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Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Developer(s) Rareware
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Super Nintendo, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console (Wii, Wii U, New 3DS)
Release date SNES
Japan November 21, 1995
USA December 1995
Europe December 14, 1995
Game Boy Advance
Europe June 25, 2004
Australia June 25, 2004
Japan July 1, 2004
USA November 15, 2004
Virtual Console (Wii)
Europe May 16, 2007
Australia May 16, 2007
USA May 21, 2007
Japan October 23, 2007
South Korea November 25, 2008
Virtual Console (Wii U)
Europe October 23, 2014
Australia October 24, 2014
Japan November 26, 2014
USA February 26, 2015
Virtual Console (New 3DS)
Europe March 24, 2016
Australia March 25, 2016
Japan April 6, 2016[1]
USA April 14, 2016
Genre Platform
ESRB:ESRB K-A.png - Kids to Adults
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
Mode(s) Single-player, Two-Players
Media SNES.png Cartridge
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Wii U:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Game Boy Advance:
Media GBA icon.png Cartridge
Nintendo 3DS:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Super Nintendo:
Wii U:
Game Boy Advance:
Nintendo 3DS:

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest is the second Donkey Kong Country game for the SNES. It is the sequel of Donkey Kong Country and stars Diddy Kong, as he and his partner, Dixie Kong, make their way through Crocodile Isle to save Donkey Kong from the Kremling Krew.

In 2004, a remake of the game was made for the Game Boy Advance. It features several differences, including the addition of photographs and extra Cranky's Video Game Hero Coins. It also just refers to the game as Donkey Kong Country 2 by omitting Diddy's Kong Quest. Later in 2007, the game was released on the Virtual Console to play on the Wii system. This release was delisted for unknown reasons until it was re-released again in Europe and Australia on October 30, 2014. It was also released on the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe and Australia in late October 2014, and in the US and Canada in late February 2015. On handhelds, it was released exclusively for the New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2016.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest is the sixth best-selling Super Nintendo Entertainment System game, with its predecessor being the third. The game has a Game Boy pseudo-sequel, Donkey Kong Land 2, that was released one year after the original.


Some time after Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong, while relaxing on the beach, is kidnapped by the Kremling Krew. The Kong family finds a note signed by Kaptain K. Rool, which states that Donkey is held hostage in exchange of the Kong's family Banana Hoard. Not wanting to give up the hoard he helped secure in the previous adventure and eager to prove himself as a "real video game hero," Diddy Kong volunteers to rescue Donkey Kong and is quickly joined by his girlfriend Dixie Kong, who insisted on accompanying him.

The two Kongs land on the Kremling's home, Crocodile Isle, and explore it, defeating various members of the Kremling Krew along the way. The pair eventually board The Flying Krock, where Donkey Kong is held, and battle Kaptain K. Rool, the leader of the Kremlings. K. Rool is defeated and Donkey Kong manages to free himself, and then punches Kaptain K. Rool through the roof of the Flying Krock. K. Rool falls from Crocodile Isle and lands in the water surrounding it, where he is seemingly eaten by sharks. Diddy and Dixie are then congratulated by Cranky Kong for their success and are integrated in the Video Game Heroes Hall of Fame.

During their adventures, the pair can also reach Crocodile Isle's Lost World by paying its guard, Klubba, with Kremkoins scattered all over the island. After giving Klubba all of the Kremkoins and exploring the Lost World, the Kongs finds Crocodile Isle's power source, Krocodile Kore, and Kaptain K. Rool, who is hiding there. A battle ensues and the pair eventually defeats K. Rool again, causing his blunderbuss to explode. This propels the crocodile into the energy geyser powering Crocodile Isle, blocking it until it explodes. The game then cuts to Donkey, Dixie and Diddy watching Crocodile Isle from a cliff, as it explodes and sinks into the ocean.


Kong abilities[edit]

The Kongs use the move Team-up.

In order to travel through each level of the game and complete each of the game's many Bonus Levels, the primates have to use their basic and special abilities. However, both of the heroes have different abilities. The basic abilities include jumping, climbing, and swimming. Jumping is often used in the game to cross gaps and grab things in the air. Diddy's cartwheel attack and Dixie's Helicopter Spin can also defeat a large amount of enemies, although some foes are immune to this attack. A super-jump can also be performed if they cartwheel or spin off of a ledge and jump while in mid-air. Dixie is able to use her Helicopter Spin ability in mid-air as well, allowing her to float for a short amount of time to avoid falling into gaps. Both apes can also climb up ropes quickly to access high areas, although Diddy Kong is able to climb slightly faster than Dixie, just as he can on land and in water. Swimming in Diddy's Kong Quest is much like swimming in early Mario platformers. The player must hit the jump button to advance upwards into the water. If the player is to not hit any buttons, the apes slowly float downwards to reach lower areas or to dodge underwater enemies.

Though Diddy does not have as many abilities as Dixie, he is able to defend himself while holding a barrel. While Diddy holds an object in front of his body to block himself, Dixie holds objects over her head, allowing enemies to easily attack her. When both Kongs are in play, and none are stuck in a DK Barrel, the two heroes are able to use the new Team-up move. During this move, one of the monkeys pick up the other and hold them on their shoulders. Though not able to move as fast this way, the ape on the other monkey's shoulders can be thrown at enemies to easily beat them. The hero can also be thrown upwards to grab high up objects and to reach high areas.

Special areas[edit]

Various spots of Crocodile Isle are hosted by more or less benevolent characters, each of which help the duo in different way.

Diddy's Dash[edit]

Diddy Kong races in Diddy's Dash
Main article: Diddy's Dash

Diddy's Dash is a mode exclusive to the Game Boy Advance version of the game. During Diddy's Dash, Diddy Kong, alone, has to race through the levels of the game as fast as he can while being timed.

Bonus games[edit]

There are three bonus games in the Game Boy Advance version of the game. The three bonus games are:

Items and objects[edit]

Many collectibles and objects can be found on the Kongs' quest, hidden in each level of the game. Below shows the main objects the monkeys can find during gameplay.

