I still have the bongos.
Donkey Konga is a rhythm game that came out for the Nintendo Gamecube in fall 2004 in North America. It starred Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, of course. The story behind this game is that the two Kongs found bongos, assuming they were barrels and some sort of evil from King K. Rool. Cranky Kong deems them idiots and explains to them it’s a musical instrument and that they should practice because they’re terrible. Once DK and Diddy realize they can become famous bongo players and buy a ton of bananas, they play as many songs as they can.
Thus, Just Dance in bongo form was born… of course, Just Dance didn’t come out until 2009. Still, I’m going to think this was the start of the idea.
Donkey Konga is probably the only rhythm game I’ve ever played, though I’ve wanted to try out some other games. I believe I got this game and the bongos that came with it for Christmas the year it came out. I’d sit in the basement, playing away on the bongos all the while dancing in my seat.
(I probably had way more fun with this game than it actually is. I’m sure if I played it again now it wouldn’t be as much fun.)
My cousins, who were super young at the time, even played it with me. This was one of those games where we gathered around and passed the bongos around doing different songs. We all had our favorite – mine was Whip It if I remember correctly. And We Will Rock You? Is that the title? Was that song even on there? It’s vaguely familiar to me but it’s been a while, so bear with me.
I just remember that I played the crap out of this game. Like how my cousins and I go to Overcooked and Mario Party and Super Smash Brothers, we used to go to Donkey Konga back in the day.
Donkey Konga 2 came out only eight months later for North America in May 2005. It… wasn’t that great compared to the first one. I played the first one a lot and barely the second one at all.
Still, I have a lot of great memories with Donkey Konga and still have the bongos. I will never get rid of those things.