Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat

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Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
System Nintendo Gamecube
Nintendo Wii
Release Date Gamecube
JP December 16, 2004
EU February 4, 2005
US March 14, 2005
JP December 11, 2008
US May 4, 2009
EU June 2009
Gallery GH Gallery
Rating ESRB: E

In the first Donkey Kong adventure since Donkey Kong 64, Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat takes the series in a different direction than previous games. Although the game looks and feels much like a Donkey Kong game, many of the series previous elements are lost or replaced. In particular only Donkey Kong himself appears in the game, rather than an assortment of his friends and familiar enemies.



Interestingly enough, the game is intentionally left without a storyline. What can be gleaned from the game suggests that Donkey Kong, on the behalf of the little white monkeys seen frequently in the game, is liberating several different kingdoms from evil Kongs and other monsters.


Unique to this game is the fact the game is controlled by the bongos, a peripheral used only for the Donkey Konga series. Although a controversial 'gimmick' to the game, it provides a unique way to play using the palm of your hands rather than your thumbs. The result is a much more agile Donkey Kong as he swings from vines, performs wall jumps, and racks up huge combos to earn big bananas.

The game pits DK against a variety of bosses. Disappointingly there are only five basic boss types that are repeated in different, more difficult forms. What makes the bosses stand out are the four Kong bosses in each different 'world'. With the exception of Manky Kong, there has never been evil Kongs in the series. Unlike the other boss battles, the Kong battles are brutal slugfests where DK and his opponent trade punches until one of the two goes down.



Although no sequels have been released in console or handheld version, two Japanese-only arcade games were released that feature characters from Jungle Beat. These games, Donkey Kong: Jungle Fever and Donkey Kong: Banana Kingdom were both developed by Capcom.

Ports and Remakes

  • It was remade for the Nintendo Wii as the first of the "Play on the Wii" remake series. Like all games in this series, the only changes are in the controls which are altered to use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller.

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