A contest has begun with big prizes for the first person who discovers the Lost World. Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have already taken off to find it, leaving a disgruntled Dixie Kong behind. Deciding to prove herself every bit as capable as them, Dixie partners up with her little cousin Kiddy Kong. Unfortunately, Baron K. Roolenstein and the Kremling Krew are also searching high and low for the fabled land. While never stated outright in the game, it's believed that the setting is the Northern Kremisphere, as the level archetypes are the same as in Donkey Kong Country 3 which took place in the Northern Kremisphere. While the levels have the same environments and the Donkey Kong Country 3 bosses return, the worlds and stage layout are all unique.