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 a platformer of the Donkey Kong series, released for the Nintendo DS in 2007. It is the sequel to the Game Boy Advance title, DK: King of Swing, and was developed by Paon and published by Nintendo. It was later re-released for the Wii U's Virtual Console in 2015.


The Kong Family are on a vacation at Sun Sun Island. While they are there, Diddy notices a giant banana on a mountain. Cranky requests Donkey Kong to acquire it, and Diddy joins him.

On top of the mountain, King K. Rool and the Kremlings are stealing a Crystal Banana from an "alien". They plan to conquer the universe with it. A Banana Spaceship appears, and DK and Diddy battle it.

After the Kongs destroy the spaceship, a banana alien named Xananab exits from it. He apologizes for attacking the Kongs, whom he mistook for Kremlings. Xananab explains how K. Rool stole the Crystal Banana, and the Kongs go on a journey to retrieve it.


The game's title screen

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.


Several familiar characters appear in DK: Jungle Climber. Donkey Kong and Diddy are the only playable characters in Story Mode, while Dixie and Funky are playable in Wireless Multiplayer, just like in DK: King of Swing.






DK: Jungle Climber has a variety of items. Some are from the first three Donkey Kong Country titles, while others are entirely new items.

  • Bananas - Donkey Kong receives an Extra life for every 100 Bananas that he collects.
  • Banana Bunches - these represent five Bananas, or ten for Double Banana Bunches.
  • Banana Coins - these can be spent on extra levels.
  • Crystal Stars - the successor to the Going Bananas move from King of Swing; these items grant temporary invincibility.
  • DK Coins - these unlock cheats throughout the game.
  • Gems - collectible items that form into a Crystal Star if 100 are collected.
  • K-O-N-G Letters - like its previous appearances, collecting all four letters grants an extra life.


  • Hammer - these break wooden boxes and stone blocks.
  • Torch - this item melts ice.
  • Wings - these allow the Kongs to temporarily fly in a level.



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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