Donkey Konga

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Donkey Konga[a] is a GameCube rhythm video game series starring the ape Donkey Kong, developed by Namco and published by Nintendo. The series' games are intended to be played with a special controller called the DK Bongos that resemble two small bongo drums, but could optionally be played with the standard GameCube controllers.

  • Donkey Konga
  • Donkey Konga 2
  • Donkey Konga 3
Donkey Konga Coverart.jpg
North American cover art for Donkey Konga (left) and Donkey Konga 2 (center), and Japanese cover art for Donkey Konga 3 (right)
Director(s)Hiroyuki Onoda
Producer(s)Hiroshi Igarashi
Designer(s)Hiromi Endo
  • Naruhisa Kawano
  • Toki Iida
  • Junko Ozawa
  • Jesahm
SeriesDonkey Kong
  • Donkey Konga
    • JP: December 12, 2003
    • NA: September 27, 2004
    • EU: October 15, 2004
    • AU: October 28, 2004[1]
  • Donkey Konga 2
    • JP: July 1, 2004
    • NA: May 9, 2005
    • EU: June 3, 2005
  • Donkey Konga 3
    • JP: March 17, 2005
Genre(s)Music game
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Donkey Konga was developed by the team that responsible for developing the Taiko no Tatsujin series. The tracks include songs such as "Louie Louie", "We Will Rock You", "Shining Star", "Rock Lobster" and "Losing My Religion". There are tracks from the Mario series, The Legend of Zelda series, and other Nintendo related music. The Japanese, North American, and PAL region versions have different track lists, and in the North American version of the first two games, almost all of the licensed non-Nintendo/traditional songs are shortened covers. The first two games have around 30 tracks each, depending on the region; Donkey Konga 3 has 58.



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 start glowing. Cranky explains that the bongos have 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.


Donkey KongaEdit

Donkey Konga 2Edit

Donkey Konga 2,[b] marketed in Japan as "Donkey Konga 2: Hit Song Parade!",[citation needed] is the 2004 sequel to Donkey Konga for the Nintendo GameCube, a video game where the player must pound on a special, barrel-like controller called the DK Bongos along with a selected song.

The main selling point of Donkey Konga 2 is over 30 new tracks to play with Bongos. Other features include slightly improved graphics, the inclusion of some classic Donkey Kong characters and a variety of new minigames.

This is the only Donkey Kong game to be rated T for Teen in North America, as it contained lyrics not suitable for younger players. Other regions featured lyrics more appropriate for younger players and thus received lighter ratings.

Donkey Konga 3Edit

Donkey Konga 3[c] is a music video game in the Donkey Kong series developed by Namco and published by Nintendo. Before the second installment was released in North America, Nintendo and Namco had already started plans for the third game in the series, which, unlike the first two Donkey Konga games, was eventually released only in Japan in on March 17, 2005.

Donkey Konga 3 features a total of 57 tracks (none repeated from the previous games), over 20 tracks more than the first two games. 35 of these tunes are the usual classical, pop, and game selections, but an extra 21 tunes from Famicom games are included. It also features all new minigames.


Donkey KongaEdit

Aggregate score
Review scores
Game Informer7/10[7]
GamePro     [8]
GameSpy     [11]
Nintendo Life          [13]
Nintendo Power4.2/5[14]
The Sydney Morning Herald     [16]

Donkey Konga received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[2]

Maxim gave the game a score of eight out of ten and said that four bongos should be added "to create a frenzied, unholy din suitable for ritual virgin sacrifice."[15] The Sydney Morning Herald gave it four stars out of five and stated: "The beginner's level is a breeze, but Konga later becomes deliciously challenging, with hilarity-inducing flustered panic as you start to fall behind and surprising levels of concentration required to clap instead of drum. Hysteria soon prevails."[16] The New York Times, however, gave it a mixed review and said, "Before you buy Konga, try clapping along with every song on the radio for half an hour and see how you feel at the end."[17]

Donkey Konga won an award at the Game Developer's Conference for the best "Innovation" in 2005.[18]

Donkey Konga 2Edit

Aggregate score
Review scores
Game Informer7/10[21]
GameSpy     [23]
Nintendo Power3.9/5[27]
Detroit Free Press    [28]

Donkey Konga 2 received "average" reviews according to Metacritic.[19]


  1. ^ Japanese: ドンキーコンガ Hepburn: Donkī Konga
  2. ^ ドンキーコンガ2 Donkī Konga Tsū
  3. ^ ドンキーコンガ3 食べ放題!春もぎたて50曲♪ Donkī Konga Surī: Tabe-houdai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku, lit. Donkey Konga 3: All You Can Eat! Spring 50 Music Works Mix


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  4. ^ EGM Staff (November 2004). "Donkey Konga". Electronic Gaming Monthly (184): 151.
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