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“The Swirlwind can either help or hinder Kong's progress, depending on how you approach it. Jump on top, and it serves as a convenient, if a bit swirly, moving platform. Approach it from the side, and you'll be damaged by its windy vortex.”
Donkey Kong Land instruction booklet, page 21
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First appearance Donkey Kong Land (1995)

A Swirlwind[1], known in an early Nintendo Power preview as a Tornado[2], is a tornado-like enemy that appears in two levels of Donkey Kong Land. They first appear in Snake Charmer's Challenge, although they are only featured briefly. They later appear in another level with their name, Swirlwind Storm, where they are the main obstacle and feature.

Swirlwinds are unique in that they move while Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong bounce on them. They continue following the Kongs before eventually falling into a pit. Although they are an enemy, Swirlwinds are more advantageous to the Kongs, who can bounce on Swirlwinds to reach higher areas, out of reach items, and even a Bonus Level. If the Kongs touch the side of Swirlwind, they take damage. Swirlwinds may also cause the Kongs to fall in an abyss when it drops down into one. Swirlwinds sometimes obscure a nearby item, such as a K-O-N-G Letter.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トルネード[3]
Italian Turbine[4] Whirlwind


  1. ^ Donkey Kong Land instruction booklet, page 21.
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 69, page 91.
  3. ^ Super Donkey Kong GB Kōryaku Guide Book
  4. ^ Donkey Kong Land Italian booklet, pag. 21