DK: King of Swing

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DK: King of Swing
Developer(s) Paon
Nintendo SPD Group No.4
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console (Wii U)
Release date Game Boy Advance:
Europe February 4, 2005
Australia March 17, 2005
Japan May 19, 2005
USA September 19, 2005 [1]
Virtual Console (Wii U):
Japan November 19, 2014
USA November 20, 2014
Europe January 22, 2015
Australia January 23, 2015
Genre Platformer
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
USK:USK 0.svg - All ages
Mode(s) Single Player, Multiplayer
Wii U:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Game Boy Advance:
Media GBA icon.png Cartridge
Wii U:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Game Boy Advance:

DK: King of Swing is a puzzle game starring Donkey Kong for the Game Boy Advance. It is the first installment of the DK series. Its gameplay is similar to the NES game Clu Clu Land, but has been re-formatted in certain aspects to provide more of an adventure game feel. In this game, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong must quest across five worlds to win back the Jungle Jam medals that King K. Rool has stolen and scattered across the levels. The game is the first Donkey Kong franchise game developed by Paon for Nintendo, who also made the sequel, DK: Jungle Climber and the racing title Donkey Kong Barrel Blast.


The game takes place during the Jungle Jam Tournament, where a huge festival held on Donkey Kong Island occurs. During the tournament, medals (which are actually DK Coins) are handed out as prizes to participants in contests like breaking barrels and jumping pegs, with the winner being crowned the hero of the jungle. King K. Rool, however, steals all the medals before the tournament commences, proclaiming himself the jungle hero. Donkey Kong pursues King K. Rool to get the medals back and restore peace to Donkey Kong Island.

Game modes[edit]

The list of modes.

Diddy Mode Differences[edit]

  • The tutorial stage is no longer present.
  • Bananas laying out in the open are no longer there; the player can only collect them by destroying enemies or crates.
  • Crystal Coconuts were removed, and as a result, Bonus Barrels and the bonus stages they led to are no longer present.
  • Diddy is slightly faster and jumps slightly higher than Donkey Kong.

Time Attack Mode[edit]

A Time Attack appears in DK: King of Swing, where it can only be played after the player has completed the adventure mode. It can be found under the Extras menu. When the player selects the mode, they are given a list of every level, each with its only best time that the player can beat. Three other times also exist in the high scores list that the player can beat. However, beating the times are optional and do not allow the player to unlock any new mode or item.

During the mode, the player is given three hearts of life. If all three are lost, they must start the Time Attack over. Additionally, hearts can be restored if they collect ten bananas and use them for Donkey Kong's "Going Bananas" move. Unlike in adventure mode, though, the player is given no bananas to start with and must find them around the course. After the level is completed, the player's time is recorded if it beats a score on the high scores list.


Donkey Kong in one of the game's levels.

As mentioned earlier, the gameplay is very similar to the NES game Clu Clu Land, and mainly consists of swinging across boards of pegs. However, in this game the player must climb, swing, and even shoot their way to reach the top, all the while collecting the medals. The player cannot face the boss without beating each level; once all levels have been completed, the player may face the boss at the designated boss stage. After the boss is beaten, the player may continue to the next world.

If the player chooses to collect each Crystal Coconut, hidden items concealed inside crates, boxes, nooks and crannies, or even inside enemies, Wrinkly Kong is unlocked as a player in the single player Jungle Jam Tournament. There are twenty Crystal Coconuts in all.


The controls are made to be simple: L Button swings Donkey Kong left, R Button swings Donkey Kong right. If the L Button button is held down, DK will swing on a fixed spot from left to right, and vice versa for the R Button button. If the button is lightly tapped, Donkey will go flying of in whatever direction he is pointing. To get a better aim, DK must swing about until he is facing the right way.

When on the ground, DK can walk about quite quickly using the L Button and R Button buttons; when they are tapped simultaneously he will lift off from the ground in a flying leap.

Donkey Kong can also Attack by holding down both the L Button and R Button buttons at once. DK will clutch the pegs, and slowly start to glow red; once he is totally glowing, the buttons should be released and DK will go flying off into an aerial attack.

Finally, DK can either Charge using the B Button Button (uses ten bananas; restores one health unit) or Go Bananas using the A Button Button (uses twenty bananas; makes DK invincible and able to leap great heights).


Playable Characters[edit]

The first four playable characters.

Non-Playable Characters[edit]



Banana Bungalow, a level in the Jungle World.

Jungle World[edit]

Necky's Canyon, a level in the Wild West World.

Wild West World[edit]

Risky Reef, a level in the Aqua World.

Aqua World[edit]

Ice Castle, a level in the Ice World.

Ice World[edit]

K. Kruizer III[edit]


Main article: List of DK: King of Swing staff


Main article: List of quotes in DK: King of Swing

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

DK: King of Swing went through some changes during its development.

Image Description
DKKos Beta 1.png This screen shows five heart points, while in the final, there's only three of them. It was not possible to go beyond that number in the final release.
DifferentBG.jpg Everything in this image is the same as it is in the final game, minus the five heart points and different background.
BombPegs.jpg This screen features explosive pegs that weren't present in the final game.
Spikes.jpg These spikeballs weren't found in this area in the final game.
DifferentArea.jpg This area doesn't exist in the final game.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:DK: King of Swing.



  1. ^ TMK: Release date info, retrieved 9-20-2008

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