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Donkey Konga With Bongos

by NINTENDO OF CANADA
GameCube
 Everyone
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   GameCube
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone Everyone
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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One day, DK and Diddy discover a pair of odd barrels on a deserted beach. After showing the barrels to Cranky Kong, they learn the barrels are really a legendary musical instrument that plays music not only when you drum on it, but also when you clap. Donkey Kong christens the instrument the DK Bongo, and he and Diddy decide that they will become famous musicians, get rich, and buy all the bananas they could ever want

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4.0 out of 5 stars sweet game July 25 2005
the new bongos make the game better then others. but if u what to play with 2 or more u need more bongos or more controlers. all in all it rocks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hours of fun Jan. 1 2005
By A Customer
This is one of the most enjoyable gaming experiances, I have ever had. It has entertained 4 adults for hours at a time. Buying extra bongos is a must with this one. Only downfall there are only 33 songs total, but other than that this is a must have game.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  57 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun - Great songs May 28 2005
By Lisa Shea - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I picked up Donkey Konga (the first one) after I got Donkey Konga 2, because of the great song list in Donkey Konga. The graphics aren't quite as good, but it's just as much fun!

In essence you get 30 reproductions of songs to sing along with - from classics like Louie Louie to classic music songs, from Legend of Zelda to the Pokemon theme song. I really LOVE this song collection and think they provide songs that all ages will enjoy.

There are different levels of gameplay, from beginner to advanced. In fact, if you do really well, you can earn remix versions of songs and buy truly advanced versions to play along with. Plus, there are multiplayer versions that let multiple players play together or in competition with each other.

There are mini-games to test your skills, and a shop where you can trade in your earned points for new bongo sets.

I've heard some people say they get bored after a few months of playing the same songs over and over again. Heck, most games out there only keep your interest for a week or two! Plus, half the fun here is simply playing along. If you were in a band, would you complain on tour that you were tired of playing the same songs? :)

Really, you get all the fun of Donkey Konga 2 plus a far better song set. The minor drop in graphics really isn't a big deal at all. Of course it'd be great if, like with the XBox, you could simply download new song sets that you enjoyed. That way they could let you buy one game, and then download whatever types of songs you liked to sing. Kids could download the kid songs, adults could download the classic rock songs, and teens could go for the pop-hip-hop stuff. But until Nintendo gets its online act together, I don't mind them coming out with a whole series of Donkey Konga games, each with a different song set. I'll gladly collect them all!
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nintendo jumps on the rhythm-game bandwagon... Oct. 11 2004
By Dennis Laycock - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
...and not surprisingly, it's well done and a lot of fun.

The phenomenom of rhythm- and music-based games has been going strong in Japan since Dance Dance Revolution hit arcades there in the mid to late 1990s. Even today you'll find arcades packed with games where you can play guitar, be a DJ, play a huge taiko drum, play a trap set or any number of other variations. Not to mention, each of these games has many (sometimes dozens) of home versions.

Unfortunately, with the exception of DDR, these games are hard to find in the U.S, at the arcade and at home. Only recently are developers starting to realize the profit potential of a genre that appeals to all ages and both genders.

So here we have Donkey Konga, Nintendo's first rhythm game, and it comes with a pair of bongos - a good deal for $50. The bad news is that, despite looking like bongos, they don't play like bongos. The heads are rubbery and soft, not tight like real bongos, and they don't make a bongo sound, except through your TV speakers. So if you had planned to jam on these sans GameCube, forget it.

The good news is the game is competent and a lot more challenging than I thought it would be, given the "kiddie" premise. There are about 30 songs, which, unlike the J-pop and original songs in DDR, will be familiar to almost everyone. I especially like the classical music and the new versions of old Nintendo theme songs. There's also oldies, swing, pop and rock.

Basically, like any rhythm game, the goal is to watch scrolling symbols and hit the drum at the right time - either one or the other, both at once, or clap your hands together (or, easier, slap the side of the drums). Surprisingly, even the middle level (equivalent to "standard" in DDR) has some pretty tough songs. Even if you can pass them, you'll have trouble getting all "greats" (equivalent to "perfect" in DDR).

