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Donkey Konga

WezoinWezoin Registered User regular
edited January 2007 in Games and Technology
Donkey Konga sounds pretty sweet, especially since I'm new to the world of GameCube and have never tried a Konga compatible game. Due to living in Canada I was left out of that Jungle Beat + extra drums for $10 deal, and Jungle Beat still costs $65 here without the extra drums.

Donkey Konga, on the other hand, is $19.99 at futureshop, I figured I'd buy two copies so I could have 2 sets of kongas.

Is it good? or would the money be better spent on Jungle Beat?

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  • Mai-KeroMai-Kero Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    The jungle beat thing was so dumb. I got it, but I can't use the second pair of bongos because Jungle Beat isn't multi player.

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  • Iz-GOodIz-GOod Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    If it makes you feel better, I had tried to get the Game+Bongos deal for 10$ and the guy at EB told me it was the game without the bongos that was on special.

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  • WezoinWezoin Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Iz-GOod wrote:
    If it makes you feel better, I had tried to get the Game+Bongos deal for 10$ and the guy at EB told me it was the game without the bongos that was on special.

    Ok, that makes me feel a bit better, anyway, worht it then I take it?

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  • MasumeMasume Creator Caprica, FloridaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Donka Konga 2 with the bongos is a ton of fun, me and the wife love that game. I picked up the Bongos on clearance at TRU for $7, and Konga 2 for $10, so you can get them pretty cheap.

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  • WezoinWezoin Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Anyone know if EBGames ships to Canada?

    They've got the bongos for $5 each, and they've got Jungle Beat + 2 bongos for $15

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  • LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Wezoin wrote:
    Jungle Beat + 2 bongos for $15
    bargain of the century

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  • thegloamingthegloaming Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    So do these games actually improve one's sense of rhythm over time?

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  • AlphaTwoAlphaTwo Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Better question: Where can I get Donkey Konga 2 (JPN)? Play-Asia is out, so is eBay.

    Suggestions?

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  • The_DcipleThe_Dciple Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Terrible, terrible rhythm game.

    I'm no graphics whore but the graphics are laughably basic; somewhat low resolution sprites with a few frames of animation. Along with that it's packed with just an atrocious soundtrack. Sure, you get to play maybe two or three Nintendo songs, but that's pretty much there is to look forward to. Everything else is just complete trash, does not mix well at all for the theme of the game or even the method to playing the bongos; the covers of the songs are just god-awful too.

    It's the retarded sibling wearing a helmet banging on his head with a spoon compared to Guitar Hero or basically every other rhythm game.

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  • RFXRFX Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    The_Dciple wrote:
    Terrible, terrible rhythm game.

    I'm no graphics whore but the graphics are laughably basic; somewhat low resolution sprites with a few frames of animation. Along with that it's packed with just an atrocious soundtrack. Sure, you get to play maybe two or three Nintendo songs, but that's pretty much there is to look forward to. Everything else is just complete trash, does not mix well at all for the theme of the game or even the method to playing the bongos; the covers of the songs are just god-awful too.

    It's the retarded sibling wearing a helmet banging on his head with a spoon compared to Guitar Hero or basically every other rhythm game.

    Yeah, I was really excited for Donkey Konga, but became disappointed once I played it. It actually took me forever to find a copy of the original, but when I did I just found it painful - as Dciple mentioned, the songs are just poor covers and there's really kind of an uneven feel to the game. If you're dying to play a game with bongos, get Jungle Beat - it's much better, and a great game overall.

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  • The_DcipleThe_Dciple Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    RFX wrote:
    The_Dciple wrote:
    Terrible, terrible rhythm game.

    I'm no graphics whore but the graphics are laughably basic; somewhat low resolution sprites with a few frames of animation. Along with that it's packed with just an atrocious soundtrack. Sure, you get to play maybe two or three Nintendo songs, but that's pretty much there is to look forward to. Everything else is just complete trash, does not mix well at all for the theme of the game or even the method to playing the bongos; the covers of the songs are just god-awful too.

    It's the retarded sibling wearing a helmet banging on his head with a spoon compared to Guitar Hero or basically every other rhythm game.

    Yeah, I was really excited for Donkey Konga, but became disappointed once I played it. It actually took me forever to find a copy of the original, but when I did I just found it painful - as Dciple mentioned, the songs are just poor covers and there's really kind of an uneven feel to the game. If you're dying to play a game with bongos, get Jungle Beat - it's much better, and a great game overall.

    My friends and I were really hyped up and excited to play Donkey Konga when I bought it one day through an impulse.

    Hauled the stuff over to a friends, set it up, and we played our first song.

    Everybody gave it the disappointing "Oh" after the song was done.

