Nintendo Switch Onlines Expansion Pack Snubs Donkey Kong
By Joshua Duckworth
While there's a lot to be excited about from the recent Nintendo Direct, it seems clear that the Big N truly snubbed Donkey Kong.
The Nintendo Direct’s announcement of the Expansion Pack, consisting of 9 Nintendo 64 games and select Sega Genesis titles, was likely the standout for many. Indeed, it largely felt like a callback to a bygone era, as not only was a Mario movie announced and the Expansion Pack revealed, but instant classics like Bayonetta return with the reveal of its threequel.
However, despite this, it’s hard not to notice one oddity among appearances and discussions about the Nintendo 64, Mario, Zelda, Bayonetta, and so on. Nintendo has had a history, really, of snubbing Donkey Kong, and while Seth Rogen was confirmed to be Donkey Kong in the Mario movie, it’s clear that there’s no love for DK.
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Donkey Kong’s Fading Relevancy as a Mascot
It’s not fair, nor fun to write that Donkey Kong is fading, but it’s clear that it’s just that. While Nintendo has celebrated several big anniversaries lately, such as The Legend of Zelda and Mario,Donkey Kong's anniversary effectively went unmentioned. There was no love for the titular ape on his big 40th anniversary. Couple this with his unceremonious release schedule, and Donkey Kong games typically release further apart than Zelda games.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was ported to the Switch in , but that game was originally released in It still serves as the most recent entry in the Donkey Kong franchise. Now, DK has also had a bunch of releases followed by extended periods of silence. From through , 7 games were released, but then he wouldn’t be heard from again until A total of 9 games would release between then and , including the much-beloved Donkey Kong Donkey Kong would see another surge of 5 games from and , but after that, his entries would slow to the point that there have been a total of 4 games since
Donkey Kong used to be a major mascot for Nintendo, alongside Mario and Link. His role in the gaming community would have been comparable, at one point, to Sony’s Spider-Man, Kratos, and Aloy and Microsoft’s Master Chief. But recent years have shown no love to the ape, and neither did the most recent Direct.
September’s Nintendo Direct Went Back to the N64 Days but Ignored DK
Again,Donkey Kong 64 is perhaps one of the most iconic games of his franchise but also of the Nintendo It was, to be blunt, quite revolutionary for the time. Nintendo acknowledged that the N64 may have been many gamer’s entry points into the world of 3D gaming, and while the classics it should like Star Fox 64 were certainly part of that, Donkey Kong 64 was just as relevant, if not more so, then.
Looking at NSO’s N64 game list, though, there are four Mario games and one Zelda game (Ocarina of Time) confirmed for launch, and one more Zelda game (Majora’s Mask) among others confirmed to come at some point after. Nowhere is any mention of Donkey Kong 64, which is the big missing title, or even Diddy Kong Racing, but there’s plenty of Mario to go around.
Hopefully, with Donkey Kong set to appear in the Mario movie, The Big N will once again see another rush of Donkey Kong games. On the other hand, it’s worrying that he may fade into the background and become a secondary character, if that. Donkey Kong certainly deserves better.
No known Donkey Kong game is in development.
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Forget 'Super Mario Odyssey 2'. We Need a New 3D 'Donkey Kong' Game
By Marco Vito Oddo
Abadon humanity, return to monkey!
First, let’s just clarify that this is not a hate piece against our dear jumpy Italian plumber, but a discussion about why Donkey Kong doesn’t get enough love, and why it definitely should. Despite being one of the main franchises on the Nintendo catalog, the last original Donkey Kong game, Tropical Freeze, came out in Furthermore, the last (and only) 3D game on the franchise, Donkey Kong 64, was released more than two decades ago, in This doesn’t seem fair, especially since we have the 40th Anniversary of the Donkey Kong franchise this year, on July 9th, a celebration that Nintendo so far forgot. Sure, there are some rumors about a possible new Donkey Kong game and animated series being developed. However, without an official confirmation, we can only hope and wait.
The latest rumors claim that the team behind Super Mario Odyssey is actively developing a new Donkey Kong title, which would mean we won’t be getting an Odyssey sequel anytime soon. If confirmed, this would be fantastic news! While everyone else keeps hoping for a Super Mario Odyssey 2 announcement, there’s a primal drum that constantly plays at the back of my mind, driving my dreams to a forest filled with golden bananas. And while recent 2D Donkey Kong games are amazing, another shot at a 3D game for the franchise is long overdue.
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Why Did Donkey Kong 64 Fail?
Before pounding our fist against Nintendo’s door and demanding a new Donkey Kong game, we need to understand why the franchise only had a single 3D title. Donkey Kong 64 was not so well-received when it came out, and while it still a solid game for fans of Collect-A-Thons, it has some noticeable flaws.
