"Donkey Kong has always been one of my favourite Mushroom Kingdom characters. My fondness towards the giant ape began with two small DK Bongo drums on the GameCube back when Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat was released in 2005, but it’s been a kind of love/hate relationship since then because of his somewhat lacklustre performance over the past decade.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame poor ol’ DK for this sad state of affairs. It’s the fact that so many leading roles have been given to that other Mario guy that’s led Donkey Kong to be assigned to support roles. I mean I’m sure you’ll agree that he’s done what he could with the roles he was given, but there’s only so much an actor can do with the material he’s given."