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Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
DKC2
Developer(s): Rareware
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform(s): Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console
Release Date: SNES
Flag of USA November 20, 1995
Flag of Japan November 21, 1995
Flag of Europe December 14, 1995

Game Boy Advance
Flag of Europe June 25, 2004
Flag of Japan July 1, 2004
Flag of USA November 15, 2004

Virtual Console
Flag of Europe May 16, 2007
Flag of USA May 21, 2007
Flag of Japan October 23, 2007
Flag of South Korea November 25, 2008
Genre Platform
Ratings ESRB K-A: Kids to Adults
Mode(s) Single-player, Two-Players
Media Cartridge
Input 128-megabit cartridge

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (スーパードンキーコング2 ディクシー&ディディー, Super Donkey Kong 2: Dixie & Diddy in Japan[1]) is the sequel to the original Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo, and the predecessor to Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. It takes place shortly after Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong's triumph over King K. Rool in the previous game.

The game features are improved from Donkey Kong Country's, with better graphics, more enemies and animal buddies, harder levels and additional depth. Its soundtrack is also widely praised. It was commercially successful selling 4.37 million units.[2]

It also had a Game Boy semi-sequel, Donkey Kong Land 2. It was released in 1995 and had Diddy Kong as the star. A port of the game was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2004 and was re-released on the Virtual Console in 2007.

Plot

This is based of the Game Boy Advance remake's intro, which can be viewed here: [1]. However, it should be noted that some elements were tweaked in the remake.

It was a relaxing, sunny day on Donkey Kong Island. Funky is seen surfing and then falling off his board. He asked for Donkey Kong to join him, but DK simply continues lounging. Cranky goes up to him and complains how he never took breaks, "whisking off maidens and throwing barrels seven days a week", but Donkey Kong ignores him, confident that he is a hero and that K. Rool is gone for good. Cranky soon leaves.

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The Super Nintendo version's note. It was slightly different in the remake.

Meanwhile, above, Kaptain K. Rool, aboard his vessel, The Flying Krock, commands his minions to invade the island and take Donkey Kong captive so that his next attempt at stealing the Banana Hoard won't be a failure like last time. Donkey Kong, still lounging, did not notice the attack until Kutlasses ambushed him and took him prisoner. Kaptain K. Rool assures DK that he will never see his precious island or his friends again.

Back on the island, presumably several minutes later, Diddy and Dixie, and Cranky Kong find Donkey Kong missing, along with a note. It reads;

Hah-arrrrgyh! We have got the big monkey! If you want him back, you scurvy dogs, you'll have to hand over the Banana Hoard!
-Kaptain K. Rool.

At this point, Wrinky, Funky and Swanky come to the scene. Swanky suggests to give up the hoard, but Diddy insists that Donkey Kong would be furious of he lost his bananas again. Diddy and Dixie ride to Crocodile Isle via Enguarde, and then start their quest.

Diddy's big quest would take him and Dixie all over enemy territory, Crocodile Isle. Here, they find the Gangplank Galleon docked lazily onto the shore, abandoned. They would next travel to the lava world of Crocodile Cauldron, the swamps of Krem Quay, the ruined amusement park Krazy Kremland, K. Rool's Keep, and finally, the Flying Krock.

Once the two are done with their first battle with Kaptain K. Rool, Donkey is freed and punches Kaptain out of the Flying Krock and into Krem Quay where Chomps can be seen chewing on him. Then, all of the Kongs go off the island and see it sink underwater.

Kaptain K. Rool, however, gets his revenge by relocating himself to the Lost World. All of the Kremkoins are needed to be collected to reach him. Once he is defeated a second time, Diddy and Dixie win once again.

