Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. The game excels in practically every department, and while it may only take a couple of hours to complete, it's filled with replay value.
  2. 90
    Lots of places to go, lots of enemies to see. The bosses are a joy to battle, and you ought to take a great deal away from these enormously fun interactions.
  3. It’s basically old school Donkey Kong. What more do you want?
  4. This title is a great addition to anyone's Wii library, especially those who missed out on it the first time around.
  5. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat becomes in this New Play Control! rendition a more conventional, but still frenzied and amusing, and somehow "new", 2D platformer: even those who played the original will be able to appreciate it.
  6. 84
    The amazing graphical presentation -- great for four years ago and still great by Wii standards today -- holds up beautifully. And best of all, the engaging level designs will still suck you in and the combo system will keep you coming back for more.
  7. If you never got a chance to check out the original DKJB, then you should definitely play NPC! DKJB. However, longtime fans of the bongo smashing original may have issues adjusting to this new version, or may even find that they miss their old peripherals while playing.
  8. When stood on its own, NPC! DK JB is great, and one of the best platformers for the Wii I've yet played. If you missed out on it the first time around or hated the bongo controls, I implore you to go out and pick it up so that you can experience this strange and wonderful game.
  9. If you never caught the original, then this is almost a must-have. It's stuffed with charm and clever ideas like the score-maxing hint sections displayed upon level-completion. In fact, this is classic platforming with the added bonus of individuality and innovation.
  10. 80
    Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat was an instant classic when it arrived on the GameCube and now, complete with its impressive new control scheme and welcomed extras, it shines bright amongst a plethora of average Wii titles.
  11. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat was released in 2004 for the Nintendo Gamecube. Although it garnered favorable reviews it sold poorly. Now, with the advent of porting Gamecube titles to the Wii with new controls under the "New Play Control" moniker, gamers everywhere once again get the opportunity to enjoy the game. Though it might be a rehash of an old title we can't hold it against such a fun and entertaining experience perfectly suited for the Wii audience.
  12. New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is a solid Nintendo title that I would recommend to Donkey Kong fans and newcomers alike.
  13. Even minus bongos Beat is too good a core experience to criticise. [Aug 2009, p.66]
  14. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat on the Wii is a fantastic reappearance of a fantastic original.
  15. 80
    It's a fine game to play with Remote and Nunchuk, with some level segments changed to accommodate them, but at points you can really tell the game was intended for more tactile controls.
  16. Despite the absence of the bongos, this Wii version of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is fun, charming and will sure give you the most interesting bang for your buck on a Wii game. Instead of buying crappy third party compilation games, add this one to your Wii collection…yes even if you’re still playing with the GameCube version.
  17. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is a good chance to play the original game with new control. It has exclusive content like new minigames and secret stages to discover. The game has a great addition but it is a little short in fact. One of the best platformers for the Wii.
  18. If it was much longer it'd be the best Donkey Kong game ever. Great while it lasts, but way too short! [July 2009, p.82]
  19. The latest Donkey Kong is by far one of the best games for the Nintendo Wii platform, with tons of gameplay styles, secrets and a very particular use of its sense of humour that put a smile in your face. Its a meaningful example of the use of the remote to combine jumps and action. If you're looking for something fun, don't think it twice; this's your best chance.
  20. Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat is still a creative and swinging platform fest with a great point system. To bad Nintendo saw it necessary to add and change some stuff to the game that in some cases ruins the experience. The original was better but anyone who didn’t get the chance to play this game back in the day is going to have a blast in this colorful platformer.
  21. 74
    The game is a nice GameCube port and definitely worth its money (only 30 euro's). The controls are good and Donkey Kong lovers will recognize a lot of cool old stuff while playing!
  22. A very good platformer, that's the best description we can give you about Jungle Beat. The level design is superb and fits the combo-making gameplay perfectly. Even on the graphical side the game doesn't fail to impress. However, the experience is very short and lacks the very entertaining Bongo controller that made the Gamecube version so much fun.
  23. It has more new content than any other New Play Control! game but this is still inferior to the original.
  24. A really good platformer that sadly somewhere on the way lost some of it's original identity. The wiimotes does not really replace the drums as well as you'd hope, but the overall design and gameplay is still appealing and satisfying.
  25. Still a good game, but it’s lacking a lot of the charm of its original outing without the bongos.
  26. Yet despite its innovation, the game gets old quickly and simply doesn't have enough depth to warrant much replay, turning the once-proud ape into just another goofy monkey.
  27. The new Play Control version has no rhythm and no soul. Resolute players should somehow try to find the GameCube edition.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 30, 2012
    I haven't played the Gamecube version but the wii version is great. The best thing about this game are the controls and gameplay. Combo's also add a strategic element to this game. The boss battles are also great with the bananas you collected being your life bar. Full Review »
  2. Jun 28, 2012
    Good as any other DK game, this one has a different style but it's a very rewarding and engaging game. Level design is superb and will keep you coming back for better scores, boss fights are also much fun. Full Review »
  3. Aug 23, 2010
    While it's certainly a lot of fun, I even would claim it as a '2D Mario Galaxy', it has several annoying flaws, and after re-thinking said claim, I realised how perfect Mario's 3D outings where, compared to this. It is however a very good, and downright fun Wii game, with some technically brilliant level design, and some graphics worthy of the Wii. If it were not for some flaws, we could have had the '2D Mario Galaxy' that the Wii really needs. Full Review »