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In a recent YouTube video, former Rare graphic artist Kevin Bayliss who worked on the Donkey Kong Country series and Diddy Kong Racing, showed off some scribbles the company drafted for the former star-studded Super Nintendo franchise on his personal channel. Have a watch below to check out some of the Donkey Kong Country series characters’ earliest scribbles that both did and did not make it into the final version of the first game in the franchise!



While the artwork is nothing to go bananas over, Bayliss’ documents he has preserved from the early ’90s showcase several interesting scribbles for the lead Kong, Kremlins, Rambi, and more. Bayliss who was one of the lead players in designing the look that forged the modern Donkey Kong discusses his time working with Nintendo and Miyamoto throughout the video along with the process of creating the main character’s final look. According to the artist, his initial draft for the character included a “more cubic design that was quite boxy” due to how Rare wanted the character to sit in the game’s environments.

If Bayliss showcases more of his work from the Donkey Kong Country games he worked on, we’ll be sure to let you know!


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Written by Marc Kaliroff

Ever since owning a cobalt blue Game Boy Advance, Nintendo is his preferred way of gaming. Marc is a journalist, creative writer, and video producer. While his focus may be on providing news, he spends his days preparing reviews for games of the present and past.