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Not to be confused with the frog Animal Buddy of a similar name, Winky the Frog.
Wrinkly Kong

Wrinkly
Wrinkly Kong's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country 2.

Wrinkly Kong (DK Jungle Climber)
Wrinkly Kong's artwork from the game DK: Jungle Climber for DS.

Alias(es) Mrs. Donkey Kong
Granny Kong
Old lady Kong


Residence(s) Donkey Kong Island
Family Donkey "Cranky" Kong, Sr. (husband),
Donkey Kong Jr. (son),
Donkey Kong III (grandson),
Kong Family (possible other grandchildren),
Diddy Kong (great-grandson)
Species Kong,
Gorilla Spirit/Force Ghost



Powers/Abilities Ghostly powers,
Helpful hints, save progress
Enemies King K. Rool,
Kremling Krew
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Donkey Kong Land 2
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Donkey Kong Land III
Donkey Kong 64
DK: King of Swing
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
DK: Jungle Climber
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (cameo)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (cameo)
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (for SFC/SNES) (1995)
Latest Appearance DK: Jungle Climber (2007)

Wrinkly Kong (also known as Mrs. Wrinkly Kong) is the deceased wife of Cranky Kong, mother of Donkey Kong Junior, and grandmother[1] of Donkey Kong the Third. She is also an intelligent ally of the Kongs. Regardless of her death (likely due to her old age) after Donkey Kong Land III, her spirit continues participating in games, and aiding the other Kongs with helpful advice.

She is mentioned by Cranky going by the name Mrs. Donkey Kong in Donkey Kong Country and now goes by her nickname Wrinkly after becoming old and wrinkly. She appears in most Donkey Kong games. In most of the games she appears in, she provides information or hints. She has been playable only in two games. She also made an appearance in one comic.

Biography[]

An Informative Teacher[]

The first physical appearance of Wrinkly Kong was in the game Donkey Kong Country 2. Here, Wrinkly manages the Kong Kollege where Diddy and Dixie Kong can save their game progress. Wrinkly, like her husband Cranky Kong, can also give the Kongs information on the various items and objects found throughout the game.

In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 2, Dixie and Diddy can also do a homework assignment for Wrinkly, called Wrinkly's Task. The purpose of Wrinkly's Task is to fill up a scrapbook, given to the Kongs by Wrinkly with pictures. For every page of the scrapbook filled up Wrinkly will give the Kongs a DK Coin.

Wrinkly next appeared in the Game Boy game, Donkey Kong Land 2. Here she saves progress, but does not give hints.

Retiring to a Cave[]

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

In the Super Family Computer/Super Nintendo Entertainment System version of Donkey Kong Country 3, Wrinkly makes a return appearance. In this game, Wrinkly seems to have retired as a teacher at the Kong Kollege, she now runs Wrinkly's Save Cave. In the cave, Dixie and Kiddy Kong can save their game, the cave is also where the various Banana Birds the Kongs collect are stored. When the Kongs enter to the cave they can find her either exercising, sleeping, or playing a video game, specifically Super Mario 64, as a remix of "Inside the Castle Walls" can be heard.

Wrinkly Kong

Wrinkly Kong's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country 3 for GBA.

In the GBA version of Donkey Kong Country 3, Wrinkly's role is slightly lessened. Now, Wrinkly serves no real purpose in the game except taking care of Banana Birds, which she seems to have become a spiritual follower of. It is possible she was also preparing for her passing that happens after Donkey Kong Land III, becoming more enlightened.

In Donkey Kong Land III Wrinkly's role remains relatively the same as the original SFC/SNES version of Donkey Kong Country 3, where she saves the Kong's progress. The only real difference between roles is that Wrinkly no longer cares for Banana Birds, which are not in the game.

Continuing Existence as a Ghost[]

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Artwork of Wrinkly Kong's ghost from the game Donkey Kong 64 for Nintendo 64.

