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Donkey Kong Country

by Nintendo
Everyone
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Platform: Game Boy Color
Game Boy Color
  • collect bananas
  • two playable characters
  • each characters has unique skills
  • fight a variety of enemies
  • one player only

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Platform: Game Boy Color
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00004S9A0
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,123 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Game Boy Color

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Trying to get Donkey Kong Country onto Game Boy must have been something like trying to force a gorilla into a banana suit. Yes, it must have been quite a hairy experience for the folks at Rare; but, somehow, some way, they pulled it off.

The Game Boy version of DKC isn't as colorful as the Super Nintendo version, and the sound quality takes a big hit, but the fun of the original action title remains.

Players will spend hours bouncing and swinging through levels, and looking for bananas and hidden minigames that can be opened up by pounding the ground and throwing TNT into walls. There's also a bit of fast-paced mine-car riding, and players can switch between Donkey and the scrawnier Diddy when they lumber through levels.

One problem with the translation is quirky hit detection. In other words, players might think that they jumped on an enemy's head properly, but end up dying anyway. This is a small price to pay for so much Nintendo goodness in a portable package. --Robb Guido

Pros:

  • Near-perfect replica of the original Super Nintendo classic
  • Two bonus minigames--new to this version
Cons:
  • Lesser-quality graphics and sound, compared to Super Nintendo version