Image Name Description
Banana DKC SNES.png Bananas Bananas are scattered all over Crocodile Isle. If Diddy or Dixie Kong collect 100 of these, they get an extra life. Sometimes, a trail of bananas may even lead to a hidden item.
Banana Bunch DKC SNES.png Banana Bunches Like normal bananas, banana bunches are scattered all over Crocodile Isle. However, the bunches give ten bananas to the player's total banana count, making it easier and faster to get to 100 bananas.
Red Extra Life Balloon DKC2.pngGreen Extra Life Balloon DKC2.pngBlue Extra Live Balloon DKC2.png Extra Life Balloons Extra Life Balloons come in red, green, and blue varieties. Red Balloons give the player one life, Green Balloons give the player two lives, and a Blue Balloon gives the player three lives.
DK Coin sprite.png Cranky's Video Game Hero Coins Cranky's Video Game Hero Coins are huge coins hidden by Cranky Kong in all of the game levels. There are 40 to collect. After beating Kaptain K. Rool, Cranky tallies up the number of them collected and ranks Diddy accordingly as a part of Cranky's “Video Game Hero” contest. Because of the various side-quests and minigames added in the Game Boy Advance remake, the number of them has increased from 40 to 68.
Banana Coin.png Banana Coins Banana Coins are used to pay the various services provided by the other members of the Kong Clan. They are scattered around in every level, and appear several times in them.
Kremkoin.png Kremkoins The Kremkoins are found in the various Bonus Areas,where the heroes must work their way through an obstacle course or fight many enemies.They are also obtained after beating Bosses. They are used to access the Lost World.
Golden Feather DKC2 GBA.png Golden Feathers (GBA version) Golden Feathers are hidden in each level of the Game Boy Advance version. No bonus game is required to get these, and once the player gets them all, they never appear in that level again. These items are used to upgrade Expresso's stats for the Expresso Racing minigame.
Photograph DKC2GBA sprite.png Photographs
(GBA version)
Photographs are used to fill Wrinkly’s Scrapbook, exclusively in the Game Boy Advance remake. They are obtained by fighting certain enemies who have a camera icon floating above their head. Other photographs can be collected looking in hidden areas or by winning special minigames with some of the Kongs, such as Funky Kong. After filling up an entire page of photographs, Wrinkly Kong gives the player a Cranky's Video Game Hero Coin.
Letter K.pngLetter O.png
Letter N.pngLetter G.png
K-O-N-G Letters Finding all K-O-N-G Letterss in a level gives an Extra Life to the Kongs. There are four letters: K, O, N, and G, altogether spelling "Kong". The player must search through every level of the game and look for these. If all four letters are found, they get an extra life.
Kannonball.png Kannonballs Kannonballs are found in some levels. When found, the monkeys must carry it around the level until they find a cannon to put it in. When put in the cannon, it glows and shoots the Kongs to a Bonus Level. If the Kannonball is dropped and lost in a ditch somewhere, Diddy and Dixie are not able to get it back until they restart the level.
Crate DKC2.png Crates Crates are very similar to Barrels, but they break as soon as making contact with an enemy or the ground. However, they can be quite useful in defeating enemies.
Treasure Chest DKC2.png Treasure Chests Similar to crates, Treasure Chests can be used to attack enemies. However, if thrown against enough enemies, the chests break open, revealing a collectible, such as a Banana Coin. If the Treasure Chests miss the enemies and hit they ground, they do not break open.
End of Level Target.png End of Level Target One of these levers appears at the end of every level. If hit hard enough, the apes receive a prize, usually Bananas, Banana Bunches, Banana Coins, or an Extra Life Balloon. The letter G or a Cranky's Video Game Hero Coin can be found here as well, although rarely. Usually there are barrels nearby that the Kongs can use to shoot onto the pad.


Barrels are prominent items throughout the Donkey Kong series, and multiple variants exist, many which are featured in Donkey Kong Country 2. Below shows the different types of barrels and what they do.

Image Name Description
DKC2 Barrel.png Normal Barrels Normal Barrels can be used to attack enemies, and they can attack some of those foes before breaking. Barrels are one of the monkeys' only way of defeating normal Zingers without the aid of an Animal Friend or an Exclamation Point Barrel. They are found in almost every level.
Bonus Barrel.png Bonus Barrels Bonus Barrels can lead the heroes into a Bonus Level if entered, where they can try to earn Kremkoins. They are very common, usually appearing once or twice in every level, though there are a few levels which feature three Bonus Barrels.
Plus Barrel.png Minus Barrel.png Plus and Minus Barrels In the level Haunted Hall, Plus and Minus Barrels increase and decrease the amount of time the Kongs' have when hit. If this timer runs out, the apes are attacked by a Kackle. The Plus Barrel also plays a additional role, specifically in Rickety Race, where it'll speed up the Roller Coaster for the Kongs. It'll also make the Roller Coaster go backwards in one bonus area.
Barrel Cannon.png Barrel Cannons Barrel Cannons are very common barrels throughout the whole series. Various types appear, but each one is used to blast the Kongs to high areas when entered. Sometimes, upon being entered, the barrels spin in circles. If this happens, player has to hit the correct button to blast out of it as it points in the desired direction.
Steerable Barrel.png Steerable Barrels Steerable Barrels only appear in the level, Fiery Furnace. There, they can be controlled when the Kongs are inside it. They can move the barrel in any direction, but only for a limited time. Once the time limit displayed on the barrel hits 0, they are automatically blasted out.
Rotatable Barrel.png Rotatable Barrels Rotatable Barrels can be rotated to aim in the monkeys' desired directions. However, like Steerable Barrels, they have time limits, which cause the apes to automatically be shot out of the object when time runs out.
Dixie Barrel.png Diddy Barrel.png Diddy & Dixie Barrels Diddy & Dixie Barrels are rather uncommon barrels. They can be used depending on whose face is on the barrel (i.e. only Diddy can use the barrels with his face on it).
TNT Barrel.png TNT Barrels TNT Barrels are quite common in the game. They are very similar to normal barrels, however, they are explosive. If they are thrown into a wall, they can blast it away, creating an opening. They can also defeat red Zingers and other powerful enemies in one hit.
DK Barrel.png DK Barrels DK Barrels are one of the most abundant barrels in the game. They appear several times in every level, and are very important. They must be broken to free a lost Kong. If none of the two heroes are gone, the barrel gives them nothing. It can also be used like a normal barrel.
Star Barrel.png Star Barrels Star Barrels can be found once in every level. They, once hit, can mark the level's halfway point. Therefore, if the monkeys are defeated, they can start the level over where the Star Barrel was.
Invincibility Barrel.png Exclamation Point Barrels Exclamation Point Barrels are quite rare, but can be very helpful. Once used, they make the heroes temporarily invincible when hit. This can allow the apes to defeat enemies just from touching them and to walk over sharp spikes.
Enguarde Barrel sprite.png Rattly Barrel sprite.png Rambi Barrel sprite.png Squitter Barrel sprite.png Squawks Barrel sprite.png Animal Barrel Animal Barrels appear every once in a while during gameplay. If they are entered, the Kongs are transformed into the desired Animal Friend, whether it is Enguarde, Squawks, Squitter, Rambi, or Rattly. The Animal Friend that the Kongs transform into is determined by its photo on the Animal Barrel.
Krockhead Barrel.png Krockhead Barrels Krockhead Barrels are rare barrels that can only be found around the swamp levels of Krem Quay. When hit, they summon Krockheads from the swampy water to be used as platforms.
Biplane Barrel.png Biplane Barrel The Biplane Barrel is a vehicle available for rent in Funky's Flights II, similar to the Funky Barrel in Donkey Kong Country. The heroes must pay two Banana Coins to use it, unless they are first visiting a world for the first time, where it is free. It can take the Kongs around the many areas of Crocodile Isle. In the game's Game Boy Advance remake, it is replaced by the Gyrocopter.
Golden Barrel.png Golden Barrel The Golden Barrel can only be found in Klubba's Kiosk. After the Kongs pay Klubba 15 Kremkoins per world, he allows them to use this barrel. If the Kongs enter it, they are taken into the Lost World.