The only thing I'm really wanting in this game is perhaps a bigger songlist. Thirty songs will get mighty boring after too long, I predict. But I'm hoping this won't be the last game to utilize the bongos - and I hope it sells well enough to convince other developers to make rhythm games.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have actually PLAYED this game Aug. 13 2004
By Fennippee - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I find the other reviews for this item to be pretty baseless, since they don't indicate any knowledge of the game. I played this game earlier today, in fact, and so I feel compelled to add a few actual facts to the review page.

Some people are wary of this game because it involves a really unusual peripheral, and Nintendo doesn't exactly have the best track record when it comes to strange new peripherals (Powerglove, anyone?). But you know what? This one works. The drums register every hit, and have a very satisfying give when you hit them (the tops are not stretched taut like real drums).

The microphone also does not miss any claps.

And, of course, you also get the game Donkey Konga with the drums--which, by the way, is a full-fledged, totally COOL rhythm game. It offers multiple difficulty levels (monkey, chimp, etc...I think the highest is "gorilla") and multiple play modes. The J-pop from the Japanese version has been replaced with some very recognizeable licensed tunes--like "Wild Thing!" Perfect!

Last but not least...there are other games coming out that will use the drums. Later this year there will be Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (a side-scrolling platformer) and in Spring of 2005, there will be a pinball game (um...kind of. You'll see what I mean) called Odama. Both use the drums. Jungle Beat uses them instead of a controller, and Odama will have some truly bizarre 2-player action that involves the drums.

So, you may have to get by on Donkey Konga for two months, but trust me, it WON'T be hard. This is one to preorder. Your friends and family will be seriously jealous of you--expect to have to share once everyone you know becomes hooked.
40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Close to Perfection but Misses the Mark Oct. 28 2004
By Bruce Aguilar - Published on Amazon.com
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I've been playing Donkey Konga on and off for just about a month now and have been having a great time, but the fun is wearing off. At first it was all pure joy beating out rhythms to the music, but as I progressed, I raelized what a shallow experience it was. There is no reward for getting the highest score or completing all the songs with a gold medal. After awhile I get to thinking why am I doing this? What was the goal?

Also the song selection, even though it includes some 30 songs left much to be desired. I would have preferred some current songs (nothing is earlier than 1992 or so) and more that had a definate drum section. It would also be fun to have a mode where you can drum anything you want then save it for playback.

A strong point of the game is that gamers of all ages can play together. I like that aspect of it quite a bit. Finally a game the entire family can enjoy together with no one at a real advantage. This game levels the playing field.

Unfortunately I haven't played multiplayer which is a shame because it's designed specifically for that. But the price of an extra set of bongos (or two or three) is a bit too rich for my blood. The game does give you the option of playing with a regular GCN controller, so at least the option of multiplayer is available for me to try. I suspect that the game would be a riot with a group of players. But again, I think the fun would fade once players realize the games doens't give you much to brag about except that you won.

If you go into this game realizing its shortcomings you might have a better time. But with just a little bit more work on Nintendo's part it could have been a must own game.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Donkey Konga Review Nov. 11 2004
By Victor - Published on Amazon.com
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
When I first saw an advertisement for this game I didn't think that it would be a very fun game. It looked boring and the graphics weren't very good. After I played the demo game at EB Games I found out I was only right about one of my assumptions about the game. True, the game's graphics weren't up to par with other Gamecube titles, but I was very wrong about the fun factor of the game. After playing only a couple of the thirty-three songs the game had to offer, I had to purchase this game along with another pair of bongo drums so I could play against my sister. Though fun as a single player game, the multiplayer mode is what makes this game a must-buy. There are five modes in this game and three difficulty levels. My only complaint about the game is the unlockables. The only things you can unlock are songs on the hardest difficulty level, alternate drum sound sets, and three minigames that have very clunky controls. Overall, I really like the game and you probably will too, even if you aren't a fan of music and rythym games.
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