Donkey Konga

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Donkey Konga
Developer Namco
Publisher Nintendo
System Nintendo GameCube
Release Date JP December 12, 2003
US September 27, 2004
EU October 15, 2004
Genre Rhythm
Gallery GH Gallery
Rating ESRB: E

Donkey Konga was a rhythm-based game for the Nintendo GameCube. It was the first game to use the Bongo Drums controller, which were packaged with the game.



The game's story is a short and simple one: Donkey Kong and Diddy find a pair of bongo drums washed up on the shore, and after Cranky explains what they are, the two decide to go on tour with the drums.


In the game you use the Bongo Drums to play over thirty songs in several different modes. Depending on how well you perform, you can earn coins to put towards buying minigames and other secrets.

This game is largely criticized for being a gimmick game. Another flaw is the lack of Nintendo songs- the only Nintendo songs being remixed versions of the Mario and Zelda themes, as well as the theme songs for the Pokémon and Kirby anime, the DK Rap from Donkey Kong 64 and an original "Donkey Konga" theme. The song selection is also called juvenille due to many kid songs such as the Itsy Bitsy Spider and Bingo Was His Name-O. It definitely has a strange selection, with both classical music and Willie Nelson, and even one Queen song.


A series of Donkey Konga games followed, although the third was not released outside Japan. It also made the way for several other games using the drums- such as the adventure game Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat and the racing game Donkey Kong Bongo Blast, which was later reworked for the Nintendo Wii as Donkey Kong Jet.


It was followed by Donkey Konga 2 a year later.

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