Levels and Bonus Areas
Gangplank Galleon
# Level Bonus Areas Type of level Music theme
1 Pirate Panic 2 Ship deck Klomp's Romp
2 Mainbrace Mayhem 3 Ship mast Jib Jig
3 Gangplank Galley 2 Ship deck Klomp's Romp
4 Lockjaw's Locker 1 Ship hold Lockjaw's Saga
5 Topsail Trouble 2 Ship mast Jib Jig
6 BOSS LEVEL: Krow's Nest 0 Ship mast Boss Bossanova
Crocodile Cauldron
# Level Bonus Areas Type of level Music theme
7 Hot-Head Hop 3 Lava Hot Head Bop
8 Kannon's Klaim 3 Mines Mining Melancholy
9 Lava Lagoon 1 Ship hold Lockjaw's Saga
10 Red-Hot Ride 2 Lava Hot Head Bop
11 Squawks's Shaft 3 Mines Mining Melancholy
12 BOSS LEVEL: Kleever's Kiln 0 Lava Boss Bossanova
Krem Quay
# Level Bonus Areas Type of level Music theme
13 Barrel Bayou 2 Swamp Bayou Boogie
14 Glimmer's Galleon 2 Ship hold Lockjaw's Saga
Ship deck Snakey Chantey (Klomp's Romp in GBA version)
15 Krockhead Klamber 1 Swamp Bayou Boogie
16 Rattle Battle 3 Ship deck Snakey Chantey
17 Slime Climb 2 Ship mast Jib Jig
18 Bramble Blast 2 Brambles Stickerbush Symphony
19 BOSS LEVEL: Kudgel's Kontest 0 Swamp Boss Bossanova
Krazy Kremland
# Level Bonus Areas Type of level Music theme
20 Hornet Hole 3 Hive Flight Of The Zinger
21 Target Terror 2 Roller coaster Disco Train
22 Bramble Scramble 1 Brambles Stickerbush Symphony
23 Rickety Race 1 Roller coaster Disco Train
24 Mudhole Marsh 2 Swamp Bayou Boogie
25 Rambi Rumble 2 Hive Flight Of The Zinger
Run, Rambi! Run! (Bad Bird Rag in GBA version)
26 BOSS LEVEL: King Zing Sting 0 Hive Boss Bossanova
Gloomy Gulch
# Level Bonus Areas Type of level Music theme
27 Ghostly Grove 2 Forest Forest Interlude
28 Haunted Hall 3 Roller coaster Haunted Chase
29 Gusty Glade 2 Forest Forest Interlude
30 Parrot Chute Panic 2 Hive Flight Of The Zinger
31 Web Woods 2 Forest Forest Interlude
32 BOSS LEVEL: Kreepy Krow 0 Ship mast Boss Bossanova
K. Rool's Keep
# Level Bonus Areas Type of level Music theme
33 Arctic Abyss 2 Ice In A Snow-bound Land
34 36 Windy Well 2 Mines Mining Melancholy
35 34 Castle Crush 2 Castle Krook's March
36 35 Clapper's Cavern 2 Ice In A Snow-bound Land
37 Chain Link Chamber 2 Castle Krook's March
38 Toxic Tower 1 Castle Krook's March
39 BOSS LEVEL: Stronghold Showdown 0 Castle False Triumph? (Boss Bossanova in GBA version)
The Flying Krock
# Level Bonus Areas Type of level Music theme
40 Screech's Sprint 1 Brambles Stickerbush Symphony
Bad Bird Rag
41 BOSS LEVEL: K. Rool Duel 0 Gunship Crocodile Cacophony
Lost World
# Level Bonus Areas Type of level Music theme
42 Jungle Jinx 1 Jungle Primal Rave
43 Black Ice Battle 1 Ice In A Snow-bound Land
45 Klobber Karnage 1 Jungle Primal Rave
44 Fiery Furnace 1 Lava Hot Head Bop
46 Animal Antics 1 Jungle Primal Rave
Ice In A Snow-bound Land
Jungle Primal Rave
Brambles Stickerbush Symphony
Jungle Primal Rave
47 BOSS LEVEL: Krocodile Kore 0 Altar Crocodile Cacophony


Playable Characters[edit]

The game has two main playable characters who work together to save Donkey Kong from the Kremlings.

Image Name Description
Diddy DKC sprite.png Diddy Kong Diddy Kong makes his return to the Donkey Kong Country series, but this time as the game's leading character. He retains his signature cartwheel run and high jumping ability in order to help save his best friend from his captivity under Kaptain K. Rool.
Dixie Kong DKC2 sprite.png Dixie Kong Dixie Kong makes her video game debut as the girlfriend and sidekick of Diddy Kong. She is able to perform helicopter spins with her long, blonde ponytail, allowing her and Diddy to slow their falls and glide across long distances.

Supporting Characters[edit]

The following is a brief description of the non-playable, but supporting characters of the game.

