Saturday, July 31st, 2021

The best Donkey Kong game ever


July 9, 2021 is exactly the 40th anniversary of the debut of Donkey Kong in the arcade, and the world saw the ape of the same name and his rival Jumpman for the first time (whatever happened to him?).

With the rumors of new DK games and animation projects, we are ready to welcome the explosion of DK fever, ando Celebrating four decades of Donkey, we republished his entire list of classic libraries. enjoy!


Although Mario is an undisputed person in everything about Nintendo, never forget that it was Donkey Kong who supported plumbers in the world of video games. Apeman’s original game not only conquered the arcade and introduced to the world the character who will become Nintendo’s mascot, it also rescued the company and put it on the path of becoming today’s huge global attention and cultural icon.

It’s easy to forget how many games Mario’s previous rivals have played. From the original Donkey Kong in 1981 to the Switch port of Donkey Kong: Tropical Frozen, Ape and his clan have been appearing in Nintendo games for 40 years. It’s time for us to rank each Donkey Kong game from best to worst! Or, more accurately, from worst to best.

You will find this below-the best Donkey Kong games of all time are ranked from bad to wonderful. We only include games on Nintendo consoles, so you won’t find obscure things like Donkey Kong 3 Dai Gyakushuu. We also limit it to the complete game where the ape plays the protagonist-if we include all the kart and tennis games featuring the DK team, we will be here all day-and we have cancelled the Game & Watch game ( They can be found digitally in various Game & Watch Gallery collections or DSiWare) and some ports have been merged for brevity. DK and his team participated in a lot of games!

Enough monkey business. Let’s take a look at the best DK game ever. Here w–, here w–, let’s start!

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (Wii)Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (Wii)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: October 8, 2007 (United States) / January 25, 2008 (UK/EU)

We start from the bottom, which is appropriate because this DK car is indeed a “bottom” load. It was originally planned for GameCube with DK Bongo. With Wii Remote waggle shutting down the clumsy bongo peripherals, it was transferred to its motion control successor. “Bongo Blast” becomes “Barrel Blast” and you shake your Wiimote and Nunchuk to accelerate. Unfortunately, the car was slow and the controls were terrible. Even at the time, the visual effects looked terrible.In fact, DK and Diddy are excellent Mario Kart Wii Only emphasized how messy Donkey Kong Barrel Explosion Really are. Developer Paon DP will do better with characters in other games, but this is obviously bad. The cover makes the game look interesting. Believe us, this is not the case.

Donkey Kong Math (NES)Donkey Kong Math (NES)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo R&D 1

Release date: October 18, 1985 (United States) / 1986 (UK/EU)

Donkey Kong Math Added some algorithms for basic vine swing and platforming Little King Kong In a title that takes all the fun from games and math (hey, we were told that if you understand numbers, numbers can be exciting). It combines “education” and “entertainment” to make-you guessed it! —— A terrible game. Think of the poor kid who got the NES console, This -There must be at least one.

However, don’t feel too regretful. Boxed version of Donkey Kong.​​​ Mathematics is worth a penny now, so a ray of hope or something. The title made the game sound dull, and very dull, which made it disappear from the bottom of the list; at least it fulfilled the promise of its name.

Arcade Archives Donkey Kong Jr. (Switch eShop)Arcade Archives Donkey Kong Jr. (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Hamster

Release date: December 21, 2018 (United States) / December 21, 2018 (UK/EU)

In the sequel to the original arcade game, Mario kidnapped Donkey Kong, so Junior needs to save Kong Senior. Over the years, we have a large number of ports, and Hamster’s latest Switch version enables you to switch the Switch to vertical mode for the most realistic experience you can get outside of the arcade. However, it’s hard to say that the basic gameplay here hasn’t gotten old, and now you may need to have a certain nostalgia and/or academic interest in the game to get a lot of fun.It has retro fun, but we can think of dozens of classic games from the 80s that we would rather play than Little King Kong, Regardless of platform.

Arcade Archives Donkey Kong 3 (Switch eShop)Arcade Archives Donkey Kong 3 (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Hamster

Release date: April 5, 2019 (United States) / April 5, 2019 (UK/EU)

If we have to, we personally prefer to sit down Donkey Kong 3 About Donkey Kong Jr. purely because of how it differs from its predecessors in interesting ways. Control the most famous Nintendo icon, uh… Bug Stanley, Your job is to use your insecticide to transfer the flower fan Donkey Kong through your greenhouse. DK recruited a large group of bugs and bees to keep you busy when he steals your prize petunia.

