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NPC Jungle Beat Gets Euro Date

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Get ready to not-bongo on June 5th

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat came with bongos on GameCube. Which, at the time, could have been considered "new" play control. Wouldn't putting the game out sans-bongos be like it going back to "old" play control?

Regardless of your definition, New Play Control! Jungle Beat hits Europe on June 5th with two new stages, new enemies and new weapons. It's new!

US gamers got it yesterday, and if you missed it the first time around like I did, well hey, you won't exactly be missing the bongos.

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User Comments (25)

Terra

#3

Terra said:

Got the GC edition, so I'm not bothering with this. Besides, i prefer the game with Bongos, they make the game much more unique than other games and this release just takes that away from the game completely.

Caliko

#4

Caliko said:

STICK TO THE ORIGINAL. Playing with the bongos and clapping in realtime until your short of breath is gaming to the Xtreme!

AlexSays

#5

AlexSays said:

Yay, a game we could have all played years ago!

This is great for the people who have been pondering over whether or not they want it for the past five years.

TourianTourist

#6

TourianTourist said:

The only NPC titles I would be interested in are Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2 Echoes. I loved those games on the GameCube and I love the controls of Metroid Prime 3 Corruption, combining both is definitely a good move. But so far there weren't any official announcements, that NOA or NOE are going to release those.

Kid_A

#7

Kid_A said:

I've played the NPC Verion of Jungle Beat and surprisingly it's better. It's a much more enjoyable experience. Those bongos were fun, but they were also somewhat exhausting and frustrating in the later levels. Also, Nintendo actually changed the levels up with this so that they make more sense with the new control scheme. I'm impressed. Best NPC title I've played yet.

Ian_Daemon

#8

Ian_Daemon said:

This game was actually FUN and UNIQUE with the Bongo-controls. Without the bongos, Jungle Beat just sounds boring. The actual game levels weren't much so to remove one of the only things going for the title is not a good idea.

Objection

#9

Objection said:

I really want to see the N-L review of this title. Since it has new levels, I might get it instead of tracking down the GCN version.

TwilightV

#10

TwilightV said:

I heard this NPC game has some alterations that make it somewhat different from the Gamecube version (and I don't mean the controls).

Crazed

#11

Crazed said:

I never got the bongos, so I incorrectly thought that it wouldn't be as fun without the bongos. By the time I realized that that isn't so, the game sold out, and I missed my chance. Hopefully I'll be able to get it this time round.

Starwolf_UK

#12

Starwolf_UK said:

The impressions I've heared make it sound like the game isn't any worse off for the loss on Bongo controls plus I've heared numerious people saying "Oh I ignored Jungle Beat as I thought it was one of those stupid music games".

Basically the same people worked on this port as did the original but thier positions have been shuffled up a bit.

Still I'm happy with the original and the £30 price this will be I think is disgusting (these New Play Contorl games should be £20 but NOE is happy to make ridiculous profit by overcharging Britain and then when the sterling falls they have to rip off Britain even more to keep that ridiculous profit coming through).

MrPanic

#13

MrPanic said:

People, stop giving your opinions about a game you haven't played. From what I've seen this game differs a lot from the GC version so we don't need your opinions about the NPC version if you haven't played it, even if you'd played the GC one.

Stuffgamer1

#14

Stuffgamer1 said:

I have played this game, and just posted a relatively in-depth opinion of it on the "Buy Any NPC Games? Stop It!" forum thread.

The super short version: This game is totally worth getting without Bongos, because the gameplay experience has changed a LOT without them. The change is for the better, unless you actually LIKE exhausting yourself beating on Bongos to play a platformer (I got tired of that control scheme pretty fast when it released on Gamecube)!

SwerdMurd

#15

SwerdMurd said:

does it allow you to use bongos as an alternate control scheme? I still have mine from Donkey Konga...it'd be cool to be able to use them for something.

Caliko

#17

Caliko said:

Getting exhausted was the best part!! Especially on the part where you had to punch the crap outta that big gorrilla boss. fun times!! Fun Times!!!

Clint_Eastwood

#18

Clint_Eastwood said:

I feel like buying it all over again, one of my favourite platformers. It's just way too expensive like the rest of those NPC games.

Will

#19

Will said:

But are the Bongos still an option with this release? I have Bongos from Donkey Konga, but never got jungle beat for the cube. Anybody know?

LEGEND_MARIOID

#20

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

I'm not entirely sure, but I think its almost certain that the bongos aren't an option. I say this because I think they've adjusted some of the levels to enable better analogue stick control and hence away from "bongo control"....but I'm uncertain of this, you understand.

Outrunner

#21

Outrunner said:

This game was brilliant! I don't have my copy anymore so I for one will be happy to buy the NPC version.

Ricardo91

#22

Ricardo91 said:

@Clint. I just realized that you live in Kazakhstan. Very nice! :D

I'm tempted to buy this, because I never played this game originally, but I also plan to get Donkey Konga, so I can buy the original version and get full use out of the bongos.

Bensei

#23

Bensei said:

I think removing Bongos totally is really annoying. Maybe I can ask a friend for playing the bonus levels...

Machu

#24

Machu said:

Couldn't be arsed with bongo's so avoided it on GC. This is the first NPC game that I never played originally so I am totally sold!

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