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Join Waffle on a Barrel-Blazing Speedrun of Donkey Kong Country 2!

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Join Waffle on a Barrel-Blazing Speedrun of Donkey Kong Country 2!

Who doesn’t love to go barreling through the Jungle with Donkey Kong and his nephew Diddy Kong? Well, one prominent content creator managed to speedrun Donkey Kong Country 2 better than anyone else. Waffle started streaming speedruns of video games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island ten years ago.

While he does play other games, it’s pretty obvious that Waffle loves the SNES. However, Waffle also has a YouTube channel where you can find some of his best speedruns over the years. But much of the content dates back to 2017 when he did some incredible speedruns of Donkey Kong Country 2. In the video, Waffle manages to beat the game in under an hour, when it takes most players five hours.

Donkey Kong Country 2

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Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Renewed)
$39.99
  • 2D side-scrolling platformer for SNES
  • Play as Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong as they make their way through the jungle
  • Plenty of hidden objects and passageways sprinkled throughout the levels
  • Additional characters to uncover as you progress
  • Fun game mechanics like barrel blasts and swinging on ropes
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02/23/2024 12:55 pm GMT

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest is a 2D side-scrolling platformer for the SNES. The game came out back in 1995 and was developed by Rare. The Rare company also created the other Donkey Kong Country 2 games, plus many other beloved Nintendo 64 titles such as Battletoads. What really set this Donkey Kong Country title apart from other 2D side-scrollers (like Super Mario World) was its fast pacing.

In the game, players get to take control of Diddy Kong as he makes his way through the jungle to save Donkey Kong from King K. Rool. You also get to play as his cousin Dixie Kong, with the two switching roles, just like Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong in the first game. Despite being in the jungle, the levels do have a decent amount of variety as some take place underwater, while others are in mines and temples.

This Donkey Kong Country installment also has plenty of hidden objects and passageways sprinkled throughout the levels. For instance, there are additional characters to uncover, which you can ride through the levels. Plus, the gameplay employs a number of different mechanics, like barrel blasts and swinging on ropes. Even if you’ve never played a Donkey Kong Country game, the originals still pack in a ton of fun.

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Help Diddy save Donkey Kong from King K. Rool in this classic SNES platformer.

Waffle

Waffle, also known as Waffle42, made waves with his first speedruns nearly a decade ago. He is located in Washington State and makes speedruns with a number of different games. Most of the content is streamed live on Waffle’s Twitch account. While he hasn’t taken on speedruns in a few years, he still streams occasionally, and the older speedruns are still up.

The Donkey Kong Country 2 speedrun below is particularly impressive, coming in with a full playthrough in under 41 minutes. This is the one that Waffle submitted to Games Done Quick, a charity fundraiser, in 2017. However, there is a slightly shorter run that is under 40 minutes but is only on Waffle’s Twitch account. While you’re there, be sure to check out the speedruns like Super Metroid and others, including Link to the Past and Yoshi’s Island.

  1. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Renewed)
    $39.99
    • 2D side-scrolling platformer for SNES
    • Play as Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong as they make their way through the jungle
    • Plenty of hidden objects and passageways sprinkled throughout the levels
    • Additional characters to uncover as you progress
    • Fun game mechanics like barrel blasts and swinging on ropes
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    02/23/2024 12:55 pm GMT

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Donkey Kong titles good for speedruns?

The Donkey Kong games are great for speedruns because they are straightforward platformers. Meaning all you have to do is focus on getting to the end of the level as fast as possible.

What is the best way to play Donkey Kong Country today?

If you want the most authentic experience, then the SNES is the way to go. Otherwise, you can play Donkey Kong Country 2 with Nintendo Switch Online.

Was Donkey Kong Country 2 multiplayer?

Yes, one player has control of Diddy Kong, while the other controls Dixie Kong instead of a single player controlling both characters.

How do you keep track of time for SNES speedruns?

You can simply clock the gameplay based on its runtime when using a capture card. Alternatively, you can record a stopwatch alongside a TV screen with a regular camera.

What is Games Done Quick?

Games Done Quick is an organization that hosts regular marathons where proceeds go to support various charities.

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