Donkey Kong Country Expert Edition

Donkey Kong Country Expert Edition is a ROM hack created by a user simply known as Q, which is aimed at slightly increasing the game’s difficulty by placing limitations on the player.

It is reasonable to consider Donkey Kong Country to be Rare’s chefs d’oeuvre as it is most certainly the game that gained them recognition as one of the video game industry’s leading developers at the time. Released in 1994 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, this pre-rendered 3D graphic platformer reestablished the Donkey Kong franchise for Nintendo. While initially critically acclaimed for its innovative graphics and addictive gameplay, amongst other things, critics have come to regard the game as somewhat overrated stating that it’s flashy graphics and straightforward gameplay ring shallow in comparison to the standards set by other Nintendo titles of the time.

New Game Features

This game has the following new features

  • Removed Power-ups And Extra Lives
  • Subsequently Increased Difficulty

Game Description

If you want to see a video of Donkey Kong Country Expert Edition in action, check out the video below.

YouTube video

Donkey Kong Country Expert Edition is a fairly simple hack with a fairly simple premise: what if the player had to complete each level with only two Kongs.

Players will find that all DK barrels, as well as Star and Warp barrels, have been removed from the game with the intent of making the game more challenging. As the first DKC game is considered to be one of the easiest of the series, this should serve as a welcome change for challenge seeking fans.

Expert Edition offers a clean challenge for players that are looking to test their skill in a pure “no deaths” run of DKC.

Title Screen

The title screen of this hack is the same as it was in the original release of the game.

Expert Edition Title Screen


No changes to the graphics were made for this hack.


Donkey Kong Country Expert Edition increases the difficulty of the base game by removing elements that served to support and revitalize the player in each course. At the beginning of the game players will start with both Kongs, instead of gaining access to the other via a barrel, and from there are left to conquer the level with no chance of regaining “hit points.” The removal of Warp Barrels and Star Barrels ensure that the player is forced to complete each level without any outside assistance or shortcuts, aside from hidden paths, to undermine the base difficulty of the game.


All sounds and music remain unaltered for this hack.


If you wish to play this game you can download the Donkey Kong Country Expert Edition Rom by clicking here.


So is this game worth a try? Donkey Kong Country Expert Edition is a simple difficulty hack aimed at ramping up the challenge presented by DKC. Purists and challenge seekers will enjoy this one as it does little to alter the original experience of DKC only restricting the player to parameters that will force them to apply their skills.

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