.
(Images taken during development)
Donkey Kong’s Special Moves
Neutral Special: Giant Punch
Side Special: Headbutt
Up Special: Spinning Kong
Down Special: Hand Slap
Mains: Yoshi (64), Game and Watch (Melee), Wario (Brawl), Wario/Pac-Man (Smash for 3DS/Wii U)