Donkey Kong Land

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This cartridge. This little yellow cartridge has given me hours and hours of pleasure. Hours and hours of time were spent pressing buttons on my Game Boy to defeat each level. To kill Kremlins. To ride rhinos, ostriches and frogs.

I helped Donkey Kong through the jungle. Over snowy mountains. Through dark caves and pyramids. I even helped him swim under water. And for what? So I could sit here 11 years later and say "Oh yes. I love that game. Pity I still haven't finished it". The fact is though, I don't care that 11 years have gone by since I recieved it along with my first Game Boy for my 7th birthday and still haven't finished it. I don't care that on eBay it's only worth around $5.50AU. This game has immense sentimental value to me. It represents my childhood. It is the first video game I ever recieved and I'm proud to say that I still have it. That it hasn't been lost over the years. I'm proud to say that I still play it.

Most of you though, are wondering what exactly it is. Sure, you've heard of Donkey Kong, played a few of the newer Donkey Kong games. But, most of you are younger than me. So I doubt you would have played it before. Let me fill you in.

Donkey Kong Land is a follow up to the game Donkey Kong Country which was released on the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System). This game, however, was released for the Game Boy in 1995.

The game has four worlds, each with 10 levels. These worlds are Gangplank Galleon Ahoy!, Kremlantis, Monkey Mountains and Chimpanzee Clouds and Big Ape City. And, after 11 years of having this game, I have only gotten up to Level Two on Monkey Mountains and Chimpanzee Clouds.

Usually, games released on the original Game Boy all had a grey coloured cartridge. This game, however, was lucky enough to recieve a special coloured cartridge - banana yellow.

This game has excellent game play I believe. Despite it only being in black and white. As you can see from the below screen shots:

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Title screen

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Level select screen for Gangplank Galleon Ahoy!

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What a way awesome bonus level looks like.


In conclusion, this game is awesome. It made my childhood and I still play it today. If you ever get the chance to play it then do. And hey, it's only $5.50AU on eBay. Why wouldn't you buy it?
Posted on June 7th, 2007 at 07:27pm

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