Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

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Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Developer Rare
Publisher Nintendo
System Super NES, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console
Release Date Super NES
JP November 21, 1995
US December 5, 1995
EU December 14, 1995
Game Boy Advance
EU June 25, 2004
JP July 1, 2004
US November 15, 2004
Virtual Console
AU May 18, 2007
EU May 18, 2007
US May 21, 2007
JP October 23, 2007
Wii U Virtual Console
EU October 23, 2014
JP November 26, 2014
Gallery GH Gallery
Rating ESRB: E

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest is the sequel to the original Donkey Kong Country, which follows the same platforming style. It is well-known for its challenging gameplay, dark atmosphere and memorable music. This game actually shifts the titular character out of a playable role in favor of featuring his sidekick Diddy Kong as the protagonist.

Contents

Story

Donkey Kong disappears while relaxing on the beach. When Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong go to investigate, they find many Kremling tracks as well as a note from Kaptain K. Rool demanding their banana horde. Diddy and Dixie go to save Donkey Kong and to prove to Cranky Kong that they are real video game heroes. This involves traveling to the Kremling's home at Crocodile Island and exploring it.

Gameplay

This game follows the basic gameplay of the original Donkey Kong Country, but it also amplifies it in a number of ways. A number of the differences come from the difference in protagonists. There is no longer the heavyweight DK, so the game is designed to accommodate the two smaller apes. Dixie also comes with unique abilities, as she can spin her hair like a helicopter to float through the air.

New features include more bonus stages, more diversity in levels, an unlockable Lost World, and the ability to transform into animals which sometimes replaces riding the animal buddies. There are also more collectible items: Banana Coins are used as currency for dealing with other Kongs, while Kremcoins are earned through bonus games and used to access areas of the Lost World, and DK Coins are hidden in each level for use in Cranky Kong's hero competition.

As in the previous game, there are a number of NPC locations that serve different services. Cranky Kong has a museum where he gives hints and secrets about the game, Wrinkly Kong has a school were she can save the player's progress and reveal gameplay tidbits, Swanky Kong has a trivia show where the player can earn extra lives, Funky Kong serves the same purpose in the other game in which his Barrelplane airline allows players to travel between available worlds, and Klubba is the only Kremling NPC, who controls access into the Lost World.

Continuity Notes

  • In the instruction manual, Cranky mentions how he used to capture maidens and throw barrels in his youth, in reference to Donkey Kong.
  • The instruction manual mentions Diddy's previous adventure with DK in Donkey Kong Country while ignoring Donkey Kong Land, as it is specifically stated that Diddy has been on only one adventure with Donkey Kong. Within the game, a scuttled version of the Gangplank Galleon from the first Donkey Kong Country appears as the first world.

Legacy

A companion game, called Donkey Kong Land 2, was released for the Game Boy. Donkey Kong Land 2 was in some ways a low-tech remake of Donkey Kong Country 2, with the main difference being different level designs.

Sequels

A sequel called Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble was released for the Super NES, and it followed this game's precedent of shuffling the main character around.

Ports and Remakes

  • In 2004, this game was rereleased for the Game Boy Advance. This game added new minigames for each NPCs as well as new collectible items (gold feathers for Cranky's new minigame involving Expresso and photos to fill an in-game scrapbook) and a new boss. There is also an extra mode called Diddy's Dash, where the player can control Diddy in trying to beat levels in record time.
  • In 2007, this game was available for the Wii's Virtual Console, and in 2014 it was released for the Wii U Virtual Console.

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