Aquatic Ambiance

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"Aquatic Ambiance"

"Aquatic Ambiance" in Donkey Kong Country
Composed by:
David Wise
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)

"Aquatic Ambiance"[1] is a theme composed by David Wise and is heard in many underwater levels in the Donkey Kong Country games. It first appears in Donkey Kong Country, where it can be heard in all underwater levels.

Reuses[edit]

Game Description
Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance) "Aquatic Ambiance" plays in the levels Coral Capers, Clam City, Croctopus Chase, and Poison Pond.

Arrangements[edit]

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

Donkey Kong Land features a heavily chiptune arrangement of "Aquatic Ambiance" due to the hardware limitations of the Game Boy. It plays in Reef Rampage and Nautilus Chase.

This arrangement is also included in the Game Boy Color port of Donkey Kong Country.

Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country 3[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country 3 (the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!), an arrangement of "Aquatic Ambiance" is incorporated into the theme heard during the game's opening cutscene and title screen.

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Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

Donkey Kong Country Returns features an arrangement of "Aquatic Ambiance," titled "Aquatic Ambiance Returns" in the music gallery, that plays while riding the whale in Blowhole Bound.

This arrangement is reused for the same purpose in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze features five arrangements of "Aquatic Ambiance." The first arrangement, titled "Mangrove Cove Underwater" in the music menu, plays during the underwater section of Mangrove Cove.

A second arrangement, titled "Aquatic Ambiance Returns," plays in the deeper underwater section of Deep Keep, the entire underwater section of Current Capers, and the entirety of Shoal Atoll. This arrangement sounds closer to the original version of "Aquatic Ambiance." Though it shares a title with the arrangement from Donkey Kong Country Returns, it is a completely unique arrangement.

A third arrangement can be heard in the underwater section of Trunk Twister.

The fourth is a medley arrangement of "Aquatic Ambiance" and "Lockjaw's Saga" from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. It can be heard in the underwater sections of Irate Eight and Rockin' Relics.

A fifth arrangement plays in the underwater sections of Panicky Paddles.

All of these arrangements are reused for the same purposes in the game's Nintendo Switch port.

Audio.svg Mangrove Cove Underwater - The arrangement heard in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
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Audio.svg Irate Eight Underwater - The "Aquatic Ambiance" section of the arrangement heard in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
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Audio.svg Swing Juice Underwater - The arrangement heard in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
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List of Super Mario appearances[edit]

Work System Year Type Title Credits
Donkey Kong Country Super Nintendo Entertainment System 1994 Original "Aquatic Ambiance"[1] David Wise
Donkey Kong Land Game Boy 1995 Arrangement
Donkey Kong Country Game Boy Color 2000 Past arrangement (Donkey Kong Land)
Donkey Kong Country Game Boy Advance 2003 Original "Aquatic Ambiance"[1] David Wise
Donkey Kong Country 3 Game Boy Advance 2005 Arrangement David Wise
Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii 2010 Arrangement "Aquatic Ambiance Returns"
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Nintendo 3DS 2013 Past arrangement (Donkey Kong Country Returns) "Aquatic Ambiance Returns"
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Wii U 2014 Arrangement "Mangrove Cove Underwater"
"Aquatic Ambiance Returns"
 
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Nintendo Switch 2018 Past arrangement (Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze [Wii U]) "Mangrove Cove Underwater"
"Aquatic Ambiance Returns"
 

Albums[edit]

Work Year Type Title Credits
Super Donkey Kong Game Music CD Jungle Fantasy 1994 Original 「水中レベル WATER MUSIC」 (Suichū Reberu WATER MUSIC) David Wise
DK Jamz 1994 Original "Aquatic Ambiance" David Wise
Donkey Kong Country Trilogy 1996 Original "Aquatic Ambiance" David Wise

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c DK Jamz tracklist