Summary: Donkey Kong Country Returns is yet another solid platform title on Wii, with the biggest surprise being how close in spirit the game is to its 16-bit predecessors. Retaining the same precision-based platforming that made Super NES controller flinging an under appreciated art form, Donkey Kong Country Returns offers intense, visually arresting action with a few caveats.
Pros: Vibrant visuals and foot-tapping music, Challenging, "old-school" platforming, Eight worlds and 70+ levels
Cons: Motion controls seem forced, Underwhelming co-op play, Weak list of unlockable extras
Excerpt: The most important thing to know about Donkey Kong Country Returns is that it doesn’t try to be anything more than the title implies. Under Nintendo’s supervision, Retro Studios set out to reprise the lush, intricate platforming of the Donkey Kong Country series, which breathed new life into the Super NES during the mid-’90s.
Summary: There's a time and place for innovation, but you certainly can't expect a tie-wearing gorilla to lead the charge into unexplored territory. As the name suggests, Donkey Kong Country Returns is a trip down memory lane, and this tightly crafted collection of classic platforming tropes shows that clever level design can be just as engaging as brand-spanking-new ideas.
Pros: Fantastic level design, Hidden collectibles give a substantial reason to replay levels, Vehicle sequences are loads of fun, Strong artistic design, Catchy soundtrack
Conclusion: "Take your stinking Super Guide and stick it where the sun don't shine, you checkpoint bastard!" These are words of joy. I'm serious. I have just failed in another attempt to conquer Bombs Away - level 4.3 in Donkey Kong Country Returns - and was asked whether I wanted Nintendo's selfplaying help system to aid me. I refuse any kind of assistance and jump back into the mine kart once again. I enjoy a good challenge. This time around things go better.
Pros: Charming graphics, challening platform levels, good music, tons of secrets, fun co-op
Cons: The waving of the Wiimote isn't that great, no classic controller support