Donkey Kong 64

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Donkey Kong 64
Developer(s) Rareware
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platforms Nintendo 64,
Wii U Virtual Console
Release date: USA November 22, 1999[1]
Europe December 6, 1999[2]
Japan December 10, 1999[3]
Australia 2000

Virtual Console (Wii U)
Japan April 2, 2015
Europe April 2, 2015
Australia April 2, 2015
USA April 16, 2015
Genre Platformer
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
Modes 1-4 players
Media 256Mbit (32MB) cartridge
Walkthrough on Strategy Wiki Donkey Kong 64

Donkey Kong 64 is a platform video game developed by Rare and developed by Nintendo, that was released for the Nintendo 64 on November 22, 1999 in the United States.[1] The game is a follow-up to the Donkey Kong Country trilogy for the Super Nintendo.

Donkey Kong 64 is the first Nintendo 64 game to require the N64 Expansion Pak, that was used to fix a "game-breaking bug";[4] The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is the only other game whose use of the Pak is obligatory.


King K. Rool returns to Donkey Kong Island in a metallic ship called Crocodile Rock. The rebuilt island now contains the Blast-o-Matic, a new invention created by an former Kremling Krew technician: Snide. K. Rool intends to demolish Donkey Kong Island with the Blast-o-Matic, but due to his crew's incompetence, the island collides into a rock, causing the Blast-o-Matic to be destroyed. Crocodile Isle then docks in front of Donkey Kong Island.

In response to the situation, K. Rool orders his Kremling generals abduct Diddy Kong, Tiny Kong, Lanky Kong, and Chunky Kong and steal Donkey Kong's Golden Banana hoard.

Later, Donkey Kong is seen exercising while listening to the DK Rap on his radio. Squawks then appears at his treehouse and informs him K. Rool. DK then heads to Cranky (who plays the role of a mad scientist in this game) and informs him about K. Rool kidnapping his fellow Kongs and stealing his banana hoard. Cranky then offers DK his potions on the adventure, but only if he completes four of his Training Barrel challenges. Once DK completes the challenges, Cranky gives him a Simian Slam potion, which he uses to exit the interior of Donkey Kong Island. Outside, every area was blocked, except for an island near K. Rool's reconstructed island. Inside, DK met K. Lumsy, an enormous Kritter who refused to wreck Donkey Kong Island. DK then agreed to free K. Lumsy, causing K. Lumsy to boisterously celebrate. His tremulous celebration demolishes a boulder clogging the entryway to Jungle Japes.


DK climbing a tree

The player controls five available Kongs, and they venture into open and vast worlds. Donkey Kong is the only Kong playable from the start, while the other Kongs are unlocked in part of the storyline. The Kongs each have a different set of abilities they can do. The player can select between the five playable Kongs by entering the Tag Barrels, which is located around every world. Each Kong has a unique set of abilities that can learn when they purchase potions from Cranky Kong at his lab.

While the Kongs are venturing through the worlds, they must collect items that make use of their abilities. Each world features a certain amount of items that can only be collected by a certain Kong. All collectibles are of a certain color, whose color matches the item of the Kongs' color. There are various types of collectibles for the Kongs to collect, such as Banana Medals and Blueprints. The Kongs can also obtain Golden Bananas, which they can get when they accomplish certain tasks.

Animal Crates return, and only Rambi the Rhino and Enguarde the Swordfish appear. Donkey Kong and Lanky Kong are the only characters that can transform into them. Like in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, the Kongs transform directly into animal buddies. Rambi can attack enemies and smash crates and wooden walls. Enguarde can attack enemies and smash open chests and reveal hidden items.