In Wrinkly's next appearance, Donkey Kong 64, it is revealed that she passed away after the events of Donkey Kong Country 3 and Donkey Kong Land III (likely due to old age). In the game, Wrinkly inhabits 5 colored Wrinkly Doors which are found in the entrance of every area except Hideout Helm. If a Kong steps in front of a Wrinkly Door, Wrinkly will pop out and give the Kong hints on what to do in the area they are currently in. With the exception of Tiny's door in the Antec chamber for Frantic Factory, which gives a crucial hint for defeating Mad Jack, each of these hints indicates how to obtain one of their five Golden Bananas for the level.

Spin-Off Appearances[]

DK: King of Swing[]

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Wrinkly Kong's artwork from the game DK: King of Swing for GBA.

In DK: King of Swing, Wrinkly, still a ghost, aids her husband Cranky in teaching their grandson, Donkey Kong, in learning the unique controls of the game, demonstrating how to climb the pegs and how to attack. Wrinkly is also playable in the game's Jungle Jam modes, where her partner is, interestingly, a Kritter. In this game, she has good jump and medium attack. It was in this game that she was playable for first time.

  • Stats:
    • Jump: 4
    • Attack: 3

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[]

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Wrinkly Kong's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Barrel Blast for Wii.

In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, Wrinkly is a secret playable character, unlocked by playing Candy's Challenges. Wrinkly is a rival to Kopter in this game. She has averaged boost and speed with top agility. Like all playable characters, she had the ability to do Wild Moves, but unlike them, there is no belt on her waist due to her ghostly appearance. This was her only physical appearance on the Wii console.

  • Stats:
    • Boost: ☆☆☆
    • Speed: ☆☆☆
    • Agility: ☆☆☆☆☆

She appears in Candy Challenge #26: Let Wrinkly Kong Win!, Donkey has to help her get in first place, winning this challenge unlocks her. This challenge is level 4 in difficulty. She is the only Kong that does not appear in the start screen.

DK: Jungle Climber[]

Wrinkly returned in DK: Jungle Climber. She went on vacation to Sun Sun Island, along with all of the other Kongs. Wrinkly appears in the opening cutscene, where she is seen enjoying the scenery, alongside Cranky Kong. This was Wrinkly's only appearance on the DS, though, despite having official artwork, the opening is the only time she appears in the entire game. This is similar to Candy Kong's role in the predecessor, DK: King of Swing.

Other Appearances[]

Super Smash Bros. series[]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl not only does she get a trophy, but she appeared as a sticker. Her sticker is based on her artwork from DK: King of Swing, that raises launch resistance against battering attacks by four and could only be used by Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong. Her trophy mentions Wrinkly's last appearance as being Donkey Kong 64 instead of Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.

Trophy Information in Super Smash Bros. Brawl[]

# Name Appearance(s) Description
320 WrinklyKongBrawlTrophy
Wrinkly Kong
SNES Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Quest
N64 Donkey Kong 64
The wife of Cranky Kong. Wrinkly first appeared as director of Kong Kollege, where she provided game hints. Did you know King K. Rool was also a student of hers? After her passing, she appeared in Donkey Kong 64 as a ghost, where again... she provided hints.

Appearances in Other Media[]

Wrinkly is briefly seen in the Club Nintendo comic "Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24", in which some Kongs, including Cranky, save Earth from being pulled away by aliens. When the saviors return, Cranky enthusiastically tries to kiss a random girl. At the end of the comic, Wrinkly is seen quarreling with her husband, and it is heavily implied that this is due to his attempt at kissing the girl.

Quotes[]

See also: Wrinkly Kong/Quotes

Game Appearances[]

Other appearances[]

Non-physical appearances[]

Trivia[]

  • Wrinkly Kong is the only known deceased member of the Kong Family (likely due to old age).
  • Wrinkly is the only female Kong who does not have blonde hair.
  • Cranky Kong, Wrinkly Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., and Diddy Kong have conjoined eyes whereas modern Donkey Kong does not.
  • King K. Rool used to be a student of Wrinkly Kong.
    • Wrinkly Kong confirmed that at Kong Kollege the only thing the Kremlings wanted to learn was how to defeat the Kongs.
  • Donkey Kong Jr., Cranky Kong, and Wrinkly Kong are the only known Kongs who know how to do math correctly.

References[]

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