In Donkey Kong 64, Rare used everything they learned with Banjo-Kazooie to created their biggest game yet. Instead of a single playable character, Donkey Kong 64 has five main Kongs, each with unique abilities that use a complex control scheme. Each Kong also has its own set of collectibles, which other Kongs cannot grab. That means players constantly need to switch characters to collect every item on a level. The task soon becomes a chore, as the player cannot change characters freely but need to use special barrels spread across levels. Yep, there’s a lot of backtracking involved in Donkey Kong 64.
Donkey Kong 64 levels are enormous to make matters worse, and all because they need to be filled with five sets of the same collectibles. However, there’s not enough content to make each corner of these levels interesting, which results in a lot of empty space to wander through. The cherry on top of this messy design decision is that to beat Donkey Kong 64, the player needs to find a pair of well-hidden coins representing the toughest challenges in the game. No way around it. Just buckle up and do your best to even know these coins exist!
Nevertheless, the biggest offender of Donkey Kong 64 might be the mandatory minigames. Unfortunately, many collectibles are locked behind minigames that are not particularly fun. What’s worse is that each minigame gets repeated dozens of times across the game, another proof that Donkey Kong 64 tried to extend its duration much beyond what it should. It’s not exactly a fun experience to finish Donkey Kong 64 while collecting every possible item, and the thing that can suck the fun of some levels is the repeated minigames.
Even if we cannot deny Donkey Kong 64 was flawed, that doesn’t mean we can’t praise everything it does well. Boss battles are incredible, for starters, and the game has a personality that makes it charming even in its lowest moments. The “DK Rap”, for instance, is one of the best original tracks of all time, in any kind of media! It’s also lots of fun to play with different Kongs, each with their own types of attacks, jumps, and special powers. Sure, a direct sequel would take a lot of work, as there is a lot to fix. Even so, there’s also a lot to save in Donkey Kong 64, which makes it all too sad that Nintendo never gave a full 3D DK game another shot.
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What a New 3D Donkey Kong Game Could Look Like
I get it. It’s hard to make a good sequel when the base game is not perfect. The Super Mario franchise already has many successful 3D titles, but that’s because its very first 3D game, Super Mario 64, is a masterpiece that still holds up more than 20 years later. Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, and even Super Mario Odyssey were built upon what Super Mario 64 created, expanding the concepts already present on the Nintendo It’s like they say: you don’t need to fix what’s not broken.
A 3D Donkey Kong game would have to follow a different development path and tear down the original game before rebuilding something new. However, that also means Nintendo is free to experiment with new mechanics and deliver something unique. There’s no need to hold on to Donkey Kong 64 as an example of what can be done; the DK franchise could explore the 3D in any way it would like. Maybe, instead of a Collect-A-Thon, the next Donkey Kong could have a linear structure in which the goal is to reach the end level by using all your monkey agility.
Different Kongs could still be featured in a new 3D DK game, each with unique abilities that allow them to take different paths on the same level. That would mean that Nintendo doesn’t need to overcomplicate things by adding multiple skills to each Kong. By only changing speed, height, and jump distance, the new 3D DK game could already have enough variety. A more constraint control scheme also means the designer could focus on making movement feel good.
All we want to do in a DK game is jump around, balance on vines, and get shot by barrels. Without having to worry about hundreds of collectibles and dozens of different skills, Nintendo could pour its energy into making these basic mechanics fluid and responsive in 3D. Once the basics are in place, Nintendo can bring all the creativity present on Donkey Kong Returns and Tropical Freeze by designing wacky levels with new interactable objects and enemies.
We can have a lot of variety in a game while still keeping it simple for the player. That’s the lesson we can take both from Donkey Kong 64 lukewarm reception and Tropical Freeze universal acclaim. So why not use this wisdom to imagine a new 3D DK game? Pretty much every Donkey Kong sidescroller is terrific, but bringing the franchise back to 3D can lead it to new and exciting paths. We all need more monkeys in our life, and the Nintendo Switch would be the perfect home to a new 3D DK game. The timing would also be perfect because of the 40th Anniversary of the Donkey Kong franchise. Furthermore, Nintendo needs more original titles from its biggest franchises to keep relevant in the upcoming years. Let’s hope the rumors are accurate and that the Super Mario Odyssey team can bring the same level of excellence to a new Donkey Kong title.
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Donkey Kong 64 Switch is a 3D action-adventure platformer game developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. It is a remake/reboot of the Nintendo 64 game Donkey Kong 64, bearing some new features on its storyline, gameplay, and graphics. Unlike in Donkey Kong 64, Tiny Kong , Lanky Kong and Chunky Kong are no longer playable characters as they are all kidnapped in Hideout Helm alongside Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong, instead Donkey Kong ,Diddy Kong and Cranky Kong are the three playable characters that the player uses throughout the game, alongside Funky Kong as a special guide character.
