Donkey Kong Country 2 Game Boy Advance
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  • Summary: The Donkey Kong Country series returns to the Game Boy Advance in a sequel that features Dixie Kong. She and Diddy Kong must team up to rescue Donkey Kong from the evil Kaptain K. Rool. You'll play as both Diddy and Dixie, and master their different attacks. Test your skills and beat the clock in Diddy's Dash, or race against your friends to see who's the fastest. You can play the game solo or challenge your friends in new bonus games such as Funky's Flights and Bag a Bug. Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. With its choice multiplayer extras in tow, this has to be considered one of the best SP games of all time. [Jan 2005, p.86]
  2. Luckily, the level design is fantastic, making every repeat through a level bearable, as many sections are just fun. Who doesn't love getting launched out of a barrel into the sky to swing from post to post while grabbing bananas only to land in a mine cart which travels the worst kept track in existence? Everything flows beautifully.
  3. The graphics, while suffering a slight sacrifice in the parallax shading, are nevertheless incredible for the GBA.
  4. But what's most remarkable is how much variety Rare squeezed into this game, mainly by liberally scattering minigames throughout the world.
  5. 80
    The challenges, environments, and cast of baddies are varied enough to prevent this game from ever seeming tedious. And, when you reach the final destination on a level, the amusing victory dance makes it all seem worthwhile.
  6. Even though it's almost ten years old it's still a brilliant platformer.
  7. Playing DKC 2 is the equivalent of going to a restaurant and only ordering the appetizer. Sure, it's something to eat but you're missing out on the filet Minot by chewing on cheese-covered tacos.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 8, 2011
    (SNES version, since there si't here on metacritic)
    Beautiful graphics, Beautiful Soundtrack, David Wise made all the soundtrack for this game
    and it is one of the best soundtracks for any video game ever. This may look like a biased review, but it's not. The game presents a fair amount of challenge as you proceed through the game, making it more and more difficult as you get in later stages of the game, you're given the challenge to grab the DK coins on each level and find all of the bonus rooms from the level to complete it 103% finding all the tokens will unveil the secret world which will take to a completely different ending. Masterpiece Expand
  2. ImranKahn
    Jul 3, 2004
    On super Nintendo this is a hard game to beat, i loved the game but i couldnt beat the Boss. This game is a hard and loving game. Cool and hard levels. Donkey Kong Country 2 is the best and challenge game that was created in life. Collapse
  3. Nov 15, 2011
    Im basically reviewing snes and gba here so bare that in mind.

    So, this game, this freakin game. Lets start with the graphics:
    stunning, think back to when snes games were all sprites and then wabam 3d sprites :O and i must say they looked good, i much prefered this style to early ps1 games (im looking at you ff7, you ugly game). it was groundbreaking and it looked beautiful.

    There are no words to describe the absolute epicness of David Wise's soundtrack. it is sooooooo so goood, and i still listen to it today. very memorable tunes, for me, more so then mario. Story:
    Well there really isnt a lot of depth to it, but it is completely unfair for me to mark it down for this. its a platformer its fun, and hey the characters are great and memorable so i guess it did, would it tried, well.

    Soooooo much fun, i can play this game for hours on end. it is the smoothest platformer known to man. its pure fun, well actually dkc 2 is on the challenging side towards the end, so it isnt all fun. but it can become boring quickly if the game doesnt become harder. the only thing i can think that could of been better is the copy paste of bosses, which i can deal with.

    Remember this game came out in the 90s so bare that in mind. Well in my opinion it set the boundary for future platformers, it is the what platformers strive to create and fail. it is "better then mario" i said it. sure mario is absolutely create too but for me dkc just feels much much nicer.

    score is around 9.7 the reason it didnt get the 0.3 is for a certain something it is missing but may or may not of been in the sequel.
  4. May 27, 2012
    Rare at its finest. This game is superb.
  5. Sep 3, 2012
    Like any of my other GBA reviews, it is really meant for the SNES version of this game, which is what I had and played. Don't get me wrong it is the same game, I just want it known I played the SNES version. I loved the Donkey Kong Country series, some of the best 3D platforming around. My favorite game of the series is the second one, for some reason its world is the funnest to hammer out and get all the extra goodies. As a kid I just loved this game, couldn't put it down. Nintendo did a great job with music and creating worlds that felt alive. This game is also challenging and can be done co-op with another friend, which is one great feature. Expand
  6. May 26, 2011
    A masterful portable classic of the SNES title. Boasting high challenge and great level design, you have to check this out if you don't own an SNES or Donkey Kong Country. Expand

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