List of Donkey Kong Land III glitches

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This is a list of glitches in the game Donkey Kong Land III.

Glitches

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all names are conjectural.

Bonus Counter Glitch

This is a leftover glitch from the English version of Donkey Kong Land 2. In the Bash The Baddies and Collect The Stars bonus stages, the game uses a counter to keep track of the remaining enemies (or stars) in the stage. (For Find The Token bonus stages, as well as warp stages, this counter is always set to 0.) However, when losing to a bonus stage and returning to the main level, the counter does not reset to 0. When defeating enemies in Donkey Kong Land III, the game simply checks whether or not the Kongs are in a Collect The Stars bonus stage; therefore, when in a main level, the counter will decrease when an enemy is defeated, until it reaches 0. Unlike in Donkey Kong Land 2, collecting bananas does not decrease the counter, since, again, Donkey Kong Land III checks whether or not the Kongs are in a Collect The Stars bonus stage when collecting bananas or stars. When the counter reaches zero, the sound effect when a Bonus Coin appears will still be heard, as if the Kongs are still in a bonus stage.

Also, unlike in Donkey Kong Land 2, exiting a level, losing a life, or resetting the game with A Button+B Button+Select Button+Start Button will not freeze the counter. Therefore, the glitch persists until entering a bonus level again, decreasing the counter to zero, or turning the game off.

Bypass Ellie in Rainforest Rumble

Dixie must land here and then jump over the barrel to bypass Ellie.

It is possible to bypass Ellie in Rainforest Rumble. This can only be done with Dixie Kong. She must avoid entering the first Blast Barrel (which launches the Kongs into the Ellie Barrel) and hover over the long pit to the right of that. When landing, Dixie must stand on the corner of the platform to the right of the pit. Dixie must be careful when landing on the corner; if she's too far to the left, she will fall down the pit, and if she's too far to the right, she will touch the Ellie Barrel and transform into Ellie. Once Dixie has successfully landed on this corner, she must jump over the barrel without touching it. From there, the entire level can be played without Ellie.

Bypass the toboggan in Whiplash Dash

The second toboggan in Whiplash Dash (the one under the Star Barrel) can be bypassed. This is possible to do with either Kong.

As Dixie Kong, she can float over the first two Blast Barrels after the steel keg. When she is next to the third Blast Barrel (just next to a Buzz), she can jump and float over that and the Buzz as well. Once at the Star Barrel, she can simply jump over that and the toboggan.

As Kiddy Kong, he will have to roll under the first two Blast Barrels, then jump, being careful not to touch the second Blast Barrel. Once next to the third Blast Barrel, Kiddy can jump over it, but touching the Buzz is unavoidable (therefore, having two Kongs is required). Next to the Star Barrel, either Kong can jump over that and the toboggan to bypass it.

Enter The Lost World early

This glitch will only work in the English version; it was fixed in the Japanese version. Before attempting this glitch, the following must be done first:

  • The player needs a file that already has access to the Lost World, including the ability to enter it (i.e. K. Rool Duel has been beaten, and at least 35 DK Coins have been collected).
  • On this file, the player needs access to the Lost World from the Northern Kremisphere world map. This can be done by either beating K. Rool Duel, or using the level unlock cheat (by going to the title screen and pressing +Control Pad up, +Control Pad down, +Control Pad left, +Control Pad left, +Control Pad down, +Control Pad up, +Control Pad right). The Lost World doesn't actually need to be able to be entered, however.

Once that is taken care of, here are the steps to perform this glitch:

  1. The player must turn the game on, and choose the file where the Lost World is already unlocked (i.e. K. Rool Duel has been beaten, and at least 35 DK Coins have been collected).
  2. The player has to enter the Lost World.
  3. After that, the player must either press A Button+B Button+Select Button+Start Button to reset the game, or lose all lives, so that the title screen appears. They have to be careful not to turn off the game, or else they will have to go back to step 1.
  4. The player needs to select the file where they wish to use this glitch. (Using the level unlock cheat if necessary.)
  5. Finally, the player must enter the Lost World, and K. Rool won't appear. Due to this, the Lost World can be entered, despite not having enough DK Coins.

This glitch works because in the English version, when successfully entering the Lost World, K. Rool will stop appearing upon subsequent attempts to enter it until the game is turned off. Since the 35 DK Coin check only occurs if K. Rool appears, this means that it is possible to enter the Lost World regardless of how many DK Coins have been collected. In the Japanese version, K. Rool always appears whenever trying to enter the Lost World, so the 35 DK Coin check will always occur as well. This is how the glitch was fixed in the Japanese version.

