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Swanky Kong
Swanky Kong's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! for SNES.

Species Kong
Sub-Species Gorilla
Gender Male
Affiliation(s) Kong Family
Occupation(s) Show Host

Game(s) Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest,
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (for SNES) (1995)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country 3 (for GBA) (2005)
"Swanky Kong is taking his flashy games on the road. Cough up two Bear coins and take a chance on your choice of three different games."
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Player's Guide[1]

Swanky Kong (スワンキーコング, Suwankī Kongu in Japanese) is an entrepreneur member of the Kong Family who enjoys hosting minigames and wearing flashy suits. He often hosts game-shows and other types of money-making competitions and looks near similar to Donkey Kong.


Donkey Kong Country 2[]

In the game Donkey Kong Country 2, Swanky Kong was found in most of the world maps, inside his Bonus Bonanzas. In each location, Swanky gives the player three quiz series of questions about the game. The first quiz series costs one Banana Coin and if the player is succeeded, they are rewarded with a red Extra Life Balloon. The second quiz series is slightly harder and more expensive, costing two Banana Coins, and the prize is a green Extra Life Balloon. The third and final quiz series is the hardest and most expensive, but also gives out the best prize, a blue Extra Life Balloon, and requires three Banana Coins to play. The quizzes are entirely optional, and can be completed only once. However, clearing all quizzes in every single location rises up one percent at the rate of completion of the game.

In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 2, the interior of the Swanky's Bonus Bonanza is redesigned, and during questions, instead of only picking answers like in SNES version, the player must positionate the Kongs over star buttons and jump to answer. In this version, Candy Kong makes a cameo, appearing alongside Swanky Kong hosting the show.

Donkey Kong Country 3[]

Swanky Kong returns in Donkey Kong Country 3, though his role depends on the version of the game, also appearing in locations of most of the world maps. In the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version, Swanky has a new outfit but he is only seen inside a barrel. Here, he ran Swanky's Sideshow, a circus-themed attraction where Dixie and Kiddy Kong could throw balls at targets for points in three modes, competing against Cranky Kong at the cost of Bear Coins. The minigame is entirely optional, and upon winning, the player is rewarded with Bear Coins and some banana bunches.

In the Game Boy Advance version of the game, Swanky retains his outfit from Donkey Kong Country 2, and instead he ran Swanky's Dash, a virtual reality[2] dome. Only Dixie Kong can play the minigame (Kiddy Kong is too young to play it). It is an auto-runner minigame, where Dixie collects one hundred or more golden stars by going down a pipe while avoiding spiky balls, within a time limit of forty-five seconds. The rewards of minigame can be bananas, banana bunches, Bear Coins, red Extra Life Balloons, and a single Banana Bird.

Game Appearances[]



  • Swanky and Candy Kong are the only two Kongs yet to be playable characters in the Donkey Kong series. Neither has made any physical appearances in the last decade, the latter being in 2007.
  • Swanky is one of three Kongs who have not has made any physical appearances in games not developed by Rare, the others being Kiddy Kong and Chunky Kong.
  • Swanky Kong's tent from the SNES version of Donkey Kong Country 3 makes a cameo appearance in Donkey Kong's field in the game Mario Superstar Baseball. Swanky himself can be seen on a wooden billboard in the game as well.
  • Swanky Kong appears as a spirit in the game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch.
  • Swanky Kong had a cameo appearance in The Super Mario Bros. Movie.[citation needed]