The Retro Corner – Donkey Konga

Donkey Konga (GC)

Developed by Namco

Published by Nintendo

*Get Ready to Go Banana’s*

The Story:

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong are hanging out at the beach one day when they come across some mysterious objects that resemble barrels. Fearing they had something to do with King K. Rool, they take them to Cranky Kong. Cranky explains that they are bongos, so Donkey tries playing them. Diddy tries to do so as well. Then, when Donkey claps, the bongos started glowing. Cranky explained that the bongos had some kind of power inside them. Donkey and Diddy continue to play the bongos, but they both play terribly. Cranky advises them to practice. At first they are against this, but then they realize if they can become successful in playing the bongos, they could afford as many bananas as they wish, so they start practicing.

The Gameplay:

Donkey Konga is a rhythm video game that was made for the Gamecube and replaced the Gamecube controller with a special Bongo controller. The aim of the game was simple, Complete each song by banging on each bongo to match the corrosponding action on screen (Similar to that of the Guitar Hero Series). In addition to this, Another action that must be used in the game to complete the song is clapping. Donkey Konga is a game primarily about keeping in tune to the beat.


The Sound:

Donkey Konga being a Rhythm game, The Song list is phenomenal with many great songs on the track list including Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen, September by Earth, Wind & Fire, I want you back by The Jackson 5, 99 Red Balloons from Nena & Even; All the Small Things from Blink 182. In addition to these fantastic songs, There was also tracks from popular Nintendo titles at the time including the Super Smash Bros. Melee Theme Tune & the DK Rap. Another decent thing about Donkey Konga’s Soundtrack was that it was unique to each region, So Japan got one track list, America got a different track list & so did Europe.

The Graphics:

Considering the game is a musc title, It is pretty hard for me to judge the graphics since the only real graphical parts of the game are Donkey & Diddy however both characters look great considering the graphics at the time and was really the first time the Donkey Kong series delved into Cartoon style animations and cel shaded graphics.


Lasting Appeal:

Donkey Konga is easily one of the most entertaining titles on the Gamecube with plenty of songs to play through each with higher difficulties for those who wish for a challenge. All in all, Donkey Konga is a highly enjoyable title and is definitely worth picking up if you have a Gamecube in your possession.

My Score – 8/10


The Good:

  • Fantastic Song Choices
  • Donkey Kong & Diddy Kong look great with the Cel Shaded Graphics
  • Simple Gameplay that’s easy to just pick up & play
  • Plenty of Replayability

The Bad:

  • Story doesn’t make much sense
  • Could have been a few better songs

So thats it for this edition of The Retro Corner but what did you think? Do you remember owning a set of DK Bongos? Which sing was your favorite? Have you played Donkey Konga yet? Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn & YouTube. Until Next time, This is The Retro Corner.

Article by Matt McNamee



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