DK's Tree House

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DK's Tree House
Artwork of Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong sitting outside of Donkey Kong's Treehouse
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong relaxing outside their treehouse, in artwork for Donkey Kong Country
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Nintendo Switch) (2024)
Greater location Donkey Kong Island
Owner Donkey Kong

DK's Tree House,[1] or Donkey Kong’s Treehouse,[2] is a home located in the jungle portion of Donkey Kong Island. The house is built above the banana cave, where the Kongs keep their stash of bananas. DK's Tree House is where Donkey Kong lives. It was originally portrayed as a wooden cabin perched on top of a tree trunk, but more recent stances picture it as a rondavel hut raised on stilts high above the ground. The house is generally furnished with a television, a bed or hammock, a rug, and various pictures on walls. The treehouse is also commonly associated with tires, appearing both in and around it as simple furniture, as a swing or as a means of bouncing up to the house. Incidentally, Donkey Kong was shown to live in a treehouse in Captain N: The Game Master, a show created a few years before Donkey Kong Country was released.

Nintendo of America's product development division, Treehouse, is codenamed after Donkey Kong's residence.[3]


Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Donkey Kong inside of DK's Tree House in Donkey Kong Country
The treehouse's first appearance in Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong's Treehouse first appears in Donkey Kong Country, where it appears as a simple-looking wooden shack from the outside. It appears on both the Donkey Kong Island map and the Kongo Jungle map. Donkey Kong's Treehouse directly appears at the start of the first level, Jungle Hijinxs, and upon starting the level, Donkey Kong automatically launches out of the treehouse. It is directly above the banana cave, and there are a few steps for going up to the treehouse itself. Donkey Kong's Treehouse does not have much of a role, although the Kongs can bounce from half of a tire on the ground to collect a Red Balloon above. The treehouse can only be entered once each time Jungle Hijinxs is played. The interior layout of Donkey Kong's Treehouse includes a bed, a picture of two sailboats above it, a portrait of Candy Kong next to the door, a table with a blue vase containing flowers, and banana peels scattered around.

In the Game Boy Advance remake, there is a photograph is hidden behind the bunch of bananas, and it depicts a group picture of Donkey Kong and Diddy swinging from a rope on the eleventh page of the scrapbook. After defeating Really Gnawty, if Donkey Kong and Diddy enter the treehouse, they encounter Very Gnawty inside. In doing so, Very Gnawty turns around and hops out of the treehouse, an even that occurs only once per save file. The treehouse interior was redesigned to show more discarded items lying on the floor, and the portrait of Candy, a table with a vase, and the bed now all appear against a wall straight across from the entrance.

Though the Cranky's Cabin theme plays in DK's Tree House in the original version, the Game Boy Color remake plays the title music from Donkey Kong Land, while the Game Boy Advance remake plays Bonus Room Blitz.

Donkey Kong Country 3 (Game Boy Advance)[edit]

The interior of the treehouse is used as the background of the ending credits in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 3. The area is considerably tidier and lacks the Candy Kong portrait. A tire swing is also inside the house.

Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

Donkey Kong playing with the Nintendo DS Lite inside the tree house in Donkey Kong Country Returns

DK's Tree House reappears in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. It first appears in the opening. Diddy jumps out of the window to check on the bananas from the banana hoard, only to realize that they are stolen. When Donkey Kong goes out on the deck to hear what Diddy is complaining about, he gets approached by Kalimba, causing him to step back into the tree house. Kalimba tries to hypnotize Donkey Kong, but it is unsuccessful. The first level, Jungle Hijinxs, starts right after the opening sequence, and every time the Kongs start the level, they must repeatedly punch Kalimba. After Kalimba is hit enough times, Donkey Kong kicks down the wooden front door and kicks the Tiki into the bushes. If the Kongs enter DK's Tree House, they can obtain a Red Balloon inside.

The tree house's appearance has changed again, as it is now smaller, its walls are made of bamboo, it has a round straw roof sustained by wooden girders, and it has small doors and windows framed with wood. It has a wooden deck wrapping around its exterior and a banner of the word "KONG". The tree house is elevated above the ground by long, wooden rods. Near the ground is a smaller wooden deck with a tire, and bouncing on it allows the Kongs to reach the deck. The banana hoard is relocated to a small alcove under the tree house.