A similar variation of this glitch also works in K. Rool's Last Stand, but the first file needs 42 DK Coins and exactly 6 watches. Having more than 6 watches does not trigger the glitch. This variation was likewise fixed in the Japanese version.

Jetty Jitters Demo

In the Game Boy Color version of Donkey Kong Land 3, the Jetty Jitters demo (when waiting during the title screen without pressing any buttons) is glitched; as soon as Kiddy hits Klasp, the demo becomes out of sync and Dixie starts to make seemingly random, strange movements until she hits a Kobble and dies. This demo does not desync in the original Game Boy version, due to the fact that the GBC has double speed mode (which affects the timing) while the GB does not.

Kobble Glitch

Kobble passing through a wall in Total Rekoil.

In Total Rekoil and Liftshaft Lottery, some Kobbles are capable of walking through walls.

Koin Glitch

This glitch works in any game where Koin appears, including this one. If Koin is far off the screen, a steel barrel can pass through it without Koin blocking it. This means that Kiddy or Dixie can throw a steel barrel, stand far away from Koin, wait until the steel barrel passes through him and ricochets off a wall, then get closer to Koin and watch as the steel barrel defeats Koin from the opposite side.

K. Rool's Last Stand Glitch

When beating K. Rool's Last Stand for the first time, a screen appears where K. Rool rants about being defeated, gives the Kongs six watches, and tells them to beat the time trial. If the game is turned off, or if A Button+B Button+Select Button+Start Button is pressed on this screen, the current save file will record 78 Bonus Coins and 12 watches, as normal, but Time Attack won't be unlocked unless K. Rool's Last Stand is beaten again. This is because the bonus coin and watch data is saved before this screen appears, and Time Attack is unlocked after the screen is finished.

Additionally, if A Button+B Button+Select Button+Start Button is pressed here (i.e., not turning the game off and back on), additional glitches occur. On the file select screen, Dixie will be facing to the right, not to the left, and her sprite will appear slightly above the third file, regardless of which file was last used. The actual file selected is the one last used, and pressing +Control Pad up and +Control Pad down will have no effect -- the current file will not change, and Dixie's sprite will not move. (However, it is possible to erase the current file; this causes additional glitches as described below.) When the file is selected, the Northern Kremisphere map will appear, and K. Rool will be seen at Tin Can Valley, and will escape to the Lost World -- as if K. Rool Duel was just beaten. After K. Rool enters the Lost World, the game will start at Miller Instinct. At this point, the file select screen will function normally again if it is accessed again via A Button+B Button+Select Button+Start Button (alternately, turning the game off will make the file select screen function properly as well, regardless if this occurs before the Kongs enter Miller Instinct).

Miller Instinct is perfectly playable here; the Kongs can enter the bonus levels, exit the level with Start Button+Select Button (as long as the file wasn't deleted on the file select screen), lose a life, or reach the end of the level as usual. If the Kongs leave the level under any method, the Kongs will find themselves in Northern Kremisphere (as opposed to Primate Plains), and they will be by the Lost World.

If the save file was deleted on the file select screen prior to K. Rool entering the Lost World, the Kongs can move about the Northern Kremisphere map despite none of the levels being beaten yet. This makes it possible to play levels out of order without using the +Control Pad up, +Control Pad down, +Control Pad left, +Control Pad left, +Control Pad down, +Control Pad up, +Control Pad right cheat. However, once the Kongs move to Cape Codswallop, they will not be able to go back to the other worlds until it is beaten. The Lost World is also inaccessible since the Kongs don't have enough DK Coins. If the Kongs enter a world, they still need to beat each level in order, as usual. When going to Sheepy Shop, Bear won't offer the Kongs his teleportation device unless Barbos is beaten; therefore, beating a different boss won't unlock the teleport.

Lurchin Glitch

If a Lurchin is touching the surface of the water, it is possible to jump on it (and defeat it in the process) without taking damage. This can be seen in Ugly Ducting.

Screen Lag

This is a glitch that returns from Donkey Kong Land 2, although it is far less common. When falling down a long drop, the camera has a difficult time keeping up with Dixie or Kiddy. If either Kong is far enough off the bottom of the screen, the game mistakenly thinks they fell down a pit, and so a life will be lost. Unlike in Donkey Kong Land 2, however, instances of this happening are few and far between, but it is known to happen in a few places:

  • Redwood Rampage: When grabbing the steel barrel by the Koin, and then falling down the tree to the right of the O;
  • Clifftop Critters: There are numerous places where this is possible; basically this be done in any long fall with fast enough movement.

In the Game Boy Color version of this game (only released in Japan), lag is almost nonexistent, due to GBC's double speed mode, and there are no known places where this can cause a life to be lost.