Upon going to work, Miyamoto's first attempt was to make a game based on the then-popular Popeye character. That licensing deal fell through, though Nintendo would later secure the license and develop a popular Popeye arcade game. Miyamoto, however, had to retrofit his concept and develop three characters with similar relations to Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto. He came up with a little man with a mustache that was quickly named Jumpman, who had to save his girlfriend, Pauline, from the evil gorilla named Donkey Kong.
Donkey Kong was followed-up by Donkey Kong Jr., which puts the player in the role of Donkey Kong's son, who must attempt to rescue his father from the clutches of the evil Jumpman - who by then had already been renamed Mario.
As a testament to the legacy of Donkey Kong, 26 years after the game was released, the film King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters was released in 2007. The film was a documentary about gamer Steve Wiebe and his journey to defeat Billy Mitchell's high score in Donkey Kong, which had stood for 25 years. Read more about the documentary at the official site.
In July 2009, Donkey Kong made news yet again when a 26-year-old Easter egg, which did nothing more than display the initials of Landon M. Dyer, who worked to code the title, was uncovered after Dyer mentioned that he had forgotten how to display the initials and offered $75 to whomever can find the Easter egg first. The $75 was awarded to Don Hodges after he dug through the game's code and found the way to display the initials.