Conclusion: If you never got a chance to check out the original DKJB, then you should definitely play NPC! DKJB. However, longtime fans of the bongo smashing original may have issues adjusting to this new version, or may even find that they miss their old peripherals while playing.
New Play Control! Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat (Wii) Review
29 June 2009
Summary: Before the EAD Tokyo team got to grips with Super Mario Galaxy, it was handed a debut project based around both the venerable Donkey Kong and the GameCube peripheral of the bongo drum controllers, which had previously only been used for the Donkey Konga rhythm games.
Excerpt: Genre: Platforming Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Nintendo Release Date: May 4, 2009 When Nintendo announced its New Play Control! series of games early this year, there were two camps of thought.
Excerpt: There’s a schism in the ideology behind the GameCube’s Donkey Kong Jungle Beat . It was either a brilliant, innovative experiment on how to control a platformer, or it was a desperate attempt to cash in on the gimmicky bongo controllers for fans that had already eagerly devoured Donkey Konga and its...
Review: Donkey Kong Jungle Beat New Play Control (Nintendo Wii)
14 May 2009
Excerpt: Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat (New Play Control) (Wii) Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Nintendo Genre: Action Platformer Release Date: 05/05/2009 Nintendo’s decision to release Gamecube remakes under a new label for only $30 is a welcome change over passing these games off as full new Wii releases.
Excerpt: New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is a re-release under the New Play Control label. It is based off the original Donkey Kong Jungle Beat on the GameCube and has been reworked with some changes and additions including the use of the unique controls of the Nintendo Wii.
Conclusion: If you never caught the original, then this is almost a must-have. It's stuffed with charm and clever ideas like the score-maxing hint sections displayed upon level-completion. In fact, this is classic platforming with the added bonus of individuality and innovation.