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Donkey Kong Country Returns
1 February 2011
Summary: In 1994, the original Donkey Kong Country single-handedly saved the Super Nintendo from losing to the Genesis. The gorgeous platformer had everyone talking, with its solid gameplay, classic characters, and, most importantly, absolutely revolutionary visuals. After two sequels in as many years, the Donkey Kong Country series came to an abrupt halt.
Excerpt: I’ve had my beady little eyes on Donkey Kong Country Returns since it was released late last year, so when I was graciously given the opportunity to review this game I was all over it like a monkey on a banana. Donkey Kong Country Returns was developed by Retro Studios and they have held true to the series which began back in 1994 by Rare on the good ol’ Super Nintendo.
Highly enjoyable new spin on a classic, now with co-op.
Common Sense Media
29 January 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Donkey Kong Country Returns is a fast-paced side-scrolling adventure featuring classic Nintendo characters Donkey Kong and his nephew Diddy. There is some mild violence in the form of shooting with a pop-gun and pounding the ground so hard so as to destroy the baddies. The cartoon graphics, silly storyline, and violent-free gameplay (for the most part) all point to a good family pick.
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.