Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (known as Donkey Kong Jet Race in Europe and Australia) is the third game released in the Donkey Kong racing series, but the first for the Wii. Instead of cars, players utilize rocket-powered bongos. The title was originally planned for the Nintendo GameCube for use with the DK Bongo Controller. The game incorporates Miis as indicators for records in Time Trials mode.
In order to accelerate the player's racing bongos, the Wii Remote and Nunchuk Attachment must be shaken together, and to jump, players need to raise the Wii Remote and Nunchuk Attachment upwards. Characters are able to attack each other by attacking with the . Characters not only use rocket powered bongos, but are also able to utilize vehicles such as Toboggans and Minecarts.
Jungle Grand Prix
The main mode in the game. It works just like the Mario Kart series, but some cups have fewer tracks to race on depending on their difficulty level. Also, like Mario Kart Arcade GP, more than one track will take place in a certain area. Three are from the DK Jungle course, three are from the Seaside course, three are from the Mt. Dynamite course, two are from the Desert course, two are from the Snowy Mountain course and two are from the Sky Temple course. Only one racetrack is in a course of its own, which is in outer space. Difficulty selection ranges from Novice, to Pro, to Expert, which must be unlocked before the player can use it. To unlock it, the player needs to win the Platinum Cup on Pro difficulty.
The player selects two to five of any of the races. This trophy will not be displayed on the selection screen no matter how many times it is beaten.
The computer randomly picks out five tracks for the player to race on. Like the Selection Cup, the trophy will not be displayed on the selection screen.
The color of the cup will not alter the color of the trophy, but rather the design and size. Like the Mario Kart series, there will be an item displayed on top of the trophy, such as a Banana Fairy on top of the Diamond Cup.
Including Ultra Barrel DK as a separate character, there are a total of 17 playable characters in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (consisting of 9 Kong characters (when Ultra Barrel DK is included as a separate character from Donkey Kong) and 8 Kremling characters). Kip, Kass, Kalypso and Kludge make their first appearance in this game. In order to select Ultra Barrel DK on the character select screen, the player needs to highlight Donkey Kong, hold and press . Unlockable characters will appear during a race, even if a player hasn't unlocked them yet (excluding Ultra Barrel DK, who can only be used by human players).
In order to hitch a ride on either of them, the player must run into the box on the track with their picture. The box will either stay still or move back and forth in a line for players to catch.
The key to winning is collecting bananas to fill the gauge. It takes 50 to fill it and perform a Wild Move.
Items are obtained by getting "?" balloons on the racetracks. Each type of racer, Kong or Kremling, has their team's color, with the Kong balloons being red and the Kremling balloons being blue. When the racer grabs their team's color of balloon, the effect of what's inside may last longer than if the other team had gotten it.
Red Balloon Items
Blue Balloon Items
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast features a variety of Barrels.
Pre-release and unused content
References to other games
References in later games
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast met with mostly negative reviews for its slow racing, imprecise controls, a lack of online mode, and that the Bongo Controllers were left out of the game even though GameCube controllers are completely compatible with the Wii.