Despite the lack of the iconic gameplay and sound effects in video game legends, there are some strange and fascinating things in Stanley’s battle with the headline ape, and upon learning that Stanley will subsequently disappear without a trace, something makes People are sad. Well, this is not quite right.Over the years, Stanley has made some cameo appearances in games like this Crush brother with Wario Software Series, but you rarely hear Nintendo fans clamoring for him to come back. Poor Stanley.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis are marching again!  (DSiWare)Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis are marching again!  (DSiWare)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo Software Technology

Release date: June 8, 2009 (United States) / August 21, 2009 (UK/EU)

Mario and Donkey Kong puzzle platform game series of DSiWare installment payment, no big problem Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis are marching again! -This is just “the other of them”. If you don’t know enough about the key lock games of this sub-series, then the third entry is not bad and has a level editor similar to its predecessor, although sharing your custom levels is now much more difficult than before.

DK: Jungle Climber (DS)DK: Jungle Climber (DS)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Paon

Release date: September 10, 2007 (United States) / October 12, 2007 (UK/EU)

After experiencing a rather bad Barrel Blast, the developer Paon redeemed himself by returning to the DK formula it started using in the Game Boy Advance DK: King of Swing. DK: Jungle climber For DS, you can control your favorite ape with a tie when he uses the shoulder button to climb through the jungle, and it works well on the original hardware. DK’s high-standard soundtrack is a bit disappointing, but this piece and its predecessor are the only controlled entries in the Kong classics, and even if they don’t reach the height of his more famous adventure, it’s worth seeing.

Mario and Donkey Kong: Mini Games on the Move (3DS eShop)Mario and Donkey Kong: Mini Games on the Move (3DS eShop)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: May 9, 2013 (United States) / May 9, 2013 (UK/EU)

So far, the first 3D entry is a dedicated side-scrolling event, Mario and Donkey Kong: Mini on the Move The gameplay of the series is well transformed into three dimensions, even if it doesn’t really add anything to the basic formula. As you may have discovered from the title, the plumber and the ape resolved their differences this time, just here to preside over things with Pauline, thus reducing the existence of Donkey Kong to some extent. Although the gameplay can sometimes become irritating and feel a little unfair, if you have patience, MADMOTM (or “crazy motto” because no one calls it) is still a fun time.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (DS)Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (DS)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo Software Technology

Release date: September 25, 2006 (United States) / March 9, 2007 (UK/EU)

The sequel to the original GBA, Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis Let players control the mini plumber through the touch screen instead of letting them follow Mario like Pied Piper, so the game becomes more tactical.It also witnessed Pauline’s return for the first time in many years. After the return of her star, even the youngest Mario fans are very familiar with this person. Super Mario OdysseyNew Tangke City.

DK: King of Swing (GBA)DK: King of Swing (GBA)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Paon

Release date: September 19, 2005 (United States) / February 4, 2005 (UK/EU)

With cute and soft colors as art, DK: King of Swing Take the essence Crewe Land And make a good game from it. Use the shoulder buttons to swing and grab nails throughout the jungle. After so many standard 2D platform games and mini marching games, this DK gameplay is refreshing. It’s nice to see him doing something outside of his usual cab, which does not involve driving a kart, smashing a tennis ball, or swinging a golf club with one hand. This is not an absolutely cold classic, but DK: King of Swing is a fun small portable game, breathe fresh air in all these 2D platform monkey businesses.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Detonate the Stars (Wii U eShop)Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Detonate the Stars (Wii U eShop)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo Software Technology

Release date: March 5, 2015 (United States) / March 20, 2015 (UK/EU)

In Wii U and 3DS (the latter also gets Mini Mario and friends: amiibo challenge This is largely borrowed from this series), Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Detonating Stars Returning to 2D gameplay, let us experience the delightful action puzzle series in glorious HD for the first time. Even more so, although Miiverse integration makes sharing your studio levels a breeze, and when the basic gameplay is so fun, it’s easier to forgive Nintendo for returning to its DK and Mario-shaped mechanical mini-boxes. With Wii U being buried (and Miiverse), this is another concept we don’t mind seeing on the Switch.