  • Donkey Kong is a balanced character, having average speed and agility. He retains his Barrel Roll attack he had in Donkey Kong Country. His main attacks are punching and kicking. He can also use a double-handed punch while in the air. His special moves are Baboon Blast, Strong Kong, and Gorilla Gone. Donkey Kong's weapon is the Coconut Shooter, which he can use to shoot coconuts that can press certain switches. Donkey Kong is the only character who can access Barrel Blast challenges through the use of his Pad Move. His instrument is the Bongo.
  • Diddy Kong is an unlockable character in the game. He is unlocked in the first world, Jungle Japes, and is imprisoned in a cell in a mountainside. Diddy Kong retains his agility and Cartwheel attack. He is not as strong as Donkey Kong and Chunky Kong. His main attack is using his tail while he is in the air. His special moves are Simian Spring, Rocketbarrel Boost, and Chimpy Charge. His weapon is the Peanut Popguns, which he can use to shoot peanuts that can press certain switches. His instrument is the guitar.
  • Lanky Kong is an unlockable character in the game. He is unlocked in the second world, Angry Aztec. Lanky Kong is the fastest character, and he is banced in all other areas. His main attack is stretching his arms to attack enemies and he can also use his long arms to reach high items. His special moves are Baboon Balloon, OrangSprint, and OrangStand. His weapon is the Grape Shooter, which he can use to shoot grapes that can hit certain switches. His instrument is the trombone.
  • Tiny Kong is an unlockable character. She, along with Lanky, can be unlocked in the second world, Angry Aztec. Tiny is the most agile of the characters, but she has the weakest physical ability of the Kongs. Her special moves are Monkeyport, Mini-Monkey, and Pony Tail Twirl. Her weapon is the Feather Bow, which she uses to shoot feathers that can hit certain switches. He instrument is the saxophone.
  • Chunky Kong is an unlockable character. He is unlock in the third world, Frantic Factory. Chunky is the strongest Kong; he can lift heavy objects such as boulders. He is the slowest and has the lowest jump of all the Kongs. His main attacks are punching and spinning. His special moves are Gorilla Gone, Hunky Chunky, and Primate Punch. His weapon is the Pineapple Launcher, which he can use to fire pineapples to hit certain switches. His instrument is the triangle.

Animal Buddies[edit]

  • Enguarde the Swordfish returns in the game. He retains his abilities from Donkey Kong Country. Lanky Kong is the only character that can directly transform into Enguarde.



A few bosses in this game are fought twice.



Image Name Description
5-Banana Coin These coins add five Banana Coins to each Kong's inventory. They can only be found beneath DK Dirt Piles.
Animal Crate If DK jumps in a Rambi crate or Lanky swims into an Enguarde crate, they respectively transform into those Animal Buddies.
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Banana Camera Film Banana Camera film is film reel for the Banana Fairy's Camera, and it captures photographs of Banana Fairies.
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Banana Balloon These color-coded balloons consist of ten bananas for the active Kong.
Banana Bunch Coin Like the bananas, Banana Bunch Coins appear in five different colors, one color per Kong. They are used as currency in the game at Cranky's Lab, Funky's Armory, and Candy's Music Shop. There are 949 Banana Coins in the game.
Banana Medal For every 75 bananas collected, a Banana Medal is received. After fifteen are accumulated, Cranky allows the player to play the classic Jetpac video game.
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Banana Bananas appear in five different colors: yellow for DK, red for Diddy, blue for Lanky, purple for Tiny, and green for Chunky. They either show up individually, are bunched in a group of five, or packed in a group of ten inside of a Banana Balloon. In each world a certain amount of bananas should be fed to Scoff to elevate Troff, both on a pulley-like machine, to a boss door's keyhole. Upon doing so, Troff unlocks the boss door.
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Battle Arena Crown The Kongs receive a Battle Arena Crown for every survival against the Kremlings in a battle arena within a certain time period. There are ten Battle Arena Crowns in the game; four are needed to open a rising door leading to K. Rool's throne room. All ten crowns are necessary to add up to the game's 101 percent completion.
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Boss Key There are eight Boss Keys in the game; each key unlocks a padlock of K. Lumsy's cage. After each one is unlocked, K. Lumsy is freed from his cage. The Kongs are rewarded a Boss Key for defeating a boss.
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Candy's Headphones Candy's Headphones replenish the amount of times a Kong can perform on his or her instrument.
Crystal Coconut Crystal Coconuts are a power source for each Kong's Kong Barrel move, which can be purchased at Cranky's Lab as the game progresses. A Kong's move wears out if he or she loses every Crystal Coconut.
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DK Dirt Pile Underneath a DK Dirt Pile is a 5-Banana Coin. It unearths if the active Kong uses the Shockwave move taught by the Banana Fairy Princess.
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Golden Banana Golden Bananas have a pivotal role in the game. The player must recover the Golden Bananas stolen from the Banana Hoard. They also allow the Kongs to bypass B. Locker and access more worlds. Each world contains twenty-five Golden Bananas, five per Kong.
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Melon Crate Melon Crates reveal four watermelon slices that replenish a whole watermelon of the Kongs' health meter.
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Nintendo Coin/Rareware Coin Both coins are required to open an automatic door in Hideout Helm that houses the final Boss Key. The Nintendo Coin is earned for completing the Donkey Kong arcade game twice, while the Rareware Coin is earned by scoring at least 5,000 points in Jetpac at Cranky's Lab.
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Orange The game's oranges have an equivalent role to grenades.
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Supply Crate Supply Crates encase the active Kong's shooter ammo. Each crate contains five doses of ammo.
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Watermelon Watermelons serve as the Kongs' health meter. Each meter can be replenished by watermelon slices. If a Kong is hit, either one or two slices is depleted from the health meter. If every slice is lost, the game restarts the stage that the active Kong is currently in.