Product Description

In 1994, Rare revitalized the SNES with the release of Donkey Kong Country. This breakthrough Pak introduced the world to Diddy Kong, and amazed gamers with Advanced Computer Modeling graphics. Now, thanks to the advanced technology of Game Boy Color, Rare has converted the original banana-hoarding adventure to fit on the small screen.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but should have been a GBA game April 13, 2001
Platform for Display:Game Boy Color
This game is an ok remake of the SNES classic, but it falls short of its expectaions. Of course, Donkey Kong Country was an excellent SNES game so that's why I give this game the three stars but nothing more. The 8-bit GBC just can't handle the 16-bit game, and that's why the graphic quality and much of the sound is greatly diminished. The blurry visuals makes it hard for one to play the game during various levels ( the mine cart races come to mind) so its just not fun to play like its SNES cousin. Sure, there are some new minigames to play, but overall the experience is pretty much the same. Unless you're a Kong fanatic and want to relive this experience again, don't bother with this mediocre game. A note to Nintendo and Rareware, please just stick to the NES-to-GBC translations, and save any more SNES game remakes for the much more powerful Game Boy Advance.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Game Boy Color
Before I bought this game, I was skeptical about how good it would be. I loved the SNES version of this game and I own it. In fact, I bought the SNES version the day it came out. I have explored everything througout the game and I thought that I would go back to it with the Game Boy Color version. Well, I did more than that! Once I pulled the game out of its little box, I was on it for hours. Rareware, one of the greatest game developers out there did a great job converting the game. Plus, there are lost levels for those who have mastered the SNES version. The best part about this is that all the little kids that missed this classic game the first time will have a chance to play one of Rarewares greatest games ever. I recomend this game if you are a big fan of the Donkey Kong Country series or of Super Mario Bros. DX.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Game Boy Color
The original Donkey Kong Country has the best sound and graphics on the SNES and it is safe to say the same for this GBC version. (it also may be the must fun for Game Boy Color) The only problem is that an autosave replaces candys save point as the way to save which makes it a bit easy but that doesn't matter. Either this or Super Mario Bros DX is the best GBC title. Anyone who fell in love with Donkey Country like I did must get this.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Classic April 14, 2001
Platform for Display:Game Boy Color
I played Donkey Kong Country to death on the SNES, and I loved it so much back then that I bought this GBC version to see if it could live up to it, and it did! I immediately became addicted to it all over again- it's almost exactly like the original. The graphics & sound are not as good, but afer all, it's the gameplay that counts. Donkey & Diddy Kong can still bounce on tires, ride ostriches, rhinos & frogs, collect golden bananas, ride on runaway mine carts, cartwheel through enemies and swing on vines. If you've never played the original version, then you'd better get this one to see what you missed - it's an all-time classic Nintendo game, and definitely a must-have Game Boy game as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Had It On The Snes, I Know Hav e It On The Gameboy April 25, 2001
Platform for Display:Game Boy Color
Donkey Kong is one of the best games to grace the Gameboy. Admitidly it has less colours than its counterpart but the gameplay is amazing. Donkey Kong is a must have game, there is so much fun to have with this game and there are loads of levels to complete so it willlast you a long time. Hidden within the levels are secret areas which you have to find if you want to fully completely finish the game, that is where the real challenge lies. Buy this game ASAP and you wont stop playing for a long time. Enjoy!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun game... Slow system January 17, 2001
Platform for Display:Game Boy Color
It's time that Nintendo realized that their Game Boy system needs to be upgraded. Rare did a good job before with their original game squeezing 32 bit technology into the 16 bit Super Nintendo. Unfortunately they had to remove some of the best features that made this game so popular: Superb stereo soundtrack and both characters on the screen at the same time. There are also many places in which the game slows down significantly because the poor little Game Boy can't take more than 5 moving characters at once. The playability also seems to have declined. If you have long since gotten rid of your old Super Nintendo, why not download some Super Nintendo Emulators from Plasticman.org and get the ROM and play it exactly the way it was presented in 1994? Not as compact, but you get the idea.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Port Ever... January 26, 2003
By Riomaki
Platform for Display:Game Boy Color
The original Donkey Kong Country came at the height of the 16-bit era and featured stunning CGI-rendered graphics and an awesome soundtrack. It was no easy task for Rare to compress this all into a Game Boy Color cartridge. Rare succeeded in some aspects, but fell short in the most vital ones.
To its credit, the game does manage to capture the general feel and essence of the SNES game, despite the hardware limitations. The screen is richly populated and detailed with stylings direct from the SNES game, downsampled of course. The levels are all here.
That said, think of the SNES Donkey Kong Country with Donkey Kong Land controls. Eew.
The problem with the game comes from its poor controls, hit detection, and general field of vision. The controls are clearly modeled after those in the Donkey Kong Land games, which I always thought felt way too "loose" for making precision moves and certainly not as tight as the SNES versions. Couple this with shoddy hit detection and you have a real problem. The enemies are much bigger than they really appear to be and trying to weave through dense fields of them (like in the forest stages) gets to be outright frustrating. Another point where this become apparently involves the derailed mine carts sitting on the tracks. Believe me - you will convince yourself that you successfully jumped over them only to have the game kill you. ARGH! That stage took me no less than a dozen tries.
The third dynamic that complicates the game is the smaller field of vision. Relative to the SNES incarnation, you just plain can't see as much at once. Now, of course, this is a very understandable limitation. However, the way it propagates itself in the game is not pretty. There are plenty of blind leaps of faith.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Port
Let me start off by saying that I am a huge nintendo fan and the DK games are some of my all time favs. DK country on the super nes is a true platform classic. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Mont
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Console Port
Donkey Kong Country on the Gameboy Color does a really great job of bringing the experience over from the SNES. Read more
Published on September 15, 2011 by Nintendo Game Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Downgrade? Nope!
In a world where there were CDs, companies like Sega and 3DO had tried to capitalize on the concept of playing video games on a CD, giving the games enhanced graphics and sound. Read more
Published on May 12, 2011 by Ryan Sil. (Creator of Dynamite Alex for Android/PC)
5.0 out of 5 stars donky kong country is the best
exellant game very enjoying i know there are more donky kong games out there and when i find them i will buy those too the shipping was awesome nothing wrong thanks annm
Published on October 10, 2008 by Ann M. Morey
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun
This is a great game!
I love playing it. It's great fun for hours of entertainment.
Published on January 29, 2008 by Sneeky
5.0 out of 5 stars Barely any difference!
If you like Donkey Kong Country, play this version for the Game Boy Color.

it's GREAT! almost exactly alike, plus 2 new bonus games, AND candy kongs's "save points" from... Read more
Published on February 6, 2007
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Interpretation EVER
I owned this game when i got a game boy advance and I can tell you: IT SUCKED!!!

Graphics 0/10- Terrible Graphics. Even an arcade game would have better graphics. Read more
Published on January 15, 2007 by PRC928
4.0 out of 5 stars fun game
This game is indeed a classic, and i must say i loved the SNES version. However, the lighting isn't as good, but i guess you can find that with any game boy color. Read more
Published on October 6, 2005 by a gamer
3.0 out of 5 stars Graphics....
This is a truely great game for GBA and Snes....however it is a near exact replica to the Snes version sound and all. My main problems w/ the game are the graphics... Read more
Published on June 8, 2005 by Tommy D. Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars GBC DK Country
It's kinda easy, but great graphics for a Game Boy Color game! It has music that it's so good, if you don't play in months, you'll hear the sound of DK Country. Mainpoint: GET IT! Read more
Published on January 1, 2005
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