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
N-Zone GameCube Mar 29, 2005 88 out of 100 88
1UP GameCube Mar 14, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Common Sense Media Wii Jan, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
UOL Jogos Wii May 12, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Diehard GameFan GameCube Apr 06, 2005 8 out of 10 80 GameCube Feb 03, 2005 15 out of 20 75 Wii Jun 10, 2009 15 out of 20 75
Cheat Code Central GameCube 2005 3.5 out of 5 70
Game Revolution GameCube Mar, 2005 B- 67


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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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