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Donkey Kong 64 is similar to Rareware's other Nintendo 64 platformer series, Banjo Kazooie, but starring Donkey Kong and his friends from the Donkey Kong Country games. Several new features have been added to the game, like being able to change between different characters with different weapons and abilities.

As with many platformer games players will run around the various levels, jumping, swimming, and climbing where needed. Each level has multiple objectives, such as collecting DK's stolen golden bananas, collecting bananas color coded to each of the five characters, and miscellaneous other objects that need to be found to eventually complete 100% of the game. The player starts only being able to choose Donkey Kong, and must rescue the other four characters from the early levels before they can be used. By visiting Cranky Kong in each level more moves can be learned for each character, allowing them to complete challenges and reach sections in levels that were previously inaccessible.


Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 Opening Music Video
Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 Weapons Dude
Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 The DK Island
Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 Lush Jungle Graphics

Promo Images

Donkey Kong 64 Screenshot
Donkey Kong 64 Render
Donkey Kong 64 Screenshot
Donkey Kong 64 Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "DK64" -- Common abbreviation
  • "ドンキーコング64" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

It's... Banjo-Kazooie. Except with a little... no, it's Banjo. Vance (98) unrated
Very Good Game Marred by Item Collecting SamandMax (60) unrated
A beautifully constructed game gamewarrior (5060) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Nintendo Land 2003 98 out of 100 98
Super Play (Sweden) Dec, 1999 95 out of 100 95
Video Games Nov, 1999 94 out of 100 94
Retroage Jan 30, 2008 9.3 out of 10 93
Power Unlimited Dec, 1999 9.3 out of 10 93
Nintendojo Jan 21, 2000 9.2 out of 10 92 Dec 21, 1999 18 out of 20 90
GameSpot Dec 22, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Spel för Alla Feb, 2000 8 out of 10 80
HappyPuppy Jan 18, 2000 7 out of 10 70


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Expansion Pak

This game was originally shipped with the N64 memory Expansion Pak included in the box, as this was one of the first games to require it.

Mini games

In the game, you get to play the arcade classics Donkey Kong and Jetpac during different stages.


  • Total! (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 - Best N64 Platformer in 1999
Information also contributed by Kalrac

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Knyght (648) added Donkey Kong 64 (Nintendo 64) on Jul 25, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (17480)