Image Name Description
Candy Kong DKC2 GBA.png Candy Kong (Game Boy Advance version only) Candy Kong only appears in the Game Boy Advance version of the game, where she is briefly seen during the opening cutscene on Donkey Kong Island. She also assists Swanky Kong in hosting his game show, though there is no dialogue from her.
Cranky Kong DKC2 sprite.png Cranky Kong Cranky Kong is Donkey Kong's grandfather and aids the Kongs with his Monkey Museum, where he gives advice to the two about Bonus Areas. In the Game Boy Advance version, he offers the same help, this time residing in his hut. In his hut, he also runs the Expresso Racing mini-game.
DK DKC2 sprite.png Donkey Kong The grandson of Cranky Kong and best friend of Diddy Kong finds himself captured by Kaptain K. Rool and the Kremlings. The Kongs encounter him tied up and dangling from the ceiling of the final level, where he ultimately assists them in defeating Kaptain K. Rool.
Funky Kong DKC2 sprite.png Funky Kong Funky Kong returns to the series and runs Funky's Flights II, where he rents out his Biplane Barrel to the Kongs, allowing them to travel back to other worlds which they have completed. In the Game Boy Advance remake, he allows use of his Gyrocopter instead of the barrel and oversees a mini-game.
Swanky Kong DKC2 sprite.png Swanky Kong One of the allies to the Kong Family, Swanky Kong makes his video game debut as a game show host and an aide to Diddy and Dixie. He hosts Swanky's Bonus Bonanza, where he rewards the Kongs with Extra Life Balloons for correctly answering his queries.
Wrinkly Kong DKC2 sprite.png Wrinkly Kong Wrinkly Kong makes her video game debut as the elderly wife to Cranky Kong and the grandmother of Donkey Kong. She runs Kong Kollege and, like her husband, advises the Kongs (about the game's controls), but also can save the game. In the Game Boy Advance remake, she also gives hints about where to find the photographs to help complete their scrapbook.

Animal Friends[edit]

Animal Friends are partners in the Donkey Kong Country series. They help the Kongs find Bonus Barrels, Cranky's Video Game Hero Coins, Banana Coins, and other special items in the game with their special abilities. They often appear in levels, and the Kongs can sometimes turn into the buddy or ride on it. The heroes must be careful when riding on the animal though, as they run away when hit by an enemy, very similar to Yoshi in Super Mario World. Most of the buddies from Donkey Kong Country return in Diddy's Kong Quest, but a few new ones also appear in the game as well, making a total of nine Animal Friends. Below is a list of each Animal Friend, and a brief description on them.

Image Name Description First Level Appearance Last Level Appearance
Clapper DKC2 sprite.png Clapper the Seal Clapper is able to cool down water when he is jumped on by the monkeys. In Lava Lagoon, he cools the very warm liquid, making it safe for the Kongs to swim through without getting burnt. In Clapper's Cavern, a level that seems to be named after him, Clapper freezes water, allowing the monkeys to cross and avoid the hungry Snapjaws below. Lava Lagoon Clapper's Cavern
Enguarde DKC sprite.png Enguarde the Swordfish Just as Rambi, Enguarde first appeared in Donkey Kong Country. He can knock enemies out with his sharp nose, and charge his Superstab to break through walls. Enguarde, however, is only available underwater, and he cannot move well on land. Lockjaw's Locker Animal Antics
Expresso DKC2 GBA sprite.png Expresso (Game Boy Advance version only) Very similar to Donkey Kong Country's Expresso the Ostrich, this version of Expresso is only found in the Game Boy Advance remake. He is bought by Cranky Kong, who plans on making him a racing bird. However, Expresso is weak at that time, and the Kongs must collect Golden Feathers to increase his stats. When all the feathers are found, Expresso can be entered in the Expresso Racing game. None (Expresso Racing only) None (Expresso Racing only)
Glimmer DKC2 sprite.png Glimmer the Angler Fish Glimmer has a role very similar to Squawks in the first Donkey Kong Country. He lights the pitch-black water in the level Glimmer's Galleon. Glimmer is one of the only Animal Friends that cannot be affected in levels because enemies do not hurt him at all. Glimmer's Galleon Glimmer's Galleon
Quawks DKC2 sprite.png Quawks Quawks is a parrot like Squawks who is bluish-purple in color and found in only one level, Parrot Chute Panic. He cannot spit eggs or fly upwards, and only helps the monkeys by making their descent down the Zinger hive slower. Parrot Chute Panic Parrot Chute Panic
Rambi DKC2 sprite.png Rambi the Rhino First appearing in the original Donkey Kong Country, Rambi can ram foes that come in his way. He can also jump on Zingers and other enemies that Diddy and Dixie Kong cannot defeat alone. Rambi can also use his Supercharge which makes him move at high speed, and able to break through walls and crush enemies. Pirate Panic Animal Antics
Rattly DKC2 sprite.png Rattly the Rattlesnake In Diddy's Kong Quest, Rattly replaces Winky, an Animal Friend from the previous game in the series. He features the same purpose: to jump to higher areas. Rattly can help the monkeys reach bananas and even Bonus Barrels above their heads. The rattlesnake also has a Superjump: an extra high jump. Topsail Trouble Animal Antics
Squawks DKC2 sprite.png Squawks the Parrot Just as the other Animal Friends above, Squawks made his first appearance in Donkey Kong Country. Then, he lit dark caves, such as the caves in Torchlight Trouble. Now, Squawks is completely redone, and the monkeys can ride him by grabbing around his body to dangle from his stomach in order to to reach high areas. He can also shoot pellets at enemies to bring them down. Squawk's Shaft Animal Antics
Squitter DKC2 sprite.png Squitter the Spider
The game's new Animal Friend, Squitter, can shoot webs at nearby enemies to defeat them. Sometimes, the Kongs must cross a large abyss that cannot be crossed by jumping. Luckily, the spider can shoot up to two special webs that form into platforms and allow them to move across. Unlike most Animal Friends, Squitter cannot even touch enemies. He can only shoot them with his webs. Hothead Hop Animal Antics


As with all games, Diddy's Kong Quest features many enemies to attack the player, some that are Kremlings and some that are not. Most of the enemies are new, though some enemies, such as Zingers and Mini-Neckys, reappear from the first game.

Normal enemies[edit]

