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You've been scaling the mountain, desperately seeking enlightened chat on the Donkey Kong Universe. Welcome to DK Vine's Kongversation, where we'll teach you the ancient ways of the shared universe of games spinning out of Donkey Kong Country. Well, a quarter-century feels ancient, doesn't it? With modern Donkey Kong masters Rare and Playtonic thriving and the DK brand itself hitting its 40th anniversary this year, the Kongversation will impart to you the wisdom of Donkey Kong, Banjo-Kazooie ...
 
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E3 is here! E3 is at home! On our LIVE E3 preview (broadcast on E3 Friday on https://twitch.tv/dkvine), Hyle and a panel of DK Viners discuss what the all-digital return of the biggest gaming event of the year might yield for the Donkey Kong Universe. The new Donkey Kong game? A second or THIRD Donkey Kong game? Everwild? Banjo-Kazooie? BACONHEADZ?…
 
The Kongversation has been historically negative about Mario Kart Tour. But recently, Hyle and Jeff got upgraded phones and have been able to give the game a fairer shot, discovering the hidden joys not immediately apparent to anyone afraid their phone is going to catch on fire halfway through a race. Also, Hyle spent $39.99 on Dixie Kong and feels…
 
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, as well as other recent entries in the Crash Bandicoot series, embraced the full history of the franchise's extensive characters and lore. Donkey Kong, on the other hand, has been whittled down to eight core characters. Come share the plight of the DK fan with Hyle and Jeff!…
 
Rare Gamer's Steve returns to the Kongversation to discuss even more about Stop 'N' Swop! Two days after our last episode on the subject, Rare employee and Stop 'N' Swop architect Paul Machacek revealed even more secrets about the fabled connectivity between Rare's N64 games, including a secret ending to Donkey Kong 64 and exactly how and when Nint…
 
Have you heard about Diddy Kong's old render made new by becoming a bit hairier? You've probably heard about it since it's been all over the news sites and social media the past week. But is there any burning fur coming from all of this smoke? DK Vine weighs in on what this could mean!By DK Vine
 
How about some chat you little twat? On the second part of our Conker's Bad Fur Day Spotlight series, we discuss the opening Chapters of the game, all taking place during the chaste wholesomeness of the daytime. This episode is dedicated to the memory of Bloopie the dinosaur.By DK Vine
 
One year shy of the legal drinking age in the Cock and Plucker, Conker's Bad Fur Day has turned 20! On the first installment of our patented Spotlight series, the Kongversation follows the long, winding road from the cute and cuddly 'nice' Conker's Quest to the poo-swimming, urine-guzzling 'nasty' of Conker's Bad Fur Day!…
 
Featuring Steve from off of Rare Gamer, it's the audio history of Stop 'N' Swop! The notorious abandoned feature would have linked Banjo-Kazooie with not only Banjo-Tooie, but Donkey Kong 64 and other Rare games to bring the Ice Key and ? Eggs across Rare's shared universe! We discuss what we know, what went wrong, and the immeasurable legacy it's …
 
The Kongversation finally tackles the mammoth, sprawling sequel to Banjo-Kazooie in the first part of our mammoth, sprawling retrospective in honor of its 20th anniversary! To kick things off, Hyle and Cameron discuss the plot and characters, as well as the hype surrounding the game before its release!…
 
Nintendo has announced that they're ceasing production on the 3DS, signaling the end of 31 years of full-fledged secondary handhelds that sat parallel to the main consoles. The Kongversation takes a nostalgic look back at them all, with a specific focus on the Donkey Kong Universe landmarks along the way.…
 
In the midst of all of the leakin' and L-is-Realin' over at Nintendo, a surprise early version of Yoshi's Island labeled "Super Donkey" has flown (literally) under the radar. The Kongversation discusses why this might be a long-forgotten attempt at reviving Donkey Kong months before Nintendo's fateful meeting with Rare!…
 
A longtime staffer at Rare, Chris Allcock left the studio in 2017 to pursue a freelance writing career... which meant writing for Rare. Helping shape the lore of numerous games, he's recently written the official Sea of Thieves novel "Athena's Fortune." He's now on our podcast. We will ask him questions. He will answer.…
 
Streamed live during Day 3 of DK Vine's "Not E3" Stream-A-Ganza, it's an E3 episode without the E3! What is the state of the hallowed annual gaming event now that we've had our first year without it since 1994? Featuring Jeff, Jeff's candlelight, Jeff's buzzing generator, Jeff's grandfather, Jeff's grandfather's oxygen machine, and the demon that c…
 
Diddy Kong Racing is forgotten. Well, not by those of us who were there in 1997, or those who had N64s after their heyday, or those who are students of history. But to the general gaming populace and younger Nintendo fans? It's barely a footnote. And, as a result, the actual history of the Donkey Kong Universe is blurred. Hyle and Jeff discuss how …
 
Finally! It's the Spotlight episode for Mario Golf (Game Boy Color), the RPG counterpart to the Nintendo 64 classic. Kid! Joe! Sherry! Azalea! And, for a few brief seconds, Donkey Kong! It's one of DK Vine's favorite Cameo Games... and one of our favorite games, period. Well, until Kiddy's Kitties knocks it off the list.…
 
When the culture around a series changes, either through a new creative direction or evolving popular tastes, an older generation of fans is usually left feeling cold. It eventually happens to every fandom, and Donkey Kong is no exception. Neither is Sonic the Hedgehog, and that's why Hyle is joined by Josh "The Geek Critique" Wallen to discuss the…
 
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