Top 10 Donkey Kong Games
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Top 10 Donkey Kong Games
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For this list, if even one Kong takes center stage in a game, it qualifies, whether their name is (or was) Donkey Kong or not. Although we are ruling out the Mario Kart games since those games are more Mario focused, even though the ape is playable.
#10: “Donkey Kong Jungle Beat” (2005)
Jungle Beat has DK traveling to another land to recover bananas stolen from the monkey inhabitants. He must put the hurt on several cantankerous creatures including the banana thieves who turn out to be violent Kongroyalty. The original release gave players the option of using the GameCube controller or the DK Bongos to control DK. Don’t let the gimmick fool you, the controls were solid and the gameplay was engaging. The game received a Wii re-release with the system’s trademark motion controls, but best to stick with the bongos.
#9: “Diddy Kong Racing” (1997)
With the Mario Kart series already a massive hit, Nintendo and Rare succeeded in creating another classic racer. When Wizpig, a giant, alien, porker invades Timber the Tiger’s island, Diddy Kong, DK’s faithful sidekick, along with Rare’s, Banjo and a family friendly Conker arrive to race against his tyranny. The game’s adventure mode gives players a bit more depth with an ongoing story and races against giant creatures. Weapons and items can be upgraded and, should you see fit, you can ditch the car for a hovercraft or small plane. Diddy proved to be a likable protagonist, but this wasn’t the only time he had a starring role.
#8: “Donkey Kong Country Returns” (2010)
With Rare now in the locked in the grasps of Microsoft Kinect, Retro Studios took up the challenge to return the Donkey Kong Country series to its former glory, with really impressive results. The premises is simple enough: A bunch of floating tikis brainwash all the Animals on Kong Island to take DK’s Banana horde, and of course, he goes ape-shit. Sorry we had to. While the game does away with the tag team approach of the classic trilogy, it does give DK a vast array of new moves, bringing gaming’s most iconic Ape into a new generation.
#7: “Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble” (1996)
The Kremlings are taken over by a robotic menace named KAOS and have kidnapped DK and Diddy while they were in the Northern Kremisphere. Worried about her pals, Dixie Kong, the ape girl with the propeller ponytail and her baby cousin with gigantism, Kiddy Kong takes up the search. Along with the trilogy’s trademark unique level gimmick’s, DKC3 gives players more items to collect and new side quests to accomplish. Only by getting all of Funky Kong’s vehicles, talking to all the Bear Brothers and collecting every Banana Bird can the game be truly won. The game also retains the tag team gameplay and animal buddies of its predecessors.
#6: “Donkey Kong (Gameboy)” (1994)
Guy loves girl, girl loves guy, Kong kidnaps girl, guy climbs dangerous construction sites to get back girl fromKong. The game deceptively starts off looks like straight port of the arcade classic of the same name. However the game quickly expands well beyond the construction site with Mario on a chase across 99 Stages to Rescue Pauline. The game also gives Mario an expanded move set as he can now do handstands, somersaults and can pick up and throw objects. Add in bonus stages and this game is the total package.
#5: “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” (2014)
What better way to spend your birthday than to be exiled from your home and have it taken over and frozen by Penguins and Walruses dressed as Vikings? Thus the stage is set for Donkey, Diddy, Dixie and Cranky to take back their home from the arctic Snowmads. Taking place after DKC Returns, Dixie Kong’s return with her helicopter hair is all the more welcoming. While Cranky Kong finally becomes a playable character, battling foes with his Scrooge McPogo Stick. Returning to the unique level variety of the original as well as the return of composer David Wise. Tropical Freeze marks its place as a worthy addiction the DKC family.
#4: “Donkey Kong 64” (1999)
The first and only 3D platform Donkey Kong game, this adventure involves DK’s Kong buds getting kidnapped and his banana hoard swiped by the Kremlings…again. DK now has the help of Diddy, Dixie’s younger sister Tiny, the long-armed Lanky, and the massive powerhouse Chunky, in their quest to defeat King K. Rool before he can get his destructive Blast-O-Matic in operation. Needing an Expansion Pack for the N64 to play, the game boast eight worlds with 200 golden bananas to reclaim, and LOTS of items to collect, every Kong truly has a chance to shine.
#3: “Donkey Kong Country” (1994)
This was the game that gave the Donkey Kong series new life and introduced a brand new Donkey Kong. The descendant of the original Donkey Kong, now known as Cranky Kong, DK along with Diddy traveled DK Island to get his banana hoard when the Kremlings led by the massive King K. Rool stole it. Making use of then revolutionary 3D pre-rendered sprites, the game looked as amazing as the game played. The ability to switch between the two heroes in single player, simultaneous multiplayer, animal buddies and the mine cart stages are what makes this game a classic.
#2: “Donkey Kong” (1981)
Chances are, you know what this game is, even if you’ve never played it, After all, the simple game of a Barrel Throwing Ape kidnapping a maiden and took her up a construction site; quickly became a pop culture icon and one of the greatest arcade games ever made. Also the debut of Nintendo’s flagship character Mario, The game is responsible for reversing Nintendo’s fortune after floundering game sales and becoming one of the biggest names in the video game industry. While this game, and it’s sequel may not be DK’s biggest games, they’re by far his most important.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
“DK King of Swing” (2005)
“Donkey Kong Land III” (1997)
“Donkey Konga” (2004)
“Mario vs. Donkey Kong” (2004)
#1: “Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest” (1995)
You got to love the irony, on a list named for Donkey Kong, it’s Diddy and Dixie Kong take the top spot with their quest to rescue a kidnapped DK from the clutches Kaptain K. Rool. Despite this, the first sequel of Donkey KongCountry more than earns its place on the list. The game first introduces fan favorite Dixie, the Lost world, team-up abilities and a true test to go for 100% completion that would be staples for future games. With a perfect blend of tighter controls, challenging levels and an amazing soundtrack, Diddy’s Kong Quest is a true masterpiece; all hail the king.
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