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Donkey Kong
Nickname(s) DK
Rated at ??? lbs.
Height ?'??"
Nationality Kong (species)
Age ??
From ???
Stance Orthodox
First appearance Donkey Kong (1981)
Boxing record
Rank Lord of Games
Total fights 0
Wins 0
Wins by KO 0
Losses 0

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, the windows to get stars are a few frames. As with 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. Used after missing the star window on taunts 1, 4, and 5. Can be dodged.
  • Delayed Right Hammerfist: DK pauses for a moment before bringing his right fist down. Used after missing the star window on taunts 1, 4, and 5. Can be dodged.
  • Backhand: DK swings his right arm backwards. Used after missing the star window on taunt 2. Can be ducked or dodged to the left.
  • Double Slam: DK slams both fists down to one side. Used after missing the star window on taunt 3, 4, and 5. Must be dodged to the side he isn't targeting.
  • High Clap: DK opens his arms and closes them in on Little Mac. Used after missing the star window on taunt 4. This must be ducked.
  • Low Clap: DK slams his arms down and closes them in on Little Mac. Used after missing the star window on taunt 5. This must be countered.
  • Walk: DK will walk to the center of the ring. Punching him results in a star.
  • Back of the ring taunt: DK goes to the back, predicting 3 outcomes: He can do a roll immediately. 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 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 punch when DK winks during his mocking ooks, right after he winks. (In which he slams his fist down to try and hit you if you miss)
  • Almost immediate punch the minute DK is about to scratch at his side. (In which he performs his backhand if you miss)
  • Immediate punch 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 until his right arm (your left) is raised the second time and then punch.
  • When DK does his hammerfist, left jab DK when his fists are at the highest point.
  • Hit DK when he walks towards you.
  • When DK slicks his hair, hit him just after he stops speaking.

(With all of these stars, timing is very strict.)

Instant Knockdowns:

  • Counter any leaping attack with a Star Punch
  • Counter his failed roll with a 3-Star Punch
  • Use a star punch at the end of the combo after missing taunt 5's star window.

Stun limits:

  • The combos after missing taunt 1, 2, or 3: 5 and a delayed punch
  • The combo after missing taunt 4: 8 and a delayed punch
  • The combo after missing taunt 5: 11 and 2 delayed punches
  • Any leaping attack: 6 and a delayed punch

Exhibition challenges[]

  1. TKO or KO Donkey Kong...without ducking!
  2. TKO or KO Donkey Kong...without stunning him!
  3. Defeat Donkey Kong in less than 150 seconds!

Rule Infractions[]

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:
    • He has personal branding on his gloves (this counts as double infraction for every glove).
    • He also has personal branding on his tie.
    • Since he doesn't wear boxing shorts, there is no expansion above the knees that said shorts provide and no clear indication for low blows.
    • He doesn't wear boots.
    • His tie counts as an accessory.
  • 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.
    • Rapid strikes are not allowed.
    • When he rolls on the ring he very shortly shows his back to Mac which counts as him trying to run away or turn tail, a form of throwing the fight.
    • His taunts are disrespectful to the fight and opponent.
  • His size, weight and nationality are unknown, meaning he did not obtain a legitimate boxing license.
    • It is also implied that Donkey Kong is not an actual boxer and only showed up to fight Little Mac, which means that his fight might not be a proper boxing match.
  • He is a gorilla, which means he would not be allowed in the ring due to animal cruelty reasons on Mac's end and a dangerously high strength gap on his end. However the former can be excused by the fact that Donkey Kong is far more intelligent than a real life gorilla as shown in the games he appears in and it is shown during the match that he chose to fight Little Mac out of his own free will.
  • He consumes bananas during corner breaks, which is illegal since only water is allowed to be consumed in the corner.
    • After swallowing his bananas, he burps loudly, which is an action that is unsportsmanlike in boxing unless it's done by accident or the boxer apologises.
  • After winning against Little Mac, he grabs Mac and leaves the ring with him. While this may be allowed for post-fight theatrics if Mac consents to it before the fight in order to give Donkey Kong some character for the audience, this sort of horseplay would require heavy supervision to carry out.
  • His record is 0-0 (an indication that he didn't compete in any matches before facing Little Mac), and he fights in the World Circuit, which is equivalent to professional boxing. In order to compete in professional boxing, the boxer is required to compete in at least 20 matches, meaning Donkey Kong needs to compete in at least 20 matches in order to compete in the World Circuit.

Donkey Kong has 19 infractions.

Doc Louis Tips[]

  • "Hey, Mac baby. Pinch me... I must be dreamin'! Are you fightin' Donkey Kong?"
  • "Listen up, son! If you're having trouble... Maybe I should call my plumber! Ha ha ha!"
  • "Woowee, Mac! You got to stay on your toes! This Donkey Kong likes to throw punches in bunches, baby!"
  • "OK, son, here's the deal... You go out there and distract this gorilla! And then I steal his bananas and I will make myself a chocolate sundae! Ha ha ha!"
  • "Alright, son! You can't let this ape make a monkey outta you! Knock him out, baby! Ha ha! Let's hit him! Knock him out!"
  • "Mac! Tell me... how did a gorilla learn how to tie a tie? Ha ha ha!"
  • "Man, oh, man! Mac, I got a thought! After the fight maybe you can get DK's autograph for me? Can you do that, Mac? Ha ha ha!"


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  • 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.
  • The boxing gloves he uses are the same ones he uses to pitch with in the Mario Baseball series.
  • Like Mr. Sandman, Donkey Kong's theme song can be heard in both Career and Exhibition modes.
  • 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 a double fist, 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.
  • Donkey Kong has a model called "FEDonkeyKong" in the files of the game which is a model for the career fighter select screen, along with a model that is meant to be used after his defeat. These seem to be the exact same model.
  • Though his nationality is unknown in the Punch-Out franchise, he is from Donkey Kong Island, Donkey Kong Isles (also known as DK Isles).
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