Donkey Kong vs. Popeye (NES) – Rerez


I’m Shane Luis and this is Versus. Donkey Kong
versus Popeye for the Nintendo Entertainment System these two games are
similar in many ways but today we’re going to find out which of the two is
the better game way back in the early days of the Nintendo Entertainment
System a bunch of games released on the console were arcade ports and these
games were right out of the arcade heavy high score focus both games loop
infinitely once you clear the so-called final stage and both games feature
protagonists trying to rescue a damsel in distress and Donkey Kong you play the
role of Nintendo’s long-running mascot and plumbing enthusiast Mario Mario’s
only abilities in the game are jumping and grabbing a hammer that he can use to
attack incoming barrels each stage revolves around the player making their
way to the top of each level and getting close enough to Donkey Kong until he
grabs the girl makes a run to the next stage this comes to a head in the final
stage when you must knock out Donkey Kong by removing the rivets on the
stage’ support beams causing the big ape to fall you save Pauline not Princess
Peach and before you get the chance to do whatever it is Mario was planning to
do with her you’re back at stage 1 to do it all over again Popeye is a game based
off a popular comic and cartoon series of the same name released by Nintendo
year after the original Donkey Kong arrived in arcades the gameplay revolves
around Popeye collecting a certain number of items that will help eyes love
interest olive oil drops into the play field below her while you collect the
items Popeyes rival Bhutto who was infatuated with Olive Oyl chases the
player around the stage and some of the cheapest attacks ever in a game you also
have to watch out for the seed hag who throws skulls at you Popeye and like
Mario cannot jump instead his only defense is punching and while Bluto
usually sticks to chasing you around the level he can and will throw bottles at
you these bottles and the sea hags can be punched out of the air Popeye’s
powerup is a can of spinach that makes him strong enough to disable Bluto for a
short amount of time gameplay you’re looking at some of the
earliest examples in Nintendo’s video game designs these games both share
similar traits utilizing individual stages that are set to loop once you
clear the third stage although Donkey Kong’s gameplay is iconic Popeyes
gameplay has a few interesting variations that make playing it a bit
more of a challenge over time in the end Donkey Kong’s simple level designs and
enjoyable controls make the experience a better place alright let’s get this out
of the way first Mario’s walking sound is horrible it
sounds like somebody’s murdering squeegee and music the classic title for
the Donkey Kong game that’s nice there’s nothing wrong with that by the music and
the levels the so the first level has the same simple short notes repeating
over and over unless you get the hammer level 2 has no music in the third level
is just a faster and shorter set of notes repeating forever popeye hover is
different this footsteps sound great the other effects sound just as good the
music while still simple is a lot longer changes from level level hands down
popeye takes it and sound graphics Donkey Kong has simple art
assets that really work well for the game complementing the gameplay if you
see a Donkey Kong level you just know where to go and you know what to do the
simplicity and sparseness of objects in all the three levels helps the player
stay focused on their goal Popeye on the other hand is a more blocky look it
seems more like an Atari 7800 game than it does a Nintendo game the levels of
pop eyes seem to have more shapes and colors but I think that works against it
of the two games this is the only one that utilizes backdrops in the second
and third stages these backdrops are very simple and block like aging the
game dramatically because of this Donkey Kong stands out head over heels above
Popeye it simply has way better simpler graphics
Donkey Kong is the clear winner if you’re going to go back and play one of
these old games on the NES Popeye is a pretty fun experience but Donkey Kong is
a classic that cannot be beat join us next time on Versus.


46 Responses

  1. DarkBladeGamer

    November 13, 2012 11:22 pm

    i finally got on this…this is amazing dude…maybe you could teach me how to do this kinda stuff sometime

  2. SheepHair

    February 7, 2013 11:35 pm

    Donkey Kong was inspired off of King Kong and Popeye. King Kong is why Donkey Kong climbs a construction site and Mario was like Popeye, Donkey Kong was Bluto, and Pauline was Olive Oyl.

