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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 The DK Island
Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 Jetpac, one of two classic games included
Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 Title Screen
Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 Tiny in the Aztec Level

Promo Images

Donkey Kong 64 Screenshot
Donkey Kong 64 Magazine Advertisement Club Nintendo (Editorial Televisa, Mexico), Issue 98 (Year #9, No. 1 - January 2000)
Donkey Kong 64 Render
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 (101) unrated
Very Good Game Marred by Item Collecting SamandMax (78) unrated
A beautifully constructed game gamewarrior (5042) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Play 64 Dec, 1999 97 out of 100 97
Gamers Europe Mar 25, 2002 9.5 out of 10 95
Power Unlimited Dec, 1999 9.3 out of 10 93 Dec 21, 1999 18 out of 20 90
Netjak Apr 29, 2002 9 out of 10 90
PGNx Media Apr 30, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
Random Access 2005 8.4 out of 10 84
Game Revolution Dec 01, 1999 B+ 83
Spel för Alla Feb, 2000 8 out of 10 80
HappyPuppy Jan 18, 2000 7 out of 10 70


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
Information also contributed by Kalrac

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Knyght (710) added Donkey Kong 64 (Nintendo 64) on Jul 25, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (21113)