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Map Big Ape City Map
The world map of Big Ape City as seen in the game Donkey Kong Land for Game Boy.
Number of Stages 8
Boss(es) King K. Rool
Greater Location Donkey Kong Island
Game(s) Donkey Kong Land
First Appearance Donkey Kong Land (1995)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Land (1995)
Adjacent World(s) << Donkey Kong Land
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Big Ape City is the fourth and final world in the game Donkey Kong Land. This city is close to Donkey Kong Island. Big Ape City is a large urban area. Big Ape City has several apartment complexes and office buildings. There is also a large construction site in the city. The large blimp, with a DK logo on it, is where the boss of this world, King K. Rool, is fought.

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"Travel by zeppelin to Donkey Kong's favourite stomping ground, Big City. The sight of that familiar skyline might bring back fond memories, but don't waste your time sightseeing when there are Kremlings around!"
Donkey Kong Land Instruction Booklet, page 15
"Donkey Kong loves Big Ape City! Cranky used to roll barrels at a plunder in the construction site here. Use your street smarts and find King K. Rool's hideout."
Nintendo Power Vol. 74, page 11
"Big Ape City is the fourth and final world in Donkey Kong Land. Diddy and Donkey leap and carom across the skyline, bouncing and rolling through the DK Blimp and several Skyscrapers construction sites. King K. Rool is ready and waiting at his penthouse hideaway. Are you prepared for the rematch?"
Nintendo Power Vol. 74, page 20
"Kremlock Industries' hijacked this horrendous, smog-filled metropolis and made it their own. It's touted as a smorgasbord of iron and concrete laced with Hogwash, and party balloons. But it's the toughest mother of a platform gauntlet DK and Diddy have ever run!!!"
Donkey Kong Land Nintendo Magazine System, page 18


  • The name is a wordplay on New York City[1] while "Big Ape City" and "The Big Banana" are puns of "The Big Apple", a nickname for New York City.
  • This world may be related to the world Big-City from the game Donkey Kong '94 for Game Boy.
  • In the Donkey Kong Island, besides this world, the only other location with real "business" areas is the world Kremkroc Industries Inc. from the game Donkey Kong Country.
  • The construction site may be where Cranky Kong (known as Donkey Kong Sr., at the time) kidnapped Pauline in the original Donkey Kong game. The instruction booklet for the game itself claims that this area "brings back fond memories" (see Profiles section above).
    • Nintendo Power magazine[2] further pushed this fact with a statement in a caption in a screenshot of the Big Ape City, "Cranky used to roll barrels at a plumber in the construction site here".[citation needed]
  • Speculation says that "Fedora Kong" would have appeared here if he was not cut.
  • Speculation also says that the area may have been renamed as New Donk City, city located in the Metro Kingdom from the game Super Mario Odyssey.
  • The level called Construction Site Fight in the manual features balloons, while "Balloon Barrage" takes place in a construction site. This is most likely an error done while the manual was being written.