    I played though the game a bit still hoping it would get better or finally it would click.

    Didn't happen.

    The best thing I can say about this game is that you get some cool looking bongos.

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  • WezoinWezoin Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Does it get into a panicked frenzy at any point?

    Like the fun times of DDR?

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  • AlphaTwoAlphaTwo Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Obviously none of you have gotten into intense 4 player battles.

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  • The_DcipleThe_Dciple Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    It's not a game worth spending the cash for four sets of bongos...

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  • DigDug2000DigDug2000 Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Does anyone own the Japanese versions of these? After playing Ouendin's Japanese and American variants, I have to say that I enjoy rhythm games with jPop to American pop. Plus, Donkey Konga 3 apparently has a whole shitload of game themes in it.

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  • CZroeCZroe Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Iz-GOod wrote:
    If it makes you feel better, I had tried to get the Game+Bongos deal for 10$ and the guy at EB told me it was the game without the bongos that was on special.

    The ad clearly showed that you got both the game with bongos and 2nd bongos. Even though the setup in the store indicated the same, I checked. Yep: $10 for a game and two bongos. I now have, like, 8 bongos not even counting the four I passed on to my niece/nephew and one to a friends.

    The bongo-less games are $15 at most US stores. DKJB+bongos is still in stock for $15 after coupon at many BB stores and some have DKonga 2 also.

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  • AlphaTwoAlphaTwo Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    DigDug2000 wrote:
    Does anyone own the Japanese versions of these? After playing Ouendin's Japanese and American variants, I have to say that I enjoy rhythm games with jPop to American pop. Plus, Donkey Konga 3 apparently has a whole shitload of game themes in it.
    I have 1 and 3. Still looking for 2 (as seen above).

    The problem is that I can't save: Namco JPN games nuke out anything that's on the card, even with Freeloader.

    AlphaTwo on
  • earthwormadamearthwormadam ancient crust Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I had a fucked up experience about the Jungle Beat deal.

    I went to buy it at EB. Yes! I was exited to see it in stock conveniently placed next to the in store sign for all the featured 10 dollar games. I snag both Jungle Beat and Geist and head for the counter. This is where the story turns dumb.

    The register dude says that JB is not part of the deal. He says that the deal only works when there is an extra set of drums. They had no extra drums, so there was no deal. And I was dumbstruck.

    So I went to Gamestop down the hall and bought it for 10 bucks even though they had no extra drums there either.

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  • LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    AlphaTwo wrote:
    DigDug2000 wrote:
    Does anyone own the Japanese versions of these? After playing Ouendin's Japanese and American variants, I have to say that I enjoy rhythm games with jPop to American pop. Plus, Donkey Konga 3 apparently has a whole shitload of game themes in it.
    I have 1 and 3. Still looking for 2 (as seen above).

    The problem is that I can't save: Namco JPN games nuke out anything that's on the card, even with Freeloader.
    can't you get an extra card, just to use for JAP saves? thats what I did for gundam.

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  • DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    game must be played with at least 2, but preferrably a full set of 4 players

    song selection is all over the map, but there are some really great ones there

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  • CZroeCZroe Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Deusfaux wrote:
    game must be played with at least 2, but preferrably a full set of 4 players

    song selection is all over the map, but there are some really great ones there

    The PA blokes once stated that the game is exponentially more fun as bongos+players are added and, as hard as it may be to set up, the game should be played with three people at a minimum.

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  • SNESSNES Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Deusfaux wrote:
    game must be played with at least 2, but preferrably a full set of 4 players

    song selection is all over the map, but there are some really great ones there

    I heard this has the Zelda overworld theme.

    This excites me. Are there any other songs taken from the series? (I think Saria's Song would be awesome on this.)

    A while back ago, I had a classmate who brought this in when everyone was supposed to bring a musical instrument for some song and dance thing. It was awesome, but sort of lost its impact seeing as how many people brought Guitar Hero controllers.

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  • DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    the nintendo and game related songs are probably the least interesting songs in the games, IMO

    so really, dont give a shit about them

    - in rhythym games you soon learn what's fun to listen to doesnt really have a correlation with what's fun to play.

    i would rarely listen to any of the songs in the DK games, but lots are really fun to play.

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  • PoochPooch Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    SNES wrote:
    Deusfaux wrote:
    game must be played with at least 2, but preferrably a full set of 4 players

    song selection is all over the map, but there are some really great ones there

    I heard this has the Zelda overworld theme.

    This excites me. Are there any other songs taken from the series? (I think Saria's Song would be awesome on this.)

