Donkey Konga

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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A fun party game for Nintendo GameCube!

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a great choice for families looking for titles that promote social gaming. It has the added benefit of requiring kids to be physical while they play (they drum on bongos and clap). However, to make this game work, you will need to invest in additional DK Bongo controllers that cost $29.99 each because the game only provides one set of controllers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 10, 14, and 18+-year-old Written bySystemOfANintendo January 5, 2011

Fun game!

This isn't the best GameCube game ever, but it's still very fun. Good for the whole family.
Teen, 14 years old Written byshowcritic2000 April 18, 2012


okay for kids 13 and up, pause for kids 10-12, and OFF for kids 2-6.

What's it about?

DONKEY KONGA for Nintendo GameCube will have kids laughing and cheering as they play bongos and clap their hands to the sounds of popular rock music. It's most fun when played with DK Bongos, a special drum controller that has sensors in the left and right drums and a microphone that can pick up kids clapping. The game includes one DK Bongos controller; additional bongos cost $29.99 each. At least three or four controllers are recommended when playing in a party setting.

To play the game, which features popular gorilla character Donkey Kong, teens memorize symbols that represent left and right drumming and clapping actions. When these symbols scroll across the screen, kids try to perform the actions assigned to the symbols. Players work their way through more than 30 songs as they explore the game's five modes of play. They can drum to earn coins, practice accuracy, play Mini games, battle against another player, or simply jam with up to four other players.

Is it any good?

Teen testers couldn't get enough of this game. They liked the wide selection of popular music and the multiple levels of difficulty. They enjoyed being able to compete or cooperate to make music.

Donkey Konga is similar in game play to Dance, Dance Revolution, but it's easier to play. While you can play Donkey Konga using standard game controllers, our testers said they wouldn't recommend it. This is a great party game if you are willing to invest in the extra DK Bongos.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite way to play -- competing or cooperating to make music? Why do you feel that way?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo GameCube
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: November 9, 2004
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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