Favorite Donkey Kong series

Could I say the early ones? (Like Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. and stuff.) I've never owned and (I think) only scarcely played a Country or Land game, and while I have been tempted... I don't know. It seems like they're just too different from the Mario series to me.
I enjoyed Jungle Beat and D64 the most. don't get me wrong I liked the Country series as well
I haven't played any Donkey Kong games lately, but the one with Donkey Kong that I like the most is Super Smash Bros. Melee.