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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 Wii U Swimming
Donkey Kong 64 Wii U Scoring a Golden Banana in exchange for Blueprints
Donkey Kong 64 Wii U Playing as the Rhino
Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 Jetpac, one of two classic games included

Promo Images

Donkey Kong 64 Screenshot
Donkey Kong 64 Screenshot
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. Nintendo 64 Vance (101)
Very Good Game Marred by Item Collecting Nintendo 64 SamandMax (78)
A beautifully constructed game Nintendo 64 gamewarrior (5084)

Critic Reviews

Meristation Nintendo 64 Dec 30, 1999 9.5 out of 10 95
Gamers Europe Nintendo 64 Mar 25, 2002 9.5 out of 10 95
Mega Fun Nintendo 64 Dec, 1999 94 out of 100 94
Retroage Nintendo 64 Jan 30, 2008 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Critics Nintendo 64 Jan 11, 2000 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Dec 22, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Cincinnati Enquirer Nintendo 64 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 88
Game Revolution Nintendo 64 Dec 01, 1999 B+ 83
Game Freaks 365 Nintendo 64 2002 6.7 out of 10 67
Gamekult Nintendo 64 Oct 20, 2000 5 out of 10 50


Topic # Posts Last Post
Edit. 1 GAMEBOY COLOR! (2002)
Mar 17, 2009


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
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