Wrinkly Kong

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Wrinkly Kong
DKJC Wrinkly.png
Wrinkly Kong as a ghost in DK: Jungle Climber.
Species Kong/Ghost
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)
Latest portrayal Miho Yamada (2007 - present)
“Why, if it isn't Donkey -- or is it Funky? No -- Diddy!”
Wrinkly Kong, Donkey Kong Land III

Wrinkly Kong (also known as Mrs. Kong[1]) is a character in the Donkey Kong franchise who was the wife of Cranky Kong and an ally of the Kongs. Her first appearance is in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Even though Wrinkly is deceased in her later appearances, she continues to support the Kongs as a spirit. In most of her appearances, Wrinkly either provides information or saves the player's game progress.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Country / Donkey Kong Land series[edit]

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

Artwork from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

In her debut appearance, Wrinkly runs a school named the Kong Kollege, where she can save Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong's game for two Banana Bunch Coins. Like Cranky's Monkey Museum, Wrinkly provides hints ranging from free of charge or a few Banana Bunch Coins.

In various moments, Wrinkly alludes that the Kong Kollege is specifically a school for the Kremlings, including Kaptain K. Rool. In one of her quotes, Wrinkly tells the Kongs to ask K. Rool if he has done his homework.

In the Game Boy Advance version, Diddy and Dixie can request homework from Wrinkly, where their assignment is to entirely fill a scrapbook with the photographs that they find. Wrinkly gives a DK Coin to them for every page they fill. Wrinkly no longer saves the player's progress, as this is done from the world map's Start Button menu.

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Wrinkly and the Kong Kollege returns in Donkey Kong Land 2. Like the previous game, she offers to save the player's game for two Banana Bunch Coins, though she no longer offers level hints.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

Wrinkly also appears in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. Some time after the events of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Wrinkly retired from teaching at Kong Kollege and moved to the Northern Kremisphere inside a Wrinkly's Save Cave. Like Kong Kollege, Wrinkly's Save Cave has a crucial role of saving the player's game progress, although it is free of charge. She no longer provides level hints, and she cares for the Banana Birds rescued from various Banana Bird Caves. Whenever the Kongs enter her Save Cave, Wrinkly is performing one of four activities, either exercising, sitting on her couch either asleep or awake, or playing the Nintendo 64.

In the Game Boy Advance version, Wrinkly's role has been lessened. She only runs a single sanctuary, named Wrinkly's Retreat, from the main Northern Kremisphere map. There her only purpose is taking care of the Banana Birds rescued by Dixie and Kiddy Kong. As with Donkey Kong Country 2's Game Boy Advance remake, Wrinkly no longer saves the player's progress, which is instead done from the world map's Start Button menu.

Donkey Kong Land III[edit]

In Donkey Kong Land III, Wrinkly retains her role of saving the Kongs' progress in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, though a big difference is she no longer cares for the Banana Birds, which do not appear in the game. She does not perform various activities and is always sitting awake on her couch.

Club Nintendo[edit]

"Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24"[edit]

Wrinkly is briefly seen in the ending of the Club Nintendo comic, "Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24", quarreling with Cranky. It is strongly implied that the reason is because Cranky kissed a random girl out of enthusiasm that Earth was saved.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Wrinkly Kong as a ghost in Donkey Kong 64

In Donkey Kong 64, Wrinkly appears in the form of a ghost because she had died some time after the events of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. In every level's lobby, the active Kong can talk to Wrinkly from one of the five color-coded Wrinkly Doors. If the Kong steps in front of a Wrinkly Door of their color, a ghostly sound effect plays and Wrinkly comes out from the door. She gives a hint for that Kong on how they can obtain a Golden Banana. When talking to Wrinkly, a slower and major key version of Cranky's Lab plays. She has appeared as a spirit in subsequent Donkey Kong titles.

Wrinkly is the only supporting character with an optional role and one that does not cost anything. She is the only Kong who does not appear during the end credits.

DK series[edit]

DK: King of Swing[edit]

In DK: King of Swing, during the starting tutorial level Cranky's Lectures, Wrinkly assists Cranky in teaching the basic controls to Donkey Kong. She demonstrates on how to climb Peg Boards and also on how to charge an attack.

Wrinkly makes her first playable appearance as an unlockable character in the Jungle Jam mode, where she has high jumping ability, tied with that of Dixie Kong's, though she has intermediate attack. The player can unlock Wrinkly by obtaining every Crystal Coconut.

DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

Wrinkly makes a minor cameo in the opening cutscene for DK: Jungle Climber, where she went on vacation to Sun Sun Island with the other Kongs. She appears alongside Cranky, admiring the scenery. She is carrying a white umbrella, presumably as protection against the sun's rays. Despite only having one minor appearance, Wrinkly still has official artwork; a similar instance is with Candy Kong from DK: King of Swing.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, Wrinkly is an unlockable playable character. She is unlocked by completing Candy's Challenge #26: Let Wrinkly Kong Win!, which is level 4 in difficulty. As the name implies, Wrinkly must come in first in order to complete the challenge. Wrinkly's rival is Kopter, and she has average boost and speed, and maxed out agility. Like all other playable characters, Wrinkly has the ability to perform Wild Moves.

Wrinkly is the only playable Kong who does not appear on the title screen.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Wrinkly Kong has both a trophy and a sticker. Her trophy heavily resembles her DK: Jungle Climber artwork. Wrinkly's sticker, which recycles her DK: King of Swing artwork, can only be used by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong; it raises resistance against battering attacks by four.

Wrinkly's trophy incorrectly mentions her latest game appearance as Donkey Kong 64 instead of DK: Jungle Climber.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Wrinkly once again has her own trophy. Her trophy is featured in the "Donkey Kong and his friends" trophy box, along Tiny Kong, Lanky Kong, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Cranky Kong, Candy Kong and Funky Kong.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Wrinkly Kong appears as a spirit.

