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It may be 2018, but, when DK Vine is on the beat, we'll be reporting the latest news about Donkey Kong, Rare, and Playtonic as if it were 1994. And truthfully, you'll have to excuse us for thinking it's still the 1990's, what with the caliber of games coming our way. Rare's biggest title ever, Sea of Thieves, comes out in March. Retro's finest game ever, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, returns for the Switch in May. Playtonic, fresh off of Yooka-Laylee, is waiting to make their next mov ...
 
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Banjo-Kazooie turns 20! As we already did our Banjo-Kazooie Spotlight episode back in Season 1, let's instead focus on B-K's enduring legacy. Why does a 3D platformer released two years in the Nintendo 64's lifespan still resonate so strongly with gamers and developers today? Hyle and Jeff, as well as numerous Kongversation listeners, weigh in ...…
 
E3 is over and done, but we still have a bunch of exclusive thoughts and experiences from the show to share. Since Kongversation famous Kongversation caller Mametchi was at E3, we thought we'd also have him on to do the same. What happened when Mametchi met Rare? What happened when Sea of Thieves stormed Skull and Bones? What about when Hyle an ...…
 
Continuing our E3 2018 journeys, Nintendo's relatively underwhelming Nintendo Direct didn't dissuade us from giving the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate a chance. We played it on the show floor, with Mitchell going competitive and Hyle doing non-competitive. What do we think? Do we think any more newcomers will make it in? And, most importantly, ...…
 
Hyle and Mitchell attended the Xbox Briefing today as the Sea of Thieves content updates for the rest of the summer were revealed, as well as the revival of Battletoads for 2019. Also included in the episode is the annual discussion of our E3 lodging, as well as a surprising discussion about the OTHER games Xbox had to offer. Which one did we i ...…
 
The first major in-game event for Sea of Thieves, The Hungering Deep, launched on May 22nd. After spending an amazing eight hours playing it last Saturday, Hyle and Cameron report back here with their experiences.
 
It's looking to be a fairly substantial year for the Donkey Kong Universe at E3. With confirmed appearances by both Donkey Kong and Rare, Playtonic keeping mum about potential announcements, and the eternal mystery of what Retro is up to, Hyle and his E3 2018 cohort, Mitchell Wolfe from off of Super Jump, look at what DKU fans can expect this t ...…
 
With news that Nintendo has filed a trademark for the Nintendo 64 Classic mini console, Hyle once again invited Josh Wallen from off of The Geek Critique on the show to have a Kongversation about both the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic and the Nintendo 64 Classic... and how the latter would even be possible without the majority of ...…
 
Now that Hyle has a Switch, he's finally turning his attention to the Donkey Kong Universe-centric games he has yet to pick up. Before any potential Yooka-Laylee DLC hits, that means he's first got to try out the Switch port of Yooka-Laylee. Done in-house by Playtonic over the better part of 2017, does it give Nintendo fans a worthwhile experie ...…
 
Did you know that Retro Studios is working on a spiritual Diddy Kong Racing successor starring Star Fox characters and featuring one or more cameos from the Kongs? You did? Of course, because it's CRAZY E3 RUMOR SEASON. Even in the face of potential malarkey, we do have some real news to report: Playtonic preparing to unload some new Yooka-Layl ...…
 
We've unwrapped Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze (Switch, no colon)! What are our opinions on New Funky Mode, the price point, and, perhaps most importantly, where it takes place on the Donkey Kong Universe timeline? Join Hyle and Josh "The Geek Critique" Wallen for a freewheeling discussion!
 
OOPS! It's another Kongversation Mini that has nothing to do with the topic matter the show is supposed to be about! Hyle and Jeff talk the DC Comics Universe in light of Action Comics reaching 1,000 issues, DC Rebirth, and the DC Extended Universe collapsing in on itself like that time Kyle Rayner imploded the planet Oa. DON'T PRETEND LIKE YOU ...…
 
There's a new book out, "Tales from the Sea of Thieves", that's presented as an in-universe journal from several hundred years ago. Mildewed and blood-splattered, it's as if you're holding a piece of the game world in your hands. Plus, not only does it expand and flesh out the lore of Sea of Thieves, but it also begins to tie it to the larger D ...…
 
There's a new Animal Buddy in the Switch version of Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Introducing Funky's personal parrot: Tawks!
 
