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Photos: Donkey Kong champions battled for top honors at the Kong Off II

The King of Kong's Billy Mitchell at the Kong Off II.
The King of Kong's Billy Mitchell at the Kong Off II.
All photos by Aaron Thackeray.

As we promised in our recent cover story, it was on like Donkey Kong at the 1UP in LoDo this weekend. More than three decades after the beloved arcade game brought barrels into the mainstream, twelve of the world's top players duked it out against high-scoring wildcard gamers at Denver's own video game hub across three days. Spectators -- of which there were hundreds -- witnessed action-packed hours of gameplay from names including The King of Kong's Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell (above) and current world-record-crusher Hank Chien. But it was another Kong enthusiast who was eventually crowned king last night: twenty-year-old Canadian Jeff Willms, who had not played the game on an arcade cabinet until the competition -- his first arcade event ever. Oh, Canada!

Continue reading for more photos from over the weekend, and then revisit our cover story, "Let the Games Begin."

See also: - Slide show: Kong Off II Donkey Kong World Championship - It's on like Donkey Kong at the 1UP this week - Steve Wiebe gets the first kill screen at 1UP this weekend

Donkey Kong champions Steve Wiebe, Dean Saglio, Jeff Wilms and Kyle Goewert have all scored more than 1 million points.
Donkey Kong champions Steve Wiebe, Dean Saglio, Jeff Wilms and Kyle Goewert have all scored more than 1 million points.
Photos: Donkey Kong champions battled for top honors at the Kong Off II
Spectators watch the world-class gaming at the 1UP.
Spectators watch the world-class gaming at the 1UP.
A shirtless Vincent Lemay.
A shirtless Vincent Lemay.

 

Photos: Donkey Kong champions battled for top honors at the Kong Off II
Hank Chien currently holds the world's highest Donkey Kong score.
Hank Chien currently holds the world's highest Donkey Kong score.
Billy Mitchell.
Billy Mitchell.
Twin Galaxies founder and gaming scorekeeper Walter Day.
Twin Galaxies founder and gaming scorekeeper Walter Day.
Kong Off founder Richie Knucklez and 1UP owner Jourdan Adler.
Kong Off founder Richie Knucklez and 1UP owner Jourdan Adler.

 

The King of Kong's Steve Wiebe at the Kong Off II.
The King of Kong's Steve Wiebe at the Kong Off II.
Photos: Donkey Kong champions battled for top honors at the Kong Off II
Vincent Lemay.
Vincent Lemay.
Photos: Donkey Kong champions battled for top honors at the Kong Off II
Shaun Boyd.
Photos: Donkey Kong champions battled for top honors at the Kong Off II

 

Photos: Donkey Kong champions battled for top honors at the Kong Off II
Kong Off founder Richie Knucklez.
Kong Off founder Richie Knucklez.
Hank Chien and Vincent Lemay autograph a poster.
Hank Chien and Vincent Lemay autograph a poster.
Photos: Donkey Kong champions battled for top honors at the Kong Off II
Photos: Donkey Kong champions battled for top honors at the Kong Off II

For more photos, visit our full slide show.


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