Donkey Kong is a gaming icon. For those less enlightened, he Donkey Kong we know today is actually the son of the original arcade Donkey Kong. He was one labeled as Donkey Kong Jr., grew up a bit, and eventually fell into the hands of Rare, a former-exclusive developer for Nintendo. They recreated Donkey Kong, upgrading his entire image into CGI, into a game entitled Donkey Kong Country. Donkey Kong brought along his chimp buddy, Diddy Kong, to reclaim their stolen banana hoard from King K. Rool. The big ape travelled from murky mine shafts to enormous factories to the depths of the ocean. The game pushed graphical limits like nobody had ever seen in a video game before it. Rare had made its grand entrance in what virtually gave the Super Nintendo the extra boost it needed to prevail over the Sega Genesis. The sequel, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, was an even greater success. In a surprising twist, Donkey Kong had been kidnapped by Kaptain (formerly King) K. Rool. The game introduced Dixie Kong, Diddy's girlfriend, as well as a new batch of animal buddies. The third and final installment I daresay is technically the best of the series.
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble was a solid way to end the series.