Best Donkey Kong Games

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

I think that one notable change that this game has over its predecessor being that it has a more darker and creepier tone. For example, the original plays it more safe, as you are just trying to get your banana hoard back from those Kremlings, while in the sequel, Donkey Kong has been captured and you are all alone in an environment where everything wants to kill you. The music itself also sounds a lot more moodier than in the previous game, as it's pretty much obvious that they were taking cues from Genesis and Phil Collins for the soundtrack. Some others I can think of is the new jack swing-sounding Hot Head Bop, the elegant Forest Interlude, the Eurodance-influenced Disco Train and the gorgeous Stickerbush Symphony. I think for me, the tone itself is what matters most about this game.

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...

2 Donkey Kong 64

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. )

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.

3 Donkey Kong Country

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!

Like a lot of people, I adore the soundtrack to this game, I mean, you have classics such as Fear Factory, Life In The Mines, DK Island Swing, Aquatic Ambience and the like, but almost no one ever talks about the more atmospheric and lowkey awesome tracks, and Cave Dweller Concert is a perfect example, especially when the song hits the 1:48 mark. All of a sudden, there's harmonic instruments, and the song doesn't feel creepy anymore, in my opinion. When I visited the cave systems in the Yucatan Peninsula, I had this song play in my head, it's that atmospheric.

4 Donkey Kong Country Returns

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 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

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...

Another thing that's great about this game is the soundtrack. Sure, it may not be among the greatest platforming game soundtracks, but they got David Wise, the legend himself returning, so that's a plus. The soundtrack incorporates various genres into the mix and it sounds really good due to them working in perfect harmony. I remember when I had my friend from Tennessee coming over and he wanted to play DKC: Tropical Freeze and his toes were tapping when I got to the Trunk Twister stage. He then mimicked playing the violin and the guitar and I laughed. The Lost Mangroves area heavily incorporates blues and country for its soundtrack and I love it. Also, many other areas of the game include traditional German and African music, don't forget metal for its bosses and I adore the whole music genre diversity thing they're going for. DKC: Tropical Freeze. Challenging game, great soundtrack, you get the idea.

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

And while we're on the soundtrack of the game, I forgot to mention the GBA soundtrack, which is basically Tropical Freeze's soundtrack before it was a thing. I feel like David Wise was preparing for what was ahead and some songs certainly do deliver, with their usages of harmonica, drums and guitars. "Stilt Village" has an incredibly hypnotizing melody, "Nuts & Bolts" sounds like it could be played in a 90s action game, "Boss Boogie", with its rolling drum patterns and synth melodies and my absolute favorite being the GBA version of "Rockface Rumble", as it sounds country as all hell with its harmonica, slide guitars and fiddles. Don't forget the heavy drum patterns on the track, as well. My only complaint with the soundtrack is there's some ambient sections before looping over again, but it's just a minor problem and nothing too serious.

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.

7 Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

I love this game so much!

You move with bongos

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

I got this for Christmas years ago.

10 Donkey Kong Land III
The Contenders
11 Donkey Kong Jr.
12 Diddy Kong Racing

Better than mario kart

13 Donkey Kong Land 2
14 Mario vs. Donkey Kong
15 Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber
16 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Switch

Don't know why this has such little votes. It's better then the original DKCTF, not by much, but it still is better. It's the same great game but with an extra character/mode.

Its on like donkey kong

17 Donkey Konga 2

Is this any good? I never played it

18 Donkey Kong: King of Swing
19 Diddy Kong Racing DS
20 Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast
21 Donkey Kong (Game Boy)
22 Donkey Kong Land

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.

I loved this game

23 Donkey Konga 3
24 Donkey Kong Jr. Math
25 Donkey Kong King of Swing
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