Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is out now! Can you convince a non-believer to buy it?


E3 2010: I saw the announcement trailer for Donkey Kong Country Returns and was ecstatic. I grew up mostly with Super Nintendo games, and Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2 were family favorites. I have fond memories of playing them, and they are fantastic games to this day. A come-back of the beloved series was a dream come true.

Until I actually played Returns.

I know the Wii revival is loved by many, but I got about as much enjoyment out of it as I would from…well, other games that I find un-enjoyable. You get the point. I’m not trying to tell you what DKCR is or isn’t: like many things, that is up to personal tastes, and I honestly respect whatever opinion you may have.

In terms of gameplay, control, music, and atmosphere, DKCR didn’t accomplish what I hoped it would: recapture the spirit of the originals. So I can’t believe Tropical Freeze would be any different. For those of you who are playing the new game, how are you enjoying it? And how might you convince this non-believer to get the game?

In addition to being a girl gamer, Holly prides herself on being a red-head. Consequently, the blue shell in the Mario Kart series is her natural enemy. Don't worry, though: she still loves Mario Kart and is very good, despite the occasional blue shell-sabotaged race. Like any Nintendo fan, Holly also loves Zelda, Pokemon, Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, name it. But she'll try just about anything (besides horror games) and has a soft spot for unique, little-known rhythm games like Rhythm Heaven and Samba de Amigo. NNID: Aeroweth


  1. Nothing will “recapture the spirit of the originals” because they are what you grew up with. You can’t expect everything to be perfect.

  2. While I loved DKCR and it only behind Mario galaxy and twilight princess for best wii game I’m concerned tropical freeze won’t wow me as much, I’m fearful of the same affect that happened with 3d world and 3d land I found the first to be immensely enjoyable but the sequel to be to similar released with not enough time between them.
    @ holly I find your take on things at 180 degree odds with mine while I enjoyed the original game I preferred Mario on snes but in current times I think DKCR outclasses NSMB easily

  3. You guys are not doing a good job with the convincing. ;p

  4. Cranky Kong can bounce on his cane like Scrooge McDuck in Ducktales. That alone makes this game super fun.

  5. If you’re a Wii U owner and you’re not buying this game, I guess I don’t understand what you bought this system for. Given the library I’m not sure what else you’re playing, plus this is a classic Nintendo first-party franchise.

    I’m not saying you have to like the game, I just don’t get why you’d buy the system if you’re not pumped for a game like this. If you’re into Mario Kart or Smash Bros or something, why not just wait for potential bundles or price drops?

  6. I sure wish I waited the month or so it would have taken to get the Wind Waker bundle (it was probably less than a week after I got my system that it was announced). Other than that, I’m glad I got the Wii U when I did (last July). I’ve had many, many Nintendo Land parties that have introduced more than 20 people to the Wii U (including a lot of non-gamers who had never enjoyed video games before). And I’ve been able to enjoy Pikmin 3 (my first Pikmin game), The Wonderful 101 (which has moments that are so good, it’s worth getting through the bad), Trine 2: Director’s Cut (I don’t have enough money to buy any non-Nintendo systems this is on), Super Mario 3D World (a spectacularly well-designed game), Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Need For Speed: Most Wanted U, Rayman Legends, and EarthBound.

    Please don’t tell me that list sucks. I already know you don’t think there are good games out for the Wii U right now, but these games have personally given me plenty of variety, enjoyment, and play time, and for you to say otherwise is for you to assume you know me. I sincerely apologize (seriously) that I like the Wii U and that you can’t change that about me.

  7. You’re taking things too personally. No one is saying there are no good games for the Wii U, but for a system that’s been out for over a year, it’s not an impressive lineup. Add in the fact that great games are what Nintendo is known for, and it’s more disappointing.

    Pikmin 3 and Mario I get – those are experience you can’t get on another console. But even you’re admitting that no one seems very excited for DK. That just strikes me as incredibly odd. Returns was one of the best Wii games, and one of its top sellers. I’d argue that Jungle Beat with new play controls was the most underrated game on the Wii, given how well the nunchuk worked for the controls. So this game generating little excitement is just strange.

  8. It could also be the graphics style. The original had graininess, in a good way, that made it feel like they were digitized, if you know what I mean. DKCR’s textures come out too squeaky clean. If they grained on purpose, then I think it would have made a better impression. I’ve only played DKCR at a store demo a bit, but if I could look past the graphics style, I could see myself enjoying it. Never played Freeze, but I too feel like it’s another Returns until I get a chance to check it out.

    Maybe play Freeze blindfolded? (metaphorically, unless you’re THAT good at it)

  9. DKC:TF took what worked in Returns and made it better, and took what didnt work and made it better, like with enemy design, having more personality and variety of characters.

    And David Wise is back and with an awesome soundtrack.

    It provides a challenge and doesn’t overstay its welcome, by adding filler content.

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