Donkey Kong Land
|Donkey Kong Land|
North American box art
Donkey Kong Land is a video game developed by Rareware and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy. This game was first released in June, 1995. The game is a follow-up to the original Donkey Kong Country. The game was later followed by two sequels: Donkey Kong Land 2 and Donkey Kong Land III. However, Donkey Kong Land III had a Game Boy Color remake exclusive to Japan. Most of the game's music and sound effects were reused in the Game Boy Color remake of Donkey Kong Country and its sequels.
Cranky Kong, jealous of all the success Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have had from Donkey Kong Country, states that their first adventure was such a big hit because of the elaborate graphics and sound. He challenges that they'd never cut it on an 8-bit system, and then proceeds to get King K. Rool to steal the Banana Hoard once again. King K. Rool agrees with Cranky and steals the bananas from the Banana Hoard again.
There are several gameplay mechanics that were changed to better suit the Game Boy. Only one Kong was displayed at one time, while the second one teleports out when the other gets hit by an enemy or by pressing the SELECT button. There are four worlds in Donkey Kong Land, all newer than DK Country's, but including some of the same level archetypes as seen in Donkey Kong Country. They all took place on and off the coast of Donkey Kong Island.
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- Electronic Gaming Monthly's Buyer's Guide. 1996.
- Official Nintendo Japan Super Donkey Kong GB site
- Donkey Kong Land at MobyGames
- Donkey Kong Land at NinDB
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