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Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat

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MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
80
3.6
Wii
80
3.8

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www.nintendo.com - Wii (US):

    New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat



    System: Wii
    Release Date: May 4, 2009
    No. of Players: 1 player
    Category: Action
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Developer: Nintendo


    Game Overview



    The highly rated Nintendo GameCube game, created by the same team that developed Super Mario Galaxy, returns with enhanced motion controls and new surprises.

  • The Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers put Donkey Kong's actions right in players' hands. Players use buttons and motion controls to move through the game. When it comes time to box with bosses, players punch with both hands.
  • As Donkey Kong, players brave a jungle adventure by swinging, soaring, swimming and using acrobatic moves. But the goal isn't to run through levels as quickly as possible – the real skill lies in stringing moves together to travel like a daredevil, touching the ground as little as possible.
  • The game's imaginative worlds now have many areas partially redesigned to take full advantage of the new Wii controls. Newcomers will enjoy its fantastic jungles, dazzling caverns and wondrous seas, while fans of the original will discover fresh thrills as they take on the challenge of the new controls.

    Game storyline: Donkey Kong sets out to prove he's king of the jungle and beyond. He rampages through lava caves, savage seas and crazy locales like a ninja-chimp fortress. Only when Donkey Kong defeats all the kings of his world – by boxing with apes, rabid warthogs, ballistic elephants and giant birds – can he call himself king.

    Players who traveled the lands of the original Donkey Kong Jungle Beat will notice some changes to the kingdoms, such as additional enemies and obstacles, plus features like Skull Stones, Shock Spheres and classic Cannon Barrels. In addition, new monkey friends appear on many levels. Helper Monkeys give hints about how to survive the kingdoms and score more bananas, while Checkpoint Monkeys let players restart from midway through a level with their checkpoint banana total intact. The game also includes two surprises at the end: a boss-rush against all the Kongs and a victory feast for Donkey Kong once he has become the king of everything.

    How to progress through the game: Players run, jump, swim, battle, swing on vines and collect bananas as they explore beautiful side-scrolling environments that span volcano caves, snowy peaks and fantastic skyscapes. Players also must hitch rides on parrots and killer whales, bounce off pinball-like obstacles and battle tons of bizarre enemies. Players collect bananas as they go, but the real trick lies in building up combo multipliers. This is done by linking different mid-air moves like vine swings, backflips and wall springs to avoid returning to the ground. If players sustain a combo in mid-air, all bananas collected during the combo are multiplied by that combo, which leads to much higher banana scores.

    Characters: Donkey Kong, little monkey pals and ridable animal friends, like the wildebeest Hoofer and killer whale Orco. Dozens of outlandish enemies, like bloated Bumblebuzzes, speedy Ninjapes and the runaway-train-like Iguanagons.

    Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Players control Donkey Kong's running, jumping and banana grabbing by using the control stick and buttons. Motion controls turn a player's hands into Donkey Kong's hands – moving the Wii Remote and Nunchuk gives the realistic feeling of grabbing vines, boxing or unleashing a powerful sound-wave clap.


    Contributed by Michael Cassidy (8291) on Dec 10, 2012.

www.nintendo.com:

    Release your inner ape.

    You don't just play Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. You have a full-body experience.

    Uniquely controlling the action via the DK Bongos Controller, you'll wham, bam and clap your way through incredibly beautiful landscapes and huge boss battles that threaten to shatter the borders of your TV screen. It's no wonder that an early version of this game was the surprise hit of last year's E3 trade show. The final version is even more stunning.

    Features

    • Unique controls via the DK Bongos Controller
    • Stunning graphics
    • In classic DK style, get help from many animal friends
    • Elaborate combo system maximizes playability

    You simply must experience the one-of-a-kind thrill of experiencing Jungle Beat for yourself! Fortunately, it's a snap to search for a store where you can play Donkey Kong Jungle Beat with the DK Bongos Controller.

    This game isn't like rhythm masterpiece Donkey Konga, which also uses the Bongos controller. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat isn't a musical game at all. It's an exciting, high-energy action game that uses the DK Bongos controller in a completely unique way. (Two versions of the game will be available: one with the DK Bongos controller, and one without, for those of you who already have Donkey Konga.)

