Donkey Kong Country RPG
Developer(s) Popple Co.
Publisher(s) Nin10
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Genre(s) RPG, Platform
Release Date(s) 25px-Flag of Japan February 3rd, 2015
25px-Flag of USA February 10th, 2015
25px-Flag of Europe TBA 2015
25px-Flag of Australia TBA 2015
Mode(s) 1 Player
Age Rating(s) ERating  3Rating  USK6  OFLC-G  CERO A
Media Included Nintendo 3DS Cartridge, Digital on Nintendo eShop

Donkey Kong Country RPG is a title for the Nintendo 3DS in the Donkey Kong Country franchise. It is noted for being the first game in the series to have King K. Rool as a playable character. It also marks the reintroduction of K. Rool and Lanky Kong into the franchise. It is the first RPG in the bigger Donkey Kong universe, and as a result the first RPG to feature Donkey Kong characters.


Prologue - The Wrath of Sapientum

Donkey Kong is woken up to the sound of Cranky Kong yelling. It is revealed that King K. Rool has stolen DK's banana hoard, and he needs to get it back. With Diddy Kong in tow, Donkey Kong gives chase to K. Rool. Although King K. Rool leaves various traps for them, DK and Diddy manage to catch up to him in an ancient Banana Temple, and K. Rool engages them in battle. Although DK and Diddy defeat him, K. Rool tries to sneak away by firing a hole in the wall with his blunderbuss. However, the wall leads to a treasure chest locked shut by a magical lock. K. Rool, being the greedy crocodile that he is, destroys the lock with his blunderbuss. To his surprise, he is knocked into the distance by an ancient demon residing in the chest; Sapientum. Sapientum then proceeds to imprison DK and Diddy in barrels, and sends them flying into the distance. DK manages to break the top of the barrel in midair, and can only watch as Sapientum envelops his island in a black shroud...

Mt. Molasses

Donkey Kong wakes up on an island full of Gnawties, who are gathered around him. They decide to nurse him back to health, and Donkey Kong becomes a protector to the Gnawties. However, one day an evil Gnawty by the name of Moleschief arrives. He declares himself King of the Gnawties, and promptly proceeds to send one of his minions to fight DK. Donkey Kong easily defeats the Bad Gnawties, and Moleschief is frustrated with his loss. However, he decides that DK challenge him atop the nearby Mt. Molasses; the tallest mountain in the island system. He then kidnaps the citezens of the town and carries them to the top of the mountain. DK sprints off after him.

As DK climbs the mountain, he eventually approaches a tall cliff that he can't climb. As a result, he attempts to backtrack and find another way. But the river washes away the path DK is standing on and he ends up near another part of the mountain. There is finds a barrel with a blue "DD" on it. He promptly breaks the barrel, revealing Diddy Kong inside. Diddy is very relieved to find DK, and tells him that he was trapped in the barrel ever since Sapientum threw him away. DK tells Diddy of Moleschief and Diddy agrees to help. They then venture off into the nearby jungle.

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong eventually reach the cliff once more, however this time Diddy uses his rocketbarrels to boost him up into the air, and the Kongs continue scaling the mountain. They eventually reach a large bird's nest, where they find a giant Necky guarding the upper parts of the mountain. DK and Diddy are forced to engage it in battle. Once it is defeated, DK and Diddy continue scaling the mountain.

Eventually they reach a long pathway that winds up to the top of the mountain. Moleschief sees them and panics, and as a result begins throwing rocks at them, Donkey Kong jumps over the rocks, and eventually gets up to Moleschief. Moleschief finally battles the Kongs, and is not willing to go down easily! Moleschief is defeated and falls off the mountain. He drops a Golden Banana, but DK and Diddy don't see it until after they free the citezens. The citezens thank DK, who then sees the Golden Banana and picks it up. It teleports him and Diddy away from the island.

Donkey Kong Island (2)

Glazed Glacier

Snowmad Barracks

Sunken Shore

Tiki Volcano

Davey Jones' Locker

Scaffolding City

Donkey Kong Island (Final)

The Center of the Universe


This game features a style of gameplay blending the classic Donkey Kong Country gameplay (though the plain resembles Donkey Kong 64) with RPG elements thrown in, such as a battle system and experience points. On the overworld, Donkey Kong can slap the ground, just like in his games. He also can collect Banana Coins to use as currency throughout the game. There are also Banana Points, which allow the Kongs to use special moves. Each time you level up, you get three more Banana Points.

