Glimmer

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Glimmer
Glimmer.jpg
Artwork of Glimmer for Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Full name Glimmer the Angler Fish[1][2]
Glimmer the Fish[3]
Species Anglerfish
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country 2 (GBA) (2004)
“Glimmer lives in one of the sunken Kremling galleons near Krem Quay. He'll offer his light to show the Kongs the way through one of the darkened underwater levels.”
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 25

Glimmer[2] is an Animal Friend in the Donkey Kong franchise, who appears only in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Glimmer lives in the sunken ships of Krem Quay and has a lantern on his forehead for navigating the dark areas.

Although Glimmer is officially referred to as male, he resembles a female angler fish. Real-world anglerfish exhibit significant sexual dimorphism: male anglerfish are much smaller and do not possess the recognizable luminescent esca. This is a similar case to another aquatic Animal Friend, Orco, who is referred to as male despite resembling a female orca.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong franchise[edit]

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

Glimmer's appearance in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, where he appears only in his titular level, Glimmer's Galleon. Glimmer steadily follows behind Diddy and Dixie Kong, flashing his lantern for them to see the path ahead. He cannot be harmed by enemies.

In the Game Boy Advance remake, Glimmer's role became redundant due to the game's brighter visuals, enough for the player to see the Kongs' surroundings without his assistance.

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Glimmer is absent from the Glimmer's Galleon stage in Donkey Kong Land 2, despite having his name in it. Instead, Glimmer's role was fulfilled by Light Barrels.

Although he does not appear in-game, Glimmer still appears on the game's box art, which is based on Donkey Kong Country 2 promotional artwork of him guiding the Kongs underwater while a Lockjaw lurks behind them.

Club Nintendo[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

In the Club Nintendo comic adaptation of Donkey Kong Country 2, Glimmer makes a small cameo appearance in one panel to help Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong through the water of Krem Quay after the two fall into it while fleeing from a Kloak.

Profiles[edit]

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

  • Instruction booklet (page 25): "Glimmer lives in one of the sunken Kremling galleons near Krem Quay. He'll offer his light to show the Kongs the way through one of the darkened underwater levels."
  • Nintendo Player's Guide (page 11): "A newcomer to the ranks of the Kong clan compatriots, Glimmer will point the way through the murkiest waters around Crocodile Isle. His natural flashlight won't illuminate everything around you, but at least you'll be able to see where you're going. Finding the exit to a stage will still be up to you!"

Donkey Kong Country 2 (Game Boy Advance)[edit]

  • Instruction booklet (page 21): "Glimmer lives in one of the sunken Kremling galleons near Krem Quay. His light will lead the Kongs through a darkened underwater zone."

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Glimmer -

Trivia[edit]

Glimmer above Diddy in the trailer for Donkey Kong Racing
The Lightfish's official artwork, resembling a purple anglerfish

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2 (Game Boy Advance) instruction booklet, page 21.
  2. ^ a b Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet, page 25.
  3. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (Australia) issue 47, page 48.