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Release year: 1999 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Rare (Rareware)

Donkey Kong 64 (N64)

Donkey Kong 64 (AKA ドンキーコング 64 or Donkī Kongu 64) is a platform video game developed by Rareware and distributed by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 game console in 1999. It’s the successor to the famous Donkey Kong Country series for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Donkey Kong is famous for being one of the SNES’ greatest classics. It was the closest thing that the console had to a 3D platformer at the time. It had great gameplay, a wonderful cast of characters, and colorful graphics and sounds.

Donkey Kong 64 had a lot to live up to. And happily, the game manages to improve everything that made previous installments of the franchise great, while exploring and adding new features to make the game better.

Donkey Kong 64, for example, provides a bigger roster of characters with up to five playable Kongs, as opposed to previous titles which only provided the option of playing two. Each Kong had their own unique set of skills and special abilities that made them play differently from one another. This added a level of variety that was never before seen in past games.

Level design was still well done. It was the game’s first 3D installment and thankfully, the developers did well in giving levels the kind of balance between fun and difficulty that the series was known for.

Presentation is leaps and bounds better than previous installments. Donkey Kong 64 is, after all, the first full 3D entry in the entire series. It comes as no surprise that the graphics and visual designs are better than any previous installment could offer.

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The sound quality and track are all great. It still has that gleeful and cheerful vibe to it that appeals to the game’s target demographic of kids.

Playing as DK and friends through a 3D environment was truly a wonderful experience. The single player experience provided enough of a challenge without ruining the fun. Those who got tired of playing by themselves could always play with their friends in a multiplayer versus mode.

All in all, Donkey Kong 64 is another classic title on the Nintendo 64 that deserves a try from anyone lucky enough to have that opportunity.

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