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DK standing on the porch of the Treehouse in Donkey Kong Country Returns
Greater location Donkey Kong Island
Inhabitants Donkey Kong (and likely other Kongs)
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong 64
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Smash Bros. Melee (cameo)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (cameo)
Mario Kart 7 (cameo)

Donkey Kong's Treehouse, otherwise known as DK's Tree House, is a small, wooden house where Donkey Kong (and possibly a few other Kongs) reside. It debuted in Donkey Kong Country, and has been the starting point of many games in the Donkey Kong series.

Donkey Kong's Treehouse is named after Nintendo of America's "Treehouse", where video game development takes place at.

Appearances in video games

Donkey Kong series

Donkey Kong Country

The Treehouse in Donkey Kong Country.
Very Gnawty in Donkey Kong's Treehouse.

The Treehouse debuted in Donkey Kong Country, where it appears as a simple-looking wooden shack from the outside. It appears both on the world map, and at the beginning of Kongo Jungle's Jungle Hijinxs level, where DK will automatically be launched out of the door upon starting the level. Despite being referred to as a "treehouse", the establishment is rather close to the ground, with only a small staircase needed to reach its front door.

Inside, the Treehouse has a home-like environment, complete with a sailboat picture, a portrait of Candy, a bed, a blue vase of flowers, tires, and scattered banana peels. In one of the game's artwork pictures, it shows DK in a tire swing outside of the Treehouse. It does not appear in the corresponding game, however. Also inside the treehouse, is the Kongs' Banana Hoard, which can be accessed by reentering the house upon starting the game's first level. Upon entering the room, a brief cutscene will play, showing Donkey Kong holding his head in shame at the sight of the empty hoard room.

The Treehouse was redesigned to have a brighter environment in the Game Boy Advance version. The Candy portrait, the table, and the bed were all repositioned to from the top area to the left area of the room. A picture saying "HOME SWEET HOME" was also added. After Really Gnawty has been defeated in this version, Very Gnawty visits in the Treehouse, once per game file. If the Kongs visit the Treehouse, Very Gnawty notices them and leaves the Treehouse, frightened.

Donkey Kong 64

Donkey Kong's Treehouse in Donkey Kong 64.

Donkey Kong's Treehouse reappears in Donkey Kong 64; it was redesigned from Donkey Kong Country. The Treehouse appears in the game's hub world: Donkey Kong Island. During the intro, DK is seen exercising while listening to the DK Rap on a boombox. Squawks then visits DK and tells him that King K. Rool plans to conquer Donkey Kong Island.

Unlike Donkey Kong Country, the interior consists of a framed picture of a dolphin (rumored to reference the Nintendo GameCube), a girder from the Donkey Kong arcade game, a hammock composed of leaves, and a red mat with the "DK" insignia on it. The Kongs also climb up a palm tree adjacent to the Treehouse to land on its front deck.

In the game's beta version, the Treehouse had a shower stall depicting Banjo's and Kazooie's heads.

Diddy Kong Pilot (2003 build)

Donkey Kong's Treehouse makes a cameo appearance as a background element in jungle-themed races, such as Steamy Swoop.

Donkey Kong Country 3 (Game Boy Advance)

The Treehouse in Donkey Kong Country 3 (Game Boy Advance).

The Treehouse makes a cameo appearance as the background scenery of the ending credits in the Game Boy Advance re-release of Donkey Kong Country 3. The area is more organized than in its previous appearances, and the Candy portrait has been removed. A tire swing was added inside of the Treehouse.

Diddy Kong Racing DS

Donkey Kong's Treehouse briefly appears in the opening sequence of Diddy Kong Racing DS. In the intro, Squawks delivers a letter to Diddy from Timber, who explains that Wizpig wants to conquer Timber's Island. The Treehouse itself appears to have nothing inside of it, and one must use a ladder to climb up to it, unlike its other appearances

Donkey Kong Country Returns

The Treehouse in Donkey Kong Country Returns.