Game Overview

Gameplay

Dixie-Diddy-teamup

The new team-up ability

The player controls Diddy Kong, near unchanged from the previous game, (but given some new animations to adapt to new gameplay elements covered below), and a new character Dixie Kong who replaces Donkey Kong. Diddy retains his cartwheels and agility, however Dixie can whip her ponytail similar to DK's roll, and has a very useful ability; she can use her ponytail like a helicopter and lower her falling speed via her Ponytail Whirl, allowing the Kongs to reach farther areas than before (however Expresso has been removed likely because of this). Dixie and Diddy have a brand new Team-up ability, usable only when both Kongs are in, allowing the Kongs to ride on one another. The Kong on top can be thrown as a weapon or way to get to high areas.

Levels generally were made less explorable and more straightforward. More ropes and such have been added, and the Kongs can now climb horizontal ropes as well (Diddy has gained new animations for this). Many new types of barrels have been implemented, such as the Exclamation Point Barrel, and most of the barrels from the previous game return as well (Vine Barrels, Steel Kegs, and Stop & Go Barrels were removed). Animal Crates return, though Kongs can now directly transform into animal buddies via Animal Barrels. Swimming returns, though acts more like Mario games, with the ability to get on land and return to water between areas of the level.

Items

"I've never seen so much worthless rubbish! I'm surprised they don't give you a special "trash barrel" to haul it all around in!"
—Cranky Kong, DKC2 GBA manual[3]
Chest and Crate

A Crate and Treasure Chest.

  • Bananas and Banana Bunches, as with the previous game, are very common items akin to the coins from the Mario series. Collecting one hundred yields a life, with Banana Bunches worth ten regular bananas, meaning that ten of these types give an extra life.
  • The No Animal Sign has been implemented due to the new way to finish a level. Animal Buddies cannot proceed past this sign, however when they do they are turned into a prize (usually a coin or bananas).
  • The Animal Crate holds Animal Buddy prisoned inside of the crate. The symbol on the crate tells what Animal Buddy the crate imprisoned. The returning Animal Buddies' crates are slightly redesigned.
  • K-O-N-G Letters return, unchanged, as collecting all four grants a free life. They are slightly small than in Donkey Kong Country.
  • The Hot Air Balloons are found in lava-flooded levels. They are used to safely float over lava.
  • Crates act much like Vine Barrels from the previous game, where contact with anything, including the ground. It also can defeat many enemies.
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A Banana Coin, which acts as the game's currency.

  • Treasure Chests also act somewhat like barrels. When thrown on the ground they bounce and lose momentum. These usually yield prizes when broken.
  • Extra Life Balloons are unchanged, if anything less common due to less bonus games being based entirely on collecting one, and now have Diddy's face on them instead of DK's.
  • DK Coins are huge coins with the DK emblem hidden by Cranky found in every level. Collecting these are needed to finish the game. At the end of the quest, Cranky tallies the collected number of DK Coins and ranks them with other Nintendo characters (Mario, Yoshi, and Link all make cameos) in Cranky's Video Game Heroes. There are forty in the Super Nintendo version and sixty two in the Game Boy Advance version, per the new side-quests and minigames.
  • Banana Coins act as the basic currency of the game, required to pay for services done by the rest of the Kong Family in the game.
  • The Kremkoins are the prize of every bonus game and are used to access Lost World. It should be noted Lost World's Kremkoins are replaced with DK Coins.
  • Kannons and Kannonballs are found in some of the levels. Putting the Kannonball inside a Kannon grants access to a Bonus Area.
  • The End of Level Target gives an award if it is jumped on from far above.
  • The Skull Cart has to be ridden in a few levels, replacing Mine Carts.
  • Golden Feathers are found exclusively to the levels in the Game Boy Advance version. These items are used to upgrade Expresso II's stats in the Expresso Racing minigame.
  • Photographs are used to fill the scrapbook Wrinkly has given Diddy and Dixie to fulfill this task. Both items are exclusive to the Game Boy Advance version. There are multiple ways of obtaining these items.

Barrels

InvincibilityBarrel

The new Invincibility Barrel is a rare but useful barrel.

