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For other uses, see Cranky's Hut
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Artwork of Cranky's Cabin from the game Donkey Kong Country for SNES.
Greater location(s) Donkey Kong Island
Inhabitant(s) Cranky Kong
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country (for SNES) (1994)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country (for GBA) (2003)
"Hey boy! Can you believe the shack they stuck me in?!"
Cranky Kong in the game Donkey Kong Country for SNES

Cranky's Cabin is Cranky Kong's house in the game Donkey Kong Country. It is a general tip service where Cranky will often share some of his wisdom about the game with Donkey and/or Diddy Kong for free, though he is infamous for his random ranting about how times were so different in games back in his day.

History

Donkey Kong Country

The cabin first appears in the game Donkey Kong Country, being located in every world map of the game. When the Kongs enter the local, while sitting on his rocking chair, Cranky Kong will greet them, usually with some wisecrack about how slow the heroes are or how easy the game is. Cranky then proceeds to do small talk, and beat the primates with his cane often. There will be some useful tips found in between his rambling. The tips shown are random, and they are not limited to specific locations of the cabin through the game. The tips are about character moves, game mechanics, enemies, Animal Buddies or some stages. During visits, Cranky Kong will always send the Kongs back to the world maps after finishing his dialogue. If the player wants new tips or see old tips again, they will need to revisit any of the cabins.

Cranky will also break into rants about how "easy" the heroes have it, how much he had struggled "back in the day", with "three shades of gray" and how his beard flows when he swings, calling it a "waste of frames", making fourth wall-breaking[1] jokes. Cranky can also comment how he would invite the Kongs in, but the game did not have enough memory space to it. After defeating the final boss, King K. Rool, in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy Color versions of Donkey Kong Country, the heroes will visit the Cranky's Cabin where he will congratulate the primates for recovering their banana hoard.

In the SNES and GBC versions of the same game, the exterior of the cabin resembles a large wooden barrel, sporting a typical gable roof made out of metal, and badly assembled. At the right side of the roof, there is a single, long cowl-shaped chimney. A tilted Nintendo logo can be spotted above the entrance of the cabin. Around the front of the cabin, there is an uneven wooden deck, where Cranky can be found sitting on his rocking chair. At the left side of the same deck, it is possible to see a crate, a wooden barrel, a bucket, an oil drum, a shovel and a Giant Banana. At the right side of the deck, there are some steel kegs, a lantern, a rope ladder and two stacked Animal Crates, both belonging to Rambi the Rhinoceros. There is also a large vertical sign with "Cranky's Cabin" written on it, next to the left side of the cabin.

In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country, the Cranky's Cabin is entirely remodeled, taking place inside instead of outside. The player still receives random tips about the game when visiting the cabin. Also in the same game version, the cabin resembles the interior of a large barrel, and many objects can be found inside it, including items referencing characters from other games created by Rare, the developer of Donkey Kong Country (see Screenshots in the Gallery section below).

  • A green, rectangle-shaped rug on the center of the room.
  • Some oil drums, wooden barrels, a bucket and crates on the background.
  • A CRT[2]-type television displaying some static, and placed over a piece of wooden furniture on the background.
  • A Nintendo logo placed behind an oil drum and the television on the background.
  • Sabre Wulf's head, from the game Sabre Wulf[3] for Game Boy Advance, is mounted on the wall at the right side of the room. Sabre Wulf sometimes blinks, indicating that he is not yet deceased.
  • A picture with the cast of the game Grabbed by the Ghoulies[4] on it, hanging on the wall above the television.
  • A single cross-window on the center of the wall in the background, and a red roller curtain above it.
  • A red lantern and a bookshelf on the wall at the left side of the room.
  • Some wooden barrels and an upside down mine cart on the foreground.
  • Mumbo Jumbo's mask, from the Banjo-Kazooie game series, can be seen on a barrel in the foreground.

Donkey Kong Country animated series

Aerial view of the Cranky's Cabin as seen in the first season of the Donkey Kong Country animated series.

Cranky Kong also possesses a house in the Donkey Kong Country animated series. However, it resembles a large hut, and the house is located over large trees in the jungle of the Kongo Bongo Island, making it more akin to a treehouse. The main entrance of the house is decorated with a large monkey statue and two bananas (see Screenshots in the Gallery section below).

In the same series, the treehouse is also where Cranky keeps his musical organ, potions, spellbooks and the Crystal Coconut, hidden inside a globe. A single plank pathway leads to the entrance of the house and, by activating Trigger Barrels connected to the same pathway, the Kongs can throw "uninvited guests" away, such as the Kremlings, that try to steal the Crystal Coconut.

Gallery

Screenshots

Backgrounds

Trivia

  • Hacking has shown that Cranky Kong actually had a wider selection of phrases programmed in the game Donkey Kong Country for SNES, though a majority were not in the final version.[5]
  • The Cranky's Cabin does not make an appearance in the game Donkey Kong Land. However, according to the story of the game, Donkey and Diddy Kong make a bet with Cranky Kong in the location that they are able to defeat the Kremling Krew again on a game for a handheld system after Donkey Kong Country.
  • In the game Donkey Kong Country 2, Cranky Kong runs the Monkey Museum, location with similar function to the Cranky's Cabin, where the player can find tips about specific stages of the current world map, with some of them being accessible only by expending Banana Coins once. The Monkey Museum also appears to be a cabin. The same museum is called "Cranky's Hut" in the GBA version of the same game, and it still serves similar function. In the same version, the location was entirely remodeled when compared to the SNES version, and the player can also play the minigame Expresso's Racing.
  • While it does not do anything in the gameplay of leaked builds of Diddy Kong Pilot, a canceled racing game, Cranky Kong can be seen sitting next to his cabin when speaking to the player after completing a race (see Screenshots in the Gallery section above). Here, his cabin seems to be also made out of a barrel, and it shares similarities with the cabin from the SNES and GBC versions of the game Donkey Kong Country.

References

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