DK: Jungle Climber

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DK: Jungle Climber
Developer(s) Paon
Nintendo SPD Group No.4
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo DS, Virtual Console (Wii U)
Release date Nintendo DS
Japan August 9, 2007
ROC August 9, 2007
USA September 10, 2007
Europe October 12, 2007
Australia November 1, 2007

Virtual Console (Wii U)
Japan July 8, 2015
USA July 23, 2015
Europe August 6, 2015
Australia August 7, 2015

Genre Platformer
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer, Local Wireless
Nintendo DS:
Nintendo DS:

DK: Jungle Climber, known as Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber in Japan and Europe, is the sequel to DK: King of Swing, and uses much the same controls as the original. Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Funky Kong are playable. Other characters include Cranky Kong, Candy Kong, Wrinkly Kong and King K. Rool. Also, some of the enemies from the original DK: King of Swing, such as Neeks, Zingers, and Click-Clacks appear in the game. Other enemies include Kritters, Flitters, Shuris, Puftups, and Brambles.


Donkey Kong and his friends mistake a Banana Spaceship for a real banana while on vacation on Sun Sun Island. Xananab appears from the spaceship and tells Donkey Kong that King K. Rool had stolen his Crystal Bananas, which K. Rool can use to take over the jungle and the entire universe. Donkey Kong knows that he has to retrieve them, so he and Diddy Kong set out on their journey.


DK Jungle Climber uses basically the same controls as its predecessor; the player using L Button to swing left and R Button to swing right. Pressing both R Button and L Button causes Donkey Kong to jump, and pressing A Button does a charge jump. Also, pressing X Button allows the player to talk to NPCs. More than one Kong will be playable at once in a style similar to the Donkey Kong Country/Land series, with one Kong following the other. However, the player can split the Kongs up to solve certain puzzles.

The game's title screen


Several familiar characters appear in this game. Although DK and Diddy are the only playable characters in Story Mode, Dixie and Funky are playable in Wireless Multiplayer.




Many items, including items from past games as well as new items, are in DK Jungle Climber. Three different groups of Bananas are in the game, being single bananas, Banana Bunches for five bananas, and Double Banana Bunches for ten bananas. DK Coins, Banana Coins, KONG Letters, Bonus Barrels, and DK Barrels are returning, with the same purpose has previous games. TNT Barrels appear mid-level. Barrel Cannons also return, now providing a dotted line to help the player aim. New items include Oil Barrels, which are used to fly Funky's plane, and several weapons and upgrades, including a pair of feathers that grant the Kongs the ability to fly, a barrel hammer that Diddy uses, and a flamethrower that can be used to melt ice. Another upgrade that can be obtained is from jewels. Collecting 100 of these items will cause a Crystal Star to appear on the touch screen, and pressing it will grant temporary invincibility, similar to Going Bananas.


Several minigames appear in this game. There are several single-player, all of which must be unlocked, as well as multi-player games. The single-player games consist of a log jumping game, a banana eating game, a barrel destroying game, and many more. The multi-player games include a barrel racing game and a "race to complete the level first" game.

Bonus Barrels will also send the player to a minigame named Banana Bonanza, which consists of a banana-catching game, in which Donkey Kong is given a random-sized barrel and must catch as many bananas as the player can.

List of minigames[edit]



Main article: List of DK: Jungle Climber quotes


The game received positive reviews and was considered an improvement over DK: King of Swing. The game was also praised for its fun, practical controls and its vibrant visuals.[citation needed]

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

In several screenshots, there are some early levels such as a foggy area that was possibly the original Panic Factory. Another screenshot shows an underwater level in the sea with a Lockjaw. There were originally swing-like objects that were in the game. Also, some objects and backgrounds had different palettes. Lastly, the working title for this game was DK: King of Swing DS.


Main article: List of DK: Jungle Climber staff


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:DK: Jungle Climber.


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References to other games[edit]

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドンキーコング ジャングルクライマー
Donkī Kongu Janguru Kuraimā
Donkey Kong Jungle Climber


  • This is most of the Kongs' and Kremlings' only appearance in a DS game.

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