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Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Damien McFerran

More monkey business

For anyone familiar with the original DK Country game this is more of the same. This is a good thing as the original was almost perfection in every way and this game manages to build on the franchise even more!

For a 16-bit console the graphics are amazing. The smooth animation and wonderful artwork create a 3D feel which works really well. The game oozes character and freshness still just like the earlier outing.

Playing as Diddy and Dixie Kong you must battle your way through the varied lands ahead of you. You can switch between the two primates at any time, Diddy is a little faster but Dixie is the better character to play due to her slow-falling technique which comes in usual often. Together you can do a team-up attack too which adds a added bit of depth to the game.

There are about 50 levels and countless mini-games along the way. You will certainly get your value for money here. This isn't the easiest platformer on the SNES so you'll have to keep your wits about you.


Donkey Kong Country 2 may prove frustrating for some younger or less dedicated players. For those who enjoy a challenge this is probably one of the best games available on the Virtual Console.

PAL users will be pleased to hear as this is a game developed by Rare this game is optimised for 50Hz. That means no real differences between this and it's NTSC counterpart.

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User Comments (15)



Goomba2996 said:

My next VC download. Wait am I the first commenter! Oh yeah! Never been the first commenter. Oh yeah, Downloading this soon. Good review too.



nwj2468 said:

For anyone playing Donkey Kong Country 2, here are some hints: Be sure to check out Cranky's hints. That will help you out with the main levels. To defeat Captain K. Rool, get as many lives as you can, and play along with his tricks, until you come up to the clouds. DO NOT TOUCH THE CLOUDS!!! After you get past (I think it's the red cloud) Kong will break loose, and punch K.Rool and he will get eaten by the crocidiles. then it will take you to a screen where all of the animals/creatures will walk by. then i usually restart the game consule ( it should save your game on Super Nintendo). After that, you have to complete the bonus levels, which i still haven't passed.
I could probably go on forever with hints, but my suggestion is to see what Cranky can tell you!
One more hint. In the lava level which i forgot what it's called, but there will be a game where the lava turns to water when you jump on the seal. When you first start the game, you will see the wierd dragon with the big mouth. kill the dragon thing, and throw your partner up. you will land in a bucket that will take you to a room with an "!" made out of bananas. when you leave the room, it will take you to the end of the game!!!



Cally said:

Well, this is a case where I'm kind of sad that the new rating system doesn't reflect DKC2's (mostly-agreed) superiority over the original and probably 3 also.

DKC2 had the best stage design, and used SNES technology for a platform oozing with character. My personal favorite Rare platformer, I think.




Roo said:

Has time produced exaggeration once again? Look, this is to the Super Nintendo what Golden Axe is to the Mega Drive - it's really not as good as you remember. It's certainly not a bad game, but not one that's worth a higher mark than Sonic The Hedgehog, or Dynamite Headdy, or even any of the Bonk games.



Cally said:

^I would agree about the original. But not this one or DKC3. I get glued to them almost as easily as I do to Super Mario World even today (meaning, when I got this stuff all over again on the VC), and more than the other games you mention. They were influential enough to really start the platformer item-collecting trend (whatever your point of view on that). Who knows what I missed (or am forgetting), but my Top SNES Platformers are:

Yoshi's Island
Super Mario World
Donkey Kong Country 2



Incognito_D said:

One of the greatest platform games of all time.
To anyone who has not played this game but is considering downloading it, do it!!
It's one of those magical games that will stick in your mind forever.
I'm still playing it on my SNES 14 years after it came out.
Don't miss out.



DrCruse said:

One of the greatest games of all time. This is better than any Mario game Nintendo ever made.



SparkOfSpirit said:

One of the best games of the 16-bit era. It's up there with Yoshi's Island and Shinobi 3 for me.




CaptMcCloudAran said:

Hi, I came from the future to say that this game will be launching in the VC on WiiU, the next Nintendo platform, on 23 October 2014. The WiiU is a great console. You will love it. Ok, now back to the future

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