The interior of DK's Tree House still slightly maintains the furniture from Donkey Kong 64, such as the boombox, hammock, and several banana peels. Two of Donkey Kong's ties are hanging from the wooden girders suspending the roof. There is also a stack of spare tires, two framed pictures, a boombox, and a television which, if Ground Pounded, shows the title screen (as well as playing the respective music). In Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, the Japanese version's title screen appears to be shown instead.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Donkey Kong and his friends in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
The Kongs look outside the tree house before being blown away by the ice dragon in the prologue.
Homecoming Hijinxs
The tree house with snow on its roof in Homecoming Hijinxs

DK's Tree House reappears in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port, with the same appearance as Donkey Kong Country Returns except without a front door and some wooden posts on the front porch. The interior has a few additions, and one of the framed pictures on the wall is revealed to be a photograph of DK and Diddy and there a rug on the floor. There is a wooden table and a set of chairs, along with a set of four mugs that resemble small barrels, each with a different symbol representing which Kong it belongs to.

In the opening cutscene, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Cranky Kong are sitting around a table, celebrating Donkey Kong's birthday. Just before Donkey Kong eats a banana, a balloon floats outside the tree house and away from Donkey Kong Island. The balloon is noticed by a Pointy Tucks, who then looks at the island from afar on a boat with other Snowmads. Upon seeing the tree house, the Pointy Tucks panics and notifies its leader, Lord Fredrik. Fredrik then uses the horn to create an ice dragon to cover the island in snow. A snowflake blows into DK's Tree House and douses the birthday candle just before Donkey Kong can blow it out. The four Kongs go outside DK's Tree House to investigate, and then a strong wind blows them away to the Lost Mangroves.

Later in Homecoming Hijinxs, the first level of Donkey Kong Island, DK's Tree House appears in the background at the start of the level. Its roof and a side of its deck are covered in snow. DK's Tree House also appears in the epilogue, where, after Donkey Kong uses the horn to return Donkey Kong Island to its usual state (and thus melt the snow present on the tree house), the Kongs form a band on the porch to perform the credits theme.

A piece of concept artwork shows that the tree house was intended to be flung along with the Kongs on the shore of a foreign island.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Donkey Kong inside his Tree House in Donkey Kong 64

DK's Tree House makes its second appearance in Donkey Kong 64 as the starting location of the game. It is located within Kong Isle of DK Isles. It is first seen in the opening cutscene, where Donkey Kong is exercising as he listens to an instrumental DK Rap on a boombox. Squawks appears and alerts Donkey Kong of King K. Rool's plans to destroy DK Isles. DK's Tree House does not have any other role in the game.

The interior of DK's Tree House looks entirely different than in Donkey Kong Country. It has a leaf hammock instead of a bed. It also has objects from earlier Donkey Kong games such as Cranky Kong's phonograph from Donkey Kong Country and a red girder from the original Donkey Kong arcade game. There are several barrels and crates, as well as banana peels lying on the ground. DK's Tree House still has a framed picture of Candy. A red mat with the DK emblem is on the ground, and there is a framed photograph of a dolphin (possibly a reference to the Nintendo GameCube, which was code named "Dolphin" at the time). Instead of steps, the Kongs can use a palm tree to climb up into the tree house.

Early screenshots of the game showed that there was going to be a shower stall in DK's Tree House with a poster of Banjo and Kazooie on it. The shower and posters were removed in the final version of the game.

Donkey Kong Country television series[edit]

DK's Tree House also appears in the Donkey Kong Country television series, where it is relatively unchanged except for an elevator that is powered by a strong punch. Sometimes, Donkey Kong punches the button too hard, making the elevator slam on entry and startling anyone inside of it. The Tree House additionally appears to be in a savanna, rather than a deep rainforest.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

DK's Tree House appears in the background of Kongo Falls in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It is shown to be positioned above a rapid waterfall.

