DK Bongos

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Bongo Controller
Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Controller

DK Bongos (DOL-021) are bongo-like controllers intended for use with certain Donkey Kong video games for the Nintendo GameCube. The DK Bongos are a pair of bongos, both shaped like a classic Donkey Kong barrel with a rubber drumskin fastened on top. The controller also has a built-in microphone to detect clapping.

In Japan, the controller is called the "TaruKonga" (or "TaruConga") controller. The name is a multilayered pun, combining "Taru" (the Japanese word for "barrel"), "Kon" or "Con" (a suffix used by Namco when naming their original peripherals, such as the "GunCon", or the "TaTaCon"), Konga (or Conga), as well as "Kong" from Donkey Kong.

The DK Bongos are featured in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as Donkey Kong's Final Smash attack, the "Konga Beat".

Although it is only intended for use with particular games, it is compatible with all GameCube games, as well as Wii and Wii U games that are compatible with the GameCube controller; the left drum acts as the A Button and the right drum acts as the B Button.



Note that the DK Bongos are incompatible with Jungle Beat‍ '​s New Play Control! re-release for the Wii.


Two Wii titles were initially designed to support the DK Bongos. Such support, however, was removed due to Nintendo wishing to avoid alienating Wii gamers who did not own the peripheral:[1]


  1. ^ Whincup, Nathan (2008-06-15). "News: DK Bongos Axed, Plattchen Gets New Mode". N-Europe. Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2008-06-16. [dead link]