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Donkey Kong 64

by Ninetendo
Nintendo 64
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews) 90 / 100

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  • Four Players can join in on super split screen action or duke it out in a single screen free for all.
  • Use of the required Expansion Pak(not included) allows incredible real time lighting effects and massive environments.

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  • ASIN: B00002STEZ
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 10 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews)
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Every so often a game enters the scene propelled by so much hype and promising so many innovations that decorating it with more pretty words seems pointless. Donkey Kong 64 falls into this category.

Donkey Kong 64 is a 3-D action adventure game--à la Super Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie--based on the game icon of the same name (you know, the ape who rolled barrels down on Mario's head in the early '80s arcades). In this massive and graphically beautiful game, Donkey Kong and his pals must right the wrongs of King K. Rool by exploring their home island in search of more than 200 gold bananas, as well as other items that help the primates' progress.

Players alternate control of Donkey Kong and four other characters--each with unique abilities--to complete puzzles, conquer "baddies," compete in mini-games, and navigate through physical challenges. In addition to the single-player adventure, unique multiplayer games offer opportunities for social interaction between marathon solo sessions.

Donkey Kong 64's incredible graphics and smooth gameplay are boosted by an included 4-MB expansion pack. The unit helps process the memory-demanding graphics, and enhances the colored lighting effects, shadows, and other eye candy, such as ... well, there we go adding to the hype machine. Just remember: this game will be king of Nintendo's jungle for quite a while and, with a few million rabid fans, could enter the ranks of classic Nintendo 64 games. --Eric Twelker


If Mario is Nintendo's Luke Skywalker, then it's safe to say that Donkey Kong is Nintendo's Darth Vader. Originally cast as the primate villain in the Donkey Kong arcade game back in the early '80s, Kong and his many descendants have stepped away from the "dark side" and become forces for good. While it's genetically unlikely that Kong is Mario's father, it's been well documented that Kong and company have been enlisted to rescue Nintendo in times of trouble. Remember when the Super NES was "threatened" by Sega's 32-bit/CD add-on hype? A game called Donkey Kong Country came out, featuring prerendered graphics never before seen on a home console. Not only did it breathe new life into the Super NES' sales, it spawned a profitable series that kept Nintendo's 16-bit scene alive for years to come. Fast forward to 1999. Sega and Sony again threaten the Nintendo 64 with superior game consoles, and once again Nintendo calls on Kong's descendants to breathe new life into its 64-bit system with Donkey Kong 64. While this much-anticipated 3D adventure game has high-quality gameplay and plenty of variety to fuel Nintendo's sales this holiday season, it lacks enough "wow factor" to exert the revolutionary influence that Donkey Kong Country had. Donkey Kong 64 starts with a well-worn storyline: Donkey Kong's isle of paradise faces destruction by an invading K.Rool and his crocodile Kremlings. Donkey now has four friends to help him defeat K.Rool: Diddy Kong, his perennial sidekick; Lanky Kong, an ape with super-stretchy limbs; Tiny Kong, a teenybopper who can shrink to fit into small holes; and Chunky Kong, a muscle-bound lunkhead who can lift boulders and smash down doors. Veterans of the Donkey Kong series will also note the return of old-timers like Cranky, Funky, and Candy, all of whom upgrade the Kongs with new abilities, hints, shooting weapons, and musical instruments that help unlock hidden areas. For the most part, Donkey Kong 64 is an explore-and-collect adventure. Those who obtain perverse pleasure from collecting every last coin and item in this type of game will be titillated - and those who don't will be frustrated. The main thrust is to find 200 golden bananas in the main world and in the seemingly standard individual stages: an underwater level, a forest level, a jungle level, an industrial level, etc. As expected, almost none of these bananas are in plain view - multipart puzzles and obstacles impede the way to these treasures. However, there's plenty more to collect: regular bananas, fairies (which you must take pictures of with a camera), banana medals, super-secret Rareware coins, blueprint pieces (found by defeating certain enemies), crowns (to unlock multiplayer games) and boss keys (to unlock new areas on the island). Now, factor in that each of the five characters must find some of these items individually: Devoted gamers will see this as added replay value, while others will see it as a royal pain in the Donkey derriere. If that weren't enough, it seems the developers threw every gameplay style they could think of into the mix. This gameplay variety is perhaps this title's main strength, although the quality of the games varies. For starters, the game has a separate two-to four-player mode, with games such as a battle arena, where Kongs can beat up each other in a circular ring, or a GoldenEye-type shooting game. In the adventure mode, you earn golden bananas by completing mini-bonus games. Some are true games in their own right, such as a racing track, race-boat water course, or mine-cart roller coaster - all of which look impressive in 3D. Some of these games are less visually impressive but are entertaining nevertheless, such as a maze where the Kong must avoid enemy detection, or a bug splattering stage. The remaining games - such as a simple target-shooting session or a slot machine - are either run-of-the-mill or too easy to sustain long-term interest. Finally, a couple of bonus games are direct translations of old-school titles, including a partial version of the original Donkey Kong arcade game that'll bring back memories for some. Since the Kongs learn unique abilities as the game progresses, some Kongs have special stages, as well. Remember the barrel-blast levels in the 16-bit games? Donkey now plays them in 3D with a target sight. As the barrel moves, you can shoot Donkey out to other barrels. Diddy gets a jet pack that lets him complete some flying stages, while the other three characters learn other impressive skills, such as shrinking (Tiny), climbing up steep slopes (Lanky), and lifting or breaking heavy objects (Chunky). If that weren't enough, some characters can transform into animals, such as a rhino or a swordfish, to break into boxes or secret areas and kill bothersome enemies.--Nelson Taruc--Copyright © 1998 GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. -- GameSpot Review

