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New cheat code discovered in Donkey Kong 64 over 20 years after its release

A RARE find!

Even thought Donkey Kong 64 came out over 20 years ago, people are still poking around in the game to see what they can find. This has led to the discovery of a never-before-seen cheat code.

The code allows players to gain access to a level with a lower level of Golden Bananas than normally required. Here are the lowered numbers after the code is entered.

Angry Aztec – 3 Golden Bananas (Diddy)
Frantic Factory – 10 Golden Bananas (Tiny)
Gloomy Galleon – 20 Golden Bananas (Lanky)
Fungi Forest – 35 Golden Bananas (Chunky)
Crystal Caves – 50 Golden Bananas (DK)
Creepy Castle – 65 Golden Bananas (Lanky)

You can see the code in action via the video above. If you want to see the step-by-step process on how to try the code for yourself, you can read the full details here.

RARE's Stop 'N' Swop feature was also planned for Donkey Kong 64, but was removed due to technical issues

Too RARE of an idea

RARE fans will no doubt remember the much-trumpeted Stop 'N' Swop feature from Banjo-Kazooie. The original plan was for the feature to be used in Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie in order to unlock new content between the games. Unfortunately, Nintendo squashed the idea before Banjo-Tooie came out, as the method to activate it was deemed too volatile.

RARE still had plans to include the Stop 'N' Swop feature in other games as well, including Donkey Kong 64. RARE actually sent out details to Nintendo on the feature, and Nintendo responded with a letter explaining why the idea wasn't really feasible. Nintendo found that it could cause problems with hardware, and wouldn't even work with all versions of the N64.

Nintendo also recommended that RARE find another way to make these features work, such as passwords that could be shared between games. RARE obviously didn't follow through with that idea, leaving Banjo-Kazooie's content and other plans for Stop 'N' Swop left to die.

Former RARE artist shows off the original sketches for Donkey Kong Country characters

Creating a classic

We're all familiar with the world of Donkey Kong Country nowadays, but the series' birth on the SNES was quite a surprise. Nintendo and RARE worked together to give the Donkey Kong franchise a complete makeover, and that meant brand-new designs for the classic character.

In the video above, former RARE artist Kev Bayliss goes through a series of sketches that are straight from the Donkey Kong Country days. You get to see the designs for Donkey Kong, Rambi, the Kremlings, and much more. It's pretty interesting to see how things went from rough pencil sketches to 3D CD models!

Dataminers discover unused Donkey Kong assets in Universal Studios Japan's mobile app

Donkey, Diddy, Rambi, and more!

You might remember awhile back that there were some very strong rumors and hints at a Donkey Kong-related ride for Super Nintendo World. We still don't have 100% confirmation that the ride exists, but Universal Studios Japan's mobile app certainly gives us some more fuel for the fire.

Dataminers have dug through the app and pulled out all the assets you see above, which are all tied to Donkey Kong. Seems odd to have so much Donkey Kong content and not have a Donkey Kong ride! It's likely just a matter of time until we see a reveal of the rumored DKC minecart ride. Now let's just hope it ends up in all versions of the park!

Twin Galaxies files counterclaim against Billy Mitchell in the battle over Donkey Kong scores and more

Oh, Billy...

The legal battle between Billy Mitchell and Twin Galaxies continues as a new counterclaim has been filed. This counterclaim goes over Mitchell much harder than previous filings, but once again calls into question the legitimacy of his numerous high scores, including those from Donkey Kong.

"Both Billy Mitchell and Walter Day knew that these score performances were fake, but [it] still included the scores on the Twin Galaxies Score Database because of their need for self-aggrandization, their avarice, and their desire to create perceived value for the database so that they could one day sell Twin Galaxies and the Twin Galaxies Score Database and take the money for themselves."

While Twin Galaxies' original founder Walter Day is named in the counterclaim, the bulk of the filings are squarely aimed at Mitchell. Mitchell and his team are yet to respond to the filings, but a hearing is set to take place on Dec. 11th, 2020.

Thanks to OperationGamer17 for the heads up!

Dixie Kong creator shares new artwork to celebrate 25 years of Donkey Kong Country 2

25 years and only getting better

It was 25 years ago that Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest hit the SNES. That special occasion is being celebrated by Steve Mayles, former RARE character artist and creator of Dixie Kong. Mayles put together a new piece of art as a tribute to the game, which you can see above.

Grant Kirkhope says Donkey Kong 64's rap was always meant to be a joke, leaving him surprised when people didn't get it

Joke's on you

Donkey Kong 64 is remembered for a lot of reasons, but perhaps none moreso than the DK Rap. The tune is a big part of Nintendo history nowadays, and is great for a chuckle. When the game first launched, plenty of people found the song to be quite cringeworthy.

In an interview with GamesRadar, composer Grant Kirkhope opens up about the song, and reveals that it was always meant to be tongue-in-cheek.

"I thought everyone would get the joke but no one did. It was the first time I'd ever had anyone write something negative about my music. I'd been fortunate up until then - people liked my tunes most of the time - and it was supposed to be a joke track about monkeys rapping about bananas and grapes, so I felt a little bit hard done to. I thought everyone would get the joke but no one did... it was the first time I'd ever had anyone write something negative about my music.

I'm glad I wrote it. It's been a fun thing to have people take the mickey out of me for years about and, you know, my 17-year-old son and all of his mates know it. None of those guys were born when I did that and it's incredible that they know every word."

Beyond Donkey Kong: A History of Nintendo Arcade Games paperback launches Aug. 6th, 2020

It was a different time

Before the enormously successful NES console changed the video game landscape in the 1980s, Nintendo became famous for producing legendary arcade machines like Donkey Kong and Mario Bros. Drawing on original interviews, news reports and other documents, this book traces Nintendo's rise from a small business that made playing cards to the top name in the arcade industry. Twenty-eight game titles are examined in-depth, along with the people and events that defined the company for more than four decades.

If Beyond Donkey Kong: A History of Nintendo Arcade looks like something you'd want to give a read, you have two options. You can grab a Kindle version of the book right now, or you can wait until August 6th, 2020 for the paperback. Either way, you can snag each version here.

Dixie Kong creator shares new art to celebrate Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest's arrival on Switch

This needs to be a print!

The Switch Online SNES Collection updated just a few days back, and it added one of the all-time SNES greats to the Switch. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest is now available for all Switch Online owners to play, and the original gang behind the game couldn't be happier.

Current Playtonic member and former RARE dev Steve Mayles spent some time to create a piece of tribute art to celebrate Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest making it onto Switch. Mayles was the one behind Dixie's design all the way back in the day, so there's no better person to offer up a tribute!

Nintendo grabs new/re-ups a series of trademarks

Tools of the trade

Nintendo has been doing some trademark housekeeping in Japan. The company has grabbed trademark for new projects, and also re-upped some names you're familiar with. Check out the rundown of their trademark spree below.

- Entei
- GAME & WATCH
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
- FURY WORLD (The Japanese name of Super Mario 3D World's expansion)
- Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
- HOME CIRCUIT
- マリカーライブ (Japanese for Home Circuit)
- Donkey Kong Country

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