A tribe of mysterious marauders has put some sort of musical spell on the creatures of Donkey Kong Island, and now they're stealing every banana in sight! Naturally, this doesn't sit too well with Donkey Kong, whose personal banana hoard hsa been ransacked. With his pint-sized pal Diddy Kong on his shoulders, Donkey Kong sets out to get to the bottom of this bewildering banana burglary.
Cranky Kong's Shop - Donkey Kong's white-bearded, grouchy elder, Cranky Kong. The white-bearded, grouchy elder of the village, Cranky Kong has set up shop in each of the nine worlds to sell handy items like balloons, which give extra lives, and other neat things. He tends to ramble on, but he may provide some helpful tips, so listen to your elder!
Pursue Donkey Kong's missing bananas in wild and crazy capers across action-packed worlds. Will you play it slow and steady, or romp through the game like an animal?
Run with Rambi - Rambi the Rambunctious Rhinoceros shows up in certain areas, lending Donkey Kong a helpful horn. Hitch a ride with him to knock pests out of the way, and uncover hidden rooms by busting down shaky walls. With Rambi's help, tough obstacles become a piece of banana cream pie.
Manic Mine Carts - Travelling by mine cart is the best way to head through the many caves on Donkey Kong Island. Those tracks have gotten really rickety over the years, so Donkey Kong will find himself leaping from track to track, and cart to cart, as the broken rails tumble away beneath him. Watch out for bottomless pits - they're everywhere.
Barrels of Fun - Donkey Kong Island is littered with barrels - and it wouldn't be a Donkey Kong adventure without them! Some barrels become cannons that launch Donkey Kong in all directions, and others are filled with goodies. A few may turn into Rocket Barrels, which send him flying through the entire stage.
Collectibles & Secrets - Every level on Donkey King Island is filled with bananas, secrets, and all sorts of items. Collecting puzzle pieces and letters that spell out K-O-N-G are just a few of the challenges that await the adventurous explorer. Look extra hard to find secret levels and special collectibles.
Super Guide - Having a bit of trouble with a really tough level? If you lose enough lives, ask Super Kong to save the day, and he'll complete the level for you. Just remember to go back and try it yourself sometime, so you can get all the goodies and hidden secrets!
Players can compete in local wireless matches or online over a broadband Internet connection.
The game supports both SpotPass and StreetPass features.
Players can show their own style by customizing their vehicles with accessories that give them a competitive advantage. For instance, giant tires help a kart drive off-road, while smaller tires work best on city courses.
People can choose to race as one of their favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters or even as their Mii character.
The Mario Kart franchise continues to evolve. New kart abilities add to the wild fun that the games are known for. On big jumps, a kart deploys a wing to let it glide over a track shortcut. When under water, a propeller pops out to help the kart cruise across the sea floor.