Conclusion: My bare animosity toward Donkey Konga 2 stems from my dislike of the first game and the fact I possess very little in the way of timing and/or rhythm. The basics of the original remain intact – clap, slap and bang the bongos to the music with the help of some scrolling icons. Up to four can play at once, either with the bongos or the regular control in a variety of modes, which don’t differ all that much from the previous title.
Conclusion: At its heart, Donkey Konga 2 doesn’t make any big improvements over the original title. It’s more like an expansion pack loaded with new songs as opposed to anything substantially new. Whether or not you will take a liking to the game could be strongly influenced by personal taste in music. Some players will love the compilation of songs, others might feel alienated by the specialized arrangement.
Excerpt: A mere seven months after the original Donkey Konga hit US GameCubes, Nintendo and Namco have cranked out a sequel that, save for an all-new selection of songs, is virtually identical to its predecessor. But even if you're a fan of the original bongo-bangin' rhythm game who's eager for more of the same, it's likely that the game's strained musical selection will put a damper on the experience.
Pros: Intuitive controls, Good for beginners and experts alike, Great multiplayer potential
Cons: No mechanical improvements over the original
Conclusion: Donkey Konga 2 offers new songs, new modes and new mini-games. It's a fine-tuned version of DK 1. Unfortunately this game can't give us the fresh bongo-ing experience the first one gave us.
Pros: More modes, New songs, Better minigames
Cons: Not enough songs, Bongoing can get boring, No big differences with DK1
Conclusion: Auch mit Donkey Konga 2 ist es Nintendo gelungen, ein spaßiges Spiel zu entwickeln. Der Titel greift die positiven Elemente des ersten Teils auf und erweitert diese noch durch einige kleine Veränderungen. So wird der Hintergrund jetzt in 3D dargestellt, der Straßenkonzert-Modus ist im Duett spielbar oder es gibt zwei neue Mehrspieler-Minispiele.