Donkey Kong Land 2

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Donkey Kong Land 2
Donkey Kong Land 2 Coverart.jpg
North American box art
Developer(s) Rare
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Lee Schuneman
Composer(s) Grant Kirkhope
David Wise
Series Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Game Boy, 3DS Virtual Console
Release Game Boy
  • NA: September 23, 1996[1]
  • JP: November 23, 1996
  • EU: 1997
3DS Virtual Console
  • JP: April 16, 2014
  • PAL: October 23, 2014
  • NA: February 26, 2015
Genre(s) Platforming
Mode(s) Single-player

Donkey Kong Land 2, known in Japan as Donkey Kong Land (ドンキーコングランド Donkī Kongu Rando?), is a Game Boy game released in 1996. It is the sequel to the 1995 Game Boy hit, Donkey Kong Land and was produced by Rare and published by Nintendo. The game was later 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] Nintendojo gave the game 8.5 out of 10, concluding that it's "an extremely amusing adventure marred only by the annoying save system."[4] 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."[5]

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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. ^ Ross, Patrick. "Donkey Kong Land 2". Nintendojo. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ Freaer, Dave. "Donkey Kong Land 2". Nintendo Life. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 

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