It's (Still) on Like "Donkey Kong"

By Winda Benedetti
|  Monday, Aug 9, 2010  |  Updated 5:45 PM PDT
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It's (Still) on Like "Donkey Kong"

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Billy Mitchell is the king of "Kong" again.

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Looks like classic gaming sensation, documentary star and hot-sauce magnate Billy Mitchell is the king of "Kong" yet again.

Mitchell — whose ruthless battle for dominance over the "Donkey Kong" game was famously documented in the film "King of Kong" — had earned the world's highest score in the game (1,050,200 points). But this March he was handily beaten by Hank Chien, a plastic surgeon from New York, who set a new record with 1,061,700 points.

But over the weekend at the International Video Game Hall of Fame (located in Ottumwa-freakin'-Iowa), officials announced that Mitchell had reclaimed the top "Donkey Kong" spot by scoring 1,062,800 points in the game.

The Twin Galaxies referees who oversaw the record-setting event say Mitchell also has officially set the world's highest score in "Donkey Kong Jr." with 1,270,900 points.

According to a press release from Twin Galaxies, referees were on hand to watch Mitchell go after the high scores at Boomers-Grand Prix Arcade in Florida. Though Mitchell's goal was to simply tackle "Donkey Kong" alone, he apparently decided to add one more notch to his belt.

"I remember a lot of celebration; hugs, kisses and a lot of hooting and hollering," Mitchell said of setting the latest "Donkey Kong" record. "Once that died down, I stood there looking at 'Donkey Kong Jr.' and thought ‘There’s one more thing I have to take care of.' "

How long did it take Mitchell to set these two records? For "Donkey Kong" it took 2 hours and 42 minutes, and for "Donkey Kong Jr." it took 3 hours and 58 minutes.

Mitchell isn't exactly known for being a humble sorta guy. He stopped playing "Donkey Kong" as soon as he had knocked Chien out of the No. 1 spot.

 

Asked why he stopped, Mitchell reportedly said: “Some say I’m being cocky. Some say I’m being lazy. I say, I’m being Billy Mitchell."

Oy...moving along.

Speaking of classic video games, the world also now has its first official classic "Tetris" champion (yes, 26 years after the game first launched.)

Former Nintendo World Champion and "Tetris" expert Robin Mihara brought together 200 of the greatest "Tetris" players of all time for a block-dropping extravaganza at the Independent Theater in Los Angeles Sunday.

For this world championship, competitors played that classic Nintendo NES version of the game. Check out a video of the final round here and watch as Jonas Neubauer of Redondo Beach, Calif., defeats Harry Hong of Los Angeles to take home the title. (Thanks to Kotaku.com for the heads' up.)

We can only imagine the depths of the 'Tetris' effect these guys must experience on a daily basis.

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