DK Vine: Honourable Mentions: 1B: Foreign Cameo Games

1B: Foreign Cameo Games

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Picross NP Vol. 8 (2000, SNES)

What is it?

The NP stands for Nintendo Power, which in this context refers to a cartridge-rewriting service that Nintendo offered at select locations. By using a special rewritable Super Famicom (or Game Boy) cartridge, you could install specially offered individual games for a lower price, both released titles and exclusives. The Picross NP series had 8 installments, and were essentially puzzle packs in the engine of Mario's Super Picross, but without the Mario branding. What they did each have was a set of 12 puzzles based on a recent Nintendo game. Volume 8 was based on the original Donkey Kong Country, and that's why it's on this list! These character puzzles were also available later in some regions' versions of Picross DS, but that's a story for another day...

Oh DK, you magnificent bastard. I can't resist that come-hither stare...
Not a bad selection, eh? Check out that tiny cute Winky, or that typically hideous Candy Kong.
I can't wait to finish, and find out what this is... Could be anything, that.


Why is it mentionable?

The puzzles featured in Picross NP Vol. 8 represent the various Kongs, Kong helpers, and Animal Buddies of DKC. In a way very similar to DKU title Streetpass Mii Plaza, you assemble pictures which then show an animated rendition of DKU characters. Since the puzzles animate on completion, we assume that what we see constitutes a physical appearance of the characters. Since the Picross series has been associated with several different franchises, and this DKC-flavoured one comes after several of these, it's considered a cameo game. Got it?

Good, I'm not going to explain that again. And there will be a test.

More Info:

Nintendo's official site for the Picross NP series of games
Solutions to the DKC puzzles
Mario Wiki's information about the Nintendo Power service



Super Mario Fushigi no Korokoro Party 2 (2005, Arcade)

What is it?  

I think Gary Glitter's got one of these in his house.

As with Donkey Kong Jungle Fever and Banana Kingdom, this is a medal game released to Japanese arcades. Adding to the endless stream of Mario Party games, it happens to be drawing directly from the "fertile well" that is Mario Party 5. What this means is that it reuses art and even minigames wholesale from the Gamecube's second Mario Party. However, the mechanical aspect of the machine is not possible on the Gamecube. Obviously.

Zoom in right in the middle there... that's why I have to research this dumb game.
Look down in the bottom right corner there... that's why there's ambiguity about whether DK makes a physical appearance or not.


Why is it mentionable?

Good question. While you have to look hard, there's evidence that this game rips off just enough from Mario Party 5 to include the very few Donkey Kong elements that were present in that game (unlike its arcade predecessor, 2004's Super Mario Fushigi no Korokoro Party, which has no such evidence). On the flyer, if you squint hard at the front panel, you will clearly see that butt-ugly "thumbs-up" render of DK on the screen. The flyer's back also shows one of MP5's three DK minigames, "Da Vine Climb", so even if DK's spaces do not return (which is unclear), at least THE BANANA is present. Either way, we know from Game & Watch Gallery 4 that an in-game still image of our favourite thrilla gorilla can be enough to grant a game DKU status. Hey, we don't make the rules. (Actually, we do. -Ed.)

More Info:

Capcom's official site for the game
Mario Wiki's general information about the game



Yakuman DS (2005, DS)

What is it?  
AND DON'T FORGET THE JOKER.

Ever heard of Mahjong? You know, that tile game that old Chinese guys are always playing in the movies? Well apparently it's popular enough to have been adapted by first-party Nintendo studios, twice. Of course, being a uniquely Eastern game, neither the Game Boy original or this modern Mario-flavoured version have been localised in other regions. This one was also re-released a year later (still in Japan) with support for multiplayer over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

It says Yakuman, you're just going to have to trust me.
Diddy looks overly excited to be playing. Maybe he just really wants to meet Birdo.
The tension is palpable. Which tile will DK choose?!


Why is it mentionable?

Being a Mario sports/puzzle spinoff, Donkey Kong is of course a playable character, as he often is. A pleasant addition also is Diddy Kong as a selectable opponent. There's not much to the game in terms of flavour or content apart from the animated mugshots; most of the time it's simply tiles on a blue background. Put simply, It's Just Another Cameo GameTM.