Leveling Up

After an enemy is defeated, it drops experience points, which take the form of Bananas. The bananas are piled next to a tree, and when the bananas reach the top of the tree that character levels up. Every few level ups, a character gets a new ability.


In battle, there are two characters out at once. Different combinations of characters can do different special moves. There is a system called PP (Partner Points), that prevent you from using the Partner Moves too often. A table is below of all possible Partner Moves.

DKBarrelDKCR DD Barrel DixieBarrel LankyBarrel KRoolBarrel
DKBarrelDKCR Not Possible Kong Roll Kong Quake Kong Whip Kong Ball
DD Barrel Kong Roll Not Possible Gumnut Gun Rocketbarrel Trap Diddy-pault
DixieBarrel Kong Quake Gumnut Gun Not Possible Coconut Barrage Kremling Qwake
LankyBarrel Kong Whip Rocketbarrel Trap Coconut Barrage Not Possible Blunder-Whip
KRoolBarrel Kong Ball Diddy-pault Kremling Kwake Blunder-Whip Not Possible


Party Members

Name Image Description Abilities Joins Party In Icon
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongSSB4 Donkey Kong is the first Party Member of the game, and one of the defenders of Donkey Kong Island. He is the strongest of the characters, and the second-heaviest. 
  • In Battle - Donkey Kong attacks with his fists and can also throw barrels at opponents.
  • Overworld - Donkey Kong is the only character who can pick up Barrels, and he can move them to various places. 
Beginning of game. DKBarrelDKCR
Diddy Kong Diddy Kong SSB4 Diddy Kong is the second party member of the game. He is Donkey Kong's best friend and nephew, and fellow defender of Donkey Kong Island. He is the weakest character in the game with physical moves, but has a projectile.
  • In Battle - Diddy can use his Peanut Popguns and Rocketbarrels as ways to attack enemies.
  • Overworld - Diddy Kong can use his Rocketbarrels to rise into the air.

Beginning of game. (Initially)

Mt. Molasses (final)

DD Barrel
Dixie Kong 140px-Dixie Kong - Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Dixie Kong is Diddy Kong's girlfriend and the only female member of the party. She is the 2nd-weakest character offensively, but has incredible defense.
  • In Battle - Dixie uses her Ponytail in battle, as a means of offense and defense. She also can use fruit to heal her fellow party member.
  • Overworld - Dixie Kong can use her Ponytail to gain a second jump, and is also the lightest of the characters.
Snowmad Barracks DixieBarrel
Lanky Kong Lanky Kong Lanky Kong is an oraungutan friend of the Kongs. He is the most well-rounded character of all the party members. He has extraordinary reach, and often uses this to his advantage.
  • In Battle - Lanky Kong can use his arms as a whip, or as a way of grabbing opponents. He also can handstand to avoid attacks.
  • Overworld - Lanky can use his arms to press switches across long gaps. He also can handstand to avoid obstacles.
Sunken Shore LankyBarrel
King K. Rool KRoolSMKAS King K. Rool is the arch-nemesis of Donkey Kong, and the leader of the Kremling Krew. A crazy crocodillian king who enjoys taking on different aliases, K. Rool and DK always clash whenever K. Rool steals the banana hoard. He is responsible for the game's events occuring. He is the game's heaviest character, and arms a blunderbuss.
  • In Battle - King K. Rool wields a blunderbuss in battle, and also can't be moved back by enemy attacks.
  • Overworld - King K. Rool, being the heaviest character, can weigh down various switches. He also can blow holes in the wall with his blunderbuss.
Davey Jones' Locker KRoolBarrel

Important Non-Playable Characters

Name Image Description Role
Cranky Kong CrankyKong Cranky Kong is Donkey Kong's grumpy father who is the patriarch of the Kong family. Cranky appears at the beginning of the game to tell DK his banana hoard has been stolen.  Gives tutorials on each new party member.
Funky Kong Funky Kong Brawl Funky Kong is Donkey's Kong's younger brother, and an ally to him. Funky doesn't like adventuring, and mostly flies around the islands in his plane. Found with his plane landed in major areas, sells items to the party.
Kalypso Kalypso Kalypso is King K. Rool's current wife (as his first wife passed away between the events of DKC3 and DK64, somewhat parallel to Wrinkly Kong). She appears after K. Rool has joined the party, in which she will give each of the party members another ability. Although she is sassy, she is shown to really love K. Rool. Gives each party member a new ability to use.
Candy Kong 174px-Candykong Candy Kong is Donkey Kong's girlfriend, and a very talented Kong. In this game, she hosts a slew of minigames to allow the Kongs to earn Banana Coins. Hosts minigames.
Professor Chops TutorialPig Professor Chops is a pig who lives on Donkey Kong Island. She plays an important role as the manager of the save points. Runs save points.


