|Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong's Treehouse|
Interior of the treehouse as seen in the game Donkey Kong Country for SNES.
|Greater location(s)||Jungle Hijinxs (in DKC), |
DK Island (in DK 64),
Jungle Hijinxs (in DKCR and DKCR 3D)
|Ruler(s)||Donkey Kong, |
|Game(s)||Donkey Kong Country, |
Donkey Kong 64,
Donkey Kong Country Returns,
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
|First Appearance||Donkey Kong Country (for SNES) (1994)|
|Latest Appearance||Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)|
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong's Treehouse is DK and Diddy's home in the Donkey Kong Island where they live and usually stay in when they are not adventuring.
Donkey Kong Country
In Donkey Kong Country, the treehouse marks its first appearance in the game and is located in the first stage, Jungle Hijinxs. The treehouse features a typical design of wooden cabin. The house can be the first place visited in the game as well. When entered, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong will find a Tire where they should jump on to reach a red Extra Life Balloon in the air. Once entered in the level, it cannot be entered again unless the level is restarted. Below the treehouse, there is a cave where Donkey and Diddy Kong's banana hoard supposed to be kept, before it had been stolen by the Kremlings. If the cave is visited after the game is cleared once, the banana hoard is now present inside it.
The treehouse can be entered as many times as the player wants. In the Game Boy Advance version of this game, it is more messier and revamped. There is a hidden photograph behind a large banana bunch in this location. Also, unlike the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy Color versions of the game, the Extra Life Balloon can only be collected once per new game file.
In the SNES version of Donkey Kong Country, the treehouse is also where the "true" game credits sequence happens, as opposed to the GBC and GBA versions of the same game.
Donkey Kong Country 2 for GBA
In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 2, the exterior of the treehouse can be seen partially during the opening and special ending cutscenes of the game, when the Kongs appear on the beach of the Donkey Kong Island.
Donkey Kong Country 3 for GBA
Donkey and Diddy Kong's Treehouse also makes a brief appearance in the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 3 where the credits take place in this game. The treehouse looks a bit different and much more organized. Everything is also more red-striped. A tire swing was also added as an easter egg.
Donkey Kong 64
The treehouse has its second full appearance and it is the first location in Donkey Kong 64. This location is reached by a cave on the base of DK Island. In the beginning of the game, Donkey Kong can be found listening to music while exercising until Squawks the Parrot alerts him about King K. Rool. Its appearance is much different than its previous appearance in Donkey Kong Country. Also, this game version of his treehouse has a hammock instead of a bed like in previous games.
Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
The treehouse makes its third full appearance in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. This house is again the first location in the games, like in Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong 64. However, the design of the treehouse is now more akin to a hut. During the opening cutscene of both games, after the volcano erupts and the Tiki Tak Tribe is released, their leaders hypnotize many animals in order to steal the bananas in the island, including Donkey and Diddy Kong's banana hoard. Diddy Kong finds out about this, and he goes after the animals angrily. Soon later, Donkey Kong also realizes the theft, but before leaving his treehouse, Krazy Kalimba pushes the primate back inside and tries hypnotize him. When the tiki fails (twice) and the cutscene ends, the player must control Donkey Kong and punch Krazy Kalimba multiple times, shaking the entire treehouse in the process, and throwing the tiki far away (in the multiplayer mode, Diddy Kong returns to the treehouse via its window, and the second player can also beat and throw Krazy Kalimba out by Diddy kicking it). After that, the Kongs are ready to leave, find the Tiki Tak Tribe and recover the stolen bananas.
The treehouse once again contains an Extra Life Balloon with a television and a boombox (or music player) playing a beat. By ground-pounding nearby it, the TV will turn on and play the Donkey Kong Country Returns main music theme along with having the game main title screen displayed on the TV. Below the treehouse, there is also an accessible cave used to store Donkey and Diddy Kong's banana hoard.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, the treehouse appears during the opening cutscene, and it kept its hut design from the previous two games, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. In the cutscene, Diddy, Dixie and Cranky Kong are reunited to celebrate Donkey Kong's twentieth birthday. When Donkey is about to blow the candle on his birthday cake, a cold wind blows it first. The primates exit the treehouse and watch a mysterious fleet approach their island. The Kongs also witness an ice dragon to freeze the sea towards the island, and soon they are blown far away from the island by intense winds.
