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Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat (GameCube)

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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 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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The Next Level Apr 18, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
4Players.de Feb 17, 2005 85 out of 100 85
NintendoWorldReport Jan 24, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Fragland.net Mar 08, 2005 82.5 out of 100 82
Diehard GameFan Apr 06, 2005 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Mar 08, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
1UP Mar 14, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Master May 23, 2007 7.8 out of 10 78
Netjak Apr 04, 2005 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Mar 11, 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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