Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
North American box art for GameCube.
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube platform icon
Accessory(ies) Accessory icon - DK Bongo - Green
Genre(s) Platform

04ESRB - E 10+  02PEGI 7  01CERO A  02Australian Classification Board - PG

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Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat (JP) is a game for the Nintendo GameCube that was released in March 2005. It is one of the few games to use the DK Bongos, and is the only one to take it to either an action, or platformer game, with the others either being music or racing. In the game, you take control of Donkey Kong by drumming on the bongos, and clapping with your hands.

This was the first game created by Nintendo EAD Tokyo, and was sadly a sleeper hit. Their next game, Super Mario Galaxy, was much more successful.


As it did in the past, Donkey Kong will have to do a new adventure by gathering more bananas and drowning the wicked King Gorilla emerging on the jungle's fate in a series of clashes.


The game is divided into four worlds (plus a final level) and each game world is divided into three distinct platform sections, the third of which ends with the boss of the world, for a total of thirteen levels. Donkey Kong jumps, runs, climbs, swims and fights brazenly and frantically in a glowing color environment.

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat uses essentially few but immediate commands: knocking your hand on the right or left bongo will go in the same direction, hitting both of them the gorilla will jump, while a beat of hands will stand up or be tied to a series of specials events. Although the DK Bongos let you think, Jungle Beat is not a real musical game, since the soundtrack does not act or is involved in the action of our hero.

In the Wii version you move with the Nunchuck analogue lever, jump with the A button, you bend with B, and knock your hands at Donkey Kong with a jolt given to the Wii Remote or the Nunchuck. Unlike the Gamecube version, the effect of the beat of hands only affects the direction in which Donkey Kong is turned and not all around. In addition, the system of health and life has been altered, which is no longer guaranteed by the number of beats on the bongos but by the hearts that can be collected during the adventure, for a maximum of three. The Wii version is not compatible with the DK Bongos, but the display has been added to 16:9.

Donkey Kong's moves

  • Once you clap your hands, DK will do so with his. This will cause enemies to be knocked over, or effect other items around the level as well.
  • Hit the left bongo to go left, and while attacking and enemy it will hurt it.
  • Hit the right bongo to go right, and while attacking and enemy it will hurt it.



The four main bosses in the game.

Other appearances

Rumble Falls, a stage found in Jungle Beat, is featured in the Wii video game Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a scrolling stage. Mulitple stickers, trophies, and CD's are also featured in the game that are based around Jungle Beat in one way or another


Main article: New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.