Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat

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After the Donkey Konga games, Nintendo thought of a novelty use for the DK Bongos device. In Jungle Beat, you still have to match the rhythm by hitting the bongos timely, but the visual presentation is a platformer, much like a regular Donkey Kong game. You control Donkey Kong by hitting the left or right bongos, while tapping both drums together or clapping allows for jumps, vine-swinging, wall-kicks, ground pounding and other moves.

You have to cross 40 areas to rid the island of evil kongs. During your journey, you can travel using a variety of animals, and they each need a certain rhythm to control. Aside from the input device, it is a regular platformer with power-ups, bananas to collect, many enemies and end bosses.

There are two versions of the game - one with the DK Bongos included and a lower-priced version without the device.


Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat Wii Title screen
Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat GameCube Controller suggestion screen

Alternate Titles

  • "ドンキーコングジャングルビート" -- Japanese spelling

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NintendoWorldReport GameCube Mar 22, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Press Start Online GameCube Jul 07, 2005 18 out of 20 90
N-Zone GameCube Mar 29, 2005 88 out of 100 88
IGN GameCube Mar 11, 2005 8.8 out of 10 88
Next Level Gaming GameCube Apr 04, 2005 88 out of 100 88 Wii Jun 23, 2009 84 out of 100 84
1UP GameCube Mar 14, 2005 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy GameCube Mar 08, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
That Gaming Site Wii May 15, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Jeux Vidéo Network Wii Jun 22, 2009 15 out of 20 75


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1001 Video Games

The GameCube version of Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #10 GameCube Game of the Year

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