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      15.09.2010 08:21
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      A unique controller used to drum the beat of tunes on Donkey Konga

      We got a couple of these 'bongos' when the original Donkey Konga came out. There was a second one later released too. I originally tried them at a games festival I went to in London. It was definitely the highlight of the trip, standing up on the wooden flooring in the Donkey Kong setting and banging away at the bongos to the sound of the music. This was a pretty unique idea and goes very well with the whole Donkey Kong theme and games. The bongos were featured in the games before Donkey Konga was released and it's great you get a chance to actually play them yourself! They are great controllers and really unique like no other. The bongos can be used purely as the only controller with the game. You can select through menus by tapping both sides of the bongo at once. You can scroll through the menus by simply tapping one of the two sides. There is also a button on the front side in between the bongos, which can be pressed as a menu button to go back. The Donkey Kong logo is just below this button. The bongos have a plastic shell but are designed to look like proper instruments straight out the jungle! They have a wooden effect with grey parts round the bongos and they look just like two barrels. The top of the bongos has a soft covering, which is an off-white colour to blend in nicely without contrasting too much. The bongos work well and can survive a lot of slapping - ours never broke and we used two pairs quite a lot! Under the covers, there are little buttons, which you can feel if you give them a press with one finger. They are sensitive to light and hard touch so it doesn't matter. The bongos are also meant to be used with a clap or slap on the side of them. The point of this is to create a noise picked up by the bongos. Unfortunately, me and my brother soon found out that the microphone in the middle of the controller on top was sensitive to 'blowing', which was great for those long clapping parts in songs. For the independent clap beat, it's a lot simpler to just clap or tap the sides! They stay on your lap pretty well although they don't have much special grip. They are light and not too big either so fit nicely. The controller is very efficient to use and works perfectly. The RRP is £24.99 but you can buy them brand new for about £15 each online. This isn't bad at all and they can be used with a few Nintendo games. Thanks for reading! :)

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        11.08.2010 17:04
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        A nice accesory for peripherial collectors

        The DK bongos is peripherial for the rhythym game Donkey Konga made by Nintendo in 2003. Donkey Konga had a moderate amount of success but not enough too generate a huge amount of games to be realeased only 3 games were used the Donkey Konga in the PAL region The Donkey Konga accessory is pretty much a Bongo set. There is a left and right drum and also a microphone built in to the console which can detect clapping. Whilst the controller looks really nice and from a distance an authentic sense of Bongos. But the bongos are made out of a very cheap feeling plastic which is incredibly hollow so it could shatter if droped on a hard surface. Also after playing on these for a fair amount of time I do have doubts in how long these pads can work before they become noticeably faulty as during gameplay you may find yourself hitting them really hard without knowing There is not much to say about them. If you are a peripherial collector then you can add these. But dont expect a serious amount of playtime with these they can be bought cheap from stores like Computer exchange for no more then £5, there are only three games avaliable and they are more of a novelty then a genuine games If you have a gamecube or wii and want to play a rhythym game then Donkey Konga with the DK bongos is an ok choice. But there are so many better rhythym games out such as Guitar Hero with better built peripherials

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        26.07.2010 17:05
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        One of the many roots of rhythm games we know today

        Nintendo have been at it again finding new ways for people to explore game environments, while using the controller to enhance game play. Its such a shame to me that only a few games used this controller to its full potential all of which are made by Nintendo. You can slap tap and even clap your way to victory with games including platforming and beat based music. This may have come before the wave of guitar hero games arrived on the scene providing far to many sequels to count. It might be a bit dated now, the bongos have been gathering dust; but I'l still never refuse the chance to show this what was once unique controller to any interested person. One game of Donkey Kong jungle beat and you'l be left wondering what else could have been made using this controller if the idea had caught on. I'm still hoping for a squeal, if you can get your hands on this; do not hesitate to buy.

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        01.07.2010 23:47
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        So cool to play, you know you want some!

        Any die hard gaming fan will know all about Nintendo's Donkey Kong character. He has been the star of many Nintendo games, he is a true funky monkey with a passion for playing the Bongos. With the arrival of the Game Cube, new ways to enjoy game play included the wonderfully fun to play Donkey Kong Bongo Drums. We still have our set along with the Game Cube and both have been great fun to own. ********************************************************** The Donkey Kong Bongo Controller initially came with the Game Cube Donkey Kong games. The series of games were called, Donkey Konga, Donkey Konga 2, Donkey Konga 3, and Donkey Kong, Jungle Beat. You could pick them up on their own after the arrival of the second game and they can still be bought in game shops now. We got a set of Bongos with the first game and they are great fun to use. They came in a funky box decorated with a pic of the famous Nintendo pin up, monkey boy himself. Yep Donkey Kong showing us all how its done, is pictured playing the bongo drums and looking cool (with incredibly big white teeth!). ********************************************************** The Bongos are joined solidly together in the middle and they are modelled on the famous barrels from the first arcade style Donkey Kong game. They are a decent size and nice and sturdy too. They are a kind of orange brown shade with a paler cream skin on top which forms the playing area, just like a real set of Bongos. For the DK Jungle Beat game, you play a game with Donkey Kong using the Bongo drums. To control Donkey Kong you have to bang the left drum to move him left and do the same with the right hand drum to move him right. DK can jump if you touch both drums at the same time. If you clap your hands or hit the sides of the Bongos with your hands DK claps too. ********************************************************** For the Donkey Konga games you use the controllers to play along to your song selection. This is much the same in principle to how you use the Wii guitar controllers for games like Guitar Hero, etc. Using the Bongos is such a fun way to play the game and its even better if there are several players taking turns to play the songs. Be prepared for lots of laughs along the way and sore hands from all the drumming and tapping. You can unlock songs along the way if your game play is good. You can also unlock new bongo sounds and mini games for Donkey Konga. Some of the bonus items are, Jungle jams, Bongos a go go and Monkey shines or mini games. You will need to earn yourself some coins to get some of these and can do that by earning them in street performance mode. ********************************************************** The Bongos are so much fun that even though games consoles have moved on in terms of what they can do and the quality of their graphics, we have hung on to them. We bought the Bongos and a game as a set, but you can still buy yourself a set of these for around £20 or so. I am giving them a 5 star rating as they are so much fun as a family game, that you will laugh your way through playing (especially with the Konga games) and will never want to part with them. Bring out your wild side and bag a set of DK Bongo controllers, you will have a monkey of a time!

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          03.09.2008 04:13
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          The controller that you must have for Donkey Konga!

          Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is a great game, and this is the controller that you are supposed to have to go with it. You can play the game without this, just by using a normal contoller, but the bongo drums are so much more fun. I think that the way that the game is set out, with beats to hit, makes this controller much more sensible than the proper controller, although while you are playing you will not feel sensible, because it is so much fun! There are three parts to the bongo drums- the two drums, and a microphone in the middle, which picks up the sound when you clap. The only complaint I have with this controller is that the drums needed to be hit in the right place to receive te sound, and with the microphone you need to clap above it for it to receiev the sound. These things are no dificcult to achieve. Overall, this adds immensely to the fun of a great game!

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        The DK Bongo is a special game controller used to play the Nintendo GameCube game Donkey Konga and other compatible games.

        The DK Bongo works just like a real set of bongos. Once plugged into a Nintendo GameCube controller port, players can hit the left and right drums and clap their hands together, in time to the music in the game. Sensors in the bongos pick up the player's drumming actions and a built-in microphone recognizes the clapping sounds.