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Donkey Konga 2 is a Nintendo GameCube video game developed by NAMCO and published by Nintendo. It is a sequel to Donkey Konga and was the last game in the series to be released outside of Japan.

The American, Japanese and PAL versions all have different songs. The PAL version has the most overall, the American version comes in a close second, and the Japanese comes in a faraway third.

All versions of the game have licensed songs, though some of the tracks featured are from popular Nintendo games such as Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, Pikmin 2, and of course Donkey Konga. This edition of Donkey Konga is rated T for teenagers in North America due to the inclusion of inappropriate language in some lyrics. 

Like all the Donkey Kong video games on the GameCube, Donkey Konga 2 makes use of the DK Bongos introduced in the original Donkey Konga. For more information on the accessory, go to its corresponding page.

Story

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong were practicing the bongos; its energy was draining from the Kongs shouting and arguing with one another over their performance. Cranky and Dixie show up and hear them arguing. The Kongs blame each other to Cranky, but Dixie looks at Diddy's bongos and tells him and DK that she was listening to them and claims their bongo playing is "way off". Dixie is about to play the bongos, and DK and Diddy doubt her capability of playing them. To their surprise, Dixie was very good at playing the bongos. After drumming, Dixie told DK and Diddy to work on their drumming skills, specifically citing their timing and accuracy.

Cranky told DK and Diddy that they can only improve by competing against other people. He mentions of the whole world with music, and that the Kongs should tour off the island to practice on their bongos. Diddy expressed his love for the idea while Donkey Kong was unaware of the entire situation. He asked what the big deal was and if they would have a tour guide. DK and Diddy fantasize and excitedly shout in unison of all the Bananas they would be able to eat. Dixie decides to join the Kongs, and says that they cannot leave the island without her bongo skills. Diddy gets annoyed at her statement and professes to be good at playing bongos. The opening ends with the three Kongs leaving the island, and Cranky asks himself if they are prepared for a world tour, hoping they would "break a leg".

Gameplay

Donkey Konga 2 has largely similar gameplay to that of Donkey Kongas. It retains its Taiko no Tatsujin-based gameplay style. The player must hit the notes in conjunction with the song playing. A few unique modes appear in this game, including "Concert", "Freestyle Zone", and "Music Lab".

Aside from the story introduction, Dixie Kong has a role as a professional drummer. Sometimes, after completing a mode, Dixie provides advice to the player, known as "Dixie's Notes". Each bit of advice she provides is catalogued in the "Hall of Records" for the player to review. Dixie is also Donkey Kong's opponent in the Barrel Race mini-game.

Song List

Japanese version

J-POP songs

Name(s) Description
さくらんぼ
Sakuranbo
AMBITIOUS JAPAN!
Go Girl ~恋のヴィクトリー~
Go Girl ~Koi no Vikutorī~
WAになっておどろう
Wa ni Natte Odorou
secret base ~君がくれたもの~
Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~
Yeah!めっちゃホリディ
Yeah! Metcha Holiday
全部だきしめて
Zenbu Dakishimete
Over Drive
ダイナマイト
Dynamite
モンキーマジック
Monkey Magic

Latin songs

Name(s) Description
ガンタナメラ
Guantanamera

Classical songs

Name(s) Description
トレパーク
Trepak
ハバネラ
Habanera
子犬のワルツ
Minute Waltz

Game songs

Name(s) Source(s) Description
Donkey-Kong-A-Go-Go!! Donkey Konga 2
ドンキーコンガ2
Donkey Konga 2

's theme song.

ゼルダの伝説 ラテンフュージョン
The Legend of Zelda - Latin Fusion
The Legend of Zelda
ゼルダの伝説
Main theme.
スーパードンキーコングのテーマ
Super Donkey Kong Theme
Donkey Kong Country
スーパードンキーコング
Super Smash Bros. Melee Track No. 4: Jungle Japes

Nursery songs

Name(s) Description
アルプス一万尺
Ten Thousand Feet up in the Alps

Anime songs

Name(s) Source(s) Description
おしえて
Oshiete
Heidi, Girl of the Alps
アルプスの少女ハイジ
Opening theme.
マジンガーZ
Mazinger Z
Mazinger Z
マジンガーZ
Opening theme.
ドラえもんのうた
Doraemon's Song
Doraemon
ドラえもん
Opening theme; Misato Watanabe style.
おどるポンポコリン
Odoru Ponpokorin
Chibi Maruko-chan
ちびまる子ちゃん
Opening theme.
Realize Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
機動戦士ガンダムSEED
4th opening theme.
ビバ★ロック
Viva ★ Rock
Naruto 3rd ending theme.
WILD CHALLENGER BoBoBo-Bo・ Bo-BoBo
ボボボーボ・ボーボボ
Opening theme.
DANZEN!ふたりはプリキュア
DANZEN! Futari wa Pretty Cure
Pretty Cure
ふたりはプリキュア
Opening theme.
ハッスル
Hustle
Kaiketsu Zorori
かいけつゾロリ
Opening theme.
チャレンジャー!!
Challenger!!
Pokémon: Advanced Generation
ポケットモンスター アドバンスジェネレーション
2nd opening theme.

