Note: These articles are more for discussion purposes before E3. They'll be short, sweet, and to the point for a brief recap and looking into possible characters/stages for each series in Smash Bros. These also go by a "Don't expect too much" philosophy. Please remember to be civil in the comments discussion.
The Donkey Kong series is one of Nintendo's oldest franchises, pre-dating even the NES. In Smash 64 and Melee, Donkey Kong was the series' only representative, with Diddy Kong added for Brawl and returning in Smash 3DS/Wii U. In Smash 64, Donkey Kong had one stage. Melee and Brawl each had three, Smash Wii U/3DS had four across both versions.
So, what can we expect this time?
Donkey Kong is most definitely coming back, and Diddy Kong will probably follow along
While they could just float by with the same two characters, fans have wanted King K. Rool for a long time, and I think there's a good shot that, depending on the newcomer focus, they'll do it now. Beyond that, Funky Kong or Dixie Kong as a semi-clone is definitely a plausible idea. The Donkey Kong series is one of the few franchises that could really use a bit more of support instead of being delegated to "would be nice to have" status - the question is if we'll see one or two newcomers, and if K. Rool will be a part of that.
Kongo Jungle 64 is possible if 64 stages return. Maybe Jungle Japes as well. Beyond that, it's hard to say.
New StagesIf we get a new Donkey Kong stage, it will most likely be something from Tropical Freeze.
Author's Note: What are your thoughts on the DK franchise? What DK related content would you like to see in Smash for Switch? Let us know in the comments below!