42 Facts About Donkey Kong


Donkey Kong is a video game franchise created by Shigeru Miyamoto and owned by Nintendo.

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The first game was the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong, featuring the eponymous character as the main antagonist in an industrial construction setting and the debut of both the Donkey Kong and Mario characters.

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An icon of the Donkey Kong franchise is barrels, which the Kongs use as weapons, vehicles, furniture, and lodging.

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The Donkey Kong franchise has sold a total of over 80 million copies worldwide as of 2022.

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Donkey Kong's cage is guarded by Mario, in his only appearance as a villain in a video game.

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Donkey Kong has taken refuge in his greenhouse and stirs up any insects that will soon destroy the flowers that Stanley must save by spraying his bug spray on Donkey Kong.

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The NES version of Donkey Kong 3 was released on the Wii Virtual Console, 3DS Virtual Console and Wii U Virtual Console, whilst the arcade version was released on the Nintendo Switch eShop as part of Hamster's Arcade Archives series.

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Return of Donkey Kong was a proposed Nintendo Entertainment System game announced in 1987 and to be developed by Nintendo.

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In June 1994, after ten years with no new games in the series, Donkey Kong, a remake of the original arcade title was released for the Game Boy, adding 96 new levels.

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Donkey Kong Country was the first fully new entry in the series for 10 years.

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Diddy Donkey Kong Racing is a 1997 racing game for the Nintendo 64 developed by Rare.

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Diddy Donkey Kong Pilot was a planned sequel to Diddy Donkey Kong Racing, but with flying as the only means of transportation, a demo of which was shown as at Space World 2001.

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Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers was a puzzle game prototype developed by Rare for the Game Boy Advance.

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Similar to Donkey Kong Racing and Diddy Kong Pilot, the former was canceled along with this game in August 2002, one month before Microsoft's acquisition of Rare, while the latter received no official announcement of the cancelation.

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Diddy Donkey Kong Racing DS was an enhanced remake for the Nintendo DS released in 2007, with Banjo and Conker being replaced by Dixie and Tiny Donkey Kong.

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Diddy Donkey Kong Racing Adventure was a rejected pitch made by the Climax Group for a Diddy Donkey Kong Racing sequel on the GameCube around 2004.

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Donkey Kong Jungle Beat was released in Japan in December 2004 and elsewhere in early 2005, it was a platform game that used the DK Bongos as a controller; tapping one drum repeatedly made Donkey Kong run, tapping both at the same time made him jump, tapping both alternately made him attack, and clapping or blowing in to the microphone caused an explosion, shown by a ripple in the screen, attracting assorted jewels or clearing obstacles to progress.

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The first was Donkey Kong Jungle Fever, a medal game released in 2005, and the second was a sequel, Donkey Kong Banana Kingdom.

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Each character has their own specific characteristics: Donkey Kong is the larger and stronger of the two, and can defeat enemies more easily, while Diddy is faster and more agile, but not as powerful, and can use his barrel jetpack to glide the air over short distances and his peanut gun to stun enemies.

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Donkey Kong is first introduced in the original game as the computer-controlled antagonist who abducts Pauline, the name derived by Miyamoto from "stubborn ape".

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Donkey Kong was renamed as Cranky Kong in Donkey Kong Country, retaining his stubborn nature and becoming an aged, sharp-minded, and disparaging video game veteran who throughout the games distributes advice and useful items such as potions.

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Donkey Kong is the lazy but powerful leader of the Kongs and his primary interest is his banana hoard.

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DK's nephew Diddy Kong, an aspiring hero who is younger, smaller, and faster than Donkey Kong, was first introduced in Donkey Kong Country and has appeared in multiple games as the main character.

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Lanky Donkey Kong, a playable character in DK64, is a buffoonish orangutan who can stretch his body.

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DK's girlfriend Candy Donkey Kong provides the player characters with save points and shockwave-producing musical instruments.

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Donkey Kong is an unhinged pirate who builds various sophisticated inventions and is constantly switching personae.

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Donkey Kong would appear as a playable character in the vast majority of the spin-offs.

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Roots of the Mario franchise in Donkey Kong would be further acknowledged in Super Mario Odyssey, with many elements of the DK franchise featured in the New Donk City level.

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DK and Diddy Donkey Kong have their own Amiibo figures as part of the Super Mario line.

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Donkey Kong series has been represented in every game of the Mario Kart series.

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Donkey Kong appears racing alongside characters from Mario and other franchises.

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The adult Donkey Kong first appears in Mario Kart 64, Diddy appears in Mario Kart: Double Dash, Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart Tour.

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Donkey Kong made returns in Mario Kart Tour along with Dixie Kong, which marks the first appearance in the Mario series since the partnership with Paon was ended.

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Donkey Kong returned as a playable character in Mario Party 10 for the Wii U, Mario Party: Star Rush for the Nintendo 3DS, and Mario Party Superstars for the Nintendo Switch.

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Diddy Donkey Kong makes cameo appearances in Mario Party DS and Mario Party 9, and is an unlockable character in Mario Party: Star Rush and Super Mario Party.

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Donkey Kong has appeared as a playable character in almost every game of the Mario sports series since the Nintendo 64 era, including Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, Super Mario Strikers, and Mario Superstar Baseball.

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Donkey Kong has appeared as a playable character in every game of the Super Smash Bros.

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Donkey Kong is the first heavy fighter in the series, and featured many slow but powerful attacks.

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Diddy Donkey Kong was later introduced as a playable character in Super Smash Bros.

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Banjo and Kazooie were revealed as part of the first Fighter Pass for Ultimate in 2019 in a trailer set at Donkey Kong's treehouse, acknowledging Banjo's origins in the Kongs' world.

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Donkey Kong franchise has generally received positive critical reception, despite some spin-offs received more mixed reception.

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Success of the Donkey Kong series has resulted in Guinness World Records awarding the series with seven world records in the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008.

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