DK King of Swing

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The correct title of this article is DK: King of Swing. The substitution or omission of the colon is because of technical restrictions.
DK: King of Swing
North American box art
Developer(s) Paon
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Atsushi Kaneko
Masataka Sato
Producer(s) Toshiharu Izuno
Tatsuya Watanabe
Iwao Horita
Composer(s) Takashi Kouga
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Release date(s)
  • EU February 4, 2005
  • JP May 19, 2005
  • NA September 19, 2005
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

DK: King of Swing, known in Japan as Burabura Donkey (ぶらぶらドンキー Burabura Donkī?), is a video game developed by Paon and published by Nintendo. It was released in Japan on May 19, 2005 and in North America on September 19, 2005. In the game, players swing around on pegs, in a way similar to Clu Clu Land. Scattered throughout levels, in addition to Peg Boards and Bananas, are Crystal Coconuts, Medals, Enemies, and Bonus Barrels.


Donkey Kong swings on an orange peg as an enemy flies by on the Tropical Treetops level.

In advance of the Jungle Jam Tournament, King K. Rool steals the competition's prize medals, and proclaims himself the jungle hero. In the game players control either Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong, and track down King K. Rool and the stolen medals. Diddy is only playable after all 24 medals are reclaimed. The game contains twenty regular levels and five boss levels, forming five worlds in total which the player must traverse. In Jungle Jam mode, players can play alone, against CPUs, or with three friends. There are five modes of play, including races, deathmatch, and a competition to break the most barrels. The eight playable characters include Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, Funky Kong, Wrinkly Kong, Kremling, King K. Rool, and Bubbles from Clu Clu Land.[citation needed]


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 72/100[4]
Metacritic 70/100[3]
Review scores
Publication Score B[2]
IGN 7.8/10[1]
Nintendo Power 8/10
Nintendo World Report 10/10[1]
X-Play GBA 2/5 stars

Although reviews for DK: King of Swing have been positive, the game has received some criticism. Many feel the cartoon-style graphics are a big step back from the 3D rendered graphics featured in the Donkey Kong Country series.[1] In addition, the game has been criticised for being short[citation needed] and at times repetitive.[1]


DK Jungle Climber is the sequel of DK: King of Swing. The game was announced at E3 2006 and makes use of the DS touch screen.


  1. ^ a b c d Craig Harris (2005-09-16). "DK: King of Swing - Game Boy Advance Review at IGN". Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  2. ^ Parish, Jeremy (2005-09-13). "DK: King of Swing (GBA) review". Retrieved 2005-09-13. 
  3. ^ "DK: King of Swing for Game Boy Advance Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". 2005-09-19. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  4. ^ "DK: King of Swing for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. 2005-09-19. Retrieved 2011-05-03.