I wrote this up during Unknown/KK/Canada's Match-up thread. I might have changed my opinion after gaining more knowledge of some characters. I'll edit my post at a later time if it's necessary. I also wrote this assuming the old MBR ruleset where stages like Corneria and Jungle Japes were legal. Lol.
slight note: I have very little competitive experience against some of the lower tier/less common characters. There ARE some good low tier players in my region/area I've played (IC's, Ganon, Link, Y. Link, Mario, so I'll try to give as much information as I can, unless I already agree with the number there.
DK vs. Sheik.
Donkey Kong has some options against Sheik, however based on range, speed, damage, priority, etc. the Sheik should not have many problems vs. DK, especially when you take a look at the tech-chasing in this match-up. DK can't really combo a Sheik with good DI, and can only get 2 or 3 hits out of an upthrow (his typical combo starter). DK has problems edgeguarding Sheik; much like most characters, he has to grab the ledge and try to force the player onto the stage so he can ledgehog/ledgedash -> punishment, but he can't really do much at all in time to punish Sheik landing on the stage. Sheik can pressure a Donkey Kong's shield whether they're lightshielding or shield-shifting or whatever, and get a grab that leads into the aforementioned tech-chasing that isn't difficult to do and is very hard to mess up. Sheik's combos and edgeguarding is brutal against DK, getting 3+ hits even with good DI (and needle edgeguarding is so stupid vs. DK w/ his terrible vertical recovery it isn't even funny -_-).
Sheik's on-stage game owns DK's and DK's recovery is far more gimpable in this match-up than Sheik's. The only reason I do well vs. Sheiks (or any other char, really) is because of match-up experience lol.
This match-up can either be 30-70 or 35-65, but 30-70 is more accurate IMO. It's DK's second worst match-up due to gayness.
DK vs. Fox.
Fox is really gay. Like here...
But DK has some options... his edgeguarding options[/url] are actually pretty good against Fox, as he can b-air his Firefox, dtilt his Fox Illusion, and then "Sho-guard" (using up-b to edgeguard). Too many people are like "DK ***** FOX LOOK AT BUM VS. M2K," (including M2K....) when if you actually look at that match Bum loses even after a sick combo on the first stock
, due to M2K being M2K. And then of course there are stupid stages like Green Greens, Corneria, and Pokéfloats that don't help DK out in this match-up at all. You can watch sets like Bum vs. M2K or Jman (even back in like 2007 when Jman wasn't all too good, and I'm not ****-talking Jman or anything cuz he said that himself when I mentioned those sets to him LOL) to see the obvious crap that DK has to put up with in this match-up. The escapable
0-death on one or two stages in this matchup doesn't do much at all to help Donkey Kong, especially when you take into account the fact that Fox is easily the most difficult character to grab, and that DK isn't exactly the best when it comes to grabbing haha (bad shield).
30-70 IMO. Fox is pretty gay.
DK vs. Falco.
IMO, this is worse than currently.Pew pew lasers completely shut down any attempt at approaching (which is basically bair or DD grab), and DK has like the worst shield in the game, then Falco hits you and then keeps hitting you until you're dead. His down-air is also stupid for ****** DK's recovery. Falco's pillaring is very effective against DK, and the only option DK really has vs. a Falco pillaring his shield is Up-B out of shield w/ superb timing, and that's if the Falco is sloppy in his tech skill.
Watching sets like Bum vs. PC Chris show that even an amazing DK is at the complete mercy of a Falco with good laser control and technical skill. Take a look at this match
(or match 3 of the set). PC Chris is in complete control, despite his (obvious, as no one freaking uses DK) inexperience in the match-up. There are some pretty funny things in this match-up, and DK has some
options, but it's pretty one-sided. DK has a chance if the Falco doesn't play really lamely with laser spam, but with laser spam and stuff considered this match-up really bad. D:
25-75 IMO. It's DK's worst match-up in the game.
DK vs. Marth.
An odd matchup. It's like 90% spacing (as per usual w/ Marth). DK has to space superbly with back-air/forward-tilt if he wants to have a chance and Marth just has to space with [entire moveset]. Marth definitely has more speed and range than DK, giving him more options against DK and his edgegaurding is pretty stupid vs. DK due to his terrible vertical recovery. DK's edgeguarding options are actually pretty good against Marth, though. His downtilt owns Marth's recovery, though, since Marth doesn't get much horizontal recovery w/ his up-b. DK can also up-b offstage or bair.
Basically, Marth can make more out of his opportunities that DK can.
35-65 would be an accurate representation of this match-up, all things cosidered.
DK vs. Jigglypuff.
DK's huge and gets rested and he can't combo Jiggs very well and has trouble killing her. DK can dthrow cg a bit or dthrow -> giant punch if the opponent doesn't DI properly, but I guess this is considering the opponent knows the match-up well enough to avoid that.
