The Attempted Review of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

Posted by WhenYourGodGivesYouLemons On 7:07 PM


Finally I have another game to play on my Wii. For me, games that interest me on the Wii are few and far between. Yes it may be quite possibly the most popular and successful console ever released, putting games into households they'd never been before but as someone who owns a 360 and pretty much every other console before that, I've come to expect a certain amount of quality from a game I'm prepared to buy. It's no surprise to me then that the only games I've been interested in on the Wii are those made by Nintendo featuring their classic characters Mario, Link, Samus and Donkey Kong. When I heard they were re-releasing some of Nintendo's Gamecube games on the Wii I was intrigued, I had a Gamecube but like the Wii didn't really buy much for it and their were a few games I was interested in. One of those games was Donkey Kong Jungle Beat which when it was released came with a set of bongos as the controller and has now traded in those bongos for the Wii Nunchuck and remote.

Story... Nintendo's stories regarding it's classic characters are classic in nature. Mario is always after the princess, Link is always on a quest for greatness and Donkey Kong is always after his bananas. This time they've been stolen by rival Kings and Donkey Kong, with the help of some monkeys, must travel to various platforming based kingdoms to retrieve them and show he truly is the King of all Kongs.

What it Does Well... The transfer over from the Gamecube to the Wii is almost perfect. This game looks amazing even though it was originally released in 2005. To me it is only beaten graphically by standouts like Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros. The game is also ridiculously fun, the original bongo controls have transferred exceptionally well to the Wii remote and nunchuck and it's hard not to feel good when your bashing a rival Kong or frantically trying to grab as many bananas as possible, drumming your Wii Remote up and down. The one vs. one boss battles are good as they present you with a change of pace from the frantic side scrawling platforming which makes up the rest of the game.

What it Doesn't... The only complaints I have are that it was too short and maybe a little easy. You can sit down for almost an hour and pretty much finish the first half of the game. Enemies are sometimes too simply defeated and the levels are all quite short. I had so much fun with this game that I didn't really want it to end, so that's a testament to it's quality, albeit short lived, that I wanted to keep playing longer.

Memorable Moment... The first time I had to frantically grab some bonus bananas and the first boss fight. I looked like a complete lunatic, drumming the Wii remotes as quickly as I could but it was so much fun I didn't even care.

What it All Means... With it's relatively cheap price and great fun moments Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is a must buy for Wii owners. It's a little short but you can go through and play it again a few times to get all those bananas and unlock a bonus feature. Seriously I don't think I've ever had this much fun with a game and I'm going to give it 8 slaps of a bongo out of 10.

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