N64 DK's Jungle Parkway
|DK's Jungle Parkway|
|Appears in||Mario Kart 64 (1996)|
Mario Kart Wii (2008)
|Cup(s)||Special Cup (64)|
Leaf Cup (Wii)
|Based on||Jungle Hijinxs (Donkey Kong Country)|
|Staff Ghost||2:58:264 by Nin★Matt (Wii)|
(Donkey Kong on the Phantom)
|Expert Staff Ghost||2:37:782 by Nin★Syun1 (Wii)|
(Donkey Kong in the Flame Flyer)
|Online play||No longer available (Wii)|
DK's Jungle Parkway (originally written as D.K.'s Jungle Parkway), also known as Donkey Jungle Park or Donkey Kong Jungle, is the first racecourse of the Special Cup in Mario Kart 64. It is Donkey Kong's home track in the game. The course returns in Mario Kart Wii as the third course of the Leaf Cup. The music for this course is the shortest of all Mario Kart courses in the series, with each loop being only about 15 seconds long.
When racers go off-course, unseen "restless natives," as the instruction booklet calls them, throw coconuts at them. A large paddle steamer with "Mario" written on it cruises around the river in the jungle. The race starts off along the shoreline of the river, which leads to a massive jump across the river. Players, while jumping, can aim their landing spot. The paddle steamer may be an obstacle during this jump, but players can pass through the paddle steamer most of the time. Players then follow the winding dirt path to a narrow wooden bridge at the edge of a waterfall. The bridge leads to a small cave, which ends at the start of the track.
The original version has a glitch where it is possible to jump through the corner in the cave, resulting in as little as a 20-second race if done three times. This was not fixed in the Virtual Console release.
Mario Kart Wii
DK's Jungle Parkway reappears in Mario Kart Wii as the third race of the Leaf Cup. In that version, the Hammer Bros., Toads, Goombas, and Shy Guys ride the paddle steamer (only in single-player mode), the water is yellowish-orange instead of blue (to reflect the color of the sunset sky), and the jungle has been pushed back, with the coconuts that usually hit the player being removed. Another change is that inside the cave is mud, which slows down racers that try to cross it, unless they use a Mushroom, Golden Mushroom, Star, or Mega Mushroom to cut ahead without slowing down. The Dash Panel at the jump has been modified. In the N64 version, if the player is shrunk by Lightning when approaching the jump, it is possible for the player not to make it over the river. In the Wii version, the Dash Panel acts similarly to the Barrel Cannon, where the player always makes it across, even when shrunk, and also forces the drivers to go straight and prevents them from cutting ahead and/or going anywhere else. Also, the Arrow Signs are now brown with blue arrows instead of cream with red arrows. The course map has been rotated 90° counterclockwise.
In Mario Kart Wii, a tournament took place on this track. Players had to do a GP race against Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, who were both riding on bikes. The two Kongs had access to infinite Bananas, which caused players to spin out. This tournament was the first tournament of August 2008. It was later repeated as the second tournament of December 2009.
Mario Kart 64
- Instruction manual: "The home of Donkey Kong, the Jungle Parkway was developed as a tourist facility and equipped with a racing ground for Karts. Carved out of the jungle, the road is mostly narrow. Be careful – should you leave the course, the restless natives will "voice" their complaints by throwing stones at you."
- Website: "Donkey Kong's riverside course is a wild Kart safari!"
Mario Kart Wii
- European website: "A paddle steamer slowly meanders its way round the muddy waters as you shift into a much higher gear and tear around dirt tracks, over shaky wooden bridges and through a gloomy cave illuminated by flame torches."
Mario Kart 64
The Dash Panel
Mario Kart Wii
| D.K.'s Jungle Parkway - The music for D.K.'s Jungle Parkway||File info|
| Mario Kart 64 - D.K.'s Jungle Parkway playthrough.||File info|
Names in other languages
|Japanese||ドンキージャングルパーク (Mario Kart 64)
Donkī Janguru Pāku
DKジャングルパーク (Mario Kart Wii)
DK Janguru Pāku
|Donkey Jungle Park|
DK Jungle Park
Dàjīn Gāng Cónglín Gōngyuán
|Donkey Kong Jungle Park|
|French (NOA)||Jungle de DK||DK's Jungle|
|French (NOE)||Jungle DK||DK Jungle|
|German||DKs Dschungelpark||DK's Jungle Park|
|Italian||Viale Giungla DK||DK Jungle Parkway|
|Korean||DK 정글 파크
DK Jeonggeul Pakeu
|DK Jungle Park|
|Spanish (NOA)||Jungla de DK||DK's Jungle|
|Spanish (NOE)||Pista de la Jungla DK||DK Jungle Track|
- In Mario Kart Wii, if the player uses the rearview mirror to look back, the torches inside the cave can be seen lighting up again.
- Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 51, page 28.
- Nintendo Magazine System (Australia) issue 49, page 41.
- Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 51, page 29.