In a new statement, former Donkey Kong champion Billy Mitchell says there’s proof he’s still the King of Kong.
Last week, Twin Galaxies announced it had stripped Billy Mitchell of his Donkey Kong high score records when new evidence of emulation software use came to light. The Guinness World Records organization quickly followed suit, but Mitchell isn’t stepping down quietly. In a new statement, the former King of Kong denied the charges against him, promising that his Donkey Kong scores are genuine and authentic.
As reported by Eurogamer, Mitchell released the following statement through Old School Gamer Magazine, a publication he is affiliated with.
I’ve been asked to address things that are recently in the media. The fact of the matter is, now there’s a true professional due diligence being done to investigate things that happened as far [back] as 35 years ago.
In a professional manner, not in a shock-jock mentality designed to create hits, we will show that everything that has been done – everything was done – professionally, according to the rules, according to the scoreboard, [and] the integrity that was set up. Not 2014-forward by the current regime, who wants to reach back 35 years.
Everything will be transparent. Everything will be available. I wish I had it in my hands right now, I wish I could hand it to you. But it’s taken a considerable amount of time. Witnesses, documents, everything will be made available to you. Nothing will be withheld. You absolutely have my commitment to that. We’ve been at this since 1982, and it’s not gonna stop now.
While Mitchell making a new attempt at the Donkey Kong world record would have been a more entertaining, if dramatic response, this story clearly isn’t over just yet. For now, we’ll have to wait and see what evidence and witnesses Mitchell can produce.