Swanky Kong

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Swanky Kong
Swanky Kong DKC3.png
Swanky Kong, as he appears in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Full name Swanky Kong
Species Kong
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country 3 (Game Boy Advance remake) (2005)

“Give them a big hand folks! Good evening, I'm Swanky Kong and you're tonight's contestants on my Bonanza! It's easy to play! Just pick a game and you're away!”
Swanky Kong, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

Swanky Kong is a member of the Kong Family, and a game show host. He is notable for being a flashy entrepreneur; in his first appearance, he wears a blue coat and has an afro hair style. In his second appearance, however, he wears a fancy suit with a matching cane, and his hair is covered by a bowler hat.

Appearances[edit]

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, he hosts a game show called Swanky's Bonus Bonanza. Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong can pay Swanky Banana Coins and attempt to answer trivia questions about the game. If they answer correctly, they are rewarded with extra lives. In the Game Boy Advance version, Swanky's role remains relatively the same, except now he has Candy Kong as his assistant on the show.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

After Crocodile Isle was destroyed, Swanky decided to seek a new venture. In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Swanky hosts an on-the-road throwing contest in a circus tent called Swanky's Sideshow. Travelers can pay Swanky a certain number of Bear Coins to compete in a variety of throwing contests against Cranky Kong. If a contestant can best the elderly Kong, Swanky rewards them with Bananas and Bear Coins. In the Game Boy Advance version, Swanky opens up a virtual reality dome where Dixie Kong can compete in a gold star collecting minigame.

Mario Superstar Baseball[edit]

Swanky as seen on the billboard

Swanky’s tent from the Super Nintendo version Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! makes a cameo appearance in Donkey Kong's field in Mario Superstar Baseball. Swanky himself can be seen on a wooden billboard in the game as well.

List of Appearances by Date[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Non-Playable Character 1995 SNES
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Non-Playable Character 1996 SNES
Donkey Kong Country 2 (remake) Non-Playable Character 2004 Game Boy Advance
Mario Superstar Baseball Cameo 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Donkey Kong Country 3 (remake) Non-Playable Character 2005 Game Boy Advance

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スワンキーコング
Suwankī Kongu
Swanky Kong

Trivia[edit]

  • In the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Swanky uses his original design from Donkey Kong Country 2 instead of his new design introduced in Donkey Kong Country 3.
  • Swanky and Candy are the only Kongs of the Kong Family who have yet to become playable.