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate reveal trailers for King K. Rool and Banjo & Kazooie each show Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong (and King K. Rool in the Banjo & Kazooie reveal) lounging in the tree home, until they are disturbed by King Dedede and Duck Hunt pretending to be King K. Rool and Banjo & Kazooie respectively. The interior of the tree house matches that of Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong series[edit]

Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit]

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong, DK's Tree House makes a brief appearance in the prologue, where Donkey Kong is channel-surfing on his TV, until he stumbles upon a commercial with Mini-Marios. Visually, the only distinctive features of the house are a television and a couch, while the rest of the room is mostly dark. In the Nintendo Switch remake, it is shown that it is actually a cabin that is not located over a tree, and outside is a simple grass field with trees, suggesting that, at least in this version, it is a separate wooden house in a different location.[4]

Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge[edit]

The background of Barrel Blast Jungle in Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge
The background of Barrel Blast Jungle in Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge. DK's Tree House can be seen on the left.

DK's Tree House, reusing its Donkey Kong Country Returns design, can be seen in Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge in the background of Barrel Blast Jungle.

Mario Party series[edit]

DK's Tree House makes a few background appearances in the Mario Party series. In Mario Party 7, the porch in front of DK's Tree House represents the finish point in the Jump, Man and Vine Country minigames, as well as in their Mario Party: The Top 100 iterations. The Donkey Kong Board from Mario Party 10 contains a miniatural version of DK's Tree House, used for decoration. It resembles its appearance from Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

DK's Tree House makes a minor appearance in the introduction of Yoshi's Island DS, when the Toadies capture Baby DK.

Diddy Kong Racing DS[edit]

DK's Tree House[citation needed] briefly appears during the opening cutscene of Diddy Kong Racing DS. Diddy is sitting on the porch of his tree house, and Squawks gives a letter to him written by Timber. In the letter, Timber asks for Diddy's help to kick out Wizpig from Timber's Island. The tree house appears to have an entirely empty interior, and unlike other games, a wooden ladder is connected to the tree house.

Mario Kart series[edit]

DK's Tree House reappears in Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as an ornamental feature in the course DK Jungle. It is built on the side of a turn with Tiki Goons, above a pond surrounded by cascades. DK's Tree House retains its appearance from Donkey Kong Country Returns, and a DK Barrel is shown on the front deck.

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

DK Jungle in Mario Tennis Open

In Mario Tennis Open, DK's Tree House from Donkey Kong Country Returns appears in the background of the DK Jungle court, though it lacks the door and the "KONG" sign above it.

Mario Strikers: Battle League[edit]

In Mario Strikers: Battle League, multiple treehouses resembling Donkey Kong's in Donkey Kong Country Returns (without the "KONG" sign) appear in the background of the Jungle Retreat stage.

Unused appearances[edit]

Diddy Kong Pilot[edit]

In the 2003 iteration of Diddy Kong Pilot, DK's Tree House appears in the background of jungle-themed races. As expected, it was not retained in Banjo-Pilot.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:DK& § 39;s Tree House.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドンキーコングのいえ[5]
Donkī Kongu no Ie
ドンキーハウス[6][7] (Donkey Kong Country television series)
Donkī Hausu
Donkey Kong's House

Donkey House

French Cabane de Donkey Kong[8]
Donkey Kong's Tree House
Italian Capanna di Donkey Kong[9]
Casa sull'albero di Donkey Kong (LEGO Super Mario)
Donkey Kong's hut
Donkey Kong's tree house


  1. ^ Nintendo (1999). Donkey Kong 64 instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 33.
  2. ^ "We’ll take you all the way from Donkey Kong’s Treehouse to King K. Rool’s ship." – (1994). Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 1.
  3. ^ Schrier, Jason (April 22, 2014). Nintendo's Secret Weapon. Kotaku (English). Retrieved May 23, 2024.
  4. ^ Nintendo of America (January 17, 2024). Mario vs. Donkey Kong — A Heist of Mini Proportions — Nintendo Switch. YouTube. Retrieved January 18, 2024.
  5. ^ Nintendo (1999). ドンキーコング64六十四 (Donkī Kongu Rokujūyon) instruction booklet. Nintendo (Japanese). Page 22.
  6. ^ Donkey Kong Card Game
  7. ^ "Tsūkai Donkey House" playset
  8. ^ Ensemble d'extension La cabane de Donkey Kong 71424 | LEGO® Super Mario™ | Boutique LEGO® officielle FR. LEGO (French). Retrieved May 23, 2024.
  9. ^ Donkey Kong Country Italian manual. Page 4.