Excerpt: Donkey Kong Country Returns might seem like a 'fun for all the family' type of experience, what with its jolly music, lovable characters and colourful visuals, but don't let that fool you. Retro Studio's Kong game is very much made for the hardcore: it'll test your 2D platforming skills to breaking point, and there are enough collectibles to keep you playing long after all the levels have been completed.
Excerpt: Donkey Kong Country Returns is a fun game. It is not a nostalgic redo of the Super Nintendo era Donkey Kong games but an evolution of the series whilst maintaining the core gameplay elements that defined the original. The mine karts, the collectible KONG letters, the bananas, the balloons, and the helpful animal friends all return. It’s all here.
Excerpt: At E3 2010 the return to Donkey Kong country was announced, and a mere few months later we finally have the new release of Donkey Kong Country Returns in our grubby little primate paws, and let me tell you – Nintendo really knows how to bring a series back. First with the resurgence of Kirby, and now out buddies DK and Diddy Kong make a return to track down their yet again stolen stash of bananas.
Excerpt: It has certainly been a great year for Nintendo platformers. The release and success of games such as Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid: Other M and Kirby’s Epic Yarn have all reminded many gamers why the platforming genre is still in full-force (even if it has taken a bit of a backseat to other genres [...
Excerpt: The Tiki Tak Tribe almost succeeded. They did everything that any decent villain upstart would do; they invaded the island through sheer force of numbers and strength. They set off the local volcano, sending devastating lava flows cascading down the mountain and roasting everything in their path. They even used their magical music powers to hypnotize and subjugate all the animals on the island, creating a massive army of slaves.
Excerpt: 16 years after the original Donkey Kong Country (created by Rare) surprised the SNES crowd with amazing gameplay and, at the time, cutting edge graphics, Nintendo thought it would be a good idea to see the Kong back in action again. They called on Retro Studios, the folks that built the Metroid Primes games, to give Donkey Kong Country the New Super Mario Bros treatment.
Excerpt: There’s always a level of nostalgia when a great series is rebooted for the current console generation, but where New Super Mario Bros. on DS and Wii revised an old school 2D idea by adding new elements and abilities, Donkey Kong Country Returns mostly plays it safe by bringing the original concept and an innovative level design without extra bells and whistles.