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Donkey Kong Country

by Nintendo
Game Boy Advance
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • It's up to you to help Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong take back what was stolen by the evil Kremling King K. Rool
  • This classic Super NES game has been recreated exactly on the Game Boy Advance, for action-packed gameplay wherever you go
  • Switch between the stronger Donkey Kong & the agile Diddy Kong as you battle banana-hungry Kremlings on multiple levels
  • Team up with animals like Rambi the Rhino and Expresso the Ostrich to tackle the maddening platform challenges
  • All-new multiplayer minigames, a convenient save-anywhere feature, detailed stat screens and collectable character art add to the fun of the classic original

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  • ASIN: B00008URUF
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,549 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Your objective is to move a monkey through a maze of jungle, in this clever, fast-paced, but very challenging side-scrolling game. Mine carts, rolling armadillos and thousands of bananas are in the way, and one missed vine can send you back to the start of the level. Fortunately, games can be easily saved; but even still, younger players (5-8) are likely to find even the first levels challenging. Bonus games include Funky's Fishing, where you hook as many fish as you can within a time limit, and Candy's Dance Studio, where you press keys to keep up with a dance step. A two-player mode gives you two monkeys, so if one dies, the second player can keep playing. All things considered, this is a great way to pass time, and if you're up to the challenge you won't be disappointed. Developed for Nintendo by Rareware studios.Copyright © 2001 Children's Software Revue -- From Children's Software Revue® -- "Subscribe Now!"

