Donkey Kong Country Returns

A Trip Inside My Mind Part 1: Donkey Kong

For a while now I've contemplated writing an article about why certain game series have stuck with me over the years, and what they really mean to me. Then I got thinking about the list of games that are truly important that I would want to spotlight. There's a lot of games on that list. So many, in fact, I have decided to change the format of this article. If I was to write the article as it orig...

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, ...

Nintendo news round-up: Wii sells 35 million faster than any console in history, DOA DLC, and more

– Early last year, the Wii officially surpassed the NES as the best-selling Nintendo console in history. Now, according to a new press release, the Wii claims another milestone as it has sold 35 million consoles in the US faster than any other console in history. The sales figures of recent releases such as Donkey Kong Country Returns aren’t doing too shabby, either. Check out the full...

News round-up: Donkey Kong Country Returns nets Nintendo lots of bananas

In case you missed it — some interesting stories from Nintendo that made the headlines this week. Also, whatever you do, don’t look directly at the Kirbémons over there. Their Cuteness Overload is super effective! – Donkey Kong Country Returns sold over 4.21 million copies, joining the ranks of the top 9 best-selling Wii games of all time (a list that Super Mario All-Stars Limit...

Donkey Kong Country Returns review

It’s been 14 long years since the last DKC sidescrolling platformer on a console. Those of us who were fortunate enough to enjoy gaming during Rare’s heyday witnessed their successful resurrection of a dwindling franchise, breathing new life into the Donkey Kong series. Retro Studios, a second-party developer that achieved uncannily similar success with their modern take on the Metroid...

Why are video game developers so afraid of hard games?

For all the bravado and maturity put forth by “hardcore” games like Call of Duty: Black Ops, Red Dead Redemption and the like, they aren’t very, well, they aren’t very hard, are they? Enjoyable to a lot of people, yes, and certainly pretty to look at, but the scripted events, single button press “quick time actions,” linear “you shall go from point A to po...

Donkey Kong Country Returns not only incredibly fun, it’s a creative masterpiece

Am I wrong? Seriously, you’ll be in awe by level 1-2. Your mind will be blown by the second world. Retro Studios is the new Nintendo EAD. Game of the year. Worth every penny. PS — This game is proof that great platformers will live on, even after Miyamoto’s eventual death.

Before his return, reminisce over his past

In just a few hours, Donkey Kong Country returns. Excited yet? I am. Like, a lot. I’ve had bananas and barrels on the brain for days. In fact, for the last week over at my day job, I’ve been revisiting some of the ape’s biggest games: His timeless debut, his son’s rescue mission, his Super NES resurrection and his polygonal disappointment. Click through the links to watch m...

Sounds like Retro Studios hit the jackpot again in reviving another Nintendo classic

“I’ve been looking forward to this game for months, but the final product blew me away. Its gorgeous visuals, awesome boss battles, varied stages, and cleverly hidden secrets guarantee gamers will have  a great time revising this classic franchise. It’s not only the best Donkey Kong Country, it’s one of the best platformers I’ve ever played.”—Dan Ryckert, Gam...

Donkey Kong Country Returns to become third Nintendo game with auto-pilot control

Auto-pilot gaming is coming to Donkey Kong Country Returns. First introduced in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and later on Super Mario Galaxy 2, the so-called Super Guide gives players the option to turn on auto-controls after dying eight consecutive times. Designed by Shigeru Miyamoto—as were many of Nintendo’s best ideas—the feature only finishes the current level and can be turned off at ...

Reggie plays Donkey Kong Country Returns and shows off 3DS with Jimmy Fallon

Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Reggie Fils-Aime made an appearance to show off Donkey Kong Country Returns. Midway through the game, Fallon asks a few questions about the Nintendo 3DS. After confirming a 2011 release for the unit, Reggie pulls a 3DS out of his pocket and hands it to Fallon. A video of Fallon breaking down can be seen after the jump.