Sea of Thieves is finally here! The Kongversation gives its first impressions of the game in its released form, discussing what we love and addressing the somewhat shaky critical reception. How can anyone hate on a game that lets Hyle play as the ultimate pirate beefcake he's created?
 
Before the Kongversation embarks on several Sea of Thieves-related episodes, we take care of the dirty business of Smash Bros. discussion. Now that the fifth (or sixth?) iteration of the series has been announced for the Nintendo Switch, Hyle invites Mitchell Wolfe back to the show to help him deal with the recently scabbed wound being ripped o ...…
 
The Kongversation gets topical. More than a dozen topics, actually. After discussing some of the recent Donkey Kong news, we open up the show to what our listeners brave enough to phone in want to talk about. Shockingly, it's not just about wanting K. Rool in Smash Bros. It's, uh, a little of that though.…
 
Dixie Kong. Video game hero. Trailblazing heroine. The second most famous woman of the 1990's to wear a beret. Dixie's in-universe life story is told here, while we also keep an eye on her constant struggles in the real world, from being ignored by marketing to her frequent multi-year hiatuses. Nevertheless, Dixie persisted. Also, how in shit's ...…
 
Recorded on Valentine's Day, Hyle and Nick look at the lovelorn, lusty almost hook-ups across the Donkey Kong Universe. It's a raunch-filled evening with more sex than you can shake a stick at. Although if you really want to be successful in the ways of romance, please refrain from shaking your stick at podcast hosts.…
 
Hyle and Cameron discuss their experiences in the Sea of Thieves Closed Beta, which ran from January 24th through the 30th. Blissfully, it wasn't under an NDA, so we're actually able to talk about what happened! Are we still fanatical about Rare's newest release, or have ocean temperatures cooled? I realize that ocean temperatures cooling would ...…
 
Before you listen, check out our YouTube video on the T.T. matter at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR1jH6zDA9k. Caught up? Good. #TTInSeaOfThieves!
 
Donkey Kong's going to be DLC in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle this spring as a playable character inside a DKC-style world, all set to some new Grant Kirkhope music. Mitchell Wolfe is back in the co-host chair to discuss the finer points of Rabbids, hard-to-pronounce Creative Directors, and the glorious return of Donkey Kong 64's helivines.…
 
A brand new year for the Kongversation begins with a near half-decade old game! But when that game is the brilliant yet overlooked Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, is that really so bad? Hyle and TheCartoonGamer, Malik McLeod, discuss Tropical Freeze for the Switch and the all-new Funky Mode!
 
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!
 
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, ...…
 
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.
 
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.…
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 ...…
 
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?
 
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.…
 
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!…
 
Once again, an envoy from Rare and Friends has traveled to both EQX and Rare HQ. Don't miss this exciting episode!
 
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 e ...…
 
Not only is it our 100th episode, but it’s also the shows 2 year anniversary! To celebrate, the whole staff puts their heads together to come up with definite Top 20 Best Rare Games of all time.
 
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.
 
We try to stop playing FortuneFish's Kroko Bongo long enough to give our first impressions of it!
 
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" ...…
 
We play yet another round of Rare and Friends 20 Questions!
 
GoldenEye 007 has turned 20. We take a look at its legacy.
 
For the full effect of this episode, follow along with the DK Vine Gallery at http://www.dkvine.com/games/gallery/artwork/!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 ...…
 
Our hopes and expectations for Gamescom 2017.
 
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 gam ...…
 
We play another round of Rare and Friends 20 Questions!
 
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 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. Roo ...…
 
This week, the crew recalls their most recent voyage on the Sea of Thieves
 
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!…
 
This week, we fill up a full episode with just the news!
 
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.
 
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