There are a few barrel variations the Kongs stumble upon in their adventure. There are four main types:

Image Name Description
Bonus Barrel DK64.png Bonus Barrel Transports the active Kong to a bonus stage. If completed, the Kongs receive a Golden Banana.
Barrel donkey.jpg Cranky's Kong Barrels These barrels allow a Kong to perform their special unique move; the move has to first be provided to them by Cranky. These moves are fueled by Crystal Coconuts.
Steel Keg & Chunky - Fungi Forest.png Steel Keg Three Steel Kegs appear in one of Fungi Forest's mills. They can only be lifted by Chunky.
Tag Barrel.png Tag Barrel Tag Barrels allow the player to select a different Kong to play as. A few of them are found in each world.
TNT Barrel DK64.png TNT Barrel TNT Barrels are explosive barrels used against Army Dillo and Dogadon as an attack. Either boss is defeated if a Kong hurls enough TNT Barrels at one. Kaboom, one of the game's enemies, dwells in a TNT Barrel.


Image Name Description
Kong Switch - Donkey Kong 64.png Kong Switch A Kong Switch depicts either one of the five Kongs. Only the depicted Kong can activate the switch by either Simian Slam (green switch), the Super Simian Slam (blue switch), or the Super Duper Simian Slam (red switch). The switch often allows the Kongs to access new areas.
Target Switch - Donkey Kong 64.png Switch Switches have an identical role to Kong Pads. Every one depicts a certain weapon ammo that is necessary to hit it. It has either a coconut (DK's Coconut Cannon), a peanut (Diddy's Peanut Popguns), a grape (Lanky's Grape Pipe), a feather (Tiny's Feather Bow), or a pineapple (Chunky's Pineapple Launcher).
Wall Switch - Donkey Kong 64.png Wall Switch A Wall Switch has the same effect as a normal switch does. There are only two variations of the switch for Diddy and Chunky respectively. Only Chunky can activate a switch depicting him, by using his Primate Punch move. Diddy uses Chimpy Charge to activate his appropriate Wall Switches.


Image Name Description
Bananaport Pad - Donkey Kong 64.png Bananaport Pad Two identically numbered (either 1 through 5) Bananaport Pads can be interchangeably used by the Kongs to rapidly transport through an area. Both identically-numbered pads are only usable once the Kongs have stepped on both of them.
Battle Arena Pad - Donkey Kong 64.png Battle Arena Pad Battle Arena Pads are steel-plated pads with a mugshot of K. Rool on them. They transport the Kongs to a battle arena where they fight Kremlings for a certain period of time for a Battle Arena Crown.
DK Pad - Donkey Kong 64.png Cranky's Kong Pad After a specific Kong learns a specific move from Cranky, he or she can perform that move by standing on an appropriate pad depicting him or her.
Music Pad - Donkey Kong 64.png Music Pad Each Music Pad depicts a specific Kong's musical instrument on it. The appropriate Kong must step onto the pad and play their instrument. Performing on a pad usually opens up a blocked passageway. The Music Pad does not diminish the Kongs' musical energy.


For the game's gallery, see Donkey Kong 64/gallery.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Release Dates (Wayback Machine)
  2. Nintendo UK Page
  3. Official Japanese Website
  4. Nintendo Life