Mario Sports series

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The Mario Sports series refers to any spinoff game that includes characters from the Mario franchise and involves a sport. Donkey Kong has starred in many of these games and recently some other DK characters have appeared in Mario Sports games as well. This article covers solely Donkey Kong information in regards to the games below.

Mario Golf series[edit]

The Mario Golf series is a series of games involving Mario characters playing golf. Donkey Kong has appeared in several of these games.

Game Summary
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Mario Golf (N64)
The first game in the series stars Donkey Kong as one of the unlockable characters in the game. He has a drive of 275 yards. Unlike the rest of the Mario cast, DK does not have any courses themed after his games.
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Mario Golf (GBC)
DK returns in the Game Boy Color version of Mario Golf, but is not playable.
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Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
Donkey Kong appeared on the Nintendo GameCube iteration of the Mario Golf series as a default character, and Diddy Kong makes his first Mario Golf appearance. Donkey Kong also has a course, "Congo Canopy", themed after him.
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Mario Golf: Advance Tour
Donkey Kong also stars in this game.
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Mario Golf: World Tour
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong are playable in the Nintendo 3DS game, Mario Golf: World Tour.


Mario Kart series[edit]

The Mario Kart series are racing games featuring Nintendo Characters. A Mario Kart game has appeared on almost every Nintendo system since the SNES. There are currently 7 main games in the series.

Game Summary
Super Mario Kart
The first game in the Mario Kart series, released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo. Donkey Kong Jr. appears in this game as a heavy-weight character, in addition to the Banana Peel item, which has since been an item in every Mario Kart game. It includes 20 simple courses themed after Mario Games.
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Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart 64 is the second Mario Kart game released in 1996 for the Nintendo 64. Donkey Kong appears as a heavy-weight playable character. D.K.'s Jungle Parkway is Donkey Kong's home track in the game. When racers go off-course, restless natives will throw stones at them, much like Minkeys do in DKC3. A cruise boat named Mario floats around the river in the jungle.
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Mario Kart Super Circuit
Mario Kart Super Circuit, also know as Mario Kart Advance in Japan, is the third Mario Kart game released in 2001 for the Game Boy Advance. DK is playable yet again.
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Double Dash is the fourth Mario Kart game released in 2003 for the GameCube. The game features the ability for two players to ride on a kart, one to drive and one to use items. Donkey Kong returns as a heavy-weight character. Diddy Kong makes his debut in the series as a lightweight character. There are specific Special Items for each character -- The Kongs have the Giant Banana Peel. A new track, DK Mountain, is playable. It takes place in a jungle around a active volcano. There is a giant Barrel Cannon in the jungle, that blasts the player to the volcano. Two DK-themed vehicles are available: DK Jumbo is a heavyweight kart made out of a huge barrel, has limbers for wheels, and the Barrel Train is Diddy Kong's unlockable kart. As a lightweight kart, it has greater speed, but less acceleration.
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Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart DS is the fifth game created for the Mario Kart series, it was released in 2005 for the Nintendo DS. It features Wi-Fi connection, a Mission Mode, and a map on the bottom screen. A new Donkey Kong themed course, DK Pass, takes place on a snowy mountain. There are two DK themed karts: Rambi Rider, an unlockable kart based on Rambi, and Wildlife, an unlockable safari off-road vehicle.
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart Wii is the sixth installment of the Mario Kart series, released in 2008 for the Wii. A Wii Wheel is included in the package because Nintendo aimed that it would make it a more realistic steering experience. It is, however, compatible with other controllers as well. It features many classic Mario Kart characters as well as several new ones, Wi-Fi, and a new type of vehicle, bikes. Donkey and Diddy are playable, with Funky Kong making his debut on a Mario game as an unlockable racer in the heavyweight class. Funky is considered one of the best racers in the game for his slightly above average stats, including his high speed. DK courses are as follows:
Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 7 is the seventh Mario Kart game in the series. It was released in 2011 for the Nintendo 3DS, and was the first game in the series to introduce gliding and underwater elements. Donkey Kong is playable. Two DK themed courses are included with the game: DK Jungle, which takes place in a jungle featuring elements from Donkey Kong Country Returns, and DK Pass, which takes place on a snowy mountain.
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Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 is the eighth Mario Kart game in the series. It was released in May 2014 for the Wii U. It is the first Mario Kart game in the series to have the anti-gravity gimmick. Donkey Kong is playable, and DK Jungle returns from MK7.


