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Donkey Kong 64 (Nintendo 64)

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Back of Box (English/German/French/Dutch/Spanish/Italian):

    The Kong is back!!!



    The King of kongs returns in an action packed 3D arcade adventure - so massive that it needs an expansion pak to cram it all in!
    • Expansion Pak included in box!
    • 8 Giant worlds and 5 mischievous monkeys!
    • A variety of multiplayer modes for up to 4 players!


    The kong is back!!!



    Donkey Kong ist zurück - mit alten Freunden und neuen Streitern im Kampf gegen seinen Erzfeind, den Schuppen-Fiesling King K. Rool!
    • 8 gigantische Welten & ein riesiges Waffenarsenal!
    • 16:9 Widescreen-Format und Dolby Surround-Sound!
    • Verschiedene Multi-Spieler-Modi für bis zu 4 Spieler!


    Les Kong sont de retour!!!



    Donkey Kong est de retour, accompagné par ses vieux amis et de nouveaux alliés, pour boxer le vilain K.Rool!
    • 8 mondes gigantesques et plain d'armes!
    • Jouez en 16:9 et en Dolby Surround!
    • Un jeu Multi-joueurs pour 4 joueurs!


    De Kong is terug!!!



    Donkey Kong is terug, vergezeld van oude en nieuwe vrienden, om het op te nemen tegen zijn aartsvijand, de beruchte King K. Rool!
    • 8 Werelden en een uitgebreid wapenarsenaal!
    • Ondersteunt breedbeeld en Dolby Surround!
    • Multi-Player standen voor tot 4 spelers!


    ¡¡¡Vuelve Kong!!!



    ¡Vuelve Kong - con sus viejos amigos y algunos nuevos para emprender batalla contra su archi-enemigo, el Rey K. Rool!
    • 8 mundos enormes y un gran arsenal de armas
    • Sonide Dolby Surround y Widescreen (16:9)
    • Multitud de modos para 4 jugadores


    Donkey Kong è tornato!!!



    Donkey Kong è tornato con amici vecchi e nuovi per sconfiggere il suo acerrimo, l'infame King K. Rool!
    • 8 mondi e un arsenale impressionante!
    • Adattamento per schemo 16:9 e Dolby Surround!
    • Varie modalità di gioco fino a 4 giocatori!

    Contributed by Xoleras (66271) on Nov 24, 2005.

www.nintendo.com - Nintendo 64:

    DK's back and he's brought the whole family with him. It's a hairy ride for everybody's favorite great ape.



    Donkey Kong is back, in an incredible 3D adventure featuring massive mind-boggling worlds and a huge cast of charismatic characters. DK lives up to his huge rep big time in this hilarious game, developed exclusively for Nintendo 64.

    Donkey Kong 64 is a 3D adventure game created by the same code masters who gave the world GoldenEye 007, Diddy Kong Racing and Banjo-Kazooie. Accompanied by a pack of his primate pals, Donkey Kong is charged with the task of overthrowing King K. Rool and his army of piratical Kremlings.

    Just as the Donkey Kong Country series made a radical leap forward on the Super NES with ACM fully-rendered graphics, Rare is raising the bar for Nintendo 64 games with the size and depth of DK 64. As a result, Donkey Kong 64 was the very first game to actually require the use of the N64 Expansion Pak.

    The extra four megs of memory has allowed the artists at Rare to create spectacular multi-colored lighting effects and rich textures, without cutting any corners in the size or design of the sprawling worlds. Spinning lights and explosive special effects deliver delicious morsels of eye candy, rounding out a tasty visual package. Some of the textures are similar to Banjo-Kazooie, but the level designs are purely DK.

    It wouldn't be monkey business without Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, but this time three new playable characters are thrown into the mix. Tiny, Chunky and Lanky Kong complete the five-monkey team, and players will have to get to know each of them to complete the game.

    Each member of the DK crew must travel through the game's eight baffling worlds, but except for Donkey Kong they must be unlocked first. Since each monkey has a unique set of moves and abilities, players will explore different areas of each world depending on which character they are controlling. Many of the puzzles in DK 64 require players to switch frequently between different Kongs.

    After an amazingly thorough hip-hop introduction of each Kong, a lengthy cinematic sequence sets up the plot. Kaptain K-Rool has recovered from his 16-bit bashings and is ready to wreak havoc on DK Island. He has imprisoned all of the Kongs except for DK, and stolen Donkey Kong's entire hoard of Golden Bananas.

    Players begin their adventure as Donkey Kong, in a huge overworld even larger than the one found in Banjo-Kazooie. It isn't long before players discover a towering cage holding a giant Kremling named K. Lumsy, who was unwilling to follow K. Rool's orders to stomp DK Island into smithereens.

    The main goal in DK 64 is to find the seven keys necessary to unlock K. Lumsy's cage. The converted Kremling then assists the DK crew in reaching K. Rool, and the ensuing boss battles is one of the most creative bouts in video game history.

    After only a few moments controlling DK, it's obvious that the overall the play control in DK 64 is superb. There are 109 special moves distributed amongst the Kongs, but excellent on-screen tutorials and a logistical controller configuration make them easy to learn and execute.