As in Donkey Kong 64, the game is a 3D collectathon where the player controls one of the four available Kongs in open and vast levels similar to those found in Super Mario 64. Their objective in every level is to obtain Golden Bananas among other collectibles. However unlike the original game, the three main charatcers are available from the start while Funky Kong is only a playable character in easy mode. Switching charatcers is also a lot easier and faster as Tag Barrels from the original game are gone and the player can go to the pause menu and switch out any charatcer they choose.
As in the preceeding version, the Kongs are allowed to use and reload weapons of mass destruction, these weapons can be used as power ups to attack enemies, hit certain switches and so on. However since Funky is now a playable character, they are now found in crates instead of being bought at shops. Also like on the N64 game, the Kongs can find Wrinkly Doors are found in certain parts of the levels (excluding Hideout Helm). As the name suggests, Wrinkly Kong will come out of each door if a Kong approaches it and give the Kong advice on one of their Golden Bananas hidden in each level. The doors are color coded for each Kong; yellow for Donkey Kong, red for Diddy Kong, grey for Cranky Kong and light blue for Funky Kong.
Donkey Kong 64
adventure platform video game published by Nintendo
Donkey Kong 64 is a adventureplatform game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo It is the first Donkey Kong game to feature 3D gameplay. As the gorilla Donkey Kong, the player explores the themed levels of an island to collect items and rescue his kidnapped friends from King K. Rool. The player completes minigames and puzzles as five playable Kong characters—each with their own special abilities—to receive bananas and other collectibles. In a separate multiplayer mode, up to four players can compete in deathmatch and last man standing games.
Rare, which had previously created the Donkey Kong Country games, began working on Donkey Kong 64 in , although production restarted halfway through the three-year development cycle. A person team, with many members recruited from Rare's Banjo group, finished the game in , when it was published by Nintendo in North America in November and worldwide in December. It was the first game to require the Nintendo 64 console's Expansion Pak, an accessory that added memory resources. The game's exceptionally large marketing budget included advertisements, sweepstakes, and a national tour.
The game received universal acclaim and was Nintendo's top seller during the holiday season, with million units sold by It won the E3 Game Critics award for Best Platform Game, and multiple awards and nominations from games magazines. Reviewers noted the game's exceptional size and length, but criticized its camera controls and emphasis on item collection and backtracking. Some cited its similarity in gameplay and visuals to Rare's predecessor, Banjo-Kazooie, despite Donkey Kong 64's mandatory memory add-on. Critics felt that the game did not meet the revolutionary potential of Donkey Kong Country, but remained among the best 3D platform games on the console.
Donkey Kong 64 is remembered as the emblematic example of Rare's "collect-a-thon" adventure platformers for the tedium of its collection tasks. The rap song from the game's introductory sequence—the "DK Rap"—is often cited as among the worst songs to feature in a video game.Donkey Kong 64 was rereleased on Nintendo's Wii U Virtual Console in
Donkey Kong 64 is a 3D platformingadventure game in which the player, as Donkey Kong and his friends, explores an island and collects items to progress through minigames and puzzles. The game follows a traditional storyline for the series: King K. Rool and his reptilian Kremlings invade the idyllic DK Isle and kidnap Donkey Kong's friends, planning to power up their Blast-O-Matic weapon and destroy the island. After a tutorial, the player embarks as Donkey Kong to rescue the others from their kidnappers and stop K. Rool's plan. While exploring the in-game world and completing puzzle minigames, the player collects two types of bananas: normal bananas, which are colored differently for each Kong character, award the player with banana medals and can be traded for access to each world's boss fight; and golden bananas, a certain number of which are required to unlock each new in-game world. The game features a total of 3, collectibles, though only are required to complete it.
Most of the game's puzzles are simple and involve rearranging items, manipulating switches and tiles, or matching items as in the game Concentration. Minigames include races, minecart rides, and barrels that shoot the characters as projectiles. There are five such golden banana-rewarding objectives for each of five playable characters across seven themed worlds— goals in total, in addition to a connecting overworld. Unlike in prior Donkey Kong games, the objectives can be completed in any order. The player can fast travel between sections of the level with designated warp pads and can swap between characters in designated swap barrels. The player also collects banana coins, which can be spent to unlock new weapons and abilities, and other collectibles such as weapon ammunition and blueprint puzzle pieces. As in other games by the developer, the player often encounters an impossible situation (e.g., an indestructible object or out-of-reach area) and must eventually backtrack to resolve the impasse after acquiring a new ability.
