Donkey Kong Country

a game by Rareware

Platform: SNESSNES

Genre: Platformer

Donkey Kong Country
  • Manufacturer: Nintendo of America
  • Machine: Super NES

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SNES Donkey Kong Country download
  • Manufacturer: Nintendo
  • Machine: Super NES

It what promises to be one of the biggest games of this year, Diddy, co-star of the original Donkey Kong Country game from Rare and Nintendo, is once again thrown into a perilous world of beautifully rendered, exotic locales. The backgrounds are once again impeccable and the action seems to be as strong as ever. The important thing to consider is whether or not Nintendo can make any sort of improvements over the original or if this is just going to be an extension of the first game. Either way, if it looks this great there is a good chance that the rest of the all-important factors will fall into place.

reggie posted a review

Keeehaw! Welcome to Donkey Kong Country, where the apes of wrath are stored! DKC has all the elements of a classic: outstanding graphics, involving game play, and lots of hidden stuff! Donkey Kong Country is the best on the SNES!


Your banana hoard is gone, and you're one funky monkey because of it. You left your little buddy, Diddy, to watch the stash, and he got clobbered by the Kremlings. Now you have to search the jungle, mountains, caves, and sea for your bananas. Don't worry about Diddy, though. You'll find him at every turn. Everyone knows that two Kongs do make a right!

Your two monkeys, Diddy and Donkey Kong, are interchangeable throughout the game. If you lose one, you can always find DK barrels with your missing buddy inside -- they're strewn throughout the stages. You can even find and ride an animal buddy (a frog, rhino, swordfish, or ostrich) through a stage. At the end of each stage is a boss, though we've certainly seen tougher ones on the SNES.

The Kremlings-slimy, weird reptilian hybrids that have familial connections to Rush Limbaugh -- are your basic platform nightmare. They come at you in various speeds and colors, and they've brought a horde of guest-host horrors like flying bees, snakes, sharks, and more.


  • To set a barrel down, press Down and release Button Y.
  • Some bonus areas are up and off-screen.


Players encounter various types of barrels that help with this bananarama. You can find a Continue Barrel that acts as a level marker, a Cannon Barrel that shoots you into the wild blue yonder, a DK Barrel that gives you back your lost simian soulmate, and a Steel Keg Barrel that rolls continually through a level and destroys everything in its path (you can also ride it like an animal friend).

Bounce on tires to reveal pathways and things hidden above you.

Also there to lend a hand (minus that pesky opposable thumb, of course) are a few of your jungle friends. There's Candy Kong, who saves your progress, Cranky Kong, a grizzled old ape who has nothing but insults (and a few tips) for you, and Funky Kong, a pilot who flies you to any previously explored destination you'd like to revisit.

Rambi the Rhino busts open entrances to secret areas.

Why would you want to go back a level? Because this game has more hidden stuff in it than a Congressman's agenda. You can replay levels over and over again and always find something new. Bonus games -- and even bonus levels -- are all sequestered away in the stages.


The most outstanding accomplishment of this game, though, is the graphics. Rendered on Silicon Graphics machines (the same machines used to make the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park), the graphics are unlike anything seen in a video game before.

The 3D sprites of Donkey and Diddy are fantastic, with great details like Donkey's garish red necktie swinging when he moves and Diddy's wipe of the brow (with realistic shadows on his forehead). Rounding out the awesome scenery, the enemies are also rendered in 3D, and the backgrounds have gorgeous graphical touches like the layered snow effect in the mountains and the barely lit caves.

Move tires to help you jump up to high places.

The music is great but not quite perfect. The theme song is forgettable, but the cool sound effects include lots of gorilla screeches, chimp whimpers, and jungle drums. A little digitized voice from the master of insults, Cranky, would've really put the icing on the cake.


The control is not a factor in DKC. One-button jumping is part of both simians' repertoires. You can also roll, pick up barrels, and swing from the vines with ease.

It's too bad that most of the levels reflect the ease of the controls. You can breeze through the game without finding any of the hidden areas. A numerical readout tells you how much of the game is done (you finish on 50%, meaning that the game is half standard levels and half hidden levels). And don't expect to get hung up on the bosses, either. If you memorize their pattern of attack, you can easily defeat them.


But finding the hidden levels is tougher than being a monkey's uncle, so you probably won't finish all of DKC right away. With such a strong replay value, Donkey Kong Country is sure to be a colossal hit this holiday. If you want to hit an ape ball in the side pocket, you'll recognize DKC for what it is: the gorilla of your dreams.

reggie posted a review

Donkey Kong Country is a video game known as DKC, featuring a side-scrolling gameplay and developed by Rare. The main character of the game is Donkey Kong. The game was released for Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) back in 1994 for the first time, and was followed by sequels and other platforms publishing. The first game sold over 8 million copies all over the world, following an aggressive marketing campaign, making it the second best-selling SNES game, 12 million under Super Mario World. The game was later ported on Game Boy Color in 2000, Game Boy Advance in 2003 and Virtual Console in 2006.

There are in total 40 different side-scrolling levels. Donkey Kong needs to make it through all of them and recover the Kongs’ banana hoard, which was stolen before. Each level features another kind of action, from swimming, riding in mine carts, launching out of barrel cannons to swinging from vine to vine.

If the player gets hit by an enemy, or falls off the screen, he loses a life. Donkey Kong can execute rolls, jumps or groundslams, but none all the enemies can be defeated this way. The player might just have to throw a barrel or use the assistance of an animal to defeat certain enemies.

As the player goes on with the game, the enemies get tougher and tougher. The game is over when the player loses all his lives. Additional lives can be gained by collecting items scattered through the map. Several secret passages in the game can lead the player to bonus stages, where he can also gain additional lives or items.

There are two controllable characters, Donkey Kong and his nephew Diddy. While both of them follow the same story line, Donkey Kong features more moves than his nephew. He is also larger, stronger and can fight enemies easier. His nephew is faster and agile, but not so powerful. As stated earlier, there are assistants during some of the levels.

The game can also be played in two-mode, not only by one player.

The game’s graphics were excellent for that time, and the game was considered as being revolutionary. The game featured pre-rendered 3D graphics, also used at that time in Killer Instinct, another game developed and published by Rare.

The game is one of the most popular releases ever and was a huge market hit. It sold million copies and the SNES version received a 90% score from Game Rankings. The Game Boy Advance received a 78% rating from the same publisher.

The game won the 1994 Best SNES Game, Best Animation, Best Game Duo and Game of the Year, all of the issued by Electronic Gaming Monthly.

reggie posted a review

DONKEY KONG COUNTRY!!!!!!!the grand debut of diddy himself and awesome sidescroller platformer game if you dont have it now GET IT!!!!!!

Jacob Horn posted a review

Donkey Kong Country (Super Donkey Kong in Japan) was released for the SNES in 1994 and became available through Nintendo's Virtual Console service on December 7, 2006 in Australia, December 8, 2006 in Europe, December 12, 2006 in Japan, and February 19, 2007 in North America. The game was produced by Tim Stamper. It is a video game developed by Rare, featuring the popular arcade character, Donkey Kong.

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