Donkey Kong Land 2

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Donkey Kong Land 2
Donkey Kong Land 2 Coverart.jpg
North American box art
Designer(s)Lee Schuneman
Composer(s)Grant Kirkhope[a]
SeriesDonkey Kong
Platform(s)Game Boy
  • NA: September 23, 1996[1]
  • JP: November 23, 1996
  • EU: November 28, 1996

Donkey Kong Land 2[b] is a Game Boy game released in 1996. It is the sequel to the 1995 Game Boy game Donkey Kong Land and was developed by Rare and published by Nintendo. The game was followed by Donkey Kong Land III, which was released in 1997. It was enhanced for the Super Game Boy with different shades of color, as well as a 16-bit banana border on the edges of the television screen. Like the original Donkey Kong Land, it came packaged in a banana-yellow cartridge.


Nintendo Power described the game as a conversion from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. The game also uses special features when paired with the Super Game Boy.[2]


Donkey Kong Land 2 stars Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong in their conquest to rescue Donkey Kong from Kaptain K. Rool and the Kremling Krew. While its stage names are borrowed from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (except for Castle Crush, which became Dungeon Danger; and Haunted Hall, which became Krazy Koaster), the level designs are brand new.[citation needed]

Donkey Kong Land 2 had the same storyline from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. The manual contains a simplified version of the story from its SNES counterpart - K. Rool has kidnapped Donkey Kong and is at Crocodile Isle, and it's up to Diddy and Dixie to save him.[citation needed]


Donkey Kong Land 2 received a 79.00% at GameRankings based on five reviews.[3] Nintendo Power praised the gameplay and graphics but criticized the similarities between the levels and those of Donkey Kong Country 2.[2] GamePro's brief review concluded, "The 42 stages of side-scrolling action, hidden areas, bouncy music, and exceptional Game Boy graphics make this the best handheld game of the year."[4]

Nintendojo gave the game 8.5 out of 10, concluding that it's "an extremely amusing adventure marred only by the annoying save system."[5] Nintendo Life gave the Virtual Console re-release a 7 out of 10, praising the amount of content Rare managed to cram into the game but criticizing it for being "a bit too similar to Diddy's SNES outing."[6]

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  1. ^ "Nintendo - Customer Service / Game List". Retrieved August 10, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Now Playing". Nintendo Power. No. 88. September 1996. p. 94.
  3. ^ "Donkey Kong Land 2". GameRankings. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  4. ^ "Donkey Kong Land 2: Diddy Kong's Quest". GamePro. No. 100. IDG. January 1997. p. 44.
  5. ^ Ross, Patrick. "Donkey Kong Land 2". Nintendojo. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  6. ^ Frear, Dave (October 24, 2014). "Donkey Kong Land 2". Nintendo Life. Retrieved November 22, 2015.


  1. ^ The soundtrack is an 8-bit conversion of the Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest music, composed by David Wise.
  2. ^ Released in Japan as Donkey Kong Land (ドンキーコングランド, Donkī Kongu Rando)

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