Donkey Kong's kidnapped friends become playable characters after the player rescues them. Each of the five characters begin with basic abilities and can purchase additional, unique abilities from Cranky Kong as the game progresses, which are necessary to solve certain puzzles. For example, Donkey Kong can operate levers, Chunky Kong can lift rocks, Tiny Kong can crawl through holes, Diddy Kong can fly, and Lanky Kong can float. The characters are also unique in the projectiles they shoot and the musical instruments they play. For example, some doors can be opened only with Donkey Kong's coconut projectiles and others can be opened only with Diddy Kong's guitar. There are more special abilities than face buttons on the controller, so button combinations are needed to trigger some abilities. Combinations also trigger special modes, including alternative camera angles, a sniper mode, and a snapshot mode which unlocks more in-game secrets. Playable versions of the original Donkey Kong () and Jetpac () are hidden within the game, and playing through them is required to finish the story. The player-character can also transform into animals, such as Rambi the Rhino and Enguarde the Swordfish, who recur from earlier series games. Optional hardware support includes a widescreen mode and Rumble Pak compatibility.
Donkey Kong 64 features a separate multiplayer mode with six minigames for two to four players. Monkey Smash is an open arena, deathmatch-style minigame in which up to four players find ammo and use their respective projectile weapons from the single-player game to damage other players before losing all their own lives. Battle Arena is a king-of-the-hill minigame in which players use weapons and explosives to knock each other off the edge of a platform. Each mode has several sub-types in which players can compete based on time or score.
Following its success with the Donkey Kong Country games in the mids, developer Rare built its next Donkey Kong game on its predecessors' gameplay but not as a direct sequel. Rare's Gregg Mayles led the effort to create Donkey Kong 64. Development began in —shortly after the completion of Donkey Kong Country3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! ()—for release on the Nintendo 64's disk drive add-on. It was transitioned for release on the base console after the add-on was delayed and eventually canceled. A team of 16 people worked on the title over the course of three years, and an additional eight members assisted in its later stages. Many developers transitioned from Rare's Banjo team, which had worked on Banjo-Kazooie () and Banjo-Tooie ().Donkey Kong 64 was built atop the Banjogame engine.
Rare conceived and originally designed Donkey Kong 64 as a traditional, linear platform game similar to the Donkey Kong Country games. The Nintendo 64 was still new, and at the time Rare did not have a common game engine. The linear version was developed for around 18 months, before being scrapped in favor of what would be the released product. While 3D graphics prevented Rare from reproducing the detailed pre-rendered graphics of the Donkey Kong Country series, they allowed the company to make characters more expressive. Producing satisfactory character models proved to be a challenge; lead artist Mark Stevenson noted that "[b]eing able to see this character from any angle, you'd make an animation, put it in the game, and you'd think it looked good side-on, but awful from every other angle!" Stevenson also noted that as 3D video games were in their infancy, the Donkey Kong 64 models were always going to look worse than the pre-rendered Donkey Kong Country ones. The models from the Country games were used as reference points, but their use was otherwise limited.
The strong emphasis on collectibles was a design choice made at the request of Rare co-founder Tim Stamper to distinguish Donkey Kong 64 from Banjo-Kazooie. According to director George Andreas, "I'd always go back to him and say 'Here's some' and he'd go 'No, more things'." Retrospectively, Andreas commented that he should have reined himself in, pointing out that he would have, among other things, liked to unify the color-coded banana system. Rare also attempted to differentiate Donkey Kong 64 from Banjo-Kazooie through its variety of playable characters, cinematic set-pieces, and bombastic boss battles. According to Andreas, Donkey Kong creator Shigeru Miyamoto was appalled when he saw Donkey Kong shoot a realistic shotgun used as a placeholder during a prerelease demonstration, and quickly sketched the coconut gun used in the final game. A scrapped feature, "Stop 'N' Swop", would have allowed data to be transferred from Banjo-Kazooie to Donkey Kong 64 to unlock in-game bonuses.
Donkey Kong 64 was the first of two games to require the Nintendo 64's Expansion Pak, a console memory upgrade that shipped with the game. The upgrade was previously used to power optional, higher-resolution display, but in the case of Donkey Kong 64, it was marketed as improving the game's frame rate and rendering of objects at a distance. According to Rare programmer Chris Marlow, the company could not resolve a bug that occurred without the Expansion Pak and thus they were forced, at great expense, to bundle the game with the memory upgrade. However, Stevenson called Marlow's story a "myth" and said that the decision to use the Expansion Pak was made early on in development. While such a bug did exist towards the end of development, according to Stevenson, "the Expansion Pak wasn't introduced to deal with this and wasn’t the solution to the problem." Nintendo said that the choice to bundle, rather than selling the accessory separately, would avoid consumer confusion.
