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
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Greater location Donkey Kong Island
Owner Donkey Kong

DK's Tree House,[1] or Donkey Kong’s Treehouse,[2] is a starting point in several Donkey Kong Country titles. Located in the jungle portion of Donkey Kong Island, it is built above the banana cave, where the Kongs keep their stash of bananas. DK's Tree House 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 tree house 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.

Outside the Donkey Kong franchise, the tree house has become a recurring backdrop element in scenarios that involve Donkey Kong.


Donkey Kong franchise[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Donkey Kong inside the treehouse 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.

Donkey Kong's Treehouse is designed after a regular cabin pattern, being constructed of wooden planks in its entirety. It is directly above the banana cave, and there are a few steps for going up to the treehouse itself. Donkey Kong's Treehouse is decorated like a home; it has 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. A beach ball and a two large tires also appear in the background. An official artwork shows Donkey Kong inside a tire swing outside the treehouse; the tire swing does not appear in the game.

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 Kongs are only able to enter the treehouse one time for each time they play Jungle Hijinxs.

In the Game Boy Advance remake, the interior layout for the treehouse is different. There are more items scattered on the floor. The portrait of Candy, a table with a vase, and the bed are against a wall straight across from the entrance, rather than at the top left corner. The vase on the table is light green and does not have flowers in it. A framed picture reading "HOME SWEET HOME" is in the background. A large bunch of bananas is in the foreground.

The Kongs can re-enter the treehouse more than once for each time they play Jungle Hijinxs; however, once the Kongs collect the Red Balloon, it does not reappear for the rest of the game. 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. It turns around at the Kongs, pants, and hops out of the house in fright. This only occurs once per save file.

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.

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.

DK's Tree House appears 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.

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 3 (Game Boy Advance)[edit]

The interior of what is presumably the same house is 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.

Diddy Kong Racing DS[edit]

Diddy sitting outside of his tree house in the intro for Diddy Kong Racing DS

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.

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 rage. When Donkey Kong goes out on the deck to hear what Diddy is complaining about, he gets approached by Kalimba tiki, causing him to step back into the tree house. Kalimba tiki unsuccessfully hypnotizes Donkey Kong. The first level, Jungle Hijinxs, starts right after the opening sequence, and every time the Kongs start the level, they must repeatedly punch Kalimba tiki. After Kalimba tiki is hit enough time, Donkey Kong kicks down the wooden front door and kicks Kalimba 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]

The Kongs look outside the tree house before being blown away by the ice dragon in the prologue.
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 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.

Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge[edit]

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]

Mario Party 7[edit]

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.

Mario Party 10[edit]

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.

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

In Mario Party: The Top 100, DK's Tree House reappears in the background of the DK minigames, Jump, Man and Vine Country from Mario Party 7. Of note is that the house retains the older cabin appearance seen in the original minigames.

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.

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 (2003)[edit]

In the 2003 iteration of Diddy Kong Pilot, DK's Tree House makes a cameo appearance in the background of jungle-themed races. DK's Tree House was replaced with a specific background in the final version, Banjo-Pilot.








Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドンキーコングのいえ[3]
Donkī Kongu no Ie
ドンキーハウス[4][5] (Donkey Kong Country television series)
Donkī Hausu
Donkey House
French Cabane de Donkey Kong[6] Donkey Kong's Tree House


  • Incidentally, Donkey Kong was shown to live in a treehouse in Captain N: The Game Master, four years before Donkey Kong Country was released.
  • All three versions of Donkey Kong Country have a different musical theme for the tree house. The SNES version plays Cranky's Cabin theme, the Game Boy Color remake plays the title music from Donkey Kong Land, and the Game Boy Advance remake plays Bonus Room Blitz.
  • Nintendo of America's product development division, Treehouse, is codenamed after Donkey Kong's residence.[7]


  1. ^ Donkey Kong 64 North American instruction booklet, page 33.
  2. ^ M. Arakawa. Donkey Kong Country Player's Guide. Page 1. "We’ll take you all the way from Donkey Kong’s Treehouse to King K. Rool’s ship."
  3. ^ Donkey Kong 64 Japanese instruction booklet, page 22.
  4. ^ Donkey Kong Card Game
  5. ^ "Tsūkai Donkey House" playset
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Kotaku: Nintendo's Secret Weapon