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating, But a Lot of Fun June 15, 2001
By Bill
Format:Video Game
For me, DK64 was worth the price of the Nintendo 64. Don't get me wrong, I'm not totally happy. Gameplay is extremely frustrating at times (I have yet to master a sadistic bonus game known as "Beaver Bother"), and forced camera angles during portions of the game seem to have been deliberately designed to make play even harder (such as the overhead view in a "collect the coins while swimming" mini-game).

Overall though, Donkey Kong 64 is a lot of fun, if you give it a chance. Graphics are colorful and absorbing (though not much better than its Super Nintendo predecessors), and gameplay is addictive. I'm going through the game for the fourth time now, just to see how much time can be shaved off before completion.

This isn't a shoot-em-up, thrill-a-minute title. Exploring, collecting, and puzzle solving is involved. Enemies must be defeated, but not every five seconds. Each Kong has a different weapon to dispense with baddies when needed, using such offbeat ammo as coconuts, grapes, feathers, even peanuts!

Cranky is back to taunt the Kong family once again, but you won't get very far in the game without his "potions." Each one provides a Kong member with a new capability, such as temporary invincibility. As usual, though, Cranky offers little praise. Defeat the "Jetpac" game on his computer, for instance, and he'll swear that you must have cheated. Collect 15 banana medallions as he dictated at the game's start, and Cranky will accuse you of making them yourself.