Name Image Description Area Fought Abilities
Tiki Tong 120px-Tiki Tong Tiki Tong is the leader of the TIki Tak Tribe, and an underling to Sapientum. The godlike Tiki was revived from when he was crushed by the moon by Sapientum. Tiki Volcano Tiki Tong can use his hands to hit the party members, as well as his hypnotic abilities.
Lord Fredrik LordFredrik Lord Fredrik, bitter over his failed attempt to freeze DK Island, joins Sapientum as he is eager for revenge. He now is twice the size he was when we last saw him, and uses this to his advantage. Snowmad Barracks Lord Fredrik can use his Blizztrament to freeze opponents, and well as fire his minions from his Blizztrament.


See: Donkey Kong Country RPG/Movesets

Each character has their own select moveset they can use. 


See: Donkey Kong Country RPG/Items

There are multiple items in the game that characters can use to heal themselves, hurt opponents, and various things to use in battle.

Enemies and Bosses

See: Donkey Kong Country RPG/Enemies and Bosses

There are many different enemies and bosses that the party fights.


  • This is the first canonical appearence of King K. Rool in the Donkey Kong franchise since DK: Jungle Climber in 2007.
  • This is the first game with the Donkey Kong Country title to have King K. Rool appear with his original king outfit since Donkey Kong Country, rather than an alternate persona.
    • However he does adopt his Kaptain K. Rool persona when he is encountered in Davey Jones' Locker.
  • This is the second Donkey Kong game featuring the characters on a 3D plane, the first being Donkey Kong 64 in 1999.
  • This is first time Kalypso has appeared in a non-spinoff game. This game also reveals that Kalypso is K. Rool's wife, and is effectively Queen K. Rool.


  • Donkey Kong - Scaffolding City is based off of this game. Donkey Kong debuted in this game, and Jumpman appears as a boss. Also, on Mt. Molasses the part where Moleschief throws rocks at DK on the final stretch is a reference to this game.
  • Donkey Kong Jr. - The vines from Donkey Kong Jr. appear during the Jumpman chase leading up to his boss fight atop the highest skyscraper.
  • Joy Mech Fight - In an room in Snowmad Barracks, a Tuck is shown playing the game on an emulator. Dixie Kong promptly scolds him for pirating the game. Sukapon also appears on a poster in the back of Funky's Shop on Mt. Molasses.
  • Donkey Kong Country - Diddy Kong, King K. Rool, The Kremlings, Funky Kong, Cranky Kong, and Candy Kong (who all debuted in this game) appear in the game. The opening of the game is a reference to the entirety of Donkey Kong Country, featuring all the worlds that appeared in the game (excluding Gangplank Galleon). Gangplank Galleon makes as a shipwreck in Davey Jones' Locker. Rambi the Rhinoceros, Enguarde the Swordfish, and Squawks the Parrot all appear as items. The goal of this game is similar to the one in DKCRPG, which is collect all the Golden Bananas and take down a villain.
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - Dixie Kong (who debuted in this game) appears as a playable character. King K. Rool also briefly adopts his Kaptain K. Rool persona from this game, and well as sharing his theme music with his in this game. Squitter the Spider also appears as an item. 
  • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble - King K. Rool's wife, who is mentioned in a throwaway remark in that game, is now revealed to have actually existed and passed away between the events of this game and Donkey Kong 64. Parry the Parallel Bird also appears as an item.
  • Donkey Kong 64 - Lanky Kong, who debuted in this game, is a playable character. A large amount of the weaponry and equipment that the Kongs use comes from this game. Orange Grenades appear as an item. 
  • Donkey Konga - The moves that Kalypso teaches the Kongs all revolve around the bongos, which were first bought into the continuity in this game.
  • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat - Some of Donkey Kong's abilities come from this game.
  • DK: King of Swing - When the building is collapsing in Scaffolding City, the way Donkey Kong has to climb down from the building is a reference to this game.
  • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast - Kalypso and Kludge, who first appeared in this game, appear as NPCs. K. Rool's barrel vehicle in Davey Jones' Locker is a reference to this game.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns - Tiki Tong, Professor Chops, and the Tiki Tak Tribe all appear. The world Tiki Volcano is based off of the final world of this game.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Lord Fredrik and the Snowmads all appear in this game. Snowmad Barracks is based off the final world of this game.


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