More Info:

Nintendo's official site for the game
Mario Wiki's general information about the game



Itadaki Street DS (2007, DS)

What is it?  
Mario and TV's Levitating Blue Turnip Man.

A long-running game series in Japan, Itadaki Street has now had two internationally released installments, known as Fortune Street or Boom Street; the Wii iteration is a registered DKU game. But before that, the DS version introduced Donkey Kong (and some other losers) to the obtuse and tedious property management board game scene, as well as introducing him to a bunch of Dragonball-esque weirdos from the Dragon Quest series. If you've played the Wii one (my sympathies), then the DS one will seem very familiar, if a little pixelated and with less characters. You also get a generic customisable anime person to play as, instead of the generic customisable Miis of the Wii version.

With that many copyright notices, it's gotta be good. Right? ...Right?
With thanks to YouTube user Thelolwayup, here's what DK looks like in-game. Because you have to play for a while to unlock him, and I didn't even make it through one game.
Again thanks to Thelolwayup. Between every character's turn in every round, they have a little dialogue screen. Very tedious, but I guess it adds character. I think DK is saying something like "*Gorilla noises* This shop is still small, but it's mine!"


Why is it mentionable?

Like many of the games in the Foreign category, this question is pretty cut and dry. Donkey Kong's in it, innit? There's also a Donkey Kong costume for your adorable little avatar to wear (No pics of that one. Sorry, we just couldn't be arsed to grind through the game enough). Aside from its language and region release, it's a completely "legitimate" DKU game, and could be brushing shoulders with Mario Hoops 3-on-3 and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. As it is, we can only Mention it here.

More Info:

Square-Enix's official site for the game
Mario Wiki's general information about the game



Mario Party Fushigi no Korokoro Catcher (Arcade, 2009)

What is it?

A direct sequel to the earlier Super Mario Fushigi no Korokoro Party medal games, this one wears the "Mario Party" branding a little more on its sleeve. This time it's based on Mario Party 8, and adds a nifty(?) claw-machine aspect to the physical mechanism; the titular Catcher, as it were. Still very much cut from the same mold though: reusing minigames and such from a Mario Party, and basing itself around the pursuit of wealth by token proxy.

These things get bigger and more sinister all the time. The next one's going to fly off and cause havoc in downtown Tokyo, only to be stopped by the intervention of Gamera.
There's your DK, alright. Can we move on now?


Why is it mentionable?

As with other latter-day Mario Parties, Donkey Kong is not playable, but in this case we have sufficient information to confirm that he appears both printed on the machine itself and in the video play portion (check the trailer below at around 0:38). Essentially being a rehash of Mario Party 8 though, the representation and implications aren't any different in Mario Party Mouthful: Arcade Edition Number 3. This machine has a sequel with a 2 stamped on the end, released in 2013, but information is scarce at this time and no evidence of DK has been found.

More Info:

Capcom's official site for the game
Mario Wiki's general information about the game
Official trailer (yes, really)



Mario Party Kurukuru Carnival (Arcade, 2012)

What is it?  
Your intrepid author actually saw one of these in person, but didn't think to take a photo of DK. Trust me, he's in this game.

It's also a Japan-only arcade machine also based on Mario Party 8 that's also designed to suck tokens out of you. It's missing the "Fushigi" part of the title (which means mystery or mysterious); ironically, this is the most puzzling thing about it. Reversing the trend of these Capcom arcade behemoths getting larger and scarier, this one is actually more compact.

Why is it mentionable?

Donkey Kong is here. He's not playable, but he does exist on one of the virtual boards to do who knows what while Mario does all the minigame action stuff and tries to get coins or whatever. (We're almost at the end!)

More Info:

Capcom's official site for the game
Mario Wiki's general information about the game





Mario Party Fushigi no Challenge World (Arcade, 2016)

What is it?  
I'm trapped in a Mario arcade machine picture caption writing factory send help

Bucking the trend of Capcom's last three gambling machines for children, this game draws inspiration from Mario Party 9, rather than 8. It also has a new central gimmick, a large virtual roulette wheel that players at each station interact with communally.

Why is it mentionable?

DK's in it. We're done. See him at about 0:55 in the gameplay video linked below. OKAY THANKS BYE.

More Info:

Capcom's website advertising a location test of the game
Mario Wiki's general information about the game
Footage of the game in action
DK Vine thread about the game and others in the series.




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