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DK64 - Tag Anywhere

Hack of Donkey Kong 64

Description:

This patch lets you use D-Pad Left/Right to instantly tag to the previous/next Kong in the rotation.

The mystery menu options are unlocked without capturing banana fairies for your convenience.

Made with love by Isotarge, with help from the DK64 crew.

This patch will work on real N64 hardware via flash/dev carts. Wii U VC inject has been tested and is working.

For more information including source code, see https://github.com/Isotarge/dk64-tag-anywhere

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Donkey Kong 64 (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo 64 (v. 20180814-043336)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: CF806FF2603640A748FCA5026DED28802F1F4A50
  • File/ROM CRC32: D44B4FC6

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
IsotargeHackingPrimary hacking & ASM work
Tom BallaamHackingTag anywhere implementation
Kaze EmanuarHackingTag anywhere implementation
runehero123Original HackingROM Map

User Review Information

The Game is Actually Good Now

Reviewed By: Nintendo 64 Wizard on 06 Jun 2021

As much as I’ve always loved Rare’s Nintendo 64 library, I always hated one entry and that was Donkey Kong 64. It had so much potential, but it was so stupidly tedious that I considered it unplayable. That in combination with it frankly not being their best work even with this mod made me not even want to near this game even for a single any percent playthrough, but that changed recently and I beat the game for the first time, actually finding it decent.

I do have a couple major complaints for this mod though. First of all, I disliked how you have every Kong at the beginning. It really would have been better if you still had to unlock them, but you could swap between them freely once you did. I know this would make it even harder to code, but it doesn’t even seem like the team has any interest in taking that extra step. I know it’s even less tedious the way it is, but it honestly doesn’t feel tedious enough with this mod. I’ve always found it fun to revisit old levels with extra abilities to discover things I’ve never noticed before, and don’t think it’s the same as just boring yourself to tears by walking back to a swap barrel over and over.

More importantly though, I hate how this mod ONLY works on real hardware and not emulators. As much as I appreciate mods that work on real hardware, the fact that’s the only option meant that I had to buy a $150 device just to try the mod, in addition to the $30 I spent getting the Donkey Kong 64 cartridge to dump. If you already have both these things, it isn’t as big of a deal, but a lot of us don’t. I honestly would have preferred if this mod only worked on emulators if that was the only other option.

Nonetheless, this is the decent version of Donkey Kong 64 we’ve waited 20 years for, and it’s hard to not recommend it despite all its major issues.

Version 4.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
The Game is Actually Good NowNintendo 64 Wizard06 Jun 20214.0Yes
One way to fix a problem but not the best waypocket03 Aug 20204.0Yes
Makes DK64 a hundred times better, except for one thing...ShadowOne33327 Apr 20204.0No
Definitive way to replay DK64 without backtrackingMattKimura23 Apr 20204.0Yes