Commerical/TV songs

Name(s) Source(s) Description
特捜戦隊デカレンジャー
Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
特捜戦隊デカレンジャー
Opening theme.
種のうた
Tane no Uta
Pikmin 2
ピクミン2
Commercial song.
愛のために。
Ai no Tame ni.
Ace o Nerae!
エースをねらえ!
Ending theme.
ラッキーチャチャチャ!
Lucky Cha Cha Cha!
Mini Moni's Brementown Musicians
ミニモニ。でブレーメンの音楽隊
Ending theme.
  • 蛍の光 (Auld Lang Syne) song can only be played at the end of a set in Challenge Mode.

American version

Game songs

Name(s) Source(s) Description
Donkey Konga 2 Theme Donkey Konga 2 Theme song.

Classical songs

Name(s) Description
Trepak
Habanera
Minute Waltz

Latin songs

Name(s) Description
La Bamba

Reggae songs

Name(s) Description
Boombastic

Dance/Electronica songs

Name(s) Description
Born Too Slow
High Roller
Contact

Rock/Pop songs

Name(s) Description
All Star
Losing My Religion
Shiny Happy People
Send the Pain Below
I Don't Want To Know
(If You Don't Want Me)
The Anthem
Come Clean
Pieces
Drive
Wish You Were Here
Trouble
It's Been a While
Road Trip
Sidewalks
Predictable
Headstrong

Hip-Hop/R&B songs

Name(s) Description
U Don't Have To Call
Rock The Boat
Why Don't We Fall In Love
Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)
Full Moon
No More Drama
Unpretty
  • Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye song can only be played at the end of a set in Challenge Mode.

European version

Classical songs

Name(s) Description
Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Havanaise
Trepak
William Tell Overture

Game songs

Name(s) Source(s) Description
Green Greens (Kirby) Kirby Super Smash Bros. Melee Track No. 12: Green Greens
Super Mario Bros. 3 Theme Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Smash Bros. Melee Track No. 30: Super Mario Bros. 3
Donkey Konga 2 Theme Donkey Konga 2 Theme song.
Pokémon Main Theme Pokémon Super Smash Bros. Melee Track No. 15: Pokémon Stadium
Mute City Theme (F-Zero) F-Zero Super Smash Bros. Melee Track No. 17: Mute City

Latin songs

Name(s) Description
La Bamba
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
La Cucaracha

Dance songs

Name(s) Description
Contact

Rock songs

Name(s) Description
Drive
Predictable
I Don't Want To Know
(If You Don't Want Me)
Mansize Rooster
Pumping on Your Stereo
I Just Wanna Live

Pop songs

Name(s) Description
All Star
I'm A Slave 4 U
Losing My Religion
Are You Ready For Love?
Trouble
Boombastic
Shiny Happy People
Sidewalks
Runaway Train
Don't Let Me Get Me
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Enjoy the Silence

Disco songs

Name(s) Description
Jungle Boogie
That's The Way (I Like It)
  • Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye song can only be played at the end of a set in Challenge Mode.

Reception

Donkey Konga 2 received mixed to positive reviews from gaming outlets. Critics generally praised the responsive and intuitive mechanics and the multiplayer modes, but criticized the odd western track lists, the poor quality of many of the cover songs and the general lack of addition to the formula.

References to other games

  • Donkey Kong - The screen for creating a new Memory Card save shows sprites from the original Donkey Kong, and one of the default bongo options is NES, which features a few re-recorded sound effects from the game. These features also appear in the first and third Konga titles. Additionally, the background of the Challenge menu shows construction girders, reminiscent of 25m.
  • Donkey Kong Country - The score dashboard of Battle mode has a banner based on the temple levels, with a Gnawty holding a torch.
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - In both the Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Konga franchises, Dixie appears in the second installment but does not appear in the first game. In Freestyle Zone, most of the character artwork that displays on-screen originates from this game, which includes the Kongs, Animal Friends, and enemies.
  • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! - Artwork of a few Brothers Bears and a Banana Bird appear in Freestyle Zone. Kiddy Kong and Banana Bird are one of the selectable badges after the player makes a top score on performing a song. Swanky Kong and Wrinkly Kong's badges and Freestyle Zone artwork are from their appearance in Donkey Kong Country 3.
  • Donkey Kong 64 - Banana Fairies reappear in the Street Performance mode, and a Banana Camera Film is the scoreboard banner in Street Performance and Challenge. In Freestyle Zone, a sound effect of either one of the five Kongs winning a Bonus Barrel mini-game plays after hitting a certain number of beats.
  • Donkey Konga - Donkey Konga 2 is the sequel to this game. The core gameplay and some modes (such as Street Performance) first appeared in this game.

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