Wrinkly Kong
Wrinkly Kong (DK Jungle Climber)
Wrinkly Kong in her current appearance
Aliases Mrs. Donkey Kong
Granny Kong
Old lady Kong
Residence 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

Affiliates The Kong Family
Powers/Abilities Ghostly powers,
Helpful hints, save progress
Enemies King K. Rool
Kremling Krew
Games 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
DK: Jungle Climber
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit)

Wrinkly Kong (also known as Mrs. Wrinkly Kong) is the deceased wife of Cranky Kong, mother of Donkey Kong Junior, and grandmother 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 3, 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. She actually did not raise current DK (as they have a somewhat weak relationship), only Cranky did.


An Informative Teacher


Wrinkly Kong, before her death

The first physical appearance of Wrinkly Kong was in the game Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. 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.

Map icon (Wrinkly)

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest map sprite.

In the Game Boy Advance remake 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 once again gives hints to Diddy and Dixie, along with saving the Kongs progress.

Living in a Cave

Wrinkly Kong

Wrinkly Kong in a healthier appearance.

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! 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 dancing, sleeping or playing video games.

In the Game Boy Advance remake 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's 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 SNES title, where she saves the Kong's progress. The only real difference between roles is that Wrinkly no longer cares for Banana Birds, which aren't in the game.

Hints as a Ghost

In Wrinkly's next appearance, Donkey Kong 64 it is revealed that she had passed away after the events of Donkey Kong Country 3 and Donkey Kong Land III (likely due to old age). In Donkey Kong 64, Wrinkly now inhabits 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, using her supernatural powers, will 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.

Wrinkly 1

Playable for First Time and Sun Sun Island


Wrinkly's debut as a ghost in DK: King of Swing.

In DK: King of Swing, Wrinkly, still a ghost, aids her husband Cranky in teaching her grandson, Donkey Kong, in learning the unique controls of the game. She is the one that teaches Donkey how to climb the Peg Boards. She also helps Cranky teach Donkey how to attack. Wrinkly is also playable in the game's Jungle Jam mode, 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.


  • Jump: 4
  • Attack: 3

She 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. She carries a white umbrella for protection against the sun's rays. Although she has official artwork, this is the only time she appears in the entire game. This is similar to Candy Kong in the predecessor, DK: King of Swing. This was Wrinkly's first appearance on the DS.

Blast Off


Wrinkly Kong in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.

In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, Wrinkly is a secret playable character, unlocked by playing Candy's Challenges, Challenge 26 and having Wrinkly come in 1st place. Wrinkly is a rival to Kopter in this game. She has medium boost and speed, and also has top agility. Like all playable characters, she had the ability to do Wild Moves. This was her first appearance on the Wii console.


  • 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.

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros.

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 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.


Game Appearances

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Non-Playable Character North America:
December 1995
Donkey Kong Land 2 Non-Playable Character North America:
September, 1996
Game Boy
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Non-Playable Character North America:
November 22, 1996
Donkey Kong Land III Non-Playable Character North America:
September, 1997
Game Boy
Donkey Kong 64 Non-Playable Character North America:
November 24, 1999
Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (remake) Non-Playable Character North America:
November 15, 2004
Game Boy Advance
DK: King of Swing Playable Character in Jungle Jam mode North America:
September 19, 2005
Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (remake) Non-Playable Character North America:
November 7, 2005
Game Boy Advance
DK: Jungle Climber Non-Playable Character in Multiplayer North America:
September 10, 2007
Nintendo DS
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast Playable Character North America:
October 8, 2007
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo as Trophy and Sticker North America:
March 9, 2008

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