40-60 or 35-65.
DK vs. Captain Falcon.
darkrain lived around here until he moved to Texas (D=) so I know this match-up pretty well... DK doesn't have near as many setups for his combos as Falcon does, and Falcon's combos work pretty rapefully regardless of DI because DK is so huge. Both characters can edgeguard eachother pretty well (bair falcon if he's recovering high, dtilt if he's sweestpotting; dair just about kills DK's recovery since it's bad lol). Falcon's dash dance is just so good... and he combos like no other.
35-65 or 40-60.
DK vs. Peach.
DK can't approach easily because of turnip control and float cancel'd aerials, can't combo well because of Peach's nair, can't edgeguard well because of Peach, etc.
This match-up is kind of annoying...
40-60 or 45-55.
DK vs. Ganondorf.
A lot about spacing. Kinda reminds me of AOB vs. Eddie from way back... lol. But yeah pretty close to even. I think DK has to know more about the match-up to win than Ganon does, though, but that's just Ganon. And this match-up chart is considering both players know the match-up well, so... yeah.
DK vs. Samus.
DK can't combo Samus well and the match-up comes down to DK's bair haha. I played ihavespaceballs a bit in friendlies and I didn't do very well. -_- I could say that that was because he has DK experience (he told me that when we were playing, idk) and I don't have much Samus experience. Thinking about Super Theory Bros. though this match-up should be pretty even, or slightly in Samus' favor.
DK vs. Doctor Mario.
IMO, this match-up is pretty even. I haven't had much trouble against Doc's. It's usually pretty close or I just win. *shrug* I've never played a Doc that knew the match-up well. I think it's even, and I main DK and secondary Fox and Doc, so.... yeah.
DK vs. Ice Climbers.
I think that IC's chaingrab/wobble makes this 40-60 or worse... DK's grab combos don't work until it's too late to matter, but DK can just bair camp pretty well. There's a decent IC's I play often in my area but I don't really have much experience outside of that. I'd say 40-60.
DK vs. Luigi.
match-up is dumb. weegee can move a lot faster.
DK vs. Mario.
DK vs. Pikachu.
I've played N64 a lot with my DK and it's usually pretty even.
DK vs. Link.
Link has a decent projectile game. DK can combo pretty well. Link can too. It's difficult to ascertain exactly why it's slightly in DK's favor, though I've played a few Link's around here and I usually win. I also played Mango's Link a bit in friendlies and we went pretty evenly XD.
DK vs. Young Link.
I'd say this is about even, actually. Young Link's projectile game is really good against DK and he can't just bair because bombs hit him through Bair. There's a really beastly Y. Link in my area and we go about even, as he's really good w/ projectiles. That's just my view, though. Could just be we know eachother's playstyles well.
DK vs. Mr. Game & Watch.
Battle of the crappy shields!
I don't have much experience w/ good G&W's other than Chexr's, which I did't get to play much haha. I don't see G&W having much options. There are some funny things w/ port priority though. If DK cargo dthrow's a G&W w/ a port that's higher (e.g. p1 dk p2-4 g&w) G&W just slides accross the ground. XD okay now I'm just rambling. =P.
DK vs. Zelda.
Zelda has a really good down-b!
I used to think this was more in DK's favor, like 70-30, but lately after realizing some of Zelda's spacing shenanigans I think she has a better chance, even after exploring DK more.
DK vs. Bowser. Current:
I dunno about this one... I don't see DK having too many more options than Bowser does, other than the upair juggling. And Bowser's recovery rofl. I don't have enough experience in this match-up to say anything really though. If I had to put a number to it...
DK vs. Mewtwo.
I don't have enough experience in this match-up to say much. Here's what Taj told me about it:
I think M2 vs. DK is kinda like a less severe version of the Ganon vs. M2 match-up. I'd say something like 55-45 or 60-40 DK's favor. DK is one of the tougher characters in the game to up throw, but you can't outspace M2 indefinitely anymore like you could get away with in 04-05.
Even though DK is heavy and equally tough to kill vertically, building percentage isn't quite as difficult because he is decent combo food for M2. M2 can also slightly dictate which direction DK is going to face for approaches, but DK still has the range and priority advantage through aerials and his grab range isn't too much worse than M2's.
IMO it's 60-40.
DK vs. Roy.0
I don't think it's this bad. MEXICAN played Sethlon in a bunch of friendlies (not recorded AFAIK), and while he won the majority of them, it wasn't ****. I'd say it's more 65-35 or 70-30. DK's upthrow upair antics work but Roy can combo DK pretty well, too. I dunno, I don't have much experience in this matchup (again lol).
DK vs. Ness.
Yeah, basically... Ness sucks rofl.
DK vs. Yoshi.
Yoshi's annoying. I just bair him a lot.
DK vs. Kirby.
I dunno. Kirby just sucks.
DK vs. Pichu.