    A while back ago, I had a classmate who brought this in when everyone was supposed to bring a musical instrument for some song and dance thing. It was awesome, but sort of lost its impact seeing as how many people brought Guitar Hero controllers.
    No, it's really only like Zelda and Mario, maybe a few DK country songs, I'm not sure.

    The Mario one is pretty cool, but the Zelda one kinda sucks.

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  • AlphaTwoAlphaTwo Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    LewieP wrote:
    AlphaTwo wrote:
    DigDug2000 wrote:
    Does anyone own the Japanese versions of these? After playing Ouendin's Japanese and American variants, I have to say that I enjoy rhythm games with jPop to American pop. Plus, Donkey Konga 3 apparently has a whole shitload of game themes in it.
    I have 1 and 3. Still looking for 2 (as seen above).

    The problem is that I can't save: Namco JPN games nuke out anything that's on the card, even with Freeloader.
    can't you get an extra card, just to use for JAP saves? thats what I did for gundam.
    I need a dedicated card for both DK1 and DK3, which is kinda an overkill, don't you think? From what I recalled when I tried last time, it didn't quite work.

    Oh, as for more Nintendo tracks:
    donkeykonga3.jpg
    21 tunes from Nintendo Famicom games.
    A few Smash Brothers Track.

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  • SNESSNES Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Deusfaux wrote:
    the nintendo and game related songs are probably the least interesting songs in the games, IMO

    so really, dont give a shit about them

    - in rhythym games you soon learn what's fun to listen to doesnt really have a correlation with what's fun to play.

    i would rarely listen to any of the songs in the DK games, but lots are really fun to play.

    Eh. I've played my share of DDR and Guitar Hero and the like, and I'm pretty sure the awesomeness of the song directly correlates to the enjoyment factor for me.

    It's a taste thing, I guess. Though I can certainly see why the overworld theme wouldn't make for a very good song in a rhythm game.

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  • CZroeCZroe Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    SNES wrote:
    Deusfaux wrote:
    the nintendo and game related songs are probably the least interesting songs in the games, IMO

    so really, dont give a shit about them

    - in rhythym games you soon learn what's fun to listen to doesnt really have a correlation with what's fun to play.

    i would rarely listen to any of the songs in the DK games, but lots are really fun to play.

    Eh. I've played my share of DDR and Guitar Hero and the like, and I'm pretty sure the awesomeness of the song directly correlates to the enjoyment factor for me.

    It's a taste thing, I guess. Though I can certainly see why the overworld theme wouldn't make for a very good song in a rhythm game.
    Wait, you say this and you've played Elite Beat Agents? I guess you just LOOOOVED Madonna's Material Girl before having fun with it on EBA. ;)

    That said, I don't think I would have enjoyed Canned Heat as much as I did if I didn't already love the song.

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  • SNESSNES Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    CZroe wrote:
    SNES wrote:
    Deusfaux wrote:
    the nintendo and game related songs are probably the least interesting songs in the games, IMO

    so really, dont give a shit about them

    - in rhythym games you soon learn what's fun to listen to doesnt really have a correlation with what's fun to play.

    i would rarely listen to any of the songs in the DK games, but lots are really fun to play.

    Eh. I've played my share of DDR and Guitar Hero and the like, and I'm pretty sure the awesomeness of the song directly correlates to the enjoyment factor for me.

    It's a taste thing, I guess. Though I can certainly see why the overworld theme wouldn't make for a very good song in a rhythm game.
    Wait, you say this and you've played Elite Beat Agents? I guess you just LOOOOVED Madonna's Material Girl before having fun with it on EBA. ;)

    That said, I don't think I would have enjoyed Canned Heat as much as I did if I didn't already love the song.

    THAT IS AN EXCEPTION.

    We are living, in a material world...

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    RFX wrote:
    The_Dciple wrote:
    Terrible, terrible rhythm game.

    I'm no graphics whore but the graphics are laughably basic; somewhat low resolution sprites with a few frames of animation. Along with that it's packed with just an atrocious soundtrack. Sure, you get to play maybe two or three Nintendo songs, but that's pretty much there is to look forward to. Everything else is just complete trash, does not mix well at all for the theme of the game or even the method to playing the bongos; the covers of the songs are just god-awful too.

    It's the retarded sibling wearing a helmet banging on his head with a spoon compared to Guitar Hero or basically every other rhythm game.

