The sparse menus aren't up to Nintendo's usual standard and the game is lacking in an abundance of minigames, but with a storming collection of songs covered and fun and challenging gameplay, Donkey Konga 2 is perhaps the best party game ever. [NGC Pocket]
The decision to toss videogame themes and classic oldies songs for a bunch of forgettable rock/pop and hip-hop tunes marks a bad move on the part of Nintendo. Yes, it's cool that Nintendo has tried to appeal to a mass audience, but it can't forget its fanbase either.
With a much smoother front end and far more relaxing, sedentary backdrops in-game, visually, the game seems crisper and more vibrant with the overall quality of presentation a step up from the original. [JPN Import]
It may not go above and beyond the original, but at least it's another game that uses those wacky bongos. If you can stomach the abrupt change in playlists from the first to the second game you might want to give DK2 a slap, pop and clap.
It annoys me that Nintendo didn't really do anything catchy to appeal to non believers. Because of this, the game feels very sub-standard, and the song list is atrocious. For hardcore fans only, I'm afraid.