Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers

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Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers
Artwork featuring Donkey Kong for Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers
Developer Rare Ltd.
Publisher Unpublished
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Release date Canceled
USA (Planned for November 2001)[1]
UK (Planned for December 7, 2001)[2]
Japan (Planned for summer 2002)[3]
Genre Puzzle
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers, also called Donkey Kong Puzzle Paint at one point in development,[4] was a canceled puzzle game for the Game Boy Advance and a Donkey Kong spin-off title. The game was developed by Rare Ltd., was shown off at E3 2001, and was originally planned for release in November 2001 in the United States[1] and December 7, 2001, in the United Kingdom.[2] It was likely postponed ahead of time due to the forthcoming acquisition from Microsoft on September 24, 2002.[5] Eventually, the game was canceled along with Donkey Kong Racing in August 2002,[6] one month before Microsoft's acquisition of Rare.

The game went through many different iterations, with and without Donkey Kong attached to it, including the following working titles: Splonge, Nutcracker, Animal Cracker(s),[7] and Sunflower.[8] After the game was canceled, the Donkey Kong elements from the game were removed, and Rare considered reworking it into a Banjo-Kazooie spin-off titled Banjo's Jiggy Juggle, or a Sabreman title.[9] The game was eventually converted into It's Mr. Pants, whose trademark was registered on November 9, 2001,[10] and released in late 2004.

Some of the planned modes included various challenges around Donkey Kong Island, challenges from Cranky Kong, and a multiplayer mode.[1]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドンキーコング ココナッツクラッカー[11]
Donkī Kongu Kokonattsu Kurakkā
Donkey Kong Coconuts Cracker


Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers in an early trailer of Foodfight!
An unused cameo of Coconut Crackers artwork in Foodfight! (top right), as seen in the original trailer.
  • The main Coconut Crackers artwork was going to make a cameo appearance in the animated 2012 movie Foodfight!, as shown in the original 2002 trailer, but that was removed from the final film due to the hard drives containing this early version of the movie having been reportedly stolen.


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