Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Color)
Donkey Kong Country is a 2000 Game Boy Color remake of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System game of the same name. While its graphics and sounds are downgraded to fit the handheld system's more limited capabilities, several new elements are also added. It acts as a spiritual successor to the Donkey Kong Land series of Game Boy games. It would later be succeeded by another remake for the Game Boy Advance.
The game's manual features an abridged version of the story from the original game's manual. During a stormy night, "hero-in-training" Diddy Kong is overpowered by the Kremlings, who proceed to trap him in a barrel, toss him into the jungle, and steal Donkey Kong's banana hoard. In the morning, Donkey Kong is woken up by a smug Cranky Kong, and vows to find Diddy, beat the Kremlings, and reclaim his bananas.
Unlike the original game but like the Donkey Kong Land series, only one Kong appears on screen at a time. If both Kongs are in the group, the one not in play is represented by a DK Barrel icon at the bottom-left corner. By pressing , the player can switch characters, which shows the Kong in play being moved to the DK Barrel icon while the other Kong moves out to appear on-screen. When one Kong in a pair gets hurt, he falls off the screen rather than running away like in the original. The main game only supports single-player, though multiplayer-supporting minigames are present. Otherwise, the basic gameplay is the same as the original.
There are a few Kongs who help Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong along their journey, and they each appear in one of the supporting locations.
The Good Guys
Aside from the supporting Kongs, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong are also assisted by Animal Friends during the game. Each Animal Friend is imprisoned within an animal crate depicting a silhouette of their face. The Animal Friends only appear in certain levels, and the Kongs cannot take them to other levels. Every Animal Friend has their own unique abilities.
Enemies and obstacles
Various types of enemies appear throughout the levels, attempting to get into Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong's way. The Kremlings are the main enemies of the game.
At the end of every world, the Kongs must fight a boss, each guarding a portion of the stolen bananas. Most of the bosses are a larger version of an enemy.
During their adventure, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong are assisted by three other members of the Kong Family who operate their own location in every world.
Like Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country's levels and worlds are accessed from a world map. The main overworld is Donkey Kong Island, where the Kongs can travel between the worlds they have visited. Every world has a progression system where the Kongs must complete a level to unlock the next and so forth until reaching the boss level at the end. Every world has five to six levels. After the Kongs complete the boss level, they unlock the next world. The Kongs can return to the main Donkey Kong Island map by either defeating the world boss or by renting Funky's Jumbo Barrel.
A head of either Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong appear on the location of every world and level that either Kong has completed. A Kritter head appears only on the next level or world that the Kongs have not yet completed. In the Super Nintendo version, there is a glitch in single player mode where if Diddy completes a level and then Donkey Kong completes it afterward, his head does not appear on that level.
Most levels have Bonus Levels in them, two or three on average. They allow the Kongs to collect items and prizes. While it is optional for the Kongs to enter the Bonus Levels, entering every Bonus Level is required for 101% completion. Unlike the Super Mario series, the Kongs are not required to traverse a whole level to reach the end boss.
The remake features two bonus games, which can be played single-player or two-player.
Funky's Fishing (or just Funky Fishing) is a minigame where players compete to catch fish while avoiding reeling in garbage. They can also use the fish to try sinking each other's boats.
Differences from original
The Game Boy Color remake was praised for taking a graphically-impressive title and putting it to the platform in a complete and technically competent form, in contrast to other unsuccessful attempts at directly porting or remaking home console games for handhelds.
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