Funky Kong was first seen in the Donkey Kong series as a minor character. Mario Kart Wii marks his first appearance in a Mario Kart game. He is also playable in Mario Kart Tour during the Jungle Tour.
Funky Kong is widely used among competitive players in Mario Kart Wii due to his very high-speed stat. In fact, as of July 7th, 2020, 23 of the 32 shortcut records and 12 of the 14 non-shortcut records on the main page of the Mario Kart Wii world records website were set using Funky Kong, while the others were done using Daisy, Baby Mario, Koopa Troopa, and Toadette.
Funky Kong in Mario Kart Wii also has a excellent speed bonus.
His first appearance was in the Donkey Kong Country trilogy as a mechanical and pilot of Kongs, even helping when necessary. Although he is mainly associated with his red bandana and cool shades, his look was modified in Donkey Kong 64, appearing more as a soldier than a hip-hop gangster. He had black combat boots, a dark green, camouflaged tank top shirt with matching pants and an ammunition bandoleer around his waist. He also had red sunglasses and an army cap with the same camouflaged design as his shirt.
In Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart Tour, his design is more reminiscent of his Donkey Kong Country appearances. He now wears blue pants that are torn off at his knees, a black belt now replaces his ammo belt, and his tank top is now white. His shades are now a dark color, and he now has a red bandana with white dots on it. His frame is very similar to Donkey Kong, and he even retains DK's classic smile.
Funky Kong returns in Mario Kart Tour after 12 years of not being in another Mario Kart title, he is one of the two characters unlockable in the Jungle Tour, the other being Dixie Kong.
Karts and Bikes
- Mario Kart Wii:
- Standard Kart L
- Flame Flyer
- Piranha Prowler
- Wario Bike
- Standard Bike L
- Flame Runner
- Shooting Star
- All Mario Kart Tour vehicles
Unlocking Criteria (Mario Kart Wii)
- Unlock any 4 Expert Staff Ghost Data in Time Trials
- Win 25 WFC Ghost Races
- Play 2,250 combined races/battles
Staff Ghost Tracks in Mario Kart Wii
* = Retro course
- (Mario Kart Wii:) Funky Stadium
In other games
Funky Kong is not usually featured as a playable character in most Donkey Kong games, but more of a side character that helps Donkey Kong and friends along the way by giving them new abilities or equipment. One of his most famous appearances was in Donkey Kong Country 3 where he make vehicles to Diddy and Dixie Kong that help to explore the map and find collectibles. The exception to this is the re-release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Switch, where he made his first playable appearance.
|Mario Kart Wii characters|
|Small||Baby Mario • Baby Luigi • Baby Peach • Baby Daisy • Toad • Toadette • Koopa Troopa • Dry Bones|
|Medium||Mario • Luigi • Peach • Daisy • Yoshi • Birdo • Diddy Kong • Bowser Jr.|
|Large||Wario • Waluigi • Donkey Kong • Bowser • King Boo • Rosalina • Funky Kong • Dry Bowser|