Animal Buddies

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Rattly the Rattlesnake, a new animal buddy

  • Rambi the Rhinoceros returns from Donkey Kong Country, nearly unchanged, also appearing in the first level as he did before. He retains his very strong horn, ramming ability, and now gains a supercharge for his horn, allowing him to charge much faster and break through bonus doors.
  • Enguarde the Swordfish also returns, with no notable changes aside from a supercharge, like Rambi. With his supercharge, he can access underwater bonus areas.
  • Squawks the Parrot have been completely changed from his Donkey Kong Country self. He can be directly controlled and can shoot eggs from his beak. A blue sub-species (conjecturally called Flapper) is found in the level Parrot Chute Panic. Flapper can only descend and cannot spit eggs from his beak.
  • Rattly the Rattlesnake acts much like Winky, meaning he can jump very high.
  • Squitter the Spider is a very large spider that can shoot webs that defeat enemies or become floating platforms. However, he cannot jump on enemies.
  • Clapper the Seal appears in the levels Lava Lagoon and Clapper's Cavern. When jumping on him, Clapper will breath on the water found in the levels, either cooling it down or freezing it.
  • Glimmer the Anglerfish can illuminate dark areas much like Squawks did in the original Donkey Kong Country.
  • Expresso II is an animal buddy only found in the Game Boy Advance. Expresso II is playable as a part of the Expresso Racing minigame.

Modes

DKC2-GBA-Menu

Game Boy Advance remake's menu

  • One player mode, exactly the same as DKC's; one player controls Diddy and Dixie.
  • Two player team, where player one plays as Diddy and player two is Dixie. When player one is defeated, player two takes over.
  • Two player contest, where it's a contest for either player 1 (Diddy) or player two (Dixie) to finish the most levels.
  • Sound Test, a secret mode in the SNES version, where the player must repeatedly press down when choosing "one player" or "two player" when starting a new game. Once found, players can scroll through the game's background music themes.
  • Cheat Mode, obtained a similar way to the sound test mode, only by pressing down even more. It allows players to enter a cheat codes to start off the new game.


The Game Boy Advance version added several mini-games:

  • Bag a Bug, where Diddy must catch fireflies and avoid Klubba.
  • Diddy's Dash, a time trial mode of regular levels.
  • Funky's Flights, a mini-game that allows Kongs to use the gyrocopter to navigate mazes and do tasks for DK Coins.
  • Expresso Racing, a mini-game Cranky runs where Kongs can cash in their Feathers for stats to level up Expresso to race against other Expressos.

Kong Allies

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Funky Kong, with his updated look

  • Funky Kong returns from the original Donkey Kong Country, with his flight service in each world of the game (excluding Lost World). Though the first use requires payment, each use after is free. In the GBA remake players can summon Funky's gyrocopter anywhere on the world map, so he instead ran a mini-game in the remake.
  • Cranky Kong also returns, with a new look, more tips and commentary. He gives hints once more, but this time there's the option to choose which hint for the levels in a world, though come at a small fee. Cranky's other major role is the counting of DK Coins and running Expresso Racing.
  • Wrinkly Kong replaces Candy Kong from the previous game as the one responsible for saving the game. She also gives hints somewhat like Cranky, but are more general and about abilities or animal buddies. She also handles a Scrapbook in the GBA remake.
  • Swanky Kong is another new addition to the family, hosting a game show named after him, Swanky's Bonus Bonanza. Swanky has no other major roles.
  • Candy Kong cameos as Swanky's assistant in the GBA remake. Much like Swanky, she has no other major role.

Special Areas

Various spots of Crocodile Isle are hosted by more or less benevolent characters, each of which help the duo in different way. They are:

Enemies

"How many? I reckon they're just put fancy pictures in here to make it look good. There's only three in the game at most!"
—Cranky Kong, DKC2 GBA manual[4]

Diddy and Dixie encounter a diverse cast of enemies all over the island all the Kremling Krew, ranging from regular ship-rat like Neeks to the chasing pirate spirit Kackle. Some of them are return from the previous game, though slightly altered in appearance to fit the pirate theme, as well as tweaked names (except for Zinger).

