Best Donkey Kong Games

The Top Ten
1 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Product Image

Sega: Oh no... we need to find a way to improve our sound quality...
Nintendo and Rare: Did you say stereo sound? On the SNES, you jerks?
Sega: Fffffffff...
Nintendo: And we made one of the greatest platformers ever: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest!
Sega: (Dies of a heart attack)

(This was during the rivalry in the 90s)

My favorite game ever. So nostalgic to me... and damn, David Wise.
Tops the others in every possible way, but here some nuances / exceptions :
- DKC3 has better level mechanics, bosses, map system and side quests
- DKCTP has more environment diversity, and is nearly as good musically
- both aforementioned games are graphically as good as DKC2, if not better

This is my second favourite game of all time personally. It's also the game that made me aspire to become a video games composer. One day...

Amazing soundtrack, amazing level design and great varying gameplay from getting bonus coins to get to the lost world to making sure you had all the DK Coins.

2 Donkey Kong 64 Donkey Kong 64 Product Image

My favorite video game of all time just barely beating out FFX.
I've played from beginning to *almost* end about 20 times. I've still never been able to get the Nintendo coin because for the life of me I SUCK at the arcade DK you have to beat to get it. I've actually never even gotten the Golden Banana from that arcade DK either... It's actually kind of sad.

Childhood at best. A collectathon even more. But it's a one of a kind Donkey Kong game and no matter how bad it ages or how old it gets, it will always be NUMBER 7TH BEST RANKING on the Nintendo 64 Sales list... Number 1 on my Nintendo 64 list. I don't think anyone could top this game, but it can't surpass the original DKC series.

Such a hard choice! This one has to be the best because of the world design! Not only that but it's the last good donkey kong. (tropical freeze and the Wii one are good but they will never compare to rare wares donkey kong games. )

This game is the main reason why I like gaming so much!

3 Donkey Kong Country Donkey Kong Country Product Image

Best levels in the game:
Definitely Tree Top Town. It's just a fun level to just hop across the redwood trees! Snow Barrel Blast was another good example. Blasting through the snow-covered hills, and Orangutan Gang is my favorite jungle level in the game.
Worst levels in the game: Any level where I kept dying. Stop and Go Station was a good example. With those zombie Kremlings, you're going to have a hard time. Elevator Antics is another level where I kept dying, as well. You don't know where the elevator platforms are going! Blackout Basement is also a really hard level. You get the lights turning on and off at random, and cheap enemy placement!

The first game on my gameboy... I played it for YEARS, and I still do to this day. Can't get enough of this legendary game

I think this deserves number 1. As a kid I was so jealous my friends owned it and I didn't.

It's so awesomne! King K. Rool is the best boss and Kritters are the best enemies. And the music, so good!

4 Donkey Kong Country Returns Donkey Kong Country Returns Product Image

The soundtrack is phenomenal. Sure, it's mostly just remasters or just remixes of the original game, but the remasters just sound so good, with my favorite being the Tree Top Rock and Life In The Mines remasters. The new songs are great, as well. Music Madness, anyone? I always move my fingers to the beat of the song and mimic the hazards in the stage. The soundtrack just rocks in my opinion!

The rocket barrel levels. AAARRGH! And what's worse is that you have to use the rocket barrel to get to the final boss of the game, Tiki Tong! But aside from THOSE levels, it's still my second favorite game in the franchise.

This is a platformer through and through. Nothing feels unfair or gimmicky, it's just pure skill. This is my second favorite platformer of all time for a reason (Super Mario Bros 3 is first)

This one was the one I grew up with. It gave us a challenge. And that's what I enjoyed the most.

5 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Product Image

If Returns was a reboot of the series, then Tropical Freeze blows Returns out of the water. It introduced 2 new returning characters, Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong, plus Funky Kong in the Switch version. The gameplay is tight, the graphics are just as beautiful as Returns, with the stage Grassland Groove proving that, in fact the whole Bright Savannah world is great, and the Snowmads are a bunch of amazing new villains. I mean, come on! Their leader is a Viking walrus! Plus, when I went to E3 2013 in the summer, I played the Big Top Bop boss stage. That's when I really wanted to have this game. When February 2014 rolled around, oh boy...

