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Not to be confused with Kongo Bongo Island from the Donkey Kong Country animated series.
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Donkey Kong Island's aerial view from the game Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.
Greater location(s) DK Isles
Ruler(s) Donkey Kong
Inhabitant(s) Kong Family,
Tiki Tak Tribe
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country,
Donkey Kong Land,
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest,
Donkey Kong Land 2,
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!,
Donkey Kong 64,
Donkey Kong Country Returns,
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D,
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country (for SNES) (1994)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (for Switch) (2018)

Donkey Kong Island, also known as DK Island and Kong Isle, is the home of the Kong Family, many of their Animal Buddies, and several of their enemies. It is also the location where many games in the Donkey Kong series take place. It debuted in the game Donkey Kong Country.

Overview and History

Donkey Kong Island has been the Kong Family's home and mainland since Cranky Kong migrated there some time after the events of the games Donkey Kong 3 and Donkey Kong '94. Cranky retired, and eventually the Kong Family branched out. Donkey Kong the Third is the current island protector and has taken various journeys across the island with Diddy Kong. The island is also the place where is usually located Donkey and Diddy Kong's treehouse, their banana hoard, and Cranky Kong's huts.

Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land

The island has taken many different forms. Originally, in the game Donkey Kong Country, it was quite diverse: it has a large jungle and mines on the bottom, pine forests above, icy mountains, a lone industrial area built by the Kremling Krew[1], and some caves. In the game Donkey Kong Land, there is also a larger mountain range.

Donkey Kong Country 2

The Donkey Kong Island made some appearances in the game Donkey Kong Country 2. In the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version of the game, it can be seen in the background of the world maps of Gangplank Galleon and K. Rool's Keep. In the Game Boy Advance version of the same game, these appearances are not present. However, during the opening cutscene of the GBA version, Donkey and Funky Kong can be seen enjoying the beach of Donkey Kong Island. Some moments later, Donkey Kong is kidnapped by Kaptain K. Rool and his Kremling Krew using The Flying Krock airship. The remaining Kongs soon find a kidnapping note, demanding the banana hoard, and decide to go to the Crocodile Isle rescuing Donkey Kong. After the final battle against K. Rool (in Krocodile Kore), the heroes return to the Donkey Kong Island's beach where they celebrate their victory. Later, in both game versions, Donkey, Diddy and Dixie Kong witness together the Crocodile Isle to sink into the sea from a cliff on the Donkey Kong Island.

Donkey Kong Land 2

The Donkey Kong Island can also be seen in the background of the K. Rool's Keep world in the game Donkey Kong Land 2. And, in similar way to both versions of Donkey Kong Country 2, after defeating Kaptain K. Rool for good (in the Lost World), Donkey, Dixie and Diddy Kong watch the Crocodile Isle to sink again from a cliff on the Donkey Kong Island.

Donkey Kong Country 3 and Donkey Kong Land III

During the game Donkey Kong Country 3, when Donkey and Diddy Kong go missing, Dixie Kong jumps from an eastern cliff on the Donkey Kong Island to reach the waters of the Northern Kremisphere region, and search for her friends.[2] In the game Donkey Kong Land III, it can be assumed that Dixie and Kiddy Kong use similar method to access the Northern Kremisphere again during the contest to find The Lost World.

Donkey Kong 64

In the game Donkey Kong 64, the DK Island features completely different geography and a shorter scale when compared to the previous games, with many levels taking place on both DK Island and the King K. Rool's Mobile Island Fortress. However, it still kept the shape of Donkey Kong's head.

Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Donkey Kong Island later appears as the main location in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, however, it now seems drastically different than in previous appearances, albeit its sheer size. The island no longer possesses the form 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, being turned 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 be related to some ancient civilization and the Tiki Tak Tribe's resurgence. It can be speculated that the emergence of this volcano may have been what drastically altered the terrain of the island.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

The latest appearance of the Donkey Kong Island is as the sixth world in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Here, the island keeps similar form seen in the two previous games, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. During the opening cutscene of the game, the Kongs are reunited for celebrating Donkey Kong's birthday in his treehouse. The party is interrupted by the Snowmad fleet which uses magic for summoning an ice dragon. Strong winds blow the primates far away, the dragon covers the island in snow, and the Snowmads take over the location. Some time later, after traversing five islands, the Kongs are able to return to the Donkey Kong Island. The entire island is covered in thick snow, making barrel cannons the only viable transportation method through it. Each regular level of the island is based on worlds from the previous two games, adding snow and ice themes to them. After defeating Lord Fredrik and the Snowmads, the heroes use his magic horn to restore the Donkey Kong Island's original climate.

