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  • Summary: Join Donkey and Diddy Kong as they drum their way through both old and new hits. With the new DK Bongo drum controller, you can drum and clap through this musical adventure. The game features songs that range from kids' medleys to classical and pop music. Connect up to four DK Bongo controllers for single-player jam sessions or multiplayer matches. Only you can help Donkey and Diddy realize their dream of becoming famous, earning money, and buying all the bananas they could ever want. Expand
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  1. Positive: 35 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. Donkey Konga is fun. It is a surreal kind of fun that you can't have in an arcade...This is the solidest, sturdiest, most accessible rhythm-game-that-requires-a-special-controller to yet be released. [JPN Import]
  2. Frighteningly entertaining and remarkable in multiplayer. [JPN Import; NGC]
  3. An excellent party game - one that surprises even the most reluctant to play a video game of any sort. [Nov 2004, p.128]
  4. Some of the tracks in the game are troublesome and the graphics look like they're straight out of 1997, but honestly, what are you going to spend your fifty bucks on? "Pokemon Colosseum"? Yea, I didn't think so.
  5. What it does do is entertain in short bursts. It's an excellent alternative to the usual plethora of action games and certainly makes an interesting party starter.
  6. It's frustrating to find the overall Donkey Konga experience restrained by some basic flaws in the design of the game; the fact that a group of you can't really enjoy it unless you've got multiple bongos is just crazy.
  7. The gameplay is engaging but isn't really challenging over time, and the music selection could've been a little more varied, not to mention plentiful. However, there is fun to be had.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. FrankM.
    Jan 21, 2004
    Best Game ever. If it was in English it would be PERFECT.
  2. Aug 12, 2012
    I consider a good game a game that accomplishes what it sets out to do. This method of scoring doesn't work when their goal is to make money, but in this case, Donkey Konga wants to be a music sheet simulator for the drum peripherals that are necessary to play the game. And in that case, this game is perfect. The controls work perfectly and there's even a few fan service songs like the Pokemon theme song. In short, the only question you need to ask yourself to know if you want to play this game is: Do I think I (or whomever you're buying this for if you are getting this as a gift) like playing with bongos? Expand
  3. SallyC.
    Apr 17, 2004
    When you have four players, it's absolutely fantastic! You have to try this. Yes, there are not a thousand songs, but don't let that stop you. Collapse
  4. DavidM.
    Oct 29, 2004
    As a pro drummer I must say this game is challenging! It is a great tool to teach someone some basics of bongo drumming or drumming in general. My kids love it and my nephew who wants to be a drummer loves it as we bought one for him for his birthday!! Nintendo out did themselves with this one!! Expand
  5. JoshH.
    Jun 15, 2005
    Gr8 game to play especially with m8s around u. Gr8fun only europe side the song list is crap. oh well still amzing fun.
  6. Ryan
    Jan 8, 2005
    The only downfall is the weak song list. theres only 33 songs, and after awhilethey get a bit repetitive. but the beginning moments of this game are the most memorable. dont expect to come back forever, but expect frequent updates stateside. Expand
  7. Myamoto
    Mar 9, 2004
    Very boring...

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