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Donkey Kong

The big and powerful gorilla makes his way to Project M as a buffed version of his Melee iteration, having several new tricks up his sleeve.

Donkey Kong is still, as always, one of the strongest characters in the game, but like usual, he is unique from other heavyweights for his surprisingly high mobility. His dashing speed is above average and otherwise makes him as fast as some of the lightweight characters. Aside from being fast and strong, Donkey Kong is also known for his incredible range, having among the longest physical reaches within the cast of characters. Donkey Kong is, as expected, unanimously a rather versatile and solid character to pick up and play due to his combination of speed, power, and incredible reach.

Standard Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Attack Info
A button 2 button A button A button Double Punch Punches two times
Right nunchuk+A button Right dpad+2 button Right lstick+A button Right control+A button Long Punch Punches in front of him. Slightly more range than his AA combo.
Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+2 button Up lstick+A button Up control+A button Arch Swing Swings his hand in an arch above him.
Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+2 button Down lstick+A button Down control+A button Low Swat Swats at the ground.
A buttonwhile dashing 2 buttonwhile dashing A buttonwhile dashing A buttonwhile dashing Kong Kick Kicks forwards while dashing. This move is dangerous as it has much ending lag.

Smash attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Smash Attack Info
Smash Right nunchuk+A button Right dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Right lstick+A button) or Right rstick (Smash Right control+A button) or Right cstick Big Clap He attacks with a big clap.
Smash Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Up lstick+A button) or Up rstick (Smash Up control+A button) or Up cstick High Clap He claps upwards.
Smash Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+1 button+2 button (Smash Down lstick+A button) or Down rstick (Smash Down control+A button) or Down cstick Kongo Punch He pounds enemies next to him.

Pummels and Throws[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Pummel/Throw Info
A buttonafter grab 2 buttonafter grab A buttonafter grab A buttonafter grab Ape Chop Does a karate chop on the opponents head
Right nunchukafter grab Right dpadafter grab Right lstickafter grab Right controlafter grab Cargo Carry Heaves the opponent on to his back and carries them around.
Left nunchukafter grab Left dpadafter grab Left lstickafter grab Left controlafter grab Backwards Fling Donkey Kong flings opponents backwards.
Up nunchukafter grab Up dpadafter grab Up lstickafter grab Up controlafter grab Upwards Fling Donkey Kong flings his opponents upwards.
Down nunchukafter grab Down dpadafter grab Down lstickafter grab Down controlafter grab Downwards Slam Donkey Kong shoves his opponents down.

Air Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Attack Info
A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png 2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Arm Spin Donkey Kong spins around, hitting with his arms.
Right nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Right control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Fist Smash Donkey Kong clutches his hands together and punches downwards.
Left nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Left control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Back Kick Donkey Kong kicks backwards. Donkey Kong's most useful aerial attack.
Up nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Up control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Head Bash Bashes his head upwards. Great for vertical KOs.
Down nunchuk+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down dpad+2 buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down lstick+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Down control+A buttonArcade-Modifier-(Air).png Donkey Stomp Stomps downwards. Good for knocking foes downwards.

Special Attacks[edit]

Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Special Attack Info
B button 1 button B button B button Giant Punch Donkey Kong winds up his hands then punches. It takes ten winds to fully charged his punch. A 9 wind punch is the most powerful but the fully charged one gives you non-flinching frames.
Right nunchuk+B button Right dpad+1 button Right lstick+B button Right control+B button Head Butt He slams things into the ground. It can also be used to spike airborne enemies. You can also KO enemies with a Giant Punch after you bury them.
Up nunchuk+B button Up dpad+1 button Up lstick+B button Up control+B button Spinning Kong He spins into the air attacking things that get in his way. It doesn't gain him much vertical ground, but with it, he can travel great horizontal distances.He cannot be knocked out at the very beginning of this attack.
Down nunchuk+B button Down dpad+1 button Down lstick+B button Down control+B button Hand Slap He creates an earthquake that can be maintained by repeatedly tapping the correct attack button. This move has great range and it's quite useful as a mixup.


Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways) Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Taunt
1 button A button Up dpad Up dpad He beats his chest.
1 button+2 button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+A button Left dpad or Right dpad Left dpad or Right dpad He shakes as if wet.
2 button Down dpad+A button Down dpad Down dpad He turns toward the camera and shrugs.