Donkey Kong Country animated series

The Donkey Kong Island does not appear in the Donkey Kong Country animated series based on the game of the same name. Instead, the setting of the animated series is called Kongo Bongo Island, and it resembles a crescent island (similar to a banana) rather than the likeness of Donkey Kong's head. Both islands are considered different places. However, the Kongo Bongo Island possesses the White Mountains, a snow montainous location similar to the Gorilla Glacier world of Donkey Kong Island in the game Donkey Kong Country.

List of Locations

Donkey Kong Island's overworld map as seen in the game Donkey Kong Country for SNES.

Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Land

Donkey Kong 64

Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Neighboring Islands/Regions

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

  • "Shooting Minigames" islands: a group of small unnamed islands around the Donkey Kong Island in the Game Boy Color version of the game Donkey Kong Country. These islands are located at the western side in the overworld map of the same game version, and they host variations of the minigame Crosshair Cranky. They can be accessed only during the said minigame.
  • Crocodile Isle: Kremling homeland island explored and sunken in the sea twice during the events of the games Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2.
  • Northern Kremisphere: main setting during the events of the games Donkey Kong Country 3 and Donkey Kong Land III.
  • Banana Fairy Island: home of the Banana Fairies in the game Donkey Kong 64.
  • Sun Sun Island: first world and one of the five islands in the game DK: Jungle Climber.
  • Juicy Jungle: fifth world and island in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
  • Secret Seclusion: seventh world and island in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Gallery

Donkey Kong Island Screenshots

Level Locations in Donkey Kong 64

Music Themes

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Title Description Composer(s) Game(s)
Simian Segue
World maps theme from the game. David Wise[3] Donkey Kong Country
Simian Segue
Arrangement of Simian Segue used in the Donkey Kong Island's overworld map from both games. Minako Hamano
Masaru Tajima
Shinji Ushiroda
Daisuke Matsuoka
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Jungle
Arrangement of Simian Segue used in the first world map from both games.
Beach
Arrangement of Simian Segue used in the second world map from both games.
Ruins
Arrangement of Simian Segue used in the third world map from both games.
Cave
Arrangement of Simian Segue used in the fourth world map from both games.
Forest
Arrangement of Simian Segue used in the fifth world map from both games.
Cliff
Arrangement of Simian Segue used in the sixth world map from both games.
Factory
Arrangement of Simian Segue used in the seventh world map from both games.
Volcano
Arrangement of Simian Segue used in the eighth world map from both games.
Golden Temple
Arrangement of Simian Segue used in the Golden Temple gateway map from both games.
Simian Segue
Arrangement of Simian Segue used in the world maps from the game. David Wise Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Trivia

  • In the Japanese version of the game Donkey Kong Country for Super Famicom, known as Super Donkey Kong, the Donkey Kong icon appearing over the treehouse, in the overworld map of Donkey Kong Island, is no longer present, like in the North American and European versions of the same game for SNES.
  • In the SNES and GBA versions of the game Donkey Kong Country, the Donkey Kong Island can be seen in the background of the boss stage Gang-Plank Galleon. However, the island is not visible in the background of the same stage of the GBC version of the same game.
  • The Donkey Kong Island also makes a cameo in beach-themed racing courses in the 2003 build of the canceled game Diddy Kong Pilot. The island's appearance is similar to the version from the game Donkey Kong Country (see Donkey Kong Island Screenshots in the Gallery section above).
  • In the first world of the game DK: King of Swing, the Jungle World, there is a treehouse next to the location of the level Banana Bungalow. If the treehouse is the same one seen in the Donkey Kong Island, owned by Donkey and Diddy Kong, it can be argued that this location is related to the island.
  • Lore wise, there is not clear explanation for the Donkey Kong Island changing its appearance and size between games, notably between the original Donkey Kong Country games, Donkey Kong 64, and later Donkey Kong Country games. For real life reasons, it would be different developers taking liberties for creating new designs and locations for the same island in their respective games. It is assumed that these developers are taking gameplay and design into more consideration over keeping consistency between all games depicting the Donkey Kong Island.
    • That said, sharing the name "Donkey Kong Island"/"DK Island" just implies that the island present in the mentioned games is the exact same location. It can be speculated that settings in different islands sharing the same name would explain the drastic alterations between multiple games.

References

  1. OIL DRUM ALLEY: "Welcome to the wastelands. This area of the island, once lush and overgrown with island greenery, has been stripped of all its natural beauty. Instead, smog clouds the air and there is a general lack of greenery. King K. Rool and his factories are to be held responsible for polluting the place. The levels of toxicity are high, so don't spend more time than you have to in this slimy area there are many Items hidden in the factories."
    —M. Arakawa. Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide, Nintendo, 1994, page 88 on Wayback Machine
  2. 2.0 2.1 STORY: "She made her way to the southern part of DK Island and swam to the nearest mainland.
    When she got there, she happened upon Wrinkly Kong's home.
    "
    Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Instruction Booklet, Nintendo, 1996, page 5 on Games Database
  3. David Wise on Wikipedia
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