Donkey Kong no Ongaku Asobi (lost build of cancelled Famicom educational game; 1983)

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Donkey Kong Fun With Music 01.jpg

The game's title screen.

Status: Lost

Donkey Kong no Ongaku Asobi (ドンキーコングの音楽あそび Donkey Kong’s Fun With Music) is a canceled 1983 Famicom educational video game that starred the cast of the original Donkey Kong series with the newcomer Donkey Kong Jr. meant to teach players music.[1]

It was originally going to be released for the Famicom in December 1983 for the price of 3,800 yen, but Nintendo cancelled this game for unknown reasons and only released two educational titles instead: Donkey Kong Jr. Math, and Popeye no Eigo Asobi. Donkey Kong no Ongaku Asobi had only been announced in 1983 in a Japanese gaming magazine.

No prototypes or any other information has surfaced aside from some screenshots. The game was seemingly cancelled for a variety of reasons: the licensing issues of the songs, only using children's songs, the small capacity of the Famicom, and the fact that the microphone couldn't analyze sounds.

On January 17th, 2013, a user commented on an article about the game claiming that they owned the game on a 4-in-1 bootleg cartridge. However, they stated they lost the cartridge a long time ago.[2]

On May 19th, 2017, a Japanese Twitter user DentoTeramachi found a fifth screenshot in a gaming magazine.[3]


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