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Bananacoin-dkcr Donkey Kong Island Bananacoin-dkcr
DKCR WorldMap
Greater location(s) DK Isles
Ruler(s) Donkey Kong
Inhabitant(s) Kongs
Tikis (extinct)
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Land
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Donkey Kong 64
DK: King of Swing
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Donkey Kong Island (also known as DK Island, Kong Isle and Kongo Bongo Island in the Donkey Kong Country animated series) is the home of the Kong Family, many of their Animal Buddies, and several of their enemies. It is also the location where a majority of the games in the Donkey Kong franchise take place. It debuted in the game Donkey Kong Country.

Overview and history

Donkey Kong Island has been the Kong Family's main island home since Cranky Kong migrated there after the events of the original Donkey Kong 3. Cranky retired, and eventually the Kong Family branched out. Donkey Kong III is the current island protector and has taken various journeys across the island with Diddy Kong.

The island has taken many different forms. Originally, it was quite diverse; it has a large jungle on the bottom, pine forests above, icy mountains and a lone industrial area built by Kremling Krew.[1] In Donkey Kong Land, there is a larger mountain range. In Donkey Kong 64, game featured completely different levels than the original Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land, with many levels taking place on both DK Island and the newly-rebuilt Crocodile Isle. Some locations were inspired by early Donkey Kong Country appearances however (i.e. Kongo Jungle to Jungle Japes).

Donkey Kong Island's latest appearance was in Donkey Kong Country Returns, however, it now appears drastically different than in previous appearances. It no longer appears in the shape of Donkey Kong's head, and now has a large Volcano protruding from it. The majority of the locales from Donkey Kong Country still match up well, however the region known as Gorilla Glacier no longer exists.This could be due to temperature issues turning it into a volcano. There is also a new Cliff world which features the first sign of extinct prehistoric life on Donkey Kong Island. The island is also now teeming with ancient temples, many of which appear to have been built by the Tiki Tak Tribe sometime before they were encased in the volcano. It is speculated that the emergence of this volcano may have been what drastically altered the terrain of the island.

Donkey Kong Island made two cameo appearances in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, it can be seen in the background of the areas Gangplank Galleon and K. Rool's Keep. In the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2, these cameos were removed.

This area makes a cameo in beach-themed racing courses in the 2003 build of Diddy Kong Pilot.

Other appearances

In the animated series based on the game, Donkey Kong Island was called Kongo Bongo Island and looked like a crescent island (similar to a banana) rather than the shape of Donkey Kong's head. However, it is believed to be the same island, but with a different name. Like Dinosaur Land in the Super Mario World cartoon, some location names were different on the show. For instance, Gorilla Glacier was called the White Mountains.

List of locations

Donkey Kong Island Country

Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Land

Donkey Kong 64

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country : Tropical Freeze

Neighboring Islands

There are several neighboring islands of Donkey Kong Island. These include:

Gallery

Lobbies in Donkey Kong 64

Theme

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Title Description Composer Game
Donkey Kong Island (Donkey Kong Country)
Simian Segue
The main map from the game David Wise Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Island (DK King of Swing) 1
World Map 1
The main map from the game Takashi Kouga DK: King of Swing
Donkey Kong Island (DK King of Swing) 2
World Map 2
Donkey Kong Island (Donkey Kong Country Returns)
Simian Segue
The main map from the game Minako Hamano
Masaru Tajima
Shinji Ushiroda
Daisuke Matsuoka
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Island (Jungle)
Jungle
The first submap from the game.
Donkey Kong Island (Beach)
Beach
The second submap from the game.
Donkey Kong Island (Ruins)
Ruins
The third submap from the game.
Donkey Kong Island (Cave)
Cave
The fourth submap from the game.
Donkey Kong Island (Forest)
Forest
The fifth submap from the game.
Donkey Kong Island (Cliff)
Cliff
The sixth submap from the game.
Donkey Kong Island (Factory)
Factory
The seventh submap from the game.
Donkey Kong Island (Volcano)
Volcano
The last submap from the game.
Donkey Kong Island (Golden Temple)
Golden Temple
The secret submap from the game.
Donkey Kong Island (Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze)
Simian Segue
The main map from the game David Wise Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Trivia

  • In the overworld of Donkey Kong Island in the Japanese version of Donkey Kong Country, the overworld deleted the head icon for Donkey Kong on the treehouse and the trail the leads to Kongo Jungle.

References

  1. Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1994, p. 88