Where is Donkey Kong?

Donkey KongWhere have you been, DK?! We last saw you in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! for DSiWare. Really? A DSiWare title? It’s a neat little game, but why didn’t they tell you that you’re “over qualified” for that position? We know times are tough and you’ll do anything to get a job, but you deserve better, DK. Really, you do.

The last true Donkey Kong game, Donkey Kong 64, was released over a decade ago. Sure, I enjoyed Donkey Konga and the other spin off titles, but it’s not the same great adventure or platforming the Donkey Kong Countries and 64 titles provided. In fact, you introduced me to rhythm games with Donkey Konga. I’m not saying you haven’t been doing great work, but let’s face it. You’ve been wearing a tie to a Wendy’s.

I must say that you have become quite the sportsman, DK. Tennis, baseball, soccer, racing, mixed martial arts and maybe even football soon. While I enjoyed your appearance in each of those titles and how you’ve crashed Mario’s parties, you are no side dish, Mr. Kong!

I was fully expecting Donkey Kong to make a comeback at last year’s E3 and was pretty disappointed when all he appeared in was Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!. A 3D Donkey Kong game? I’m all in. But to tell you the truth, I would prefer a “New Donkey Kong Country” with great platforming and beautiful 2D art.

It’s been over a decade since DonkeyKong hasn’t been a third ringer. Where is our tie-wearing ape as we knew him, Nintendo?

Should DK make a comeback? A comeback in 2D or 3D? Is he even in need of a comeback? Let us know in the comments!