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Donkey Kong (ドンキーコング, Donkī Kongu) is a secret opponent in Wii Punch-Out!!, appearing in Last Stand Mode and in Exhibition Mode. Unlike the other boxers, he doesn't have a montage at the start of the match. Donkey Kong has banana bunches coming out of his face with every hit to the face and speaks in monkey ooks, supplied by Takashi Nagasako, his voice actor in the Mario games he appears in.
Unlike most boxers, the majority of his moves are taunts. However, a missed hit on any of his taunts will be dodged and counterattacked. Being a gorilla, he is very strong and nearly any attack from him that isn't dodged can result in a knockdown. Once he has been knocked down, he will chain his attacks together, creating very powerful combos and can attack as many times as 6 in a single set. While there are a lot of opportunities for gaining stars during the fight, they all have narrow openings. He is very difficult to KO and will most likely be beaten by decision the first time. As all the Title Defense boxers, he'll dodge Star Punches thrown when he isn't doing anything (when he taunts).
- Left Hammerfist: DK brings his left fist down. Can be dodged.
- Delayed Right Hammerfist: DK pauses for a moment before bringing his right fist down. Can be dodged.
- Backhand: DK swings his right arm backwards. Can be ducked or dodged to the left.
- Double Slam: DK slams both fists down to one side and does the same with the other. Must be dodged to the side he isn't targeting.
- Leaping Attack: DK leaps forward to attack in one of 2 ways: If he beats his chest repeatedly, he uses a double hammerfist that must be dodged. If he pounds his chest twice, he slams his arms down before bringing them together. This must be ducked or countered before he attacks for a stun.
- Roll: DK rolls forward to taunt Mac further. On a failed roll, he stumbles and flashes yellow. A frog can be heard croaking if the roll is a failed one.
- Delayed left jab during DK's mocking ooks. (In which he slams his fist down to try and hit you)
- Almost immediate left jab the minute DK is about to scratch at his side. (In which he performs his backhand)
- Immediate right jab just as DK is about to blow a mocking kiss.
- When DK rolls (be it a failed roll or complete) a jab/hook at the right time will give you a star.
- When DK begins to dance, wait for a moment and right hook him.
(With all of these stars, timing is very strict.)
- Counter any leaping attack with a Star Punch
- Counter his failed roll with a 3-Star Punch
- TKO or KO Donkey Kong...without ducking!
- TKO or KO Donkey Kong...without stunning him!
- Defeat Donkey Kong in less than 150 seconds!
As per the unified rules of boxing established by the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combat Sports:
Donkey Kong has the distinction of having the second most illegal uniform in the franchise behind Mad Clown:
- His size, weight and nationality are unknown, meaning he most likely did not attend the compulsory weigh-in, nor did he acquire a legitimate US boxing license.
- He has personal branding on his gloves and tie, which is illegal.
- Boxers must have a clear distinction between the upper and lower halves of their body to allow the referee to easily spot low blows, and Donkey Kong's uniform, which involves a tie and nothing else, does not provide this distinction.
- Since he doesn't wear boxing shorts, there is no expansion above the knees that said shorts provide and, again, no clear indication for low blows.
- He doesn't wear boots.
- His tie counts as an accessory.
- Donkey Kong is implied to bring his boxing gloves in from home, since, again, they have personal branding. In boxing, the combatants gloves are provided by the venue so that the fighters cannot enhance them illegally, though there is no evidence of illegal enhancements in Donkey Kong's gloves.
- He munches on bananas during corner breaks, which is illegal since only water is allowed to be consumed in the corner.
He also has a highly illegal fighting style.
- Ear claps are not allowed.
- Backhands are not allowed.
- Jump strikes are not allowed.
- Side strikes are not allowed.
- When he rolls on the ground, he's officially down since his knees make contact with the floor.
- He taunts often, which is disrespectful to the fight and opponent.
Counting the fact that his lack of boxing shorts also means there is expansion above the knees that said shorts provide and no clear indication for low blows, as separate infractions, this totals up to 19 infractions, second only to Aran Ryan.
- Donkey Kong reuses his voice clips from Super Mario Strikers.
- During one of the intermissions, Doc Louis says, "Listen up, son! If you're having trouble... Maybe I should call my plumber! Ha ha ha!" as a reference to Mario, who is a plumber and Donkey Kong's friendly rival. Mario had also had his grandfather Cranky as a pet during the time of the original arcade game of Donkey Kong (and it's sequels).
- When Donkey Kong wins, he picks up Little Mac, puts him over his shoulder and leaves the ring. This happens in the same fashion when Donkey Kong kidnaps Pauline, as a reference to the original Donkey Kong.
- In Mac's Last Stand, this also skips the cutscene where Mac gives away the champion belt, possibly implying he still has it if he loses all 3 matches to Donkey Kong.
- In the original arcade version of Punch-Out!!, Donkey Kong can be seen in two separate places in the audience, just behind each far corner of the ring. Mario, Luigi and DK Jr. can also be seen in the audience in the arcade version.
- Similarly, Donkey Kong also appears in the audience during the World Circuit fights in Wii Punch-Out!!.
- When he does the double double-fist combo (from failing on hitting him on the blow kiss taunt), it's possible to not get hit while dodging the wrong way, but the timing is strict.
- During the Title Defense match against Soda Popinski, Bald Bull, Super Macho Man, and Mr. Sandman, Donkey Kong can be seen watching the fight in the crowd. (In Champions mode)
- In earlier Title Defense matches, he can be seen further back in the audience.
- Donkey Kong has the least known experience of any boxer opponent in the Punch-Out!! series, having a record of 0-0 (0 wins, 0 losses and 0 matches overall) before fighting Little Mac.
- However, this level of experience could also apply to Kid Quick and Pizza Pasta; they have only appeared in the Punch-Out!! arcade game, where boxing experience is not specified.
- Similarly, due to having no victories before facing Little Mac, he is the only known opponent boxer in the series to have fewer victories than both Glass Joe and Gabby Jay before fighting Mac.
- Donkey Kong and Mike Tyson are the only opponents in the Punch-Out!! series to not originate as a Punch-Out character, but instead as a crossover character.
- DK is also the only boxer in the Punch-Out!! series who is not a human.
- Though his weight is listed as unknown, according to Donkey Kong 64, he is 800 lbs.
- Donkey Kong is the only fighter to not have a slideshow. This may have been done as to not spoil the surprise of Donkey Kong appearing on the ring.