The Treehouse reprises its role in Donkey Kong Country Returns. Its appearance has changed, as it is now smaller, and has a green exterior with rather small doors and windows framed with wood. It also has a banner atop it that says "KONG", and a straw roof. The house now has a porch wrapping around its exterior, and is elevated high above the ground by long, wooden rods. A much smaller wooden deck is positioned very near to the ground, and has a tire on it, so the Kongs can bounce up to the front door. The front door in question has an actual door now, instead of having just a doorway, (though this door is knocked off of its hinges and sent flying into the jungle in the beginning of the game) and never seen again. The Banana Hoard has been relocated to a small alcove beneath the Treehouse in this game, (which has a Puzzle Piece inside of it).

Inside the Treehouse, there is a rack with DK's ties, a stack of spare tires, two framed pictures, a Red Balloon, a boombox, and a television, which depicts the title screen if hand-slapped. Similarly, the title screen music plays if the boombox is hand-slapped.The Treehouse is located in the Jungle Hijinxs level of the Jungle world.

It first appears in the opening; Diddy jumps out of the window to check on the bananas from the Banana Hoard, only to realize that they are stolen and pursue the thieves in hot rage. While Donkey Kong steps out onto the porch to see what the commotion is about, Kalimba Tiki suddenly appears and shuts both himself and DK inside the Treehouse, before trying to hypnotize him, but to no avail. After the opening sequence, Donkey Kong has to pummel Kalimba Tiki out the Treehouse's door, and start his quest.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

The Kongs celebrating DK's birthday in the Treehouse.

The Treehouse reappears in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, sporting the exact same look as in the previous game, though now with no front door and some wooden posts on the front porch, which Diddy and Dixie Kong briefly stand on top of during the CGI intro. Additionally, the interior, while remaining faithful to DKCR, has gotten some new additions. One of the framed pictures on the wall is revealed to be a photograph of DK and Diddy, and the house now has a rug on the floor. There is also a wooden table and a set of chairs, along with a set of four mugs that resemble small barrels, each having a different symbol on it that represents the character who is drinking from it.

In the beginning of the game, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Cranky Kong are sitting around a table, celebrating DK's birthday (a reference to the fact that 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the original Donkey Kong Country). A snowflake then blows in and douses the birthday candle, at the moment when DK is about to blow it out. DK then steps outside to see the approaching Snowmads freeze the island. The vikings send in a strong wind that sends the four Kongs flying to the Lost Mangroves. Though the Banana Hoard does not make an appearance in the intro, (nor appear to be the Kongs' main objective in the game), it is implied that it is still beneath the house like in the last game, and that the Snowmads stole it during their conquest.

Upon making it back to Donkey Kong Island, the game's sixth world, the treehouse is found in the first level, Homecoming Hijinxs. It cannot be entered, unlike its previous Donkey Kong Country appearances, and appears merely as a background element.

Super Smash Bros. series

The Treehouse appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee as scenery of the stages Jungle Japes and Kongo Jungle.

In Jungle Japes, the Treehouse sits on a raised wooden platform above a raging river, with a smaller platform off to each side, (one of them having a barrel-shaped outhouse on top of it). As seen from a window, the Treehouse has a silhouette of Cranky Kong that occasionally moves around. The Treehouse is also lighted and has a small rack of potions, a possible reference to Cranky's mad scientist role in Donkey Kong 64. The stage reappears as a Retro Stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. 4, where it received no visual or gameplay differences, (with the exception of receiving an Omega-form in the latter game).

In Kongo Jungle, the Treehouse is a background element in the stage that is positioned above a rapid waterfall.

Mario series

Mario vs. Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong's Treehouse briefly appears in the prologue of Mario vs. Donkey Kong, where Donkey Kong surfs through channels until he stumbles upon an advert for Mini Marios. He gets attracted by the toy, and decides to rob the manufacturer building, Mario Toy Company. Visually, the only distinctive features of the house are a television and a couch, while the rest of the room is mostly dark.

Mario Kart 7

The Treehouse reappears in Mario Kart 7, and it retains its appearance from Donkey Kong Country Returns. It appears on the side of the track DK Jungle with a DK Barrel on its porch. But unlike Donkey Kong Country Returns, the Treehouse is near the Golden Temple, while in said game, the player had to navigate through the entire island to reach it. This course reappears in Mario Kart 8.