Top 10 Hardest Donkey Kong 64 Golden Bananas to Obtain

The golden bananas from Donkey Kong 64 that were the hardest to obtain.
The Top Ten
1 Lanky Kong Beetle Race - Crystal Caves

Learning this one was very annoying. However, in my opinion, not the hardest race in the game. Once I had the route in my head, I ended up getting it in a handful of tries.

The second race is even more difficult. For starters, the beetle gets a head start, and you have to use Lanky's barrel to make him run fast. It takes a few seconds for you to break out of it. You also have to collect 50 coins on your way down. There are sections where you need to get a lot of speed to land safely on the slides. If you slow down even a little, or if the stupid beetle hits you as you're jumping, you'll fall into the lava and have to start the level all over again.

2 The Beaver Bother Mini Games

The amount of times beavers ended up getting stuck at rims, taking a full 5-10 seconds for them to be "herdable" again, also their inconsistent running away pattern, definitely makes this the hardest minigame in DK64.

Perhaps the hardest mini-game in the DK64 game. It's really frustrating getting the beavers into the hole. A lot of times, they just stop right in front of them and move around it.

For me, this is the worst mini-game of DK. Sometimes the beaver stops in front of the hole. Sometimes, they are stuck in the corners. Hate it.

3 DK Rotating Maze - Crystal Caves

As much as this one was a pain to get, at least you respawned at the entrance of the igloo. It would've been so much more annoying if it set you back all the way to the beginning of Crystal Caves.

Now, getting the golden banana when entering the igloo is a huge pain. You have to navigate the rotating maze while being careful not to touch the maze itself. Touching it causes you to lose one whole melon. Just 3 hits and you're dead.

4 Diddy Kong Cabin Destroy All Enemies Time Limit - Crystal Caves

Getting all the angles right, waiting for the big bomb Kremlings to fully die, not having unlimited bombs unlike other similar challenges would give you... Spent an hour beating this. Never again.

While it shouldn't be such a problem, the problem is the short time limit. Obviously, you can't simply use your instrument to kill enemies at once. You have to defeat them all using your weapon, oranges, and other moves. Fail to beat them in the time limit, and an enemy will attempt to blast you. You have to leave and enter again to try again.

5 Donkey Kong DK Arcade - Frantic Factory

Completing this twice is the hardest part. Also, no clue who invented the fall damage in this minigame. The amount of times I died because I thought I'd survive a small jump...

This took me several times to get. The first time after clearing the DK arcade game, once you have to play again, the challenge is you only start with one life and it's very easy to die.

6 Diddy Kong Spring Pad Bonus Barrel Challenge - Gloomy Galleon

For this challenge, you have to sneak past several guards and make it to the finish line, which is way more difficult than the first one from Angry Aztec. And there are many dead ends that will cause you to waste time.

7 Diddy Kong Mechanical Fish - Gloomy Galleon

You have to reach the top of the lighthouse and play the guitar to make the mechanical fish appear. Then, make your way there within the time limit and then have to shoot the 3 circles when they turn yellow.

8 Lanky Kong Race to the Banana inside the small house - Creepy Castle

What makes it hard is there's a time limit. You can use the speed barrel, but it's very hard to see where you have to go.

9 Donkey Kong Barrel Blast Pad - Fungi Forest
10 Diddy Kong Owl's Ring challenge - Fungi Forrest

It can be really tricky using the jetpack to fly through the rings.

The Contenders
11 Rabbit Race with Lanky - Fungi Forest

This race is ridiculously harder than it needed to be. He runs much faster, and Lanky has to use the speed handstand barrel, which requires crystals to use.

12 Beetle Race with Tiny - Angry Aztec

In my opinion, the hardest of all the races. It might also be because it's the first one you will probably end up doing. Nevertheless, it's still very difficult because you have to gain as much speed while also watching out for the tight open corners.

13 Krazy Kong Klamour - Fungi Forest

This one made me theorize patterns until I never found a consistent pattern and ended up just holding one spot, hoping the golden banana would be there. And even then, your reflexes could let you down. Very stressful minigame.

14 Target Shooting with Chunky - Gloomy Galleon

The most annoying part about this one is the Kasplat that will keep respawning to bother you while you're trying to aim. That, and being very careful while aiming as the joystick is very sensitive.

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