    Many Moves

    Free from buttons, we took Donkey Kong on a relaxing stroll by tapping on the right bongo. Relaxing, that is, until about two seconds into the mountain level. DK jumped on the back of his pal Hoofer, a wildebeest, and a massive snowball followed. The faster we tapped the right bongo, the faster DK and his mount went. But the snowball didn't slow down. So we tapped faster and faster until we gave the snowball the slip. Later in the level, we again were chased, this time by a legless green creature that swam through the snowball like a fish. However, we trailed the snowball this time. If we went too fast, we got crushed by the snowball. Too slow and we were snack food. If we clapped, though, we sent out shockwaves that gradually pulverized the snowball.

    In the more traditional side-scrolling level, Donkey Kong moved right when we tapped right on the bongo. He moved left when we tapped left, and he jumped when we simultaneously tapped both bongos. When we clapped our hands, DK either beat his chest or threw a punch, depending on the situation.

    For such a big ape, Donkey Kong spends more time airborne than an astronaut. He trampolines off high-wires, gets flung into the air by monkey buddies, swings from vines, grabs hold of and commandeers parachutes through windstorms. The levels dedicated to getting DK aloft give you a giddy, lighter-than-air feel.

    One of the very cool things about this game is that a big Donkey Kong is almost always in the foreground. This exquisitely detailed, fully animated DK shows exactly what he's doing on his hair-raising adventures -- beating his chest, grinning mischievously, even free-falling, with his famous tie flapping in the wind. It's a great innovation that makes you feel like you're the famous gorilla.

    The different jumping combos you performed with different bongo taps were very slick. Donkey Kong can sail through the air or jump straight up and pound down on an opponent. He can climb chasms by leaping from wall to wall with alternating left and right taps. Simultaneous taps make him swing from vine to vine.

    Drums taps and claps also make flitting fairies suddenly congregate into steps and tiny mushrooms spring up into giant platforms that DK can then climb. Swim through sunken galleons, hurtle through volcano cones and, in short, bash your way through many more exotic levels, all beautifully imagined by master game artists.

    Bosses

    They're HUGE. It's surprising how naturally the bongos fit into a traditional fighting scheme. Why hasn't anyone thought of this before? You can show a lot of finesse, ducking and feinting, and then unleash a massive, beast-battering blow against a giant ape, a monstrous boar-like creature, and a bird the size of east Texas.

    Officially a one-player game, Jungle Beat invites manic cooperation. While you pound the bongos, have a buddy clap. By linking together moves to build up combo strings, you can collect more and more bananas. The more you collect, the better; you can earn bronze, silver, gold, and platinum crests on each level, and collecting crests will open up more and more levels. Of course, you'll want to grab crests solo. But there's something about a side-scrolling jam session that's just way cool.

    Bottom Line

    Whoa! Guess we won't need to go to the gym -- we just spent a half-hour on Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. It's that exciting an experience, and it's coming to your Nintendo GameCube March 14.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54455) on Mar 06, 2006.

www.nintendo.com.au – GameCube:
    Feel the beat of a completely new Donkey Kong® adventure as you drum your way through vast jungle kingdoms!

    An action/adventure game like no other! Grab a DK Bongos Controller and use it to guide Donkey Kong through wild jungle environments brimming with ravenous enemies and challenging obstacles.

    Control is in the bongos! Tap the right drum to walk right and the left one to walk left. To run, you’ll have to play a drum roll, and whacking both drums at once makes the great ape jump. Clapping or tapping the sides of the bongos makes Donkey Kong emit destructive sound waves and a slew of other things!

    This jungle's gone wild! Battle enormous beasts, collect bananas, put together combo strings, get in boxing matches with rivals and even ride animal pals!

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54455) on Oct 02, 2005.

Back of Case (US):
    Get ready for a completely new gaming experience as you drum through an incredible jungle adventure with DK! Grab a set of DK Bongos and use them to guide Donkey Kong through wild jungle environments brimming with ravenous enemies and bongo-busting challenges.

    • String together aerial combos to collect more bananas! The more you get, the more stages you'll unlock-over 40 areas to unlock in all!
    • Control is in the bongos! Hit the drums to make DK run, jump, do backflips, pound the ground, leap off walls, and much more!
    • Fight to be the jungle king! Beat the drums to pummel angry apes, wild warthogs, and a slew of other foes!

    Contributed by Sciere (263258) on Aug 07, 2005.