Grant Kirkhope composed the game's soundtrack, bringing it closer to the tradition of Banjo-Kazooie than to that of David Wise's Donkey Kong Country soundtracks. However, Kirkhope has commented he tried to retain the darker, atmospheric tone that Wise brought to Donkey Kong Country, and included a remix of Wise's "Jungle Japes". Originally, Donkey Kong Country 3 composer Eveline Fischer was going to handle Donkey Kong 64; Kirkhope became involved after he was asked for assistance. Kirkhope also provided Donkey Kong's voice in-game. The "DK Rap", which introduces the Kong character abilities at its outset, was conceived and written by George Andreas, scored and recorded by Kirkhope, and performed by Andreas and Chris Sutherland. It was intended to be a lighthearted joke despite being interpreted as a "serious" songwriting attempt at the game's launch. Nintendo of America ran a "DK Rap" contest in which fans record their own version of the rap to win prizes including a trip to the company's Redmond headquarters.
Promotion and release
Rare announced Donkey Kong 64 with a single screenshot on its website and coverage in the January issue of Nintendo Power.Electronic Gaming Monthly wrote that the title was playable by the Electronic Entertainment Expo, though IGN said that it debuted at the event. The game also demoed at Nintendo's Spaceworld.Donkey Kong 64 was expected to be a bestseller, as the console's "crowning achievement" in graphics and sound.
Donkey Kong 64's sizable US$22million marketing campaign doubled the typical budget for a major Nintendo release. The campaign included a second commercial played at over 10, movie theaters during the holiday season, and additional advertisements shown on billboards, in print, and over radio. A promotional "The Beast Is Back" tour brought a truck outfitted with Nintendo games across the United States, and a separate sweepstakes between the series and Dr. Pepper soda advertised in supermarkets. Nintendo sought to sell four million copies of the game (million more than for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time), including a million of the translucent green Nintendo 64 bundles. Polled retailers expected Donkey Kong 64 to be the top console game sold during the holiday season. The title had little holiday season competition from Nintendo, who had moved its other releases including Mario Party 2, Perfect Dark, and Pokémon Stadium into the next year.
Rare and Nintendo released the game in North America in November , and a worldwide release followed the next month. Accompanying the game's launch, Nintendo offered a special bundle of the game and console, including a banana-colored game cartridge, its required Expansion Pak, and a transparent green "Jolly Rancher-style" Nintendo 64 console.
In April , Donkey Kong 64 was digitally rereleased as one of the first Nintendo 64 titles added to Nintendo's Wii U Virtual Console catalog. This was the game's first rerelease, as it had not appeared on the Wii Virtual Console. It is unknown why the game was never released on the Wii Virtual Console, though Nintendo World Report speculated that it may have been related to the fact that it contains both the original arcade Donkey Kong (which was already available on the Virtual Console) and Jetpac (which Nintendo does not hold the rights to) as playable bonuses.
Donkey Kong 64 received critical acclaim ("universal acclaim", according to video game review aggregatorMetacritic). It was the Nintendo 64's top seller during the holiday season and Nintendo's chief defense against competitor Sega's introduction of its Dreamcast console. As a bestseller, Donkey Kong 64 joined Nintendo's "Player's Choice" game selection, where it continued to sell well through the next year's holiday season. By , Donkey Kong 64 had sold over million units in North America. It won the E3 Game Critics award for Best Platform Game, and several annual awards from Nintendo Power, including best overall game of  It was additionally nominated for "Game of the Year" and "Console Game of the Year" during the 3rd Annual AIASInteractive Achievement Awards (now known as the D.I.C.E. Awards).GamePro named it an "Editor's Choice".IGN described Donkey Kong 64 as the biggest and most ambitious title on the Nintendo 64 as of its release, but very similar to Banjo-Kazooie in its platforming and puzzle design. Similarities between the two games and their themes was a common refrain among reviewers.
Reviewers criticized or had little praise for the game's emphasis on collecting items and backtracking—"an interactive egg hunt". This had become a trend in the developer's games, and Donkey Kong 64 followed the "predictable formula" of making players collect multiple sets of items and in full for a special ending.Next Generation also saw the developer creating a habit of backtracking in their games.GameSpot was more diplomatic: those who liked collecting items would be titillated by its replay value, and those who did not would be frustrated by its chores. The puzzles and minigames are fun the first time through, according to EGM, but they quickly become worn when replayed with increasingly tighter time restrictions.GameSpot, however, considered parts of Donkey Kong 64's gameplay "cerebral", requiring the player to consider several simultaneous tasks to solve later puzzles. Already familiar with the game's concepts borrowed from Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, and Banjo-Kazooie, reviewers considered the player's tasks less innovative or interesting to decipher. In retrospective reviews, Nintendo Life described the chore of collecting objects "excessive" and repetitive. They suggested that backtracking, for instance, could be reduced by letting the player switch between characters at any time.
