You can play pinball on an iPhone using Donkey Kong's bongos

iPhone With Dk Bongos
iPhone With Dk Bongos (Image credit: Will It Work?)

What you need to know

  • The DK Bongos were available for the Nintendo GameCube.
  • And if you have the right adapter, they work with your iPhone, too.
  • You know where this is going at this point.

Connecting weird things to iPhones is something the "Will it Work?" YouTube does regularly. So when I got an email saying there was a video involving the Nintendo GameCube DK Bongos, I wasn't surprised. And here it is.

The video first shows a Nintendo GameCube controller working with an iPhone thanks to a little 8BitDo accessory that fools iOS into thinking it's an Xbox controller. And, amazingly, that also works with the DK Bongos.

The result is the magic that you see before you – someone playing pinball, on an iPhone, with bongos controlling the flippers.

What a time to be alive. And it's still way more entertaining than 95% of the game demos we see at Apple vents!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.