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The arcade classic gets new life when Donkey, Diddy and his pal's run, jump and race their way through more outrageous action.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very close to the original August 8, 2003
DKC for GBA is the translation of the original from the SNES, with some add-ons.
The game is exactly as the original in the gameplay factor, also the graphics are very close (this game is recommended for GBA SP users, because for the regular GBA, is very hard to watch the details), in the fun factor, you have the same levels of the original, plus two mini-games (the Candy Kong dance studio (á la Dance Dance revolution) and the Funky's fishing zone (very addictive))...
The only flaw to be perfect, are the sound effects... the music is almost as good as the original (this is because the GBA audio limitations) but the SFX are very far from the super NES' DKC, you have only some SFX iddentical to this...
Anyway, if you don't have this game in any of it's flavors (SNES, GB Color), this is a very good choice to begin with.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS GAME June 10, 2003
I was a little skeptical having played Donkey Kong Country for SNES, but I have to tell you that Rare held up to its name. The mini games and multiplayer add that Gameboy feel, while the game itself is almost a direct copy of the original. The graphics aren't as sharp, but the ability to play DKC on the go is awesome, and now you can save in the middle of a level. If you're tired of Mario, DKC won't let you down.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect portable game. August 19, 2003
Since this is one of the all time SNES greats, it is no surprise that "Donkey Kong Country" has made it's way onto the Gameboy Advance. It is perfect for the portable system, and one that pretty much any player can enjoy.
Keeping in the tradition of faithful ports of older games, the GBA version is exactly the same as the original. Everything, from the rubber tires to the enemies, and from the hidden banana hoards to the revolving barrels. Everything is here. Players who blistered their thumbs back in 1994 trying to get through some of the tougher stages will be especially happy about this. The graphics are still very impressive, although they are not as eye-popping on the small screen as they were on the television.
The extras included are a mixed bag. The new save feature (allowing you to save anywhere) and a new high score system is a big plus. So if you need to turn off the system quickly, you can save your progress fast and easy. However, the extra games provided are not very good. For starters, there is a fishing game included where you have a time limit to catch as many fish as you can. It gets old fast. There is also a dancing game with Candy Kong, which is both boring and excruciatingly hard. I have yet to try the multiplayer modes.
All I was looking for was a faithful port of the older game and, in that respect, I got exactly what I wanted. The uninspired extras (especially for such a popular title) do not deter me from recommending it to every GBA owner, but it is a downer for people looking for something a cut above the original.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
When it was first released for the Super NES in 1994, "Donkey Kong Country" set the world on fire. Astonshing ACM graphics, stereo sound, awesome music, and just plain FUN gameplay quickly made it one of the best-selling platform action games of all time. It later spawned two sequels, plus a 3-D version for the Nintendo 64, and each sequel got progressively better as the years went by.
Now we have the convenient travel size version of the adventures of Donkey and Diddy. We have all the same unique levels, heroic Kongs, cute animal buddies, evil Kremlings, and other all-too-familiar enemy creatures. The graphics are not nearly as detailed as they are on the SNES version, but the backgrounds are still beautiful and the landscape of the levels still shows a lot of the original drawing (especially the levels in "Gorilla Glacier"); and the sound is not nearly as crisp, but players can still tell how catchy the tunes are and how well they fit each scenario. (Who could forget the all-time classic jungle music, or bonus area music?)
Of course, this is all expected when you make a portable version of one of the greatest games ever. Unfortunately, there is a major flaw with this portable game: even with all the original levels, the game is now way too easy. Much, much, much easier than the original game ever was.
One of the silliest new features added to this game is that when you save your game, you save the number of lives you have as well. This is especially dumb when you take in the new Mini-game features: six difficulty levels each of a fishing game and a dancing game. If you've played "Dance Dance Revolution" before, you should be able to win 3 extra lives every time you play any level on the dancing game; if not, keep trying, there are no rhythms harder than quarter notes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The benchmark SNES classic goes portable! December 16, 2003
The big punch for the SNES back in 1994, "Donkey Kong Country" was the evolution of platform gaming, with graphics unlike anything the world has ever seen. It achieved two things: It revived perhaps the oldest video game franchise (Donkey Kong), and it gave Nintendo another mascot to market besides Mario (who never dulled, mind you). The GBA port was inevitable, and could not have been more welcome in my collection.
Donkey Kong and his spry little sidekick Diddy Kong must reclaim their stolen banana hoard from the reptilian swine who took it. The story is simple enough, but the adventure is anything but. There are massive levels with varying degrees of difficulty, and sometimes the game is frustratingly hard. But let's start with the graphics. They are excellent, even by today's standards. The fluid animation and detailed environments are a sight to behold, and they translate pretty well on the small screen. The only drawback is that the characters look overly pixilated at times, and it is sometimes hard to make out certain objects like jump tires and ropes (especially in the darker levels) due to the small size of the screen and the massive amount of detail contained within. The music is as we remember it, though slightly altered in parts to accommodate the GBA's monophonic speaker.
The one complaint I had with the original SNES version is that it was too easy at times. Certain elements have been changed to make the GBA port more difficult, such as adding extra enemies or changing the boss battles slightly (the Giant Wasp boss in particular). It makes the game more rewarding, and sometimes frustrating. On the plus side, all the bonuses are still intact, so achieving 100% completion is still an incentive to play over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very well done port of a classic game!
They did a much better job on this than they did on the Gameboy Color version I used to play as a kid. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Deathlygasm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Plays on my ds perfectly.
Published 20 days ago by Rachel Marie Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great 5 stars
Published 1 month ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars donkey kong country
great game, its challenging but doable and has lots of levels and collectables and overall just a fun game to play.
Published 4 months ago by Angela Kemling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
Brings back memories :) The game arrived in an exceptional amount of time and works great. No known defects! Donkey Kong Rules :)
Published 5 months ago by shyla_106
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 2D Platformer
This is still one of the best 2D platformers ever made, the very same one you remember from the SNES. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gameresq
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm having so much fun!
I'm so glad to have this game in my collection! I'm having a blast from the past. This game will never get old.
Published 11 months ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!
It is my absolute favorite game and the fact that it is available for Gameboy Advance makes it even better! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Maggie Medina
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Kids!
This plays in the Nintendo DS Lite and my boys are thrilled to be able to play the start of DK Country, thanks!
Published 13 months ago by E. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Handheld genius
The Game Boy Advance port of Donkey Kong Country plays even better than the original. The controls have been reconfigured for the Game Boy Advance and are even more fluid and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by ThatsWild
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