Best Donkey Kong Games


The Top Ten

1 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

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...

Donkey kong country 1 is still my favorite, but I still love this game. It's just a little way too hard. I can't get past the swamp world

I was raised with this game. We go way back. I get teary eyed just thinking about it.

Nah, this should be number 1. The first game and Mario world are my favorite snes games of all time, but this game combines what was great about those 2. way better then DK 64, in my opinion

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2 Donkey Kong 64 Donkey Kong 64

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!

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.

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3 Donkey Kong Country Returns Donkey Kong Country Returns

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)

4 Donkey Kong Country Donkey Kong Country

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

Such a fun game.. DK is useless Diddy is way better! - BimmyJim

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

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5 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

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

Great dynamic level designs.

No this is the best by far

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.

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

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.

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7 Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
8 Donkey Kong Land III Donkey Kong Land III
9 Donkey Kong
10 Donkey Kong Land 2 Donkey Kong Land 2

The Newcomers

? Donkey Kong Jr. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math
? Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast
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The Contenders

11 Donkey Kong Land Donkey Kong Land
12 Diddy Kong Racing Diddy Kong Racing
13 Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber V 1 Comment
14 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. Brawl

This is not a DK game but it have Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. is a crossover Mario game. - Danteem

15 Super Smash Bros 4
16 Super Smash Bros Super Smash Bros
17 Donkey Konga 2 Donkey Konga 2

Is this any good? I never played it

18 Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
19 Mario vs. Donkey Kong Mario vs. Donkey Kong
20 Donkey Kong: King of Swing Donkey Kong: King of Swing
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1. Donkey Kong Country Returns
2. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
3. Donkey Kong 64
1. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
2. Donkey Kong Country
3. Super Smash Bros 4
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