My nostalgia would say otherwise, but I think this is honestly the bat Donkey Kong game to date (let alone Country game). The gameplay has been really refined here from both the old (original DKC trilogy) and the new (DKC Returns). While I did like Donkey Kong Country Returns, it pales in comparison to this masterpiece of a platformer, and I'd say that it's because Tropical Freeze feels completely new and creative with almost EVERY one of its levels, which is something that the games from the original trilogy strived for (maybe DKC3 to a lesser extent).

This game is often criticized for being shorter than Returns, but I honestly think that it's for the better, since I find that Returns drags on a world or so too long. This game ends right when it needs to, in my opinion, and if you still are craving more after that, you have an extra (though small) world that rewards you with Hard Mode, where you can play as any Kong individually. Speaking of Kongs, I also love the choices ...more

Easily the best Donkey Kong game. It has 2 new characters, an awesome soundtrack, really fun gameplay, and not-to-hard to reach collectibles.

Masterpiece of a game, the best DKC and the best 2D Platformer I've ever played. The Soundtrack in special is perfection. Thank you Retro Studios.

6 Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Product Image

It is definitely the black sheep of the trilogy, but it serves as a great conclusion to the original trilogy, as well. Kiddy Kong may suck as a playable character, but you can be able to go nuts with his divebomb ability. The environments in the hub worlds and levels are diverse, taking various cues from the Canadian wilderness, the American Pacific Northwest, and the state of Colorado. It really reminds me of the great outdoors. The music has a lot of emotions, which the previous games in the trilogy rarely has. For example, the music that plays in the underwater levels makes you feel scared about what's down below the ocean, while the cliff level music shows off the feeling of adventure. The final boss is nothing special, though, as it is a major disappointment compared to previous K. Rool boss fights.

What to say? My favourite game of all time from when I took for the first time a controller.
I'm a big fan of all DK games and seriously, this game is VERY underrated.
I played all of theme, and nobody equaled the "emotion" I felt when I played this.
It has the best gameplay of the DKC trilogy, it has fantastic levels in my opinion, it has a great soundtrack (not the best of the trilogy), it has great secrets, this game has a lot things to do, and they are all funny.
For me, the only three games that maybe can overcome this are: DKC2, DK64 and DKCR. But this will be always my favourite.
STOP underestimate this game!

The forgotten game of the trilogy. DKC3 was played by few due to being released for the SNES about four months after the N64 was released. Although the soundtrack and challenge of the second game is much better, the third has many more things to do. The overworld is huge, and the graphics were very well made. The mini games were both funny and entertaining. A very overlooked game. Highly recommendable.

Although it was the weakest of the trilogy, it was still pretty awesomne and as well-done as the other two.

7 Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Product Image

I love this game so much!

You move with bongos

The controls feel great, the OST is AMAZING for 2004 Gamecube, and punching enemies with the controller, Donkey Konga Bongos or (If you own the Wii version) the Wiinote and Nunchuck

8 Donkey Kong

Seriously, how the hell was this not on here before I added it? It literally began the franchise

9 Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Product Image

I got this for Christmas years ago.

10 Donkey Kong Land III Donkey Kong Land III Product Image
The Contenders
11 Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr. Product Image
12 Diddy Kong Racing Diddy Kong Racing Product Image
13 Donkey Kong Land 2 Donkey Kong Land 2 Product Image
14 Mario vs. Donkey Kong Mario vs. Donkey Kong Product Image
15 Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber Product Image
16 Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast Product Image
17 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Switch Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Switch Product Image

Its on like donkey kong

18 Donkey Kong: King of Swing Donkey Kong: King of Swing Product Image
19 Donkey Kong (Game Boy) Donkey Kong (Game Boy) Product Image
20 Donkey Konga 2 Donkey Konga 2 Product Image

Is this any good? I never played it

21 Donkey Kong Land Donkey Kong Land Product Image

This game is the worst, terrible physics, screen crunch up the ass and overal not worth it when you can grab the gba remake. Its not like the other dkl games where they are different enough for people to appreciate too, its different in all the wrong aspects.

22 Donkey Konga 3 Donkey Konga 3 Product Image
23 Diddy Kong Racing DS Diddy Kong Racing DS Product Image
24 Donkey Kong Jr. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math Product Image
25 Donkey Kong King of Swing Donkey Kong King of Swing Product Image
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