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 Feb 18, 2005 86 out of 100 86 GameCube Feb 17, 2005 85 out of 100 85
NintendoWorldReport GameCube Jan 24, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85 Wii Jun 23, 2009 84 out of 100 84
Common Sense Media Wii Jan, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retroage GameCube Sep 30, 2009 8 out of 10 80 (UK) GameCube Feb 15, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Netjak GameCube Apr 04, 2005 7 out of 10 70


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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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