By Gary Eng Walk
November 12, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

If Mario is Nintendo’s Mickey Mouse, then Donkey Kong is surely its Donald Duck. That’s why it’s surprising that it has taken this long for the gorilla to get top billing in a new adventure. The results were worth waiting for. DK64 takes place on eight massive worlds, including one featuring an instantly classic mine-cart sequence. Simian strategy is required here, as all five characters (Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and newcomers Tiny, Chunky, and Lanky Kong) need to be used in order to defeat the reptilian Kremlings. The game’s enormous replay value — pencil in at least 80 hours to see the whole Magilla — makes it top banana among this holiday’s offerings. A