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541 - New Year's Forecast 2018

The season finale of the Kongversation sees us looking ahead to the distant, far off future of 2018, where we speculate (with reason) on what we'll see for Donkey Kong, Playtonic, and Sea of Thieves 'n' Rare!

Duration: 00:42:38

540 - The DKU Tribunal Second Term

Before the year is out, Hyle Russell and Jeff Onan reconvene to debate the legality of more games that are potentially part of the shared Donkey Kong Universe: Super Mario Odyssey, Kirby: Planet Robobot, Lunchables Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts Aerial Challenge, and Super Mario Maker! Along the way, they get into extremely nerdy debates about, well, everything, up to and including the actual definition of a video game. Oh good. I was getting tired of the Internet complaining about Star...

Duration: 01:48:04

539 - Spotlight: Diddy Kong Racing (part 3)

The modes, worlds, tracks, and bosses of Diddy Kong Racing take us to the finish line of our Spotlight series, along with a contemplative look on the enduring legacy of the game. It's mostly those haystacks with eyes.

Duration: 06:25:37

538 - Spotlight: Diddy Kong Racing (part 2)

In the second part of the Diddy Kong Racing Spotlight, the boys discuss the surprisingly deep plot and characters of the game. Well, deep for a game where monkeys and mice race each other so they can then fight a large pig man. I'M SORRY YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND, DAD. Also, I don't give a crap that Apple Jacks taste nothing of apple.

Duration: 04:12:08

537 - Spotlight: Diddy Kong Racing (part 1)

20 years on, Hyle and Cameron reflect on perhaps the most important game ever for fans of Donkey Kong and Rare. It's the game that not only fulfilled the promise of Diddy Kong as a "Video Game Hero", but it introduced the world to Banjo, Conker, and an entire universe of characters.

Duration: 02:32:59

536 - Character Witness: Mumbo Jumbo

Mumbo Jumbo is a magic man who turns things into other things. He wears a funny skull and has scaly pink skin because of reasons. This is an unnecessary podcast about him.

Duration: 01:08:04

Mini 006 - Super Mario Odyssey Continuity and the DKU

It looks as though "the merger" was more volatile than we had thought! In this Kongversation Mini, Hyle is joined by Cameron and David to analyze if Super Mario Odyssey's New Donk City has wrecked Donkey Kong continuity, and to also initiate the discussion about whether or not it should be considered a "Donkey Kong Universe" game. Spoilers for New Donk City!

Duration: 00:47:00

535 - Playing With Super Power: A Literary Analysis

The new book from Nintendo and Prima Games chronicling the history of the Super Nintendo is the latest tome the Kongversation takes off the shelf for a Literary Analysis. This is made somewhat surreal given that DK Vine itself is featured in the book. WHO WAS FIRED FOR THAT BLUNDER?

Duration: 01:41:22

DXXXIV - Spotlight: Donkey Kong Land III

The celebration of Donkey Kong Land III is here! Weird and sloppy might be how you like your romantic interests, but is it any way to make a Donkey Kong platformer? Hyle and the elusive David Lynch are in a race against time to try and understand what the hell is going on with the concluding chapter of the Donkey Kong Land trilogy.

Duration: 03:23:37

533 - Everyone's a Critic

Spurred on by the irresponsible journalism and subsequent colorful responses that the last episode generated, the Kongversation discusses ingrained, yet unfair, criticisms of the Donkey Kong Universe from cranky fans and the grumpy gaming media. I can't wait to see what unsourced headlines this episode will be responsible for!

Duration: 00:59:55

532 - Interview: Craig Duncan, Studio Head of Rare Ltd. (Talk WITH a Pirate Day 2017)

On an episode with a longer title than Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie, Craig Duncan, Studio Head of Rare, joins the Kongversation for a wide-ranging interview. Everything from Sea of Thieves to Craig's (shocking!) favorite Donkey Kong game gets discussed. It's the best Kongversation interview with a Rare Studio Head that's ever been, ever ever ever, on any episode.

Duration: 01:18:49

531 - Rare Spiritual Successors: Phase Two

Monkeys and crocodile men seem to be back in fashion in gaming, but not in the way we've grown accustomed to. On this episode of the Kongversation, we look at the next round of games inspired by Rare's classics: FortuneFish's Kroko Bongo and Chameleon Games' Tamarin.

Duration: 01:10:48

530 - Sonic Mania is Running Wild, Brother!

Oh no! Sonic Mania? Has the Kongversation finally run out of Donkey Kong Universe-related topics to yammer on about? Not so fast, Barry Allen! The concept of Sonic diehards making good and churning out the best Hedgehog game in years has intrigued the Kongversation. Sonic expert Josh "The Geek Critique" Wallen and local weirdo Nick "Spuzzwick" Prol join Hyle to talk abou the joys of Sonic Mania, and how a similar philosophy could be applied to Donkey Kong, Banjo-Kazooie, and Conker.

Duration: 02:16:55

529 - Deal of the Art

For the full effect of this episode, follow along with the DK Vine Gallery at! Cameron leads a look at how the art style of the Donkey Kong series has evolved since Donkey Kong Country. Rare, Nintendo, Paon, and Retro have all had varying takes, but has the soul of Donkey Kong survived all these years later?

Duration: 01:51:03

528 - Scrubbing Smash's Taint

WHY? Well, that you have such an exasperated reaction should tell you why! Mitchell Wolfe returns to the Kongversation to discuss ways the stigma of Super Smash Bros. can be removed in light of the psychic scars and lingering disappointment over the most recent iteration. Don't worry: The answer isn't "put more Donkey Kong characters in the game". Although, you know, they should put more Donkey Kong characters in the game.

Duration: 04:09:22


It's the long-awaited sequel to the Kongversation's Season One classic, "BEARS"! In "ANIMALS", Hyle and Nick discuss the importance of Animal Buddies in the Donkey Kong series. Naturally, this includes exhaustively cataloging each and every one for over three hours. This episode is longer than the natural lifespan of some of these Buddies!Once upon a time there was going to be a Game Boy Advance follow-up to Diddy Kong Racing called Diddy Kong Pilot. After spending a few years in...

Duration: 02:40:06

526 - Abortion Clinic: Diddy Kong Pilot

Once upon a time there was going to be a Game Boy Advance follow-up to Diddy Kong Racing called Diddy Kong Pilot. After spending a few years in development hell, it eventually saw release only as a Banjo-Kazooie game called Banjo-Pilot. So what happened? Surprisingly, it's not what you think! This is the tumultuous story of Redneck Kong, K. Rool hunting for the city of El Dorado, Mario as a supporting character to Diddy Kong, and so much more!

Duration: 01:01:03

525 - The DKU Tribunal

Court court court court court! Introducing the DKU Tribunal, where Hyle Russell and Jeff Onan convene to determine the legality of several games' place in the shared Donkey Kong Universe. On this episode, we examine Yooka-Laylee, Fairytale Play Theatre, Tracky Train, Mini Mario and Friends: amiibo Challenge, and the modern Killer Instinct!

Duration: 02:45:18

524 - Yooka-Laylee: Beyond World 5

Beyond World 5! Or should that be... bee-yond World 5? No, and I'll ask you kindly to turn around and listen to another podcast if that's the type of wordplay you want to bring to this listening experience.

Duration: 01:22:06

523 - Better Call Sack!

The crowds of E3 have dispersed, but the Kongversation's Call Sack is bulging! Let's answer all of the previously unheard listener messages on the DK Vine Hotline from March to the present. Have something you'd like to say? 1-202-630-VINE (8463)!

Duration: 01:34:26

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