Jungle Japes (ジャングルガーデン, Jungle Garden) is a starter stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee, unlockable as a Melee Stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and reappears as a Familiar Stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. It is Donkey Kong's home stage.
The stage is divided into three parts. The right and left sections are about equal in length and are a little taller than the middle section. The middle section is the longest, with a smaller platform suspended above it. This stage may sound simple, but is actually rather dangerous. Getting caught in the current under the stage is likely to result in a KO as it is hard to get back on the stage. Klaptraps swim by every 10 seconds (in Brawl), jumping out of the water to attack (30% damage), resulting in a one-hit KO.
In Brawl, it is easier to get back on stage when caught in the current because all characters can swim for a time, floating in the river rather than sinking. However, the swift current will still carry players to the left very quickly, sometimes KOing them before they have a chance to jump out. This makes the right side of the stage considerably safer. It is difficult to vertically KO opponents on Jungle Japes, as the upper blast line is extremely high, being higher above the platforms than on any other stage in Melee and Brawl. In contrast, the other blast lines are fairly close.
The stage is only set in front of Cranky Kong's house (albeit with no platform on top). Klaptraps don't swim by, and falling in the water will result in an instant KO.
The stage is currently banned in Melee, due to it favouring characters with good jumping and projectile abilities, gimping potential on the left side of the stage, and overly powerful stage hazard of the Klaptrap and its incredibly high ceiling, giving a disproportionate advantage to horizontal finishers. Falco is notoriously adept at stalling on this stage.
The stage is also banned in the Unity Ruleset of Brawl, for the same reasons, though it has seen use in experimental rulesets.
This stage is infamous for causing glitches in Melee with CPU characters. Many computer-controlled characters will regularly self-destruct, even when set to Level 9. However, those glitches have been fixed in Brawl. Some odd behaviors include:
While the name of this stage comes from Donkey Kong 64, the majority of the features in this stage first originated in Donkey Kong Country. One of the most common enemies in Donkey Kong Country is Klaptraps, particularly blue ones with yellow stripes on its back. The Klaptraps seen in this stage resemble the blue ones with the yellow stripes. One of the locations in Donkey Kong Country is Cranky's Cabin where Cranky Kong gives advice to the player while sitting in his rocking chair. The middle building of this stage resembles Cranky's Cabin with minor differences, such as the roof being made only of wood instead of having sheets of ribbed metal. Cranky Kong appeares as a silhouette and can be seen inside his cabin, sometimes sitting his rocking chair. In Donkey Kong 64 Cranky Kong no longer gives advice, but he is now a scientist who gives the Kongs chemicals granting powers to proceed through the game; the Erlenmeyer flask and test tubes filled with chemicals can be seen inside the cabin. Barrels are recurring objects in the Donkey Kong Country series, with a building made out of a giant barrel seen on the west side of the stage. In the background near the sunset, a flock of Neckies, a common enemy from Donkey Kong Country, can sometimes be seen flying across the horizon from left to right.
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