Hello friends it’s Tim here from Super Mayhem, Awooo, and boy howdy do we have some fun DK hacking action for you today.
I’m sure I’m not the only one that has a soft spot for the DK series on the SNES! Those pre-rendered backgrounds, those rolling or cartwheeling kongs and that unforgettable soothing soundtrack. Mwa, what a masterpiece these games are. Today however we are going to be taking a look at the first game in the series that was just re-released on the Switch, Donkey Kong Country.
So it turns out there are actually 2 versions of this game which makes game hacking a bit of a challenge as you will need the right version for the right code. But don’t worry, we will persevere and see what damage we can do to the wonderful 1994 side scrolling “Rare” classic that is the SNES title Donkey Kong Country! So onward with the show!
For starters, there are actually a couple of non-game genie hacks we can use in this game, such as the sound test which can be accessed on the file select screen by highlighting “erase game” and then entering Down A R B Y Down A Y! You will hear a sound and then just press select to cycle through the different tunes from the game! This has to be one of the greatest SNES soundtracks of all time.
If you want to make the game a bit easier just enter BARRAL at the file select screen with “erase game” highlighted and you will start the game with a very handy 50 lives. Not much else to this code other than it’s a cool name and also very helpful in passing the beast, especially that pesky snow world.
If you are lucky enough to have a second player with you, you can use the code BADBUDDY (where D is down and U is up) at the file select screen. This will allow the second player to take control of the Kong by pressing select when you are in 2 player mode. I didn’t get to test this one though! Jumping a head a bit you can even use the game genie code DD8B-C28A, this allows the inactive player to get control at any time by pressing A or SELECT. Now that is a great way to annoy your sibling or mate!
And finally if you enter Down Y Down Down Y (DYDDY) at the title screen of the game, you will hear a sound and then be able to enter a special room that has access to all of the animal bonus games, it’s pretty sweet really, especially if you want to practice them a bit like me!
Anyway, let’s get to what we all came here for and that is mad hax bro! As mentioned there are actually 2 versions of this game, so for the following cheats we will be using version 1.2, so if the codes don’t work for you it may be a version issue. Moving on, luckily for us there are a bunch of classic Galoob game genie cheats we can use, such as infinite lives when you enter the code C2C9-4E2C which is naturally super handy! When you die the HUD will show losing a life but when you re-spawn your lives will go back to what they were!
There are a couple of less interesting life related codes like D568-C34D which starts the game with 8 lives and then all the way to the code 1768-C34D that starts you off with 100 lives! As usual there isn’t much else to say about these cheats other than they exist and can help you out.
If you are after more lives then there are a number of default game genie cheats with banana’s that will surely make your day. These vary from only needing 75 bananas for an extra life to the best one which is the two line code DBC1-3D6D + DCC1-34AD this makes it so you only need to collect 10 of the yellow buggers to get that sweet, sweet extra life.
A more exciting code is 1DCC-CA7A which makes you pretty much invincible! Take that fishes and annoying Octopi in those beautiful underwater levels! You can run into enemies no problems and you don’t even lose your animal when hit, a collision action still occurs and a slight halt to game play but no dramas otherwise, however falling down pits, well, there is no coming back from a giant hole in the ground is there!
If you are like me and love playing with other animals in the game like Rambi or Enguarde, then you should be able to keep him if you pass the level with him right? Well with the code 1D6B-3FDD + 196A-333D you can do just that! If you pass a level with an animal you get to keep them in the next level! Keep in mind that Rhino’s don’t thrive underwater and neither do swordfishes on land…I had to test it though but it just turns out Enguarde just disappears on non-water levels. I believe this can lead to some game crashes though so keep this in mind when using this game genie code!
I love codes that effect the gravity in a game! Jumping high is just sweet and lucky for us there are a number of different codes that let you jump higher to varying degrees. For example 2D81-1273 gives Donkey Kong a Super Jump which is great! If you want the same jumping effect but for Diddy then the code AD81-1E73 will help your smaller Kong out too. It get’s even better though with the cheat’s 3D81-1273 and 2D81-1E73 which give Donkey and Diddy Kong, respectively, a Mega Jump ability which is totally bonkers! You can just about fly half way through a level with just a few hits of the B button!
There are even jumping codes that work for any of the animals you can ride as well! A08F-C273 will give animals a high jump whilst the code 3D8F-C273 will give any animal you are riding the Mega Jump ability as well! Look at Winky the frog go!
The last couple of default game genie codes we will cover are pretty awesome! D76B-337E will let you get both Donkey and Diddy back on the map screen after dying, as long as you don’t fall down a pit when you die, pretty handy!
