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Donkey Konga Hits Store Shelves

Filed under: GameCube
Posted by Jeremy on September 29, 2004 9:42 AM

"Donkey Konga" has made it to the states. A hit in Japan, "Donkey Konga," is a game that requires you to play Bongo drums. The better your rhythm, the better the result. The controller is actually a DK Bongo drum with a built-in mic that will pick up clapping, another part of the game. You get to play along to songs like, "What I Like About You," and "Whip It." From all reports, it is a highly addictive game. The game comes with one controller but each additional controller is $29.99. Put aside your cynacism and watch this Japanese Trailer of the game, from Jan. 2004.

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Drop That Controller! Nintendo's New Game, Donkey Konga,
Goes Bonkers for Bongos; Musical Competition of Donkey Konga
Will Be the First to Use New Bongo Peripheral

REDMOND, Wash.--Sept. 28, 2004--For years, video games have been
governed by simple rules of control: Press one button to do this,
press another button to do that. Now, Nintendo shatters that model by
introducing the most novel video game accessories ever: bongos. Yes,

Donkey Konga(TM), now available exclusively for Nintendo
GameCube(TM), combines the new DK Bongos controller with well-known
musical selections to foster a wild, clapping, tapping and laughing
party atmosphere. Players compete by thumping their bongos to the beat
of songs like "What I Like About You," "Whip It" and "All the Small
Things." The better your rhythm, the better your score.

"If you like music and video games, you'll love this addictive new
game, available just in time for the start of the holidays," says
George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of
marketing and corporate communications. "Once you play Donkey Konga,
we know you won't be able to keep your hands off the drums."

Each DK Bongos controller has a left and right drum. The on-screen
musical action instructs players to tap one or both drums to the beat
of the selected song or follow the beat with a clap, which is picked
up by a built-in microphone. As each player has a different
arrangement for each song, when players synch up to the music, it
sounds great. When they don't, it's hilarious.

Even people who've never before played a video game can grasp
Donkey Konga instantly and start having fun. The game's side-splitting
nature is best revealed in musical bongo jam sessions between up to
four friends, family members or co-workers.

Single-player modes offer their own musical tests of skill,
challenging players to earn coins and unlock special sound effects,
such as barnyard animal noises, dogs barking or effects from classic
Nintendo video games.

Donkey Konga is available now at an MSRP of $49.99, which includes
one DK Bongos controller. Additional DK Bongos controllers can be
purchased separately at an MSRP of $29.99. The standard Nintendo
GameCube controller also can be used with the game.

The worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive
entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and
markets hardware and software for its popular home and portable video
game systems. Each year, hundreds of all-new titles for the
best-selling Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems
extend Nintendo's vast game library and continue the tradition of
delivering a rich, diverse mix of quality video games for players of
all ages. Since the release of its first home video game system in
1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.9 billion video games and more
than 170 million hardware units globally, creating enduring industry
icons such as Mario(TM) and Donkey Kong(R) and launching popular
culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and
Pokemon(R). A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based
in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in
the Western Hemisphere.

For more information about Nintendo, visit the company's Web site
at www.nintendo.com.

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