    Yeah, I was really excited for Donkey Konga, but became disappointed once I played it. It actually took me forever to find a copy of the original, but when I did I just found it painful - as Dciple mentioned, the songs are just poor covers and there's really kind of an uneven feel to the game. If you're dying to play a game with bongos, get Jungle Beat - it's much better, and a great game overall.
    I agree, with a caveat:

    As a rhythm game, yeah, the game is pretty weak compared to other far, far better games -- but as a party fixture, Donkey Konga is nigh unmatched. I have four bongos and DK1, and I bring that shit everywhere with me. Everyone loves it, gamers and nongamers, musicians and nonmusicians alike, in multiplayer mode -- it's like a hyper drum circle, where rhythms and melody lines get passed back and forth to each other. It's also difficult to resist laughing when you can see three of your friends wailing the shit out of bongo drums out of the corner of your eye. My favorite is the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5; hilarious because of the time-signature changes.

    Don't even bother with the single-player, as it's pretty flimsy; buy it solely as a multiplayer experience. It is fan-fucking-tastic, and I can't recommend it enough. I'm even interested in DK2, even though I can't stand most of the songs normally, only because it's just fun to play with friends.

    tl;dr:
    AlphaTwo wrote:
    Obviously none of you have gotten into intense 4 player battles.

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  • delphinusdelphinus Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Lunker wrote:
    Obviously none of you have gotten into intense 4 player battles.

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  • apotheosapotheos Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2007
    Just play Taiko Drummaster to see how a drumming rythm game should play.

    Shame that did so poorly in NA.

    apotheos on


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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    delphinus wrote:
    Lunker wrote:
    Obviously none of you have gotten into intense 4 player battles.
    I actually just converted another two people on New Year's Eve; he had a Wii but didn't have any GC stuff, so I brought over my bongo setup. The next day he went out to get that GameStop bongo bungle and a copy of DK1.

    I actually took advantage of that deal, too, just to replace those shitty-ass Pelican bongos. Fuck those things, man, they're like playing the drums on a wooden table.

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  • PotUPotU __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2007
    America didn't have Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now"? You poor, poor people.

    That song, multiplayer, second and third player just clapped every few seconds, but the first and the fourth player... I... I'm sorry, I can't talk about it now, it was just... madness.

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  • RFXRFX Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    delphinus wrote:
    Lunker wrote:
    Obviously none of you have gotten into intense 4 player battles.

    No, I haven't, because everyone else I know read threads like these and didn't buy them, and I've gotten over trying to enjoy the game due to other stuff. Maybe, someday, I'll meet people who have two more bongos, and I will experience an awakening.

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  • SmudgeSmudge Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Bah to all of you. I have jungle beats, konga 1 and konga 2. I love them all single and multiplayer.

    Unless you have to play with the pellican bongos. Then I would rather stab out my eye. DO NOT get teh pelican bongos. Even if someone offers them to you for free. Actually if someone tries to give you them, graciously accept and then hit them over the head with them.

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  • AlphaTwoAlphaTwo Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    apotheos wrote:
    Just play Taiko Drummaster to see how a drumming rythm game should play.

    Shame that did so poorly in NA.
    One gripe I have with Taiko was that it often slips even with the rubber feets, so you are forced to reposition the drum very often. The other thing was finding a second drum: I had to resort to buying another copy of the game.

    AlphaTwo on
  • bruinbruin Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I picked up Jungle Beat, DK, and DK2 with 4 sets of bongos on the cheap the week after Chirstmas and they've served me well so far. Jungle Beat I haven't really gotten into, but DK and DK2 are a ton of fun with friends, and even my (non-gamer) mom and sister have gotten in on the fun.

    I prefer the tracks in DK to DK2, but they're still both worth picking up.

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  • BallmanBallman Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I played the hell out of DK1, but then discovered Guitar Hero and didn't really ever go back. Even on the extremely cheap, would it be worth it to go back and pick up JB and DK2? I did get an extra bongo at some point, so I would have four, but every time I play now, it just doesn't feel as awesome as it did at first.

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  • AlphaTwoAlphaTwo Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Ballman wrote:
    I played the hell out of DK1, but then discovered Guitar Hero and didn't really ever go back. Even on the extremely cheap, would it be worth it to go back and pick up JB and DK2? I did get an extra bongo at some point, so I would have four, but every time I play now, it just doesn't feel as awesome as it did at first.
    Jungle Beat is a platforming game. YOU HAVE TO GET IT!!!

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Ballman wrote:
    I played the hell out of DK1, but then discovered Guitar Hero and didn't really ever go back. Even on the extremely cheap, would it be worth it to go back and pick up JB and DK2? I did get an extra bongo at some point, so I would have four, but every time I play now, it just doesn't feel as awesome as it did at first.
    Again, it's only worth it to play with friends. I only bring out the bongos when friends are over, and at pretty much every party I go to now I'm asked to bring the bongos or Guitar Hero (I usually just bring both!). From a gamers' perspective, GH is the far superior game, but from the perspective of people who like to wail the shit out of bongo drums in a circle of four people together, DK is unmatched.

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