Reviewers noted the game's size and length. With an estimated 30 hours in basic gameplay,IGN called it Rare's War and Peace. "Big" is an understatement, wrote GameFan, "the adventure found within is mastodonic". Reviewers became frequently lost or distracted in its world. Reviewers highlighted the ingenuity of the boss battles, particularly the final battle against K. Rool, although the story's ending disappointed EGM. Reviewers found little entertainment in the multiplayer mode but praised the gameplay variety between the five characters. The controls also frustrated reviewers, between slow movement speed and camera angle issues. For example, characters who become unresponsive to control during their attack animations are vulnerable to encroaching enemies.Edge wrote that the lack of camera improvements over Banjo-Kazooie was inexcusable.
Despite its expanded memory resources, reviewers felt that Donkey Kong 64's visuals were only marginally—if at all—better than that of its contemporary games, such as the previous year's Banjo-Kazooie. In fact, IGN avowed that Donkey Kong 64 was not as pretty as Banjo-Kazooie, especially in its water and backgrounds, though it still ranked among the console's prettiest games. The setting is barren and nondescript at first, and only later introduces lighting effects and richer textures. IGN hoped for more from Rare, and while its reviewer praised the game's particle effects (e.g., in the desert wind), he considered its dynamic lighting overused.N64 Magazine said the enhanced effects were most often used for decoration, though they also played some role in puzzles based on illuminating paths. Reviewers noted graphical difficulties even with the extra memory, such as frame rate slowdowns and distant features not appearing in any detail, though overall they considered the added graphical flourishes commendable.GameSpot also saw a lack of variety in the game's environment.
The characters have Rare's emblematic humor, and reviewers praised their individual personalities. Several reviewers noted the degree to which the character personalities showed in their animations.IGN considered Donkey Kong 64's characters less baffling than those of other Rare titles, and sometimes funny.GameFan found that the addition of the three new playable characters to the series offered little personality that would be missed.
While IGN felt that the game's music was less clever than Banjo-Kazooie's, Kirkhope's soundtrack still delivered a variety of moods and fit the setting. Aural clues in the surround sound and the quality of the underwater effects impressed GameSpot. Reviewers criticized the opening "DK Rap" as "embarrassing" and among the worst music to feature in a game.GamePro, however, thought it was humorous albeit lowbrow. Eight years later, Nintendo Life said the song was "loved by some, loathed by others", similar to the game itself.
Reviewers concluded that Donkey Kong 64 lacked the revolutionary potential of Donkey Kong Country but was of a sufficient high quality to sell well during the holiday season. "The 3D platform genre doesn't evolve with Donkey Kong 64," AllGame wrote. While hyped fans would be disappointed, IGN felt that Donkey Kong 64 remains an excellent and expansive platformer with an overwhelming amount of things to do.GameFan, on the other hand, was most disappointed by how the game "truly offers nothing new" and compared its monotony and repetition with the film Eyes Wide Shut: "a big bloated project with not enough brilliant moments to justify the numbness [of] sitting through the whole thing", it "fails to live up to the Rare name".Donkey Kong 64's 3D platforming was commonplace by the time of its release and, according to GameSpot, would have fared better as a Nintendo 64 launch title. With its competition considered, Daily Radar wrote that Donkey Kong 64 was simply the best 3D platform game on the console.Edge qualified this thought: Donkey Kong 64 was the closest any third-party developer had come to outdoing Nintendo's mastery of game structure, but its gameplay was derivative and unimaginative compared to the freedom and flexibility of Nintendo's Super Mario 64. Nevertheless, the 3D Donkey Kong was "a fine effort in its own right".
Rare's 3D platformers became notorious for their emphasis on collecting items, and Kotaku remembered Donkey Kong 64 as "the worst offender" with hundreds of color-coded bananas. Other retrospective reviewers agreed. "As Super Mario 64 breathed life into the 3D platforming genre", Electronic Gaming Monthly wrote, "Donkey Kong 64 sucked it all out" and solidified Rare's reputation for making "collect-a-thon" games. The indie developer behind A Hat in Time, a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, blamed Donkey Kong 64 for the "collect-a-thon platform adventurer" genre's decline in popularity.
Retro Gamer and Game Informer both remembered the game's reception as "mixed", in consideration of its similarities with Banjo-Kazooie and lack of genre-pushing changes. Despite decent reviews, Donkey Kong 64 and Rare's subsequent Nintendo 64 releases did not meet the extolment of the company's preceding games, and lackluster sales led to a staff exodus that culminated with the company's acquisition by Microsoft in  The Nintendo 64 was approaching the end of its lifecycle, Electronic Gaming Monthly noted at the game's launch, as gamers turned their sights to the Sega Dreamcast and Sony PlayStation 2.IGN later named Donkey Kong 64 as worthy of being remade for Nintendo's 3DS handheld console.
While the "DK Rap" is still remembered for its negative reception, it saw an upswing in popularity over a decade after Donkey Kong 64's release as an internet meme. Sutherland believes the upswing happened because those who played the game as children had realized the song was meant to be taken as a joke, not a serious songwriting attempt. Similarly, Kirkhope commented that "it's a bit like Abba, the way they’ve kind of come back into fashion over the years." Renditions of the "DK Rap" appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee () and Donkey Konga (). In , Kirkhope composed a similar rap for Yooka-Laylee, a platform game made in homage to Rare's oeuvre.