    By far the most impressive aspect of Donkey Kong 64 is its overwhelming size. There are so many items to collect and objectives to complete that it's easy to get sidetracked during exploration. The challenges multiply as new Kongs are unlocked, because each primate has
    unique items to gather in every area of the game.

    Masters of tantalization, Rare frequently teases players with items or switches that are just out of reach. The secret to success in DK 64 is to remember where all of these items are located when you gain control of the correct Kong for the job.

    Donkey Kong 64 is crawling with fresh ideas and innovation, but Rare hasn't strayed too far from DK's roots. Even though DK 64 is a 3D adventure game that focuses heavily on exploration and puzzle-solving, there are obvious elements of old-fashioned platform action in the gameplay. Each stage presents a primary task to be accomplished, and it's up to the player to jump, swing, shoot or roll to the goal.

    Rare pays tribute to classic Donkey Kong Country gameplay elements with fast-paced mine cart stages and first-person barrel-cannon blasts, but new power-ups like peanut pistols, pineapple launchers and fruit grenades add a frantic shoot 'em up quality to DK 64. Also, Candy Kong returns to give each Kong a musical instrument which is used to activate switches and take out
    enemies.

    Dozens of mini-games scattered throughout the adventure add a great deal of variety to the gameplay. Boat races, slot car competitions and Kremling target shoots are just a few examples of the games available. These mini-games are featured in DK's mammoth multiplayer modes, along with a one- to four-player Donkey Kong death match.

    Donkey Kong 64 is now available, exclusively for Nintendo 64.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (52133) on Apr 27, 2005.

Back of Box (US):
    K. Rool has ape-napped the Kongs!

    Can Donkey Kong rescue his friends, reclaim the Golden Bananas and save his homeland from certain doom? Take out some Kremlings with Chunky’s Pineapple Launcher or Lanky’s Trombone. Float through the air using Tiny’s Pony Tail Twirl. Even rocket to the sky with Diddy’s Jetbarrel!

  • Don’t forget the mini-games! Challenge a seal to a race around the lagoon, go on a crazy mine cart race, and be on the lookout for a blast from the past.

  • Four players can join in on super split-screen action or duke it out in a single-screen free-for-all!

  • Use of the required Expansion Pak included allows incredible real-time lighting effects and massive environments.

    Contributed by gamewarrior (5067) on Nov 13, 2004.

E3 Press Release:
    The Beast Is Back Donkey Kong® 64 Invites Players Back To The Jungle On Nintendo 64

    LOS ANGELES, May 12, 1999 – This fall, the video game world will go ape all over again as Donkey Kong arrives on the only game system powerful enough to handle him, the Nintendo 64. Your favorite characters from the best-selling and critically acclaimed series are back with a brand new look, new friends and all new adventures. Donkey Kong 64, developed by the world-famous game designers at U.K.-based Rare Ltd. and published exclusively by Nintendo of America Inc., will be available November 22.

    Donkey Kong 64, one of the biggest games ever created for the N64, features massive environments and stunning graphics that truly push the N64 to its fullest potential. Multi-colored lighting effects create amazing visuals complemented by rich textures and engaging level design. These technical achievements are the result of Donkey Kong 64’s full use of the N64 Expansion Pak’. The Expansion Pak’s four-megs of extra memory, coupled with the N64’s internal power, will be required to play Donkey Kong 64.

    "Gamers all over the world are waiting anxiously for a new addition to the Donkey Kong series," says Peter Main, Nintendo’s executive vice president, sales and marketing. "We expect to sell more than 2.5 million units of Donkey Kong 64 in just six weeks, making it the clear winner of the holiday season."

    Players will be able to use familiar faces like Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, as well as new characters: Tiny, Chunky and Lanky. Each character has a unique set of abilities that need to be tapped in order to progress through the game. Players will find that only certain characters will be able to complete special tasks and open new areas. This unique game play requires all five characters to move through eight fantastic worlds taking their own individual path, effectively giving the player five different games in one. Donkey Kong 64 is a completely non-linear game, where players discover they will frequently need to play "catch-up" with all five characters to traverse through the game.

    Donkey Kong 64 features unprecedented depth, going far beyond the typical 3-D adventure. Fire Diddy out of a barrel, take Donkey for a wild ride on a mine cart and explore an ancient Aztec temple with Tiny. Discover a number of mini games and hidden bonus stages that keep the action fresh and unpredictable. Use a number of items and power-ups like peanut pistols, pineapple launchers and fruit grenades to battle platoons of mean-spirited Kremlings.

    Rare is a developer and publisher of games for Nintendo video game systems. Rare Ltd. has offices in the United Kingdom, and Rare, Inc., its wholly owned subsidiary, has offices in Miami, Fla. For more information about Donkey Kong 64, Rare or any Rare product, visit Rare’s web site on the Internet, www.rareware.com.

    Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, is the acknowledged worldwide leader in the creation of interactive entertainment. To date, Nintendo has sold more than one billion video games worldwide, has created such industry icons as Mario and Donkey Kong and launched franchises like The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon. Nintendo manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home video game systems, including the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy – the world’s best-selling video game system. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in North America.

    The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates Donkey Kong 64 "RP" for "Rating Pending." For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.

    For more information about Donkey Kong 64, or any other Nintendo product visit the company's web site, www.nintendo.com.

    Contributed by skl (1147) on Feb 17, 2004.