Candy Kong re-emerges, for the first time since the original Donkey Kong Country, providing the Kongs with extra "melons" (insert your own joke here) and baddie-defeating musical instruments.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kong is the ultimate King! November 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Oh my! I can't believe how great this game is! I love Mario 64, and Banjo Kazooie is a definate favorite, but I think That DK 64 is going to be my all time most cherished 3-D Platformer. It doesn't get better than this (yet). A challenging, beautiful looking and fun filled game that I highly recommend to all! You now get the expansion pak free (I already had one so I guess I have a spare now)! Buy DK, you will love it!
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71 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "WE HAVE A WINNER"! January 2, 2000
By A Customer
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm sure you've read all the maligned reviews against Donkey Kong 64; now, here's a worthwhile opinion. First of all, this is probably the hardest and most frustrating platform game I have ever enjoyed. Several of the mini games had me shouting obscenities throughout the entire gameplay. There are gamers who complain about the repetetiveness of DK64--I don't think so. Yes, some of the mini games and bosses do repeat themselves, but they get more difficult as the game progresses. For instance, some mini games may add more challenge by limiting the amount of time you have to complete the given task and increasing the amount of enemies per level. Don't be fooled by people who swear this game is sooo easy. If you like fun and challenging platform games, then Donkey Kong 64 is the perfect choice. Remember, this is by no means a Mario 64 clone. DK64 is definitely one of the best games on the N64 system. My only reason for giving it 4 stars is the often troublesome camera angles.....arrrgh. Anyway, I see no earthly justification for not adding this to your collection of greats. HAVE LOADS OF FUN!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This ain't no Mario clone November 19, 1999
By A Customer
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was skeptical at first, but after getting an import of the game, but after playing the game all I can say is, "Awesome!" With the 4 Mb Expansion Pak in place the game in evry way is amazing. And the number of characters and secrets boost the replayability up tremendously. N64 owners should NOT be without this.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun rating November 28, 1999
By A Customer
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
this game is the coolest game that i ever played. it is a lot like super mario 64 and like banjo kazooie, so if you liked those games im sure that you will like this one. the included expansion pack gives the game great graphics and fast game play. hope you enjoy!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Biggest and Best Platform game for the N64 November 30, 1999
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Some say the graphics are not as good as Banjo-Kazooie. I own both, and I think that DK64 looks better in every way except for the under water areas. Some say that this game is too huge, but that's good because there is soo much more to do. I have played for over 34 hours and I am only 47% done with the game (I am usually a fast player too). There are tons of tasks to do, and this game never gets boring. Like Banjo-Kazooie improved upon the Super Mario 64 formula, DK64 improves this formula also by providing better play control and much bigger worlds. The music in this game is really cool because it changes tempo when you walk to a different area like Banjo-Kazooie. The coolest thing about this game is being able to control 5 different characters with different abilities and the mine cart levels.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is "WoW" November 29, 1999
By A Customer
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was a little hesitant about ordering this game, never-the-less pre-order it. Now that I have received it, I'm thrilled that I did. I bought it, not knowing whether to expect another cheap Mario64 cop-out, or maybe even a repeat of the SNES DK game, Donkey Kong Country. DK64 is one of the most original games ever! It takes a little time to get used to the gameplay, as did Zelda64, and both games were well worth it. The most exciting thing about this game is the fact that it includes 3 totally original, playable characters, and it includes a number of multi-player arenas. This was very exciting to me, because I always have friends over. An added bonus is that there are a number of "secret" characters which are always fun to find. The one complaint...if I had to make that you do not start off with the multi-player option, it must first be won.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this game and it is in pristine condition
I love this game and it is in pristine condition, i normally clean them myself right after i get them because they are still a little dirty but this one didn't need it at all
Published 17 days ago by Russell Melin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not as fun as the Donkey Kong Kountry series.
Published 1 month ago by Tim Timberlake
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game i ever played but the price is not ...
Best game i ever played but the price is not worth it just download ghe simulator for your phone and boom now u can play it but still if you play it on consle like i do you will... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alexandersanchez
3.0 out of 5 stars Described as "very good with some fading of label"
Described as "very good with some fading of label", the label was entirely faded and there was a large gooey sticky odd colored mark on one side of the cartridge. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jarod Miles
4.0 out of 5 stars okay monkey stuff
Donkey Kong 64 is exactly that- an okay game. It's nothing compared to the Donkey Kong Country series because of several problems. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Even left me some files ;D
Published 1 month ago by Joshua Sleeper
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a good game, but....
As a collector of older games, I had to get this one since I really enjoyed the three Donkey Kong Country games on the SNES. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas D. Kuzupas Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Jackey Vizina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best game ever! i will battle any and all~ :D
Published 3 months ago by nyla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it, cartridge was very well taken care of. very good condition, playing this classic.
Published 4 months ago by Victor Games
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