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Classic Nintendo Games: Donkey Kong 64

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Donkey Kong 64

Nintendo 64


Following on from the amazing, Donkey Kong Country was going to be a tough task, but if there  was one studio who could do it, it was RARE. RARE could pretty much do no wrong when they were making games for the Super Nintendo and the Nintendo 64. This was a follow on from their Donkey Kong Country series and did share many things with those games.

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This was a must own game when it was released for the Nintendo 64, Nintendo did a great job in advertising the game and making every single, Nintendo 64 owner feel like they needed this game. I remember skipping college the day this game came out….. well I went to buy the game before class with the intention of going to college and playing it when I got back, but as soon as I got the game I said screw class and I went home to play it. Donkey Kong 64 was one of the first Nintendo 64 games to be released for the Wii U, Virtual Console.


Donkey Kong 64 has the most memorable intro of any Nintendo 64 game. The DK Rap is awesome and I still have it burned into my brain to this day. Donkey Kong 64 was one of the most technically impressive games for the system. The games visuals were so grand that this was one of only a handful of games to actually require you to have the Nintendo 64 Expansion Pack. The game actually when it was first released did come packaged with the Expansion Pack.

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This game is just gorgeous! The visual style is very, Donkey Kong Country like with many levels sharing the same kind of feel and style. Only this game is in full 3D! DK, Diddy, Dixie and the rest of the Kong’s you can play as all look really cool and have been animated incredibly well. The games story is pretty fun and is a great continuation from the games that were released on the Super Nintendo. The soundtrack…….. is kind of disappointing. It is not bad, but apart from the DK Rap it is not as memorable as the soundtrack that we got with the Super Nintendo game.

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Game Play

Now this is where you are either going to nod with me in agreement or say I am crazy! Now Donkey Kong 64 controls well, each of the five different Kong’s has their own fun abilities to use and honestly I have never had any issues controlling the characters in this game. The levels are huge and there is a great mix of platforming, a little bit of action and puzzle solving here. It if you ask me tries to walk the line between Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie. From a technical point of view there is nothing wrong with Donkey Kong 64 at all.

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My issue with the game is the amount of stuff it wants you to collect. Holly crap is there a lot to do in this game! I do not think I have ever played a game that wants you to collect so much stuff. Each Kong has their own special five bananas to collect as well as a ton of regular bananas to collect. Keys, balloons, coins and other things all need to be found which means you will have to replay the same areas over and over again with each of the five characters. I know for some people this is fantastic as they love to search every little nook and cranny, but I found it a bit much and still to this day I find this a very hard game to want to play all the way through and get everything. I honestly think that if you took out half the stuff you had to find in the game it would be much better for it!

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Final Thoughts

Donkey Kong 64 is one of those games that I really, really, really want to love, but I just find the game too much of a chore to play all the way through. Now that the game has been re-released on the Virtual Console I may go back and give it a go. Perhaps in my older and wiser years I will have more patience to see it through.

7/10 (Nintendo 64 Version)