Mario Baseball series[edit]

The Mario Baseball series is a series of Mario games which features Mario and his friends playing baseball. There are currently two games in the seires. Donkey Kong and Diddy are team captains in both entries in the series.

Game Summary
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Mario Superstar Baseball
Mario Superstar Baseball is the first game in the Mario Baseball series. It was developed by Namco and published by Nintendo in 2005 for Nintendo GameCube. Donkey and Diddy Kong are Team Captains, and Dixie Kong is an unlockable team player. Klaptrap appears as a enemy, and Swanky Kong makes a cameo. Klaptraps and Barrels appears in this stadium. Barrel Batter, a mini-game where the player must hit the ball into the row of Barrels, is located in this stadium. The Kongs have their own stadium, the Donkey Kong Jungle stadium.
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Mario Super Sluggers
Mario Super Sluggers is the second game in the Mario Baseball series. It was developed by Namco Bandai and published by Nintendo in 2008 for the Wii. This game makes use of the Wii's motion controls; it allows players to use the Wii-remote to simulate swinging a bat. The DK Jungle stadium returns, and the Banana Peel is a new item -- 3-6 bananas are shot out to slip the outfielder. Donkey and Diddy return as team captains. The team players are as follows:


Mario Tennis series[edit]

Game Summary
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Mario's Tennis
Mario's Tennis was released in 1995 for Virtual Boy. It is the first game in the Mario Tennis series. Donkey Kong Jr. was playable.
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Mario Tennis 64
Mario Tennis 64 was Mario's second tennis game. It was released in 2000 for Nintendo 64. This game has two Donkey Kong characters -- Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr., both of which are Power characters. DK has his own court, Donkey Kong Court.
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Mario Tennis GB
Mario Tennis GB was released in 2000 for the Game Boy Color. In this game, Donkey Kong is one of the few playable characters at the start. Strangely, Donkey Kong's hair color is purple in this game. Jungle Court reappears, and is the same as Donkey Kong Court.
Mario Power Tennis
Mario Power Tennis was the Mario Tennis game for the GameCube and was remade on the Wii. This game has sixteen Mario characters and two Donkey Kong characters. This is the first Tennis game and the second Mario sport game that Diddy Kong appeared in. The game features the DK Jungle Court.

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Mario Tennis: Power Tour
Mario Tennis: Power Tour was developed by Camelot and published by Nintendo in 2005 for Game Boy Advance. DK is playable.
Mario Tennis Open
Mario Tennis Open was developed by Camelot and published by Nintendo in 2012 for Nintendo 3DS. Donkey and Diddy Kong are playable, and have their own court.


Mario Football series[edit]

The Mario Football series, also known as the Mario Strikers series in North America and Japan, is a series of Mario football games developed by Next Level Games.

Game Summary
Super Mario Strikers
Super Mario Strikers is the first game in the Mario Football series. It was released in 2005 for GameCube. Donkey Kongm Kritter, and Robo-Kritter are playable. A DK themed field, Konga Coliseum, is available. The Banana Peel is an item.
Mario Strikers Charged
Mario Strikers Charged is the second game in the Mario Football series. It was released in 2007 for Wii. DK and Kritter return as playable characters, and Diddy is added to the roster. Konga Coliseum returns.


Mario Basketball series[edit]

Mario Hoops 3-on-3[edit]


Mario Hoops 3-on-3, known in Europe as Mario Slam Basketball and in Japan as Mario Basketball 3on3 (マリオバスケ 3on3 Mario Basuke 3on3) was a Mario sports game for the Nintendo DS released in 2006, and was the first basketball game in the Mario Sports Series. It was the first Mario sports game to be developed by Square Enix, and includes characters from Square Enix's Final Fantasy series of games.




Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games was Donkey Kong's first Mario & Sonic appearance, as he was absent from the original. In the Wii version, Donkey Kong is a "power" type, having high speed and power and moderate acceleration and speed. In the DS version he is also a power type, but now specializes in power and stamina, has moderate speed and below average jumping and technique. Donkey Kong's main rival is Knuckles the Echidna. The player can also earn a Diddy Kong Costume when they purchase the Black Shopping Card.


Mario Sports Mix[edit]


Mario Sports Mix is a sports game released for the Wii. Like Mario Hoops 3-on-3, it was developed by Square Enix, and includes characters from the Final Fantasy series.