  3. TikiMatti

    February 24, 2013 7:15 am

    In case you didn't know… If you go to Wikipedia, you will actually be informed that Mario was not yet named "Mario" in this game, but "Jumpman" instead.

  4. Ahmet C. Ay

    April 12, 2013 1:13 am

    I like Popeye better because of the challenge it provides. Donkey Kong gets repetitive pretty quickly, but Popeye has Bluto, which keeps you on your toes.

  5. andrew hoback

    December 12, 2013 6:04 am

    I'm surprised that you never mention that donkey kong  started out as a popeye game too, but Nintendo couldn't get the rights at the time

  6. Rerez

    December 12, 2013 6:10 am

    It was my first video. I wasn't confident yet and was very inexperienced at producing content by myself. I focused more on the games and not the history behind them.

  7. Stufa Ryde

    September 4, 2014 1:01 am

    Infact if you look at donkey kong when he faces the 'camera', you'll see the original Bluto sprite. Change the colour a bit, you got Bluto.
    The same works with Pauline. She's just Olive with different colours.
    I seem to remember a Popeye cartoon where they were fighting on a construction site too. It kinda makes more sense for the original Donkey Kong game concept.

  8. karl wallace

    October 4, 2014 5:10 pm

    popeye's challenging nature makes me prefer it over DK. the way you need to go more than just up, and the random attacks of bluto make it exciting. plus, it is so much fun to bounce bluto across the screen with the spinach powered punch.  BLAM!

  9. Alex Hollst

    June 9, 2015 8:40 pm

    I love both games, especially the arcade version of Popeye. Thats a hard game. im pretty sure Popeye was the game that most Famicoms were bundled with.

  10. The Hobbyist

    September 13, 2015 8:36 pm

    I looked to your first video to see if the editing was any worse, it is still really good! what programs do you use? You have a good design sense.

  11. BIG BOSS

    October 16, 2015 5:45 am

    that walking sound is fucking legendary
    is it PUP-eye or POP-eye?
    lol wtf is wrong with your accent

  12. Mike F

    December 4, 2015 2:31 pm

    wait what?!? first time I have ever seen anyone say popeye on nes was not only not utterly horrid but a good game…..I owned tht actually back in the day and its fucking horrid, I know of not one person that didn't think the same.

  13. Avalon D

    October 5, 2017 6:00 pm

    Donkey kong was originally supposed to be a popeye game.. as to which is better Its a matter of opinion not fact

  14. WillieManga

    December 6, 2017 4:33 am

    I love how intense the Popeye game is compared to Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong is similar to the Popeye game because it was originally supposed to BE Popeye. Kinda funny, considering Popeye once socked the Japanese in the face and made them eat dynamite. Anyway, Donkey Kong is Bluto, Pauline is Olive Oyle, and Jumping Man is good old Popeye. Only, the license was unavailable to them.

  15. T H E C Y N D I C A T E

    January 20, 2018 1:19 pm

    You act like an authority and call him Mario? Its Jumpman. And I actually played these when they came out. Popeye was better, but they were both pretty awesome for the time. Popeye just had more options. Punch things, power up with spinach, tire falling, heart collecting, weird birds. Its honestly 5 times the game Donkey Kong was. I really dont think you know very much about these games in all honesty.

  16. cmwile

    March 19, 2018 3:33 am

    note: That isn't Bluto. It's his twin named Brutus from the tv Popeye cartoons. Bluto was used in the older cartoons.

  17. Majin Nihlathak

    April 29, 2018 3:52 pm

    Was there a practical reason the NES couldn't have a direct port of either of these 2 arcade games?

  18. The potato 257

    January 7, 2020 6:25 am

    This channel sure changed through the years, from being chill and not screaming to reviewing stuff and making (I think) mini skits and then doing stuff to the console, and it's controller like mashing and then hitting it


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