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Donkey Kong Land 2 is a video game released for the Game Boy in 1996. It was developed by Rare, Ltd. and published by Nintendo.

Donkey Kong Land 2 is a sequel to Donkey Kong Land and the predecessor to Donkey Kong Land III, along with being the semi-sequel to Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.


As the manual for Donkey Kong Land 2 was poorly revised and is copied from Donkey Kong Country 2's manual, there is no proper storyline for the game. The storyline is simply a copy of Donkey Kong Country 2's storyline itself.

The storyline from the manual; King K. Rool and his band of Kremlings apenapped Donkey Kong. They're demanding the Kongs to hand over the banana hoard for Donkey's safe return. Donkey Kong would have a fit if they lost the banana hoard again. So it's up to Diddy and Dixie Kong to save him. Help the two monkeys make their way through all the Kremlings and all the traps to find Donkey Kong.

There is controversy over the original storyline for the game as no proper storyline is given. DK Vine rumors that Kaptain K. Rool used some sort of magic to raise Crocodile Isle out of the water and once again kidnap Donkey.[1] It can also be assumed that the story is a retelling of Donkey Kong Country 2, given to all the similarities in the game.

Worlds and Levels

Gangplank Galleon
Level No. Name Theme
1 Pirate Panic Deck
2 Mainbrace Mayhem Mast
3 Gangplank Galley Deck
4 Lockjaw's Locker Ship Hold
5 Topsail Trouble Mast
6 Boss Level: Krow's Nest Mast
Krem Cauldron
7 Hot-Head Hop Volcano
8 Kannon's Klaim Mine Shaft
9 Lava Lagoon Ship Hold
10 Red-Hot Ride Volcano
11 Squawks's Shaft Mine Shaft
12 Barrel Bayou Swamp
13 Glimmer's Galleon Ship Hold
14 Krockhead Klamber Swamp
15 Rattle Battle Deck
16 Slime Climb Mast
17 Boss Level: Kleaver's Kiln Volcano
Krazy Kremland
18 Hornet Hole Beehive
19 Target Terror Rollercoaster
20 Bramble Blast Brambles
21 Rickety Race Rollercoaster
22 Bramble Scramble Brambles
23 Mudhole Marsh Swamp
24 Rambi Rumble Beehive
25 Boss Level: King Zing Sting Beehive
Gloomy Gulch
26 Ghostly Grove Spooky Forest
27 Krazy Koaster Rollercoaster
28 Gusty Glade Spooky Forest
29 Parrot Chute Panic Beehive
30 Web Woods Spooky Forest
31 Boss Level: Kreepy Krow Ship Mast
K. Rool's Keep
32 Arctic Abyss Ice Cavern
33 Windy Well Mine Shaft
34 Dungeon Danger Castle
35 Clapper's Cavern Ice Cavern
36 Chain Link Chamber Castle
37 Toxic Tower Castle
38 Stronghold Showdown Castle
The Flying Krock
39 Screech's Sprint Brambles
40 Boss Level: K. Rool Duel Castle
Lost World
41 Jungle Jinx Jungle
42 Black Ice Battle Ice Cavern
43 Fiery Furnace Volcano
44 Klobber Karnage Jungle
45 Animal Antics Various
46 Boss Level: Krocodile Kore Lava




Animal Buddies



Differences from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

Commonly thought to be a Game Boy remake of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, given to the many similarities, this is an incorrect statement for reasons below;

  • The limitations of the Game Boy caused Kackles to lack an appearance.
  • Enemies such as Cat-O-9-Tails, Kutlass and Kaboom were removed from the game.
  • Krem Cauldron is a merge of Crocodile Cauldron and Krem Quay, due to the Game Boy's limitation. This means all the levels are crammed together from the two worlds into Krem Cauldron.
    • Because of this, Kudgel is removed in Donkey Kong Land 2
  • The levels may be named the same, but have a completely different layout. Boss strategies have also changed.
  • Haunted Hall and Castle Crush is replaced with Krazy Koaster and Dungeon Danger respectively.
  • The game is not called Donkey Kong Country 2, but rather called Donkey Kong "Land" 2.
  • The team-up move was removed from the game because of the limitations of the Game Boy.

Beta elements

Donkey Kong Land 2 has a fair amount of beta elements in the game itself. The list of beta element is as listed;

  • Donkey Kong Land 2 was going to have the subtitle Diddy's Kong Quest, but was removed as Donkey Kong Country 2 already had the subtitle, thus making the subtitle redundant.
  • A Boss Bossanova theme was possibly going to be used for boss battles such as Krow. This soundtrack was later replaced with the Crocodile Cacophony for unknown reasons.


  • This game was to have Diddy's Kong Quest as the subtitle. This was dropped, however, due to Donkey Kong Country 2 already having Diddy's Kong Quest as a subtitle.
  • Despite Glimmer being on the boxart, he is not in the game.
    • The European Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest had its title screen made to mimic the box art of this game.