|Donkey Kong Land 2|
|Release Date:|| September 1, 1996 |
November 23, 1996
November 28, 1996
|Ratings||ESRB: Kids to Adults|
Donkey Kong Land 2 is a video game developed by Rareware for the Game Boy, released in September 1996. It is a sequel to Donkey Kong Land, and a prequel to Donkey Kong Land III, and is a handheld follow-up of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Like its prequel, the game featured a yellow cartridge and Super Game Boy special features.
The game is a pseudo-sequel to Donkey Kong Country 2; after Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong rescue Donkey Kong from Kaptain K. Rool, he is kidnapped again and the Kongs must return to Crocodile Isle to rescue him... again.
This game is often mistaken as a handheld port of Donkey Kong Country 2 - this is untrue. Although the two games run on the same engine and have the same areas, the layouts on each of the levels are new, and the storyline is slightly different. Another difference is that two worlds, Krem Quay and Crocodile Cauldron, are merged into one world: Krem Cauldron. Kleever is the boss of this area, while Kudgel doesn't appear at all in the game. However, the game doesn't differ from its Super Nintendo Entertainment System counterpart as much as its prequel, Donkey Kong Land, does.
In this game, Donkey Kong gets kidnapped by Kaptain K. Rool and Dixie and Diddy must save Donkey Kong. In this game there are seven worlds, Gangplank Galleon, Krem Cauldron, Krazy Kremland, Gloomy Gulch, K. Rool's Keep, Lost World, and The Flying Krock, This game can only be used by one player.
- Clapper the Seal
- Enguarde the Swordfish
- Rambi the Rhinoceros
- Rattly the Rattlesnake
- Squawks the Parrot
- Squitter the Spider
- ! Barrel
- Animal Barrel
- Barrel Cannon
- Bonus Barrel
- DK Barrel
- Rotatable Barrel
- Star Barrel
- TNT Barrel
- Wooden Barrel
- Hot-Head Hop
- Kannon's Klaim
- Lava Lagoon
- Red-Hot Ride
- Squawks's Shaft
- Barrel Bayou
- Glimmer's Galleon
- Krockhead Klamber
- Rattle Battle
- Slime Climb
Apparently, Donkey Kong Land 2's manual contained a lot of errors and appeared to be entirely copied from the manual for Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. The errors are as listed:
- Even though the manual says that Cranky appears in the game giving Diddy and Dixie tips, he is not even in the game.
- The manual says that the B button should be pressed to swim while the A button should.
- The manual also states that if a kannonball is put in a kannon, the kannon flashes. Though, the Game Boy's graphical limitations prevent the kannon from flashing.
- The manual states that there are Arrow Barrels in the game. They don't appear in the game.
- The manual mentions that Kabooms are in the game. Though, there are no Kabooms appearing in Donkey Kong Land 2.
- The manual says to press Y to run. The two incorrect things about this are it saying to press Y to run while it is B and the Game Boy lacks a Y button.
All cheats are done on the file select screen.
- Holding Left or Right and then pressing A, A, B, B grants Diddy and Dixie fifty lives.
- Holding Left or Right and pressing B, B, A, A grants Diddy and Dixie fifty Banana Coins.
- Holding Left or Right and pressing A, B, A, B grants Diddy and Dixie all forty seven Kremkoins.
- Note: In order to get 100%, the Kremkoins must still be collected, so this code is only useful to get past Klubba early.
When these codes are done correctly, an extra life sound effect will be heard.
Logos and boxarts
Title screens and screenshots
- Donkey Kong Land 2 initially had the subtitle "Diddy's Kong Quest". This was removed shortly before the game was released, likely to avoid making people think it was an exact port of Donkey Kong Country 2, which had the same subtitle.
- All the levels in the game have same names as those in Donkey Kong Country 2, however, the level layouts were new. The only exceptions are "Haunted Hall" (replaced with "Krazy Koaster") and "Castle Crush" (replaced with "Dungeon Danger").
- The boxart depicts in the background, Glimmer, even though he doesn't appear in the game. The box art was later used for the European title screen in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
- This game is the only Donkey Kong Land series game where Funky makes an appearance.
|Donkey Kong series|
|Classic||Donkey Kong • Donkey Kong Jr. (Math) • Donkey Kong 3 • Donkey Kong '94|
|Mario vs. DK||Mario vs. Donkey Kong • March of the Minis • Minis March Again! • Mini-Land Mayhem!|
|Donkey Kong Country||Donkey Kong Country • Diddy's Kong Quest • Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! • Returns • Returns 3D|
|Donkey Kong Land||Donkey Kong Land • Land 2 • Land III|
|DK||DK: King of Swing • DK: Jungle Climber|
|Single games||Donkey Kong 64 • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat|
|Racing games||Diddy Kong Racing (DS) • Diddy Kong Pilot • Donkey Kong Racing • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast|
|Donkey Konga||Donkey Konga • Donkey Konga 2 • Donkey Konga 3|
|Game and Watch||Donkey Kong Hockey • Donkey Kong Circus|
|Other games||Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers • Donkey Kong: Jungle Fever • Donkey Kong: Banana Kingdom|