Some time later, after facing many Snowmads and traversing five islands, the primates are able to return to their homeland. The entire island is covered in snow, forcing the heroes to move between locations by using barrel cannons. The treehouse can be seen in the world map of the Donkey Kong Island with some snow piling up on the rooftop. At the beginning of the first level of the island, Homecoming Hijinxs, the treehouse is also visible far in the background, making it inaccessible, unlike in the previous two games. During the ending cutscene of the game, after defeating Lord Fredrik and his Snowmad army, and restoring the Donkey Kong Island's original climate, the Kong Family can be seen outside the treehouse playing musical instruments, celebrating their victory.
Donkey Kong Country animated series
A counterpart to the treehouse also appears in the Donkey Kong Country animated series. Here, the treehouse is also owned by Donkey and Diddy Kong, and it has more resemblance to a hut. The house sits on a platform fixated to a large tree, possibly an African baobab, and it is accessible only by a barrel elevator.
Inside the treehouse, there is a fridge, a wooden chest, a regular barrel, a barrel turned into a bed, an old television, a small couch, a square-shaped rug on the center, and Candy Kong's black and white portrait hanging on the wall. It can also be found a tire swing, where Diddy usually sits on it, and a triple mirror displaying Donkey Kong's head statue at the top, and where he hangs his ties. Many banana bunches and some hammocks can also be seen hanging from the ceiling in the interior. Next to the hole for the barrel elevator, there is also its control device that Donkey usually activates by punching it.
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong's treehouse has many easter eggs inside of it, especially in the games Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong 64. They are as listed:
Donkey Kong Country
- A picture of Candy Kong behind a tire (relocated on the far left on a wall in the Game Boy Advance version)
- A picture with two sailboats in it (removed in the Game Boy Advance version)
- Two blue socks on a bed (only one in the Game Boy Advance version)
- A blue vase with flowers (replaced with an empty green vase in the Game Boy Advance version)
- A beach ball
- Bananas lying around the floor everywhere
- Two tires
- A green and blue book (exclusive to the Game Boy Advance version)
- A faint sign saying "HOME SWEET HOME" (exclusive to the Game Boy Advance version)
- A piece of paper (exclusive to the SNES version)
Donkey Kong 64
- Red, blue and green books
- Hammock made of leaves
- A construction girder (from the original Donkey Kong game)
- Waste backets
- A picture of Candy Kong
- A picture of a dolphin (it references the Nintendo GameCube's development under the codename "Dolphin")
- Boombox (or music player)
- Large rug with the letters DK on it
- Banana peels on the floor
- Blue-checkered tablecloth
Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
- Boombox (or music player) playing a beat and sitting on a barrel
- Old television
- Large rug
- Many banana peels on the floor
- Two stacked tires
- Two hanging DK ties
- Donkey and Diddy Kong's family portrait
- Banana portrait
- Many lanterns hanging by ropes
- As soon as the player starts a new game file in the North American and European versions of the game Donkey Kong Country for SNES, Donkey Kong can be seen leaving a location in the overworld map of the Donkey Kong Island, marked by a Donkey Kong icon over the treehouse. The same location cannot be accessed by the player. In the Japanese version of the same game for Super Famicom, known as Super Donkey Kong, the same icon is no longer present in the overworld map.
- In the Game Boy Advance version of the game Donkey Kong Country, after the player defeating Really Gnawty, the boss of the world Gorilla Glacier, the first boss, Very Gnawty, can be found once inside the treehouse. After the Kongs entering the treehouse, the boss will get nervous and hop out of it, going through the entrance.
- In the beta version of the game Donkey Kong 64, the treehouse has a shower stall with Banjo and Kazooie's heads on it. Later, their cameos and the entire shower stall had been removed.
- Due to the messy nature inside of treehouse, it is implied that Donkey and Diddy Kong happen to be slobs.
- The treehouse makes a cameo appearance in the canceled game Diddy Kong Pilot, seen in the background of jungle-themed courses.
- In the Jungle World of the game DK: King of Swing, there is also a treehouse in the world map, next to the level Banana Bungalow, it being inaccessible by the player. If both treehouses are confirmed to be the same, the Jungle World location can be related to the Donkey Kong Island.
- Donkey and Diddy Kong's treehouse can be seen next to the tracks in the DK Jungle course of the games Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8 (Deluxe). In these games, the treehouse features similar design to one seen in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.
- The treehouse is also featured during both reveal trailers of King K. Rool and Banjo & Kazooie, respectively, as newcomer fighters in the game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.