Opening (Donkey Kong)

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"Opening"[1] is a recurring music theme most commonly heard within the Donkey Kong franchise, mostly on title screens or as Cranky Kong's theme.

Arrangements[edit]

Donkey Kong[edit]

In the Nintendo Entertainment System version of Donkey Kong, the theme plays on the title screen.

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Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

An arrangement appears in Donkey Kong Country under the name "Theme" in the official soundtrack DK Jamz, where it plays on the title screen; this arrangement returns in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, played by a phonograph in the secret exit of Canopy Chaos. Another arrangement, "Cranky's Theme", plays in Cranky's Cabin.

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

An arrangement, called "Steel Drum Rhumba" in the original soundtrack, appears in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, where it plays on the file select screen. Another arrangement based on Cranky's Cabin, called "Cranky's Conga" in the original soundtrack, plays in the Monkey Museum.

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Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

A chiptune arrangement of Steel Drum Rhumba plays on the file select screen of Donkey Kong Land 2.

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Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Color)[edit]

Chiptune arrangements of the arrangements from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version of Donkey Kong Country appears in the Game Boy Color version of Donkey Kong Country.

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Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance)[edit]

Arrangements of the arrangements from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version of Donkey Kong Country appears in the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country.

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

Arrangements of the arrangements from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest appears in the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 2.

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Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

An arrangement based on Donkey Kong Country's version appears in Donkey Kong Country Returns, where it plays on the title screen. This arrangement returns in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, where it plays in Kongo Jungle 64, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where it plays in every Donkey Kong-series stage. Another arrangement based on Donkey Kong Country's Cranky's Cabin plays in Cranky Kong's Shop.

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

An arrangement plays in the opening cutscene of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

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Mario Tennis series[edit]

Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64)[edit]

In Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64, an arrangement plays on the Donkey Kong Court, and another arrangement plays during Donkey Kong's trophy celebration.

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Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color)[edit]

In Mario Tennis for the Game Boy Color, a chiptune arrangement of the arrangement that plays on the Donkey Kong Court in Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64 plays in the Banana Bunch minigame and on the Jungle Court.

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Mario Power Tennis[edit]

Like in the game for Nintendo 64, an arrangement plays during Donkey Kong's trophy celebration in Mario Power Tennis.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong series[edit]

Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit]

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong a clarinet arrangement of the theme, together with the Super Mario Bros. ground theme, plays on the game's title screen.

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis[edit]

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, an arrangement of the theme plays on the title screen, along with some parts of the Super Mario Bros. ground theme.

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again![edit]

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!, a slow, jazzy C major arrangement of the theme plays on the title screen, along with snippets of the Super Mario Bros. ground theme. It is based on Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis's arrangement.

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem![edit]

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, a slightly different arrangement of the theme plays on the title screen. While it still features the exact same snippets of the Super Mario Bros. ground theme, it is now played in E♭ major with a trumpet used as the melody, is more of a marching band arrangement, and has an extended melody. Another G major arrangement without the Super Mario Bros. ground theme snippets plays during the results screen for each level, though half of it also uses concert flute trills for improvisation.

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars[edit]

Another arrangement exists in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars which closely resembles the Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! title screen arrangement, and is now played on a violin. This arrangement returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate under the title "Title Theme - Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars" and can be played in any Mario-series stage.

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Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge[edit]

A slightly different version of the arrangement heard in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars plays on the title screen for Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge.

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DK series[edit]

DK: King of Swing[edit]

In DK: King of Swing, an arrangement based on Donkey Kong Country's Cranky's Cabin plays on Cranky's Lectures.

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DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

An arrangement based on Donkey Kong Country's Cranky's Cabin appears in DK: Jungle Climber.

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Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

An arrangement appears in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, where it plays in Cosmic Highway.

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Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the theme is incorporated into "Opening (Donkey Kong)", which plays in 75 m. This arrangement returns in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, where it plays in the same stage as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where it plays in every Donkey Kong-series stage.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

An arrangement appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, titled "Donkey Kong Country Returns (Vocals)". It is based on Donkey Kong Country Returns's arrangement. It plays in Kongo Jungle 64. This arrangement returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where it plays in every Donkey Kong-series stage.

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Nintendo Land[edit]

In Nintendo Land, the original version plays on the title/setup screen of Donkey Kong's Crash Course, while an arrangement based on Donkey Kong Country's Cranky's Cabin plays during Crash Course itself.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle[edit]

In Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, the theme is incorporated into "Midboss Melody", the mid-boss theme from the Donkey Kong Adventure DLC.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タイトルBGM[2]
Taitoru BGM
Title BGM

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Smash Bros. series Sound Tests
  2. ^ a b Game Sound Museum ~Famicom Edition~ 02 Donkey Kong. VGMdb. Retrieved April 21, 2021.