Image Name Description First level appearance Last level appearance
Cat O 9 Tails DKC2.png Cat o' 9 tails A bluish-purple cat with nine tails. They attack by spinning out of control and hitting the Kongs. Sometimes, a Cat o' 9 tails that is spinning out of control can throw the monkeys upwards. Mudhole Marsh Fiery Furnace
Click Clack DKC2.png Click-Clack This insect attacks by simply running into the apes. It must be jumped on twice to defeat. Once jumped on once, they can be thrown at other foes to attack them. The Kongs can also defeat them instantly by rolling or throwing an object at it. Mainbrace Mayhem Clapper's Cavern
Flitter DKC2.png Flitter A large dragonfly. They can hurt the Kongs if touched on the sides, but the monkeys can bounce on them to cross abysses by landing on their backs. Topsail Trouble Animal Antics
Flotsam DKC2 blue.png Flotsam DKC2 green.png Flotsam A normal underwater enemy. They simply swim around areas, trying to hit the Kongs. They can only be defeated by Enguarde. They come in two colors, green and blue. The blue Flotsams only move in one direction, while the green Flotsams swim either left or right and change direction at times. Lockjaw's Locker Animal Antics
Kaboing DKC2 gray.png Kaboing DKC2 green.png Kaboing These common Kremlings are usually seen bouncing around different areas. Some of them simply bounce in place, while others jump forward. Jumping on their heads defeats them. The green ones leap farther than the gray ones. Gangplank Galley Animal Antics
Kaboom DKC2.png Kaboom These TNT Barrel carrying Kremlings are very similar to Klobbers. They hide in their barrels and jump out at the Kongs when approached. If hit on the sides, they explode on the apes. Ghostly Grove Klobber Karnage
Kackle DKC2 blue.png Kackle Kackles are large, skeletal Kremlings. They only appear in Haunted Hall and chase the monkeys throughout much of the said level. A time limit is given when they chase the Kongs, and when the timer hits zero, they attack. Time can only be added to the timer by hitting Plus Barrels. Haunted Hall Haunted Hall
Kannon DKC2 enemy.png Kannon A Klump dressed as a pirate. Kannons wield cannons in order to shoot kannonballs at the heroes. Sometimes, they shoot barrels, which the apes can bounce on to cross large gaps. Kannon's Klaim Animal Antics
Klampon DKC2.png Klampon Klampons are very similar to Klaptraps from the first Donkey Kong Country. They patrol the area and bite any of the two Kongs that come too close to their face. They can sometimes be seen guarding Spinies. Hot-Head Hop Animal Antics
Klank DKC2 blue.png Klank These enemies look similar to Kutlasses, although they appear riding Roller Coasters. They attack by throwing barrels at the apes and getting in their way. In Rickety Race, players must race several Klanks to the finish. Target Terror Rickety Race
Klinger DKC2.png Klinger Klingers are orange Kremlings that are always found on ropes, chains, and pond reeds. They climb up ropes and then slide down them, trying to attack the Kongs. Mainbrace Mayhem Screech's Sprint
Kloak DKC2.png Kloak A ghostly Kremling that floats in the air in some levels. They usually throw barrels and Spinies to attack, but eventually fly away from the apes if not defeated. Sometimes, hidden Kloaks throw bananas and other collectibles. Barrel Bayou Screech's Sprint
Klobber DKC2 green.png Klobber DKC2 yellow.png Klobber DKC2 gray.png Klobber A barrel-wearing Kremling that hides in its barrel, looking exactly like a normal barrel. When the apes approach it, the enemy jumps out and runs into the monkeys to push them into dangerous areas. Yellow Klobbers release the Kongs' bananas, and the rare black ones release their Extra Life Balloons. The green variants, however, do not steal anything. Pirate Panic Klobber Karnage
Klomp DKC2.png Klomp Generic enemies that simply walk around the area. Touching them can hurt a Kong, but they can easily be defeated with any attack method. Some of them can be found underwater, however, which can't be defeated without Enguarde. Pirate Panic Ghostly Grove
Krook DKC2.png Krook A rather short Kremling dressed as a pirate. They wield hooks, which they throw at the apes to attack them. A cartwheel or a jump can defeat them. Squawks's Shaft Fiery Furnace
Kruncha DKC2 blue.png Kruncha DKC2 red.png Kruncha DKC2 pink.png Kruncha Strong Kremlings that get very angry when approached. If touched, they turn red and rampage around the area. The only way for the apes to defeat them is by throwing barrels at them. A more powerful and rare brown variation appears in Castle Crush and Clapper's Cavern. Gangplank Galley Clapper's Cavern
Kutlass DKC2 yellow.png Kutlass DKC2 green.png Kutlass Kutlasses wield two large swords to attack with. When the Kongs get too close to them, they attempt to hit them with their swords. If the apes escape the attack, they have a short amount of time to jump on them before the Kutlasses can pull their swords out of the ground. The green Kutlass pulls out its swords faster, making it more difficult for the Kongs to attack directly. Krockhead Klamber Fiery Furnace
Lockjaw DKC2.png Lockjaw These piranha-like carnivore fish try to bite the apes when they are near. They can move very fast, so staying away from them is usually the best choice for the apes' survival. Lockjaw's Locker Animal Antics
Mini Necky DKC2.png Mini-Necky A small vulture wearing a bandanna. They attack by swooping down at the apes, trying to ram into them. They can defeated by being jumped on. It is one of the two enemies returning from Donkey Kong Country. Kannon's Klaim Animal Antics
Neek DKC2.png Neek This enemy is very similar to Klomps, but is much smaller in size. Neeks simply run around trying to hit the Kongs, but they can be defeated with a cartwheel or jump. Pirate Panic Animal Antics
Puftup DKC2.png Puftup DKC2 alt.png Puftup These spiky puffer fish only appear in underwater levels. Because of their spikes, touching them hurts the monkeys. Some Puftups also release spikes at the apes while exploding. Lava Lagoon Animal Antics
Screech DKC2.png Screech Screech is a mini-boss encountered after beating K. Rool's Keep. He is a bird, and has a similar appearance to Squawks, yet he is brown. He is raced for the second half of the level Screech's Sprint, and the player races him as Squawks. Screech's Sprint Screech's Sprint
Shuri DKC2.png Shuri These starfish-like enemies only appear in underwater levels, and can only be defeated by Enguarde the Swordfish. When the Kongs approach them, they unleash their only attack: spinning at the monkeys, trying to hit them. Lockjaw's Locker Animal Antics
Snapjaw DKC2 sprite.png Snapjaw This rare enemy appears in only two levels, Slime Climb and Clapper's Cavern. In both levels, they patrol the water and bite the monkeys if they fall in. They are very similar to Lockjaws in appearance, but are notably much faster and more deadly. There is no way to defeat this foe. Slime Climb Clapper's Cavern
Spiny DKC2.png Spiny Spinies are spiky, semi-common enemies vulnerable to cartwheel and immune to jumps. Therefore, they are sometimes seen being guarded by Klampons, which are vulnerable to jumps only. Glimmer's Galleon Fiery Furnace
Zinger DKC2 yellow.png Zinger DKC2 red.png Zinger This wasp enemy is one of the two enemies returning from the first Donkey Kong Country. It attacks the same as it did before: standing in place or moving to sting the Kongs when they come near. There are only two varieties: Yellow and Red Zingers. Reds are invincible, and yellows can be beaten by Rambi, Squawks, Rattly, and barrels thrown by the apes. Gangplank Galley Animal Antics


