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Billy Mitchell opens King of Kong arcade

In Orlando - long way from Albert Square.

Tempestuous Donkey Kong high-score champion Billy Mitchell has opened his own arcade in Orlando airport, Florida, US.

Named King of Kong, according to Arcade Heroes, the arcade borrows part of the title from 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. A strange choice, given how the film portrayed Mitchell as a slippery, unsavoury character who seemed reluctant to accept that his 1982 Donkey Kong high score had been beaten by challenger Steve Wiebe.

Mitchell's airport arcade has murals of Nintendo's famous platform game covering the walls, plus pictures of flaming barrels adorning the entrance. But bizarrely there's not a Donkey Kong arcade machine in sight.

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