Winky in Donkey Kong Country
|First appearance||Donkey Kong Country (1994)|
|Latest appearance||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)|
- “You wouldn't know it by looking at him, but Winky is one of the most powerful animals. He can jump higher than any of them, and with his strong legs, he can jump attack some enemies that even Donkey can't touch. Winky is fond of damp, dark places, but he is known to turn up almost anywhere!”
- —Donkey Kong Country instruction booklet, page 25
Donkey Kong Country series
Donkey Kong Country
In Donkey Kong Country, Winky first appears in Winky's Walkway, as the main feature, and returns in Bonus Bonanza, Millstone Mayhem, and lastly Rope Bridge Rumble, the only level not in Monkey Mines where he appears. Winky's abilities include being able to jump higher than the Kongs, which is useful for reaching collectibles such as Bananas or Extra Life Balloons, and Winky can defeat Zingers by jumping on them. In Bonus Bonanza, Winky's animal crate appears in a small room shortly after the Star Barrel, and Winky can jump high enough to enter the last Bonus Area of the level. In Millstone Mayhem, Winky's crate is located on a pathway only reachable from using a tire. In Rope Bridge Rumble, Winky appears in the first Bonus Area, and he can be brought into the main level.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, a Winky figure appears in background of the Monkey Museum, labeled at a price of five dollars. Cranky also mentioned Winky and Expresso in the instruction manual by saying, "A more tragic looking bunch of useless no-hopers you'll never see! I liked Expresso and Winky--where have they gone?". Though Winky does not appear, there is another Animal Friend with a high-jumping ability, Rattly.
In the Game Boy Advance version, the Winky figure was replaced by a small Winky that hops around in a cage. Small Winkys similarly appear in the swamp-themed stages of Krem Quay, where they hop around.
Donkey Kong 64
Although Winky does not appear in Donkey Kong 64, Cranky mentions him and Expresso in the instruction manual in hopes of their reappearance, "I just hope they've included poor old Winky and Expresso this time instead of that bone-brained rhino that always seems to get in the games."
Picross NP Vol. 8
Winky makes a cameo appearance in Picross NP Vol. 8 as one of the images that must be cleared.
Donkey Konga 3
In Donkey Konga 3, multiple Winkys appear swimming in the waters of the campground portion of the summer background.
Super Smash Bros. series
In the Super Smash Bros. series, Winky makes a few cameo appearances. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he is mentioned in Kass' PAL trophy description. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, there is another trophy of Winky, and it can be acquired either at random in one of the game's modes, such as in Vs. matches, or by purchasing it at the trophy shop. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Winky appears as a Novice support spirit, occupying one support slot when used, and the spirit increases the power of foot-based attacks.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
In the Donkey Kong Adventure story of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, the design of Rabbid Cranky's Croaker Disposer is based on Winky the Frog. The weapon's flavor text reads: "Whether it's Monkey Mines or monkey shines, Winky is always BOUNCING with enthusiasm.", referencing the first area in the original Donkey Kong Country where Winky can be found. The weapon is also described as an officially licensed Barrel Bolt.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
|#||Name||Image||Series / game||Type||Class||Strength / effect(s)||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|154||Winky||Donkey Kong Series||Support (1)||Novice||Foot Attack ↑||Spirit Board||Greninja||
||Mushroom Kingdom U||Jungle Level (Brawl)|
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Winky.
Names in other languages
- Donkey Kong Country game designer Gregg Mayles expressed a dislike of Winky as a player character, sarcastically saying "[Rattly and Winky] had rubbish controls and hits to test player skill. Good design." Gregg's brother and Donkey Kong Country character designer Steve Mayles similarly stated "it was always best to never get on the frog."
- Ghoulyboy (June 23, 2017). They had rubbish controls and hits to test player skill. Good design. As was Squitter, that @WinkySteve scoffed at and said wouldn't work. Twitter. Retrieved June 27, 2017. (Screenshot.) (Archived May 31, 2015, 04:43:31 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
- WinkySteve (June 23, 2017). Yes, it was always best to never get on the frog. Twitter. Retrieved June 27, 2017. (Screenshot.) (Archived April 18, 2023, 23:58:24 UTC via Wayback Machine.)