Donkey Kong 64 was released in 1999 as a platforming video game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo as a first-party title for the Nintendo 64 console. The game was initially released on November 22nd, 1999 in North America, then it came out in Europe on December 6th and lastly Japan on December 10th of the same year.

Donkey Kong 64 follows the adventures of Donkey Kong and four of his simian relatives as they try to win back their hoard of Golden Bananas and banish King K. Rool. Players can control all five Kongs in eight individual levels as well as a greater world map, a multiplayer mode, and several minigames.

Donkey Kong 64 was one of only three Nintendo 64 games to require the Expansion Pak (the others being The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Perfect Dark), which provides 4 MB more RAM for enhanced graphics and more expansive environments, as well as to fix a game-breaking bug.


Nintendo Power Award for 1999's overall game of the year
E3 1999 Game Critics Awards: Best Platformer