How Was "Donkey Kong" Named?
An executive at Nintendo wanted to primarily target the North American game market, so he mandated that the game be given an English title. The game designer decided to name the game for the ape, whom he felt to be the strongest character. The story of exactly how Miyamoto came up with the name Donkey Kong varies; one telling claims that he looked in a Japanese-English dictionary for something that would mean stubborn gorilla. Another version claims that Donkey was meant to convey silly and that Kong was common Japanese slang for gorilla. Another claim is that he worked with Nintendo's export manager to come up with the name, and that Donkey was meant to represent stupid and goofy.
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