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Donkey Kong 64 - Nintendo 64
Every so often a game enters the scene propelled by so much hype and promising so many innovations that decorating it with more pretty words seems pointless. Donkey Kong 64 falls into this category.
Donkey Kong 64 is a 3-D action adventure game--à la Super Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie--based on the game icon of the same name (you know, the ape who rolled barrels down on Mario's head in the early '80s arcades). In this massive and graphically beautiful game, Donkey Kong and his pals must right the wrongs of King K. Rool by exploring their home island in search of more than gold bananas, as well as other items that help the primates' progress.
Players alternate control of Donkey Kong and four other characters--each with unique abilities--to complete puzzles, conquer "baddies," compete in mini-games, and navigate through physical challenges. In addition to the single-player adventure, unique multiplayer games offer opportunities for social interaction between marathon solo sessions.
Donkey Kong 64's incredible graphics and smooth gameplay are boosted by an included 4-MB expansion pack. The unit helps process the memory-demanding graphics, and enhances the colored lighting effects, shadows, and other eye candy, such as well, there we go adding to the hype machine. Just remember: this game will be king of Nintendo's jungle for quite a while and, with a few million rabid fans, could enter the ranks of classic Nintendo 64 games. --Eric Twelker
If Mario is Nintendo's Luke Skywalker, then it's safe to say that Donkey Kong is Nintendo's Darth Vader. Originally cast as the primate villain in the Donkey Kong arcade game back in the early '80s, Kong and his many descendants have stepped away from the "dark side" and become forces for good. While it's genetically unlikely that Kong is Mario's father, it's been well documented that Kong and company have been enlisted to rescue Nintendo in times of trouble. Remember when the Super NES was "threatened" by Sega's bit/CD add-on hype? A game called Donkey Kong Country came out, featuring prerendered graphics never before seen on a home console. Not only did it breathe new life into the Super NES' sales, it spawned a profitable series that kept Nintendo's bit scene alive for years to come. Fast forward to Sega and Sony again threaten the Nintendo 64 with superior game consoles, and once again Nintendo calls on Kong's descendants to breathe new life into its bit system with Donkey Kong While this much-anticipated 3D adventure game has high-quality gameplay and plenty of variety to fuel Nintendo's sales this holiday season, it lacks enough "wow factor" to exert the revolutionary influence that Donkey Kong Country had. Donkey Kong 64 starts with a well-worn storyline: Donkey Kong's isle of paradise faces destruction by an invading K.Rool and his crocodile Kremlings. Donkey now has four friends to help him defeat K.Rool: Diddy Kong, his perennial sidekick; Lanky Kong, an ape with super-stretchy limbs; Tiny Kong, a teenybopper who can shrink to fit into small holes; and Chunky Kong, a muscle-bound lunkhead who can lift boulders and smash down doors. Veterans of the Donkey Kong series will also note the return of old-timers like Cranky, Funky, and Candy, all of whom upgrade the Kongs with new abilities, hints, shooting weapons, and musical instruments that help unlock hidden areas. For the most part, Donkey Kong 64 is an explore-and-collect adventure. Those who obtain perverse pleasure from collecting every last coin and item in this type of game will be titillated - and those who don't will be frustrated. The main thrust is to find golden bananas in the main world and in the seemingly standard individual stages: an underwater level, a forest level, a jungle level, an industrial level, etc. As expected, almost none of these bananas are in plain view - multipart puzzles and obstacles impede the way to these treasures. However, there's plenty more to collect: regular bananas, fairies (which you must take pictures of with a camera), banana medals, super-secret Rareware coins, blueprint pieces (found by defeating certain enemies), crowns (to unlock multiplayer games) and boss keys (to unlock new areas on the island). Now, factor in that each of the five characters must find some of these items individually: Devoted gamers will see this as added replay value, while others will see it as a royal pain in the Donkey derriere. If that weren't enough, it seems the developers threw every gameplay style they could think of into the mix. This gameplay variety is perhaps this title's main strength, although the quality of the games varies. For starters, the game has a separate two-to four-player mode, with games such as a battle arena, where Kongs can beat up each other in a circular ring, or a GoldenEye-type shooting game. In the adventure mode, you earn golden bananas by completing mini-bonus games. Some are true games in their own right, such as a racing track, race-boat water course, or mine-cart roller coaster - all of which look impressive in 3D. Some of these games are less visually impressive but are entertaining nevertheless, such as a maze where the Kong must avoid enemy detection, or a bug splattering stage. The remaining games - such as a simple target-shooting session or a slot machine - are either run-of-the-mill or too easy to sustain long-term interest. Finally, a couple of bonus games are direct translations of old-school titles, including a partial version of the original Donkey Kong arcade game that'll bring back memories for some. Since the Kongs learn unique abilities as the game progresses, some Kongs have special stages, as well. Remember the barrel-blast levels in the bit games? Donkey now plays them in 3D with a target sight. As the barrel moves, you can shoot Donkey out to other barrels. Diddy gets a jet pack that lets him complete some flying stages, while the other three characters learn other impressive skills, such as shrinking (Tiny), climbing up steep slopes (Lanky), and lifting or breaking heavy objects (Chunky). If that weren't enough, some characters can transform into animals, such as a rhino or a swordfish, to break into boxes or secret areas and kill bothersome enemies.--Nelson Taruc--Copyright GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. -- GameSpot Review
You need to play this forgotten Donkey Kong classic on Nintendo Switch ASAP
was the year that modern video games as we know them began to truly emerge. The Nintendo 64 was released in America and Japan, finally giving its parent company a 3D competitor to Sony’s PlayStation and the Sega Saturn. Games like Super Mario 64gave a new look to familiar faces, Pokémon Red andBluewere pulling millions away from their consoles to their mobile GameBoys, and Quake was redefining online play on the PC.