EE65-C37E will have your other Kong return to you when you are hit as long as you have had both DK and Diddy at some point during the level. So if you are down to Diddy but had both DK and Diddy during the level, when you are hit DK will return! For some reason this code comes with the addition of “reset if you get stuck”, so this might be a bit glitchy, like losing 2 lives on mine cart carnage, so just a heads up!
And lastly if you enter DDB9-3DD4 as your game genie cheat, you will be able to press start and then select to return to the map even on levels you haven’t passed yet! I’m not super sure why you would want to do this unless you can see you are about to die anyway and are quick enough on the buttons.
Anywho, this covers some of the coolest default game genie cheats for Donkey Kong Country on the SNES! So you know what it’s time for now, some fan discovered cheats! Onwards we shall delve into the seedy underbelly of the internet and it’s game hacking action!
I guess starting with a banana related code is as good a place as any so with the cheat 6D20-3E52 you will get banana bunches as you walk through the level without touching them as long as they appear on the screen! Needless to say this is a bit random but hey, free banana is good banana, especially if you are DK!
The 3 line code DD89-32C4 + 6D88-3A14 + DD80-3E34 is the same thing except you will pick up most of the single bananas just by them being on the screen! Some won’t come flying but most of them will.
A very similar cheat code is 6D2B-C272 which instead of getting banana bunches, you will collect the KONG letters, which is really handy as you are just about guaranteed an extra life as you walk through the level!
6DC7-3ABB is in exactly the same vein as the previous cheats, only this time you pick up life balloons automatically! If you combined all of these cheats in one go you are smashing the game easily!
There are also extensions on the jumping mechanics such as the code EE81-1273 which is titled “Moon Jump for Donkey Kong”! This is some classic game cheating at it’s finest! You can basically hold down B to jump and then float across the entire level. Even when you release B you still keep flying till DK wants to stop. I did get a bit stuck in some scenery at one point but it all worked out fine so Moon Walk away king Donkey Kong!
For these next codes, I had to switch to the other version of Donkey Kong which is Version 1.1 instead of the 1.2. This is known on the underground scene as the “Bad version” of the game. I guess because they fixed some bugs in the newer version, which also fixed some possible game genie hacks. Anyway on with the 1.1 version show!
I’ve always enjoyed some cosmetic changes to the game so let’s start there! First off the code 83A7-13E3 is pretty whacky! Basically when you start riding an animal that isn’t Enguarde, the Kong that is riding it glitches completely! This is really bizarre but also pretty cool! When I swapped to Diddy Kong and rode Rambi, Diddy started flickering and then eventually turned upside down below Rambi! Then when I dismounted Rambi the poor bugger got stuck upside down himself and was no longer rideable. This is a weird cheat.
This second code is similar but this time when you enter 42A9-1273 Into your game genie, when you first get your animal in this case DK gets suspended in his current location and you run around as Rambi following you! When I went too far I suddenly turned back into a grey DK and wasn’t able to jump so fell down a pit. On my second go though I tried jumping off Rambi I started to change to some weird Neon colours as I progressed through the level! I think the footage speaks for itself but what a wild ride! Once again this doesn’t work with Enguarde but it is a pretty whacky cheat!
There are also meant to be a number of interesting sound cheats for this “bad” version of the game such as the code 113B-C70D which in the jungle levels gives different sound effects and just plain weird music. Another interesting code is 603B-C70D which is described as “clanky ‘Evil’ music” along with many different sound effects, again primarily in the jungle levels. However when I tried either of them I got a garbled screen and no change to the music. Bugger.
Moving on from non-working sounds, there is a large number of codes that affect the game play in different ways. Without being too tedious, here are a couple of the coolest working ones I have found!
Trying the code D082-137A I couldn’t help but laugh and also feel frustrated! It seems like the game wants to send you flying to the left of the screen whenever possible! This also shoots random enemies at you like they have been launched by NASA as they come at you like it’s no ones business. Whenever you push left you just go hurtling to the left of the screen until you either enter “Kong’s Banana Hoard” or you glitch through the map or fall to your death. This one is a wild one, you have been warned!
And lastly I was looking forward to testing BC82-137E because it promised me that DK and Diddy would both have “Hyper Rolls” and boy did it kind of deliver! Unfortunately I couldn’t get DK to hyper roll but Diddy, man, Diddy is like the warp whistle of the Kong universe! This little bugger will basically teleport across the screen and then some! This obviously worked to my detriment on Ropey Rampage, but this can be a really fun code to give a try for sure!
Anyway that’s it for today friends! I do hope you enjoyed hacking Donkey Kong Country on the SNES with me! If you did then be sure to smash a like on this bad boy, subscribe with notifications on, share it with your friends and if you really like the Mayhem then please consider checking out the Join button below or visiting our patreon for more. And with that said, I’ll catch you soon!