Image Name Description
Krow DKC2.png Krow This giant Mini-Necky is the first boss of the game. He often attacks by simply swooping down at players and throwing eggs at them. The Kongs can defeat Krow by throwing his eggs back at him. Krow is defeated after taking damage four times, but his ghost challenges them to a rematch later in the game.
Kleever DKC2.png Kleever Kleever is a giant sword appearing as the second boss in the game. It tries to attack the Kongs by swinging itself at them and launching fire balls at them, and it can only be defeated by being hit by a kannonball. After being hit by a kannonball, however, it usually goes on a rampage, chasing the heroes over a pit of fire. The Kongs have to damage Kleever six times to defeat it. A few small Kleevers can also be seen in the battle against Kerozene to attack the apes.
Kudgel DKC2.png Kudgel This buff Kremling has a very similar appearance to his brother Klubba, but is gray in color instead of green. His weapon is very large and has a few nails in it. This weapon is used to attack the Kongs and break any barrels they pick up. Kudgel also has the ability to jump very high and try to smash the apes. The Kongs have to throw TNT Barrels at Kudgel to damage him, with six hits being required to defeat him.
King Zing DKC2.png King Zing King Zing closely resembles normal Zingers and Queen B. from the first Donkey Kong Country. He usually is seen flying around the area, trying to sting Squawks, the only character who can defeat him. To damage King Zing, Squawks has to shoot an egg at his stinger. After taking some damage, King Zing can shoot spikes at the parrot, which must be avoided at all costs. After taking six hits, King Zing shrinks in size, but can summon additional Zingers to protect himself. Once all the extra Zingers are gone, Squawks has to spit three more eggs at King Zing to defeat him for good.
Kreepy Krow DKC2.png Kreepy Krow After the Kongs defeat Krow, they face his ghost as the fifth boss, often referred to as "Kreepy Krow". He is fought in a similar way to Krow, though the Kongs have to defeat him with barrels while dodging some ghostly Mini-Neckies. Eggs can also fall on them as they try to fight this creature. Kreepy Krow falls after taking damage three times.
Kerozene.png Kerozene (Game Boy Advance version only) Kerozene is a giant, orange Kremling that can only be fought in the Game Boy Advance remake of the game. He is immune to attacks thrown at his arms, but his face is his weak point, which must be attacked with kannonballs. He often uses his fists to attack or summons miniature Kleevers to defeat the Kongs.
Kaptain K Rool DKC2.png Kaptain K. Rool King K. Rool dressed as a pirate. As the game's final boss, he wields a large blunderbuss, which fires kannonballs and gases at the apes. The poisonous gases, if touched, can change the controls around for the player, making it harder to move the Kongs. Kaptain K. Rool also dashes across the area when being fought, trying to hit the Kongs. Sometimes, he even becomes invisible when doing this. The Kongs have to throw kannonballs into the blunderbuss to damage Kaptain K. Rool, with nine hits required to defeat him; he does fake his defeat a few times during the process. Kaptain K. Rool later appears in Krocodile Kore, where the Kongs have to evade his weaponry until a kannonball appears; unlike the first battle, Kaptain K. Rool only has to be damaged once to defeat him the second time.

Alternate Version[edit]

There are two versions of the North American SNES release.[2][3] Changes from the first version:

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Differences in the Game Boy Advance version[edit]

The battle against the added boss, Kerozene.

As was the case with the Game Boy Advance remake of the original Donkey Kong Country (and the later remake of Donkey Kong Country 3), changes have been made to the game, including:

  • An intro cutscene is played when the player starts a new file, which is an abridged version of the story from the manual.
  • The last level in K. Rool's Keep, Stronghold Showdown, in the original, was a small room where Donkey Kong was found tied up and suspended, and Diddy or Dixie would do their victory dances, only to see DK get snatched away. In the Game Boy Advance version, the level is on the castle roof, and the player must fight a new boss, Kerozene.
  • Kudgel's pants change from yellow to red.
  • The game's graphics are slightly brighter due to the lack of a backlight.
  • The file selection screen at the beginning now has Diddy Kong as a cursor, a la Donkey Kong Land 2. Additionally, in the British English, French, German, Italian and Spanish versions, the title screen itself is the box art of Donkey Kong Land 2 (in the American English and Japanese versions, it is the box art from the original Donkey Kong Country 2).
  • Cranky comes to talk to the player after the defeat of each boss, as in the remake of the first game.
  • Swanky's quiz is redesigned in the remake and has some new questions. Candy Kong also appears here, although she is nowhere to be found in the original.
  • The view from the Kong Kollege windows changes from world to world in the remake but looks identical in every world of the original.
    • The wrongly solved math exercises on the board differ slightly from the original. Also, the heading says "Sums" instead of "Exam".
  • A new game mode called Diddy's Dash is available from the start. In this mode, the player can only play as Diddy and must get to the end of the level as fast as possible. There are no Star Barrels; instead, multiple checkpoints are scattered throughout the stage. If Diddy should die, he instantly appears back at the last checkpoint.
  • Minigames have been added to the port, including Bag a Bug, Expresso Racing, and Funky's Flights. Tiny Kong appears in some of these.
  • Funky's Biplane Barrel has been replaced by a Gyrocopter.
  • There are more color variations for Kaboings and Flotsams than the original.
  • When the player defeats Krow, a short scene of him leaving his body as Kreepy Krow is shown, although nothing at all like this is seen in the original.
  • The boss level Kleever's Kiln now has lightning effects in the background; while in the original SNES version, the lightning effects were absent.
  • Instead of just a title screen and file select, a new main menu is present in the remake with three selections: Diddy's Dash, Start, and Bonus Games.
  • Unlike the original game, all the levels that the player unlocks for the Lost World are accessible from any entrance to it.
Cranky's Video Game Heroes in the Game Boy Advance version.
  • Cranky's Video Game Heroes are in a different order. Instead of Yoshi being second, and Link being third, Link is second, and Yoshi is third. The background in Cranky's Video Game Heroes is also different than the original's, having more of a tropical theme. The "No Hopers" trash can, Sonic's shoes, and Earthworm Jim's ray gun are removed.
  • There are 68 Cranky's Video Game Hero Coins, as opposed to the original, which has 40.
  • The Super Nintendo controller is no longer present at K. Rool Duel.
  • The ending is slightly different. In the original, Donkey Kong punches K. Rool through the roof of the Flying Krock, while in the remake, he punches him through the window instead.
  • The levels Target Terror and Rickety Race now take place around sunset, while in the original it is the middle of the night. Also, the song "Disco Train" which plays on those levels has been altered by removing the screeching sounds heard during the intermission of the song.
  • The level Lava Lagoon has been slightly altered from the original.
  • The Monkey Museum has been replaced by Cranky's Hut.
  • Nearly all sound effects are different, enemies, including bosses, all have different voices and so do generic things such as explosions and wind.
  • The hidden music test now lists tracks by the titles given by the Official Soundtrack instead of generic setting identifiers. However, "Stickerbush Symphony" is changed to "Stickerbrush Symphony."[4]
  • Wrinkly Kong gives the player a scrap book when they first meet her, and she asks the player to fill it. This can be done by doing certain things, such as defeating specific enemies.
  • By pressing start on the overworld a new menu comes up allowing the player to save anywhere on the map, hear advice given to them by Wrinkly and Cranky, call Funky and fly to another area, see the scrap book, or check minigame high-scores.
  • Before fighting a boss a second time, Swanky Kong charges ten Banana Coins to calculate how much time it takes the player to defeat the boss.
  • Dixie Kong and several enemies have new voice clips, all of which are taken from Donkey Kong 64 and Diddy Kong Racing.
  • The Worlds' maps have been redesigned.
  • The player can travel to a different world for free at any time, as long as Funky Kong is seen at least once.
  • The death and end-of-level music no longer changes depending on the level. It instead changes depending on which character is being used at the time.
  • The music “Run! Rambi, Run!” that plays when King Zing chases the Kongs in the original version of Rambi Rumble was removed, and replaced by the music heard when racing against Screech in the remake. The music can still be heard in the sound test, though.
  • Donkey Kong Island cameo appearances were removed for unknown reasons.
  • A cheat that allows the player to obtain all Kremkoins in the first level is no longer present. However, it can still be done by entering the code, "FREEDOM" in the password screen.
  • The player's lives and Banana Coins are now saved, instead of losing them whenever the game is turned off after saving.
  • When Kaptain K. Rool is defeated, Donkey Kong knocks him from the Flying Krock via the cockpit, rather than shooting him through the roof. In addition, the Flying Krock is shown to crash in this, with Funky Kong playing a role in evacuating Donkey, Diddy, Dixie, and Cranky Kong from the doomed ship, while in the SNES version, it was not indicated to have crashed. Similarly, the ending is slightly toned down from the original: Originally, shortly after being knocked from the Flying Krock, Kaptain K. Rool falls down to Krem Quay, and is chomped on by sharks. This was toned down in the GBA version to him simply falling down to Krem Quay and then finding himself in Krockodile Kore before challenging Dixie and Diddy to a fight. This was presumably altered due to the family unfriendly nature of the original ending.
    • The true ending was also no different in this regard: In the original game, the ending has Donkey, Diddy, and Dixie watching the destruction of Crocodile Isle from Kong Island with no music, as well as ominous laughter as K. Rool is implied to make his escape. In the GBA version, a scene was added in showing Dixie, Diddy, and Donkey Kong lounging on the beach, and during the destruction of Crocodile Island, there's uplifting music in the background and K. Rool states he's not through with the Kongs and that next time he appears, they won't stop him. Likewise, his escape is prevented by Funky Kong dropping bombs from his Gyrocopter, although K. Rool still is adamant that they haven't seen the last of him.
  • Kaptain K. Rool now utters grunts just before his blunderbuss forcibly expels a cannonball. Originally, he only makes sounds when knocked unconscious after each phase of the final battle (which were reused from Krusha).


Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Wii Mark Birnbaum, IGN 8.8/10 "If you love action-platformer games then Donkey Kong Country 2 is a no-brainer. There is a strong chance that you've already played it on the SNES or GBA so you'd know how similarly it plays to the original. Consequently, it's easy to recommend spending the 800 Wii points to anyone who has enjoyed the original classic by Rareware. Who doesn't love blasting from barrels and collecting bananas? Surely no normal person."
Wii Frank Provo, GameSpot 9/10 "If you're looking for a diverse platformer that'll take you a while to finish, look no further than Donkey Kong Country 2. It's well worth the 800 Wii points that you'll need to fork over to download it to your Wii."
Wii Damien McFerran, Nintendo Life 9/10 "Donkey Kong Country 2 may prove frustrating for some younger or less dedicated players. For those who enjoy a challenge this is probably one of the best games available on the Virtual Console. PAL users will be pleased to hear as this is a game developed by Rare this game is optimised for 50Hz. That means no real differences between this and it's NTSC counterpart."
Compiler Platform / Score
GameRankings 89.81%


Main article: List of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest staff

Head Programmer[edit]

  • C. Sutherland

Assistant Head Programmer[edit]

  • M. Wilson

Technical Programmer[edit]

  • B. Gunn


  • T. Attwood

Characters / Animation[edit]

  • S. Mayles

Objects and Additional Characters / Backgrounds[edit]

  • M. Stevenson


  • C. Gage
  • J. Nash
  • A. Smith


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.


For a complete list of media for this subject, see List of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest media.
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References to other games[edit]

  • Donkey Kong - Cranky makes a direct reference to this game in the intro by saying, "Whisking off maidens and chucking barrels seven days a week, I was!"
  • Donkey Kong Jr. - The overall game's plot was similar to that of Donkey Kong Jr., where Donkey Kong was abducted by an old foe (Mario in the case of Donkey Kong Jr., and K. Rool in Donkey Kong Country 2), with the main protagonist (the eponymous character in Jr., Diddy and Dixie in Donkey Kong Country 2) having to travel from their home to the main villain's home to save Donkey Kong.
  • Donkey Kong Country - Some graphics, notably for Diddy Kong and several items and objects, are reused from this game. The reason the Kongs do not swap the banana hoard for Donkey Kong is because they had just tried hard to get them back in this game. Also a stuffed Winky is found in the game. Additionally, Cranky states that Donkey Kong Country 2 will never be as good as Donkey Kong Country, and then says that it was "rubbish". The sound effect Steel Barrels play can be heard in Mining Melancholy, and when Kleever is hit by a cannonball. Steel Kegs cameo in the "ship hold" level type's scenery.
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - The remake references the original, as when the monkeys defeat Kerozene Cranky says "I bet you didn't expect that!", as Kerozene did not appear in the original; also K. Rool says "You didn't think it would be so easy did you?" as Kerozene appears.
  • Mainstream Mario - Mario makes an appearance as a video game hero as first place or second place depending on Cranky's Video Game Hero Coins obtained.
  • Yoshi - Yoshi appears as a video game hero in second or third place in the SNES Version and third place or ranked out in the GBA Version depending on Cranky's Video Game Hero Coins.
  • Super Mario Bros. - The instruction manual's description of the Minus Barrel jokingly states that it will send the player to the Minus World.
  • The Legend of Zelda series - At Cranky's Video Game Heroes, Link can be seen in third place.
  • Earthworm Jim series - Earthworm Jim's discarded blaster is seen among the "No Hopers" pile in the original SNES game.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog series - Sonic's discarded shoes is seen among the "No Hopers" pile in the original SNES game.

