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Donkey Kong Country 3: An Epic End to a Trilogy

Dixie and Kiddy take the spotlight

Alex Legard

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Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble is an extremely fun and underrated Donkey Kong game and it's also the final game in the SNES Donkey Kong Country trilogy that was developed by Rare.

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This is the first fully explorable overworld in the Donkey Kong Country series

When starting Donkey Kong Country 3, Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong begin their grand adventure. When you read the in-game dialogue, it isn't clear what's going on but from the manual, Diddy Kong and Donkey Kong are apparently out exploring the island after Diddy left behind a hand-written note saying he would come back tomorrow. Tomorrow came along and he still did not come back so Dixie Kong stopped by Funky's Rentals for one of his high-tech speedboats. Funky asked Dixie to take with her Kiddy Kong who Funky was taking care of and before sending the two off, Funky asked if they could look for some cool gadgets. v1d30chumz 3-223-3-251

Kiddy Kong is a new Kong who is the 3 year old cousin of Dixie. Kiddy looks absolutely adorable and if you just let him stand still for a minute, he has a very funny animation. He's also able to throw Dixie to high areas. Speaking of which, Dixie Kong is a returning character from Donkey Kong Country 2 and she's able to use her ponytail to glide through the air. As in the other Donkey Kong Country games, you're able to switch between the 2 characters until you get hit then your current character runs away until you find a DK barrel.

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When compared to the rest of the trilogy, Donkey Kong Country 3's most unique feature is the world map which is fully explorable and you can travel by both land and sea. You have to do a bit of searching if you want to find each of the 7 worlds, including the secret world. It's great fun to speed over the water and up waterfalls using Funky's speedboat and there are also many secret areas that you can find after you recover gadgets for Funky to upgrade your boat.

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Here is one of the many secret banana bird caves

Donkey Kong Country 3 is filled with extremely unique levels. Somehow, the level variety is even greater than in the other couple of SNES Donkey Kong Country games. Anyway, here are a few examples:

  • A race level where winning the race lets you unlock a secret area - watch the video at the bottom of this article if you want to see me win! 🏆
  • Stages where you play as an animal buddy for the whole stage such as Ellie, a baby elephant who's deathly afraid of mice 🐘
  • An underwater stage where you're followed by an incredibly annoying piranha who will eat you if you don't periodically feed it
  • An industrial level where owls try to shoot you with fireballs from the background 🦉
  • A Squitter the Spider level where you avoid sniper shots while using Squitter's unique abilities to cross gaps and climb up high
  • A vehicle stage through the sewers where you have to jump over killer bees 🐝
  • An extremely tough level where you have to dodge lightning like in Final Fantasy X 🌩️

Of course, there are a ton of animal buddies that are playable in Donkey Kong Country 3. Some have their own levels but some can be found in the middle of regular levels within secret areas. Many times, I played through a stage as Dixie and Kiddy only to find a mysterious "No Animal Allowed" sign somewhere in the middle of the level; meaning that I missed a secret animal barrel! That being said, it's definitely fun to go back and find the secrets that you previously missed. 😅

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As in previous games, at the end of each world is a boss stage and I found the bosses to be incredibly weird this time around. For example, Belcha is a huge wooden barrel with a terrifying face. You have to throw bombs into its mouth to push it down a pit at the right side of the arena. Meanwhile, the boss will try to push you down a pit on the left side so it's basically a bomb-chucking tug-of-war match. I really did not like the boss of the K3 world, Bleak. It's a snowball fight between you and a killer snowman and that sounds incredibly fun but near the end of the fight, it becomes far too finicky as you have to skillfully throw a snowball at a specific location at the precise time and if you miss the throw, you have to dodge 1000 more snowballs before you get another chance. 😠

Also returning from Donkey Kong Country 2 are Swanky Kong's special stages. The quiz show is gone from Donkey Kong Country 2 but you can compete against Cranky Kong in a carnival-style throwing minigame with 3 varieties: Head to Head, Race to 25, and Endurance. However, all of them simply come down to hitting more targets than your opponent.

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Just like the rest of the series, DKC3 has amazing scenery

Each level has a hidden DK coin and 4 KONG letters which provide a 1-up if you collect all of them. In addition to that, there are lots of bonus coins spread throughout the campaign. You'll need plenty of those bonus coins if you want to play each level in the bonus world, Krematoa! Completing Krematoa isn't the only necessary feat for 100% completion as you'll have to find all of the DK coins in the game as well as 15 Banana Bird coins, too. Some Banana Bird coins are found by exploring the world map and finding secret areas while others can only be obtained by helping out the Brothers Bear which can be found in each world. 🐻

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I must win the race; this cannot stand!

If you enjoy old-school 2D platforming, there's nothing better than the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy. Rare was an extremely talented developer as they managed to make all 3 games exceptionally memorable while filling them with unique bosses and stages with a variety of gameplay elements. To top it all off, they are the best-looking games in the SNES library. 😄

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