It was in this climate that one of the most underrated Donkey Kong games of all time was released.
Amidst all of these industry changes, gamers can be forgiven for not remembering Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! It is a game built for a console growing more obsolete by the day, Dixie Kong marked the beginning of the end for the SNES. But being a legacy doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Dixie Kong builds on most of the successes of the franchise for an entertaining and challenging game.
Donkey Kong Countryhad given Nintendo a bulwark against the competition as it readied the N Its sequel, Diddy’s Kong Quest, developed new characters and built a cult following around its soundtrack. Dixie Kong continues on this building process, adding another new character and some intriguing gameplay. If you’re a paid Nintendo Switch online subscriber, it can be playedright now by downloading the Super Nintendo Entertainment System app.
Its forerunner had introduced Dixie Kong, whose ponytail could help with grappling hooks. In turn, DKC3 introduced Kiddy Kong, a large toddler who was super-strong. For the first time, the series truly embraced having differing abilities. Dixie is faster than Kiddy and capable of some nifty gliding. Kiddy is stronger than his older cousin, capable of picking her up and throwing her to places they couldn’t reach otherwise.
It’s an effective combination, and even that changes during gameplay.
There’s one level where the two are transformed into animal friend Ellie the Elephant, who throws barrels with her trunk and runs away from mice when they face her. It’s a character weakness that is both cute and a struggle to figure out until you remember the old trope from Saturday morning cartoons. The player regularly turns into animals throughout the game, including the familiar Enguarde the Swordfish.
In terms of setting, the game moves from the friendly confines of Donkey Kong Island to the Northern Kremisphere, the home to the enemy Kremlings. Gone are the tropical settings, with tree and ice-based levels taking their place. Full and partial water levels also make regular appearances in Dixie Kong, sometimes used to escape hordes of killer bees in timed levels.
The levels are also generally larger, easy to get lost in if you’re not careful. In one level, Squeals on Wheels, Dixie, and Kiddie are made to eliminate rodents that are running in guarded wheels. Progress is measured by a pseudo-thermometer that shifts from red to green with each rodent eliminated.
After failing to break through a barricade of two unkillable wasps, I ignored one in hopes that the level would let me move on despite missing one. No dice, as I had to retrace my steps once I reached the end, climbing back down the ropes and jumping on the panels all over again. Dixie Kong can demand an at-times breakneck precision, although the game can be forgiving when it comes to picking up new lives.
There was interest in Dixie Kong at the time of the game’s release, as befitting an ambitiously large entry in a best-selling franchise. But that interest was undoubtedly dulled by the fact that it was competing with Crash Bandicoot and Mario 64. While it has been brought along with its siblings to Switch Online, it lacks the fanbase of either.
Brendan Gunn, a programmer on all three DKC games, told Nintendo Lifein that while he had been offered a position on what would eventually become Banjo Kazooie, he “decided to play it safe, so I said I'd do the sequel. It was more of the same, but doing things better. I carried on with Donkey Kong Country 3.”
Perhaps this is why DK3 lacks the reputation of the first two games. While it builds on the previous entries, there are no major innovations within. It’s more of the same but adding in odd meters and gyrocopters.
But if Dixie Kong began the Super Nintendo’s two-year-long goodbye, it showed what the console could do when pushed to its limits. Continued improvements in Advanced Computer Modeling, the technique Rare used for creating the pre-rendered models in the series, means that the game looks terrific.
With bright colors, clever puzzles, and a good soundtrack in its own right, Dixie Kong is worthy of the Donkey Kong Country name.
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