References in later games[edit]

  • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! - Wrinkly mentions how she had given up working in a school, which was her occupation during Donkey Kong Country 2. Also, many of the item sound effects and graphics in Donkey Kong Country 2 are used again in this game. In the Game Boy Advance version, Swanky looks the same as he did in Donkey Kong Country 2.
  • Donkey Kong Land 2 - A direct semi-sequel to Donkey Kong Country 2, in which most of the level names and bosses remained the same.
  • Donkey Kong 64 - Banana Coins, which debuted in Donkey Kong Country 2, make a return. Paintings of Kaptain K. Rool hang in sunken ships in this game. In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 2, in Funky's Minigames "Kongnapped" and "Kongnapped 2", Tiny Kong appears.
  • DK: Jungle Climber - Funky's Theme in this game is a cover of the theme Funky the Main Monkey.
  • WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase - The microgame DK Country is based on the game.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns - Ship levels and volcanic levels make a return as well as Banana Coins.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - The enemies in this game are vikings known as Snomads, but since vikings are a type of pirate, that could be a reference to Donkey Kong Country 2. Also, Dixie Kong returns as a playable character, and her gumball gun and air guitar idle animation (as well as playing a real guitar during the ending) are reminiscent of her blowing bubble gum idle animation and victory animation, respectively, from Donkey Kong Country 2. A bramble level returns, and is named Bramble Scramble after the one in Donkey Kong Country 2.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - In this game, one of King K. Rool's attacks involves him using his blunderbuss and he also wears his pirate hat when using the move.[5] Kaptain K. Rool also appears as a Spirit in this game, using his artwork from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.[6] In King K. Rool's announce trailer "The Rivals", Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong when witnessing King K. Rool knock away King Dedede (who had posed as the Kremlin leader as a prank) had their eyes comically bulge out far enough to shatter part of the windows of the treehouse in horror, referencing Diddy and Dixie Kong's reactions when about to face a boss in this game (and to a lesser extent, Donkey Kong's reaction whenever Kaptain K. Rool regains consciousness and starts the next phase of the final boss battle).


Main article: List of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest quotes

Wrinkly Kong[edit]

  • "All those Kremlings want to do is learn how to fight and squash monkeys!"
  • "Those naughty crocodiles! All they want to learn is how to fight and squash monkeys, Tsk!"
  • "When you see Kaptain K. Rool, can you ask him if he has done his homework?"
  • "Hurry along! School is nearly finished! You need to study a little more if you're going to beat the Kremlings!"
  • "You're looking a little weary dear. Would you like to save your game?"
  • "Good luck, children."
  • "Be careful now, Kongs."
  • "Have you been to see my husband Cranky? He complains a little, but he does know everything about this island."
  • "Goodbye, dearies."
  • "Don't be a stranger now."
  • "Well! Just look at all those sums those Kremlings have done. Disgraceful!"
  • "I hope you're better behaved than those reptiles. Why I even caught one sharpening his sword in class yesterday."

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Main article: List of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest pre-release and unused content

Rare Witch Project preview and German strategy guide[edit]

Mr. X, an abandoned character from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. The artwork comes from a German player's guide.

The Rare Witch Project website once had previews of several upcoming enemies and characters for Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Among these enemies was a sinister looking character simply dubbed "Mr. X". Mr. X was an early version of the enemy Kackle, a ghostly Kremling that appears in the level Haunted Hall and chases the Kongs throughout the level in the final version of the game. Mr. X was a phantasmagoric white Kremling with red eyes, wearing a large black jacket covered in army medals, he also possessed two small hooks for hands. Despite his status as an unused element, Mr. X somehow managed to be included in the official German player's guide, which cryptically states that he is a character no one has known or has seen.


Main article: List of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest glitches

Castle Crush glitch[edit]

Warning!: Performing this act may corrupt your game's save files.

Note: This glitch only works in the SNES and Wii U versions. It was fixed for the Game Boy Advance and Wii Virtual Console versions.

Two examples of the glitch's effects.

The Castle Crush glitch has become infamous among fans as the series' most fatal glitch. To do it, the player must enter Castle Crush with Diddy Kong as the lead character (Dixie is optional but cannot be the lead character). Then, the player must pick up the first DK Barrel and hold it against a wall. The player must now drop the barrel and quickly pick it up again; if done correctly, the barrel will break but Diddy will act as if he's still holding it. Upon throwing the "invisible barrel", it will be replaced with a nearby object, with the exact object depending on how much of the level had been traversed before throwing.[7] Throughout most of the level, this will cause an enemy to warp in front of Diddy, following which the enemy will often die immediately. If thrown near the top, it will be replaced with the "No Rambi" sign. Both of these outcomes are relatively harmless. However, if thrown shortly after being "picked up," the invisible barrel will be replaced with the nearby Rambi Barrel. The transformation aspect of the Rambi Barrel becomes broken after this happens, and will typically cause Diddy to either turn into a screen-sized glitchy mess, an incorrectly-colored Klubba with no hammer, which stands in place, or a fully-black Kleever, which moves slowly to the side while spinning. In all three of these cases, the game typically will softlock shortly thereafter.

The aftermath of the glitch can vary. Though some have been lucky to escape with no ill effects, others have reported save data being erased due to file corruption, the game becoming corrupted to the point of being near unplayable. Even worse, but rarely, some SNES consoles were damaged and became non-functional because of this glitch.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパードンキーコング2 ディクシー&ディディー
Sūpā Donkī Kongu Tsū Dikushī ando Didī
Super Donkey Kong 2: Dixie & Diddy


  • A Virtual Boy version of Donkey Kong Country 2 was in development for a short time, but was never completed due to the system's failure. Little else is known about this unmade version. [8]
  • The game was placed 33rd in the 100th issue of Nintendo Power's "100 best Nintendo games of all time" in 1997.[9]
  • Even though Rare was later bought by Microsoft, the Rare Symbol can still be seen in the beginning of the game, and in the Operations Guide in the Virtual Console release.
  • The subtitle "Kong Quest" is a play on the word "conquest."
  • This is the only game in the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy where the players start with four lives at default. The other two games have the players start with five lives at default.
  • The artwork taking place in Krazy Kremland depicts a Klomp riding on a Roller Coaster, much like Krashes riding in Mine Carts in the previous game. However, in the game, the only Kremlings to ride on Roller Coasters are the Klanks.
  • The game over screen is also used in error and antipiracy screens in-game. The same applies for the next game in the Donkey Kong Country trilogy.

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