Donkey Kong Country Trivia
Animated seriesAn animated TV series was based on the characters and world of the Donkey Kong Country game. Running from 1997-2000, the series featured all of the cast from the game plus additional new characters. The series was animated with CGI (mostly with SoftImage for those who care), and was not very successful commercially in North America.
Board gameIn 1995, Milton Bradley combined two of the great youth trends of the '90s and brought together the world of Donkey Kong Country and a POG-slamming game.
Cranky KongCranky Kong is actually the "original" Donkey Kong from the early 80s and will drone on and on about how games don't need 16-bits and etc.
Donkey Kong JuniorDonkey Kong's sidekick for Donkey Kong Country was originally going to be an updated version of Donkey Kong Junior from the 1980s arcade game. Nintendo, however, objected, and told Rare to either keep Junior's original design, or create a completely new character. This resulted in the introduction of Diddy Kong, who has since replaced Junior in all later Donkey Kong games. Following this, DK Junior's appearances have been reduced to that of an unlockable/trophy in sports-based Mario spin-offs.
Game Boy Advance VersionThe Game Boy Advance version has the contrast cranked up to make the game easier to see on the darker LCD screen.
SoundtrackThe music that Cranky Kong plays on the Victrola during the intro is a rendition of the actual Donkey Kong music from the original 8-bit Nintendo game.
Super Power reviewThe game got a full 100 % in the Swedish magazine Super Power. The game was rated in the one day they got to borrow the early cassette. The reviewer today claims that he committed a breach of duty, and was completely astounded by the graphics so he couldn't make a proper review of the game.
TechnologyDonkey Kong Country was the first game to feature the new ACM graphics technique. ACM was a new graphics technique which allowed rendering of sprites, which made the graphics for the 16 bit games that used it (the DKC games, Killer Instinct and more) extremely detailed. When it first was presented most people took it as a game for what was at the time called Project Reality (i.e. Nintendo 64). People were really shocked when it turned out to be a game for the SNES.
- Electronic Gaming Monthly
- November 1994 (Issue 64) - Game of the Month
- FLUX Magazine
- Issue #4 - #17 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
- 1994 (Vol.3, Iss. 1) - Best SNES Action/Platform Game of the Year 1994
- 1994 (Vol.3, Iss. 1) - Best SNES Special Effects
- March 1995 - Game of the Year 1994
- March 1995 - Best SNES Game in1994
- March 1995 - Best Action Game in 1994
- March 1995 - Best Graphics in 1994
- March 1995 - Best Gameplay in 1994
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