General information[edit]

“My body may have passed away since DKC3, but I'm here in spirit to help you defeat those naughty crocodiles.”
Wrinkly Kong, Donkey Kong 64

Physical appearance[edit]

Wrinkly Kong's appearance has changed many times over the years, but has been consistent since DK: King of Swing.

Alive[edit]

Wrinkly Kong is an old ape with a similar build to her husband Cranky Kong. She is covered in brown fur, has grey hair on her head and she also wears glasses. In her debut in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, she wore a green blanket. In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, she wears a white and purple gymnastics outfit that has dark gray fur armbands, and also wears white and purple sneakers and a white and purple headband. In the GBA remake of Donkey Kong Country 3, she only wears a white coat and does not wear any shoes.

After her death[edit]

In her debut as a ghost in Donkey Kong 64, her appearance was similar to her appearance in Donkey Kong Country 2, except she is now white and translucent, has a wispy tail where her legs used to be, and wears a nightgown. In her current appearance introduced in DK: King of Swing, she is no longer translucent and has gray fur, though her skin is rather white. Her glasses are much smaller and are oval shaped, compared to her previous semicircular ones, and her hair is covered by a white bonnet hat.

Official profiles and statistics[edit]

German Donkey Kong 64 website[edit]

"After the last great adventure of the Kongs, Wrinkly, who was advanced in years, left us, much to the sadness of all involved. Nevertheless, she returns from the realm of the spirits to provide her friends and relatives with all kinds of important information and useful tips. In the lobby of each level there are five doors, each with a frame of a different color. If a Kong approaches one of these doors, Wrinkly appears and gives him a hint to uncover especially well-kept secrets. Wrinkly loves her friends and relatives so much that she even crosses the threshold of mortality in order to support them in the battle against the evil empire of the Kremlings."

DK: King of Swing[edit]

  • Instruction booklet bio: "Wife of Cranky. Even though she's passed away, she's a gentle Kong who frets about Donkey."
  • Jump: 5
  • Attack: 2

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

DKBBWrinklyKongIcon.png

  • Unlock method: Win Candy's Challenge 26: Let Wrinkly Kong win!.
  • Rival: Kopter
  • Boost: 3/5
  • Speed: 3/5
  • Agility: 5/5

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Trophy[edit]
Name Image Appearance(s) Description
Wrinkly Kong
BrawlTrophy321.png
SNES Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Quest
N64 Donkey Kong 64
The wife of Cranky Kong. Wrinkly first appeared as director of Kong Kollege, where she provided game hints. Did you know King K. Rool was also a student of hers? After her passing, she appeared in Donkey Kong 64 as a ghost, where again... she provided hints.
Sticker[edit]
Image Game Effect
Sticker Wrinkly.png DK: King of Swing Battering Resistance +4
Usable by: Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

Name Image Appears In NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Wrinkly Kong WrinklyKongTrophyWiiU.png SNES Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (11/1995)
N64 Donkey Kong 64 (11/1999)
Wrinkly Kong first appears in Donkey Kong Country 2, where she manages the Kong Kollege. Even Kaptain K. Rool was one of her students at one time! Sadly, Wrinkly has become a spirit by the time she's seen in Donkey Kong 64. She doesn't let her ghostly form keep her from sharing advice, though. Wrinkly has been in the series since Donkey Kong Country 2, where she was the director of Kong Kollege. Even Kaptain K. Rool was one of her students once upon a time! She passed away at some point before Donkey Kong 64, but still shows up now and then as a ghost. Why should she let a little thing like death stop her?

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effects How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Wrinkly Kong DKJC Wrinkly.png Donkey Kong Series Support (1) Advanced Trade-Off Defense ↑ World of Light (Light Realm); Spirit Board Clear Donkey Kong Hazard: High Gravity; Low Gravity
  • Your jumping power decreases when the enemy's at high damage
  • The enemy is less affected by gravity
  • The enemy starts with damage but is more powerful
Luigi's Mansion The Map Page / Bonus Level

Game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Non-Playable Character North America:
November 20, 1995
SNES
Donkey Kong Land 2 Non-Playable Character North America:
September 1, 1996
Game Boy
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Non-Playable Character North America:
November 22, 1996
SNES
Donkey Kong Land III Non-Playable Character North America:
October 1, 1997
Game Boy
Donkey Kong 64 Non-Playable Character North America:
November 22, 1999
Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong Country 2 (remake) Non-Playable Character Europe:
June 25, 2004
Game Boy Advance
DK: King of Swing Unlockable Playable Character in Jungle Jam mode Europe:
February 4, 2005
Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Country 3 (remake) Non-Playable Character Europe:
November 4, 2005
Game Boy Advance
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast Unlockable Playable Character Japan:
June 28, 2007
Wii
DK: Jungle Climber Non-Playable Character Japan:
August 9, 2007
Nintendo DS
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo as trophy and sticker Japan:
January 31, 2008
Wii
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Cameo as trophy North America:
November 21, 2014
Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cameo as spirit Worldwide:
December 7, 2018
Nintendo Switch

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Wrinkly Kong.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リンクリーコング
Rinkurī Kongu
Wrinkly Kong
Spanish Wrinkly Kong Wrinkly Kong
Russian Ринкли Конг
Rinkli Kong
Wrinkly Kong
Chinese 瑞珂丽刚[2]
Ruìkēlì Gāng
Wrinkly Kong

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cranky's words: "Sure beats a visit from Mrs. Kong! How can I help you?" - Donkey Kong Country
  2. ^ From the unreleased iQue prototype of DK: King of Swing