!![[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry The Video Games]]
* The music in the swamp levels in [=DKC2=] has the exact same drumbeat as "In the Air Tonight" by PhilCollins, which inevitably led to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEjoz9egJDs&feature=more_related this.]]
** The Bramble levels BGM [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J67nkzoJ_2M "Stickerbrush Symphony"]] takes chord progressions, beats, and a short excerpt from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2wrtoloJ6k "I Will Remember You" by Amy Grant.]]
** The ice cave level BGM, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYwx5A8Z1n0 "In a Snow-bound Land"]], is based on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w0Xy_6WIY0 "Theme of Antarctica" by Vangelis]].
** In [=DKC3=], when you enter Wrinkly's Save Cave, on occasion Wrinkly will be playing her {{Nintendo 64}}, as evidenced by the music being an {{Expy}} of the ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' "Inside the Castle Walls" theme [[note]]note they are not the same pieces of music: compare the original theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpOP0L3A7_Q here]] and the [=DKC3=] version [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEBqm9bGi3g here]][[/note]].
*** Also in Wrinkly's Cave, sometimes she will be sleeping, and the background music will be the baseline from the "Jungle Hijinx" tune from the first game.
** Also in [=DKC3=], the mill music, appropriately named [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiXLRjclk1s "Mill Fever"]], is based on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGb5IweiYG8 "Fever" by Peggy Lee]].
* BadExportForYou: "Jungle Fantasy", the Japanese OST for the original ''DKC'', contained seven arranged songs, all exclusive to the soundtrack. The OST was eventually released in Amercia as "DK [[XtremeKoolLetterz Jamz]]", though out of all the arrangements, it only contained [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYWBe_JcL-o Jungle Groove]], leaving out the other six songs ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9XyLawZNTM two]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTXghhkQG5Q examples]]).
* FollowTheLeader: It was obviously based on ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', but it does have its own original elements, like a frontal rolling attack, minecart rides, and secrets hidden in the walls. Though some still slam it for being a ''Mario'' clone.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The original DKC trilogy was removed from the NA and PAL Wii Virtual Console services for reasons known only to Nintendo, meaning the only way to get copies of the game is finding either the original SNES cartridges or the GBA remakes. That is until October 2014, where all three SNES games were released for the Wii U's Virtual Console (along with the Donkey Kong Land games for 3DS) in Europe and February 2015 for America.
* KillerApp: The original ended up being the deciding factor in the SNES defeating the Genesis in the West. DKC actually ended up becoming the top selling video game that gen that wasn't bundled.
* NamesTheSame: The song in ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Donkey Kong Country 3]]'''s factory levels was named ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Nuts and Bolts]]''.
** One of the two [[PiranhaProblem piranha]] enemies in [=DKC2=] is named "Snapjaw". "Snapjaw" is also the name of an enemy from the 1982 arcade game ''[[Franchise/DonkeyKong Donkey Kong Junior]]'' (they're the blue and red "walking bear trap" enemies).
* TropeNamer: This series is the trope namer for:
** BlackoutBasement
** GangplankGalleon
** GustyGlade
** HornetHole
** JungleJapes
** MinecartMadness
** TreeTopTown
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Cranky was meant to be a lot nicer during development of the first game, as seen [[http://tcrf.net/Donkey_Kong_Country_%28SNES%29#Unused_Dialogue here]]. According to early concept art, Cranky was originally named "Grandpa Kong" and looked like a white version of Donkey Kong with a beard.
** A giraffe animal buddy was planned for the first game, allowing DK to climb the giraffe's neck to reach high areas.
** [=DKC2=] has some sprites of Diddy and Dixie mourning, which have been DummiedOut. They seem to have been meant for when they lose a bonus game much like with DK and Diddy in the first game, rather than the screen freezing in the actual game.
** The Puftup enemies in [=DKC2=] were planned for [=DKC1=].
** Diddy Kong was actually originally going to ''be'' Donkey Kong Jr., but Nintendo rejected the redesign of the character, [[ExecutiveMeddling demanding either a closer design to the original or the new design be a new character entirely.]] Rare choose the latter option. The main difference between his DK Jr design and his Diddy Kong design is that he changed species (he gained a tail) and lost the "J" on his shirt.
** Concept art shows that K.Rool originally was named "Krudd".
** The Kremlings originally had a more ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}''-esque design and were blue.
** The earliest known plot involved the Kremlings stealing a "Golden Banana", causing Donkey Kong and Jr to have to get it back. The Golden Banana made it into material such as [[WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry the cartoon]].
** An unused plot for the first game was a crossover with Wario named ''Donkey Kong Vs Super Wario''.
* The fan favorite BGM [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J67nkzoJ_2M Stickerbrush Symphony]] almost didn't make it into [=DKC2=]. It was originally designed to be for [[UnderTheSea underwater levels]], but these didn't end up in the game (the closest would be levels that take place inside flooded pirate ships). Instead, the soundtrack was used for the bramble levels to juxtapose the difficulty of them.

!![[WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry The Cartoon]]
* FanNickname: Website/DKVine members like to call the show Lord Harry.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Outside a handful of episodes released on VHS and DVD, a complete series has yet to surface in any English speaking countries.
** For a while, a U.S. release (at least from Creator/ShoutFactory) seems unlikely, as [[http://www.shoutfactory.com/community/205/thread.aspx#axzz1KrqJLqOQ the distribution rights to the first season are owned by another company]], which means they could only release episodes from the second season onwards.
*** Peace Arch Trinity is currently releasing sets containing the episodes in production order in the U.S., but it's unclear if this will include Season 2.
** Finally averted by YTV themselves, who have put the [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZb1SVCX0ajqCT7IiJBHLJnVigUkfFhOT entire]] [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZb1SVCX0ajpWDg6MY4YLGAuZpjlFRxz4 series]] up on their official Youtube channel for free.
* InternationalCoproduction: The season was produced by Canadian-based {{Creator/Nelvana}} and French company [=MediaLab=]. The second season swaps out the latter with Taiwanese companies Creator/WangFilmProductions and [=CGCG=].
* TheOtherDarrin: King K. Rool was voiced by Len Carlson in the pilot episode "Bad Hair Day", and then by Benedict Campbell for the rest of the show's run.
* RelationshipVoiceActor: In the Japanese dub, Creator/KoichiYamadera and Creator/MikaKanai, who voiced DK and Candy, were married in real life (they have since divorced, though).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to writer Erika Strobel, the reason for {{Creator/Nelvana}}'s collaboration with [=MediaLab=] was because the latter fired the original writers for coming up with scripts that were racist, sexist, and inappropriate for a children's show. Since they already storyboarded 10 of those episodes, Nelvana had to write around them.
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