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A version of this article originally posted in August of 2012.

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  • universaltofu - February 20, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    Remember that promotional video tape from Nintendo Power, oh my nineties.
  • talleyXIV - August 15, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    Why do you act like Donkey Kong 64 was a bad game? It was extremely well reviewed, fun as hell, and looked great. Yet I always read how much this site dislikes it... I think you guys have heard some strange things, because people love that game.
  • Divine Paladin - February 22, 2014 4:44 p.m.

    I loved it (finally beat/101% it last weekend after never coming close as a kid), but for some reason there IS a dedicated group that despises it. Personally, Banjo be damned, I think DK64 is the definitive Rare Collectathon. I've heard many complaints about how there were five characters instead of one or two more effective ones (a la Banjo), but even that I thoroughly enjoyed. I can agree with some complaints about how it never let you think too much, instead always giving you the answer in the form of a specific pad. Fuck Beaver Bother though. I've never come closer to breaking a controller in my life.
  • GarcianSmith - August 15, 2012 4:33 a.m.

    Donkey Kong Country 2 is by far my favourite game of the SNES generation. It still looks fantastic, plays amazingly and has THE best soundtrack. Fact. I play it every year, like a good book, just to remind myself how mind-bogglingly fun it is.
  • IceBlueKirby - August 14, 2012 7:36 p.m.

    I remember playing a demo of DKC back in the day and being impressed by the graphics, but not the gameplay for some reason. It took several years (mainly because I didn't have a SNES until 2001) for me to really appreciate DKC, and the character in general. Now the 4 DKC games as well as DK '94 rank among some of my favorite games. DK64 was probably my first real intro to the DK universe, but, as mentioned, the amount of collectibles was so insane that I got burnt out on the game long before I ever finished it.
  • shawksta - August 14, 2012 4:27 p.m.

    Collectathons get allot of smack but DK64 was one of the biggest, and was a major favorite game in my childhood and The final boss was one of the best final bosses in history. Why was King of Swing and Jungle Climber ignored? The major part so far was bringing back Lanky and having Tiny grow through puberty to make her different from her sister now we need something major, like a sequel to DK64 that won't be so Barren that Retro can possibly execute greatly. Also, Taj was f*cking Glorious, and im talking about N64 accent, DS remake ruined him
  • LBD_Nytetrayn - August 14, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    On the subject of identity: A "Junior" doesn't have to be the son of the original, does he? I thought it could still be used if it's a close part of the family (i.e. someone 12 generations down the line probably wouldn't qualify). I bring this up because I remember that James Bond Jr. was Bond's nephew, not his son. Hell of a thing to remember, I know, but that always stuck with me for some reason... perhaps because of the Donkey Kong thing coming shortly thereafter.
  • robotic-fiend - August 14, 2012 2:49 p.m.

    Donkey Kong '94 is where he got his tie, not Donkey Kong Country.
  • LBD_Nytetrayn - August 14, 2012 4:20 p.m.

    Indeed, how does one overlook that gem of a game?
  • GR_HenryGilbert - August 14, 2012 6:04 p.m.

    I touch on the Game Boy Donkey Kong in the first Country slide, but for brevity's sake I don't delve into it to focus more on games that reflect the character's progress. But believe me when I say that DK94 is one of my favorite games of all time.
  • alecbeals - August 14, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    Nice article, DK is one of those things I wasn't old enough to appreciate beyond the GBA games but always loved.
  • classichomer - August 14, 2012 2 p.m.

    Cool article Hank, but not love for King of Swing or Jungle Climber?

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