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Kaboing, a high jumping enemy

Spiny

Spiny

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Krow.

Bosses

As with Donkey Kong Country, all bosses are fought at the end of each world. However, all bosses have a unique stage and not all are simply bigger versions of regular enemies. Mr. X was to be a boss in the game, but has been scrapped out of the game.

Worlds

Crocisle

The map of Crocodile Isle.

Gangplank Galleon

Crocodile Cauldron

Krem Quay

Krazy Kremland

Gloomy Gulch

K. Rool's Keep

The Flying Krock

Lost World

Changes between the SNES and Game Boy Advance versions

  • The game has an intro, based on the manual's description of it.
  • Target Terror and Rickety Race now take place in the evening, as opposed to nighttime.
  • The Super Nintendo controller in the background of The Flying Krock was removed.
  • When fighting a Boss after it has been defeated, Swanky Kong will charge ten Banana Coins and calculate how much time it took to defeat the Boss.
  • Some of the characters have gained (or lost) sprites.
  • The Kongs have new voices clips, most of which were taken from Donkey Kong 64, and bosses, enemies, and the like have updated sound effects as well.
  • The player can now save anywhere on the map.
  • The World's maps have been redesigned.
  • The player can travel to a different world for free at any time, as long as Funky Kong was seen at least once.
  • The death and end-of-level music no longer changes depending on the level, rather as which Kong died.
  • The music “Run! Rambi, Run!” that played when King Zing chases the Kongs in the level Rambi Rumble was removed, and replaced by the music heard when racing against Screech. The music can still be heard in the sound test, though.
  • A cheat that allowed to obtain all Kremkoins in the first level was removed, but using the code "FREEDOM" on the password input replaces it.
  • The player's lives and Banana Coins are now saved.
  • There is an entirely new main menu, which gives access to the main file selection, Diddy's Dash, and Bonus Games (the new mini-games added).
  • Cranky gives commentary when a boss is defeated, much like the original Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country.
  • Swanky's Bonus Bonanza was redesigned.
  • The Gangplank Galleon has crashed into the right side of Crocodile Isle, rather than being to the left of it. This also happened in Donkey Kong Land 2.
  • There is a boss at the end of K. Rool's Keep; Kerozene.
  • Overall slightly reduced music quality due to limitations.
  • A Golden Feather item as been added to each level.
  • The ending was slightly tweaked; in the original Donkey Kong used an uppercut on K. Rool but instead punches him through the window.
  • New mini-games- Bag a Bug, Diddy's Dash, Expresso Racing, Funky's Flights II (now mini-game instead of flight service).
  • The Star Barrel in Animal Antics was moved to the start of the bramble area. The level itself has been made easier (but still difficult).
  • To encourage players to play the new minigames, DK Coins are rewarded for beating certain mini-games, raising the number from 40 to 62.

Beta Elements

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The beta title for Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest as seen in the German strategy guide for the game.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest was to have a lot of elements that were later scrapped out of the final version of the game. First being Mr. X being a beta boss, likely for K. Rool's Keep as it has no boss. Second being mourning sprites for Diddy and Dixie.

There was also going to be a German option as a language in the American version, but has been likely scrapped, due to time restraints.

There were going to be green Zingers that were also scrapped from the final release along with Flotsams. Also, there was to be Flitters with a purple coloration with blue wings or green wings. Also, there was to be a red and turquoise coloration for the Flitters.

Also, levels had some changes such as Lava Lagoon was to notably lack lava, Parrot Chute Panic was to have Squawks in it and Web Woods lacked fog.

A hacked version of Web Woods was also discovered via hacking.

Gallery

Boxarts And Logos

Screenshots

Kongs

Animal Buddies

Bosses

Areas

References

  1. "Alternate titles" at Mobygames
  2. List of best selling SNES games
  3. Donkey Kong Country 2 manual, "Primate Pick-ups", page 15
  4. Donkey Kong Country 2 manual, page 25

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