The Return of Donkey Kong Country

First off let me say. I started off gaming with Nintendo and just because I play the 360 now, doesn’t mean I hate my Wii. Donkey Kong Country was originally released in 1994 for the SNES. Donkey Kong Country Returns is the fourth game in the Country series. Released by Nintendo and developed by Retro Studios.

DKC:Returns is a 2.5D Side scrolling plat-former which in almost every way resembles the original games. Since the last DK Country game was released in 1996, the developers really had to step their game up because Retro Studios was not the original studio that developed the series.

DK Country Returns was announced at E3 last year, and if you loved the original DK games like I did, you would have seen the trailer and would have been in awe.

The game was released on November 21st 2010, and I must say its very nostalgic. Retro Studios really did an amazing job, because my first thoughts were “If this game is horrible then the studio has ruined one of my favorite childhood video games.” I was completely wrong.

The plot is obviously like any other Donkey Kong game. The main antagonist steals your Bananas and you want them back. Simple yet fun.

Retro pumped up the graphics making the scenery so amazing even for a Nintendo Wii game but at the same time still looks like the original Donkey Kong video games for the Super Nintendo. Now I played this game fully through and I have to say I am very satisfied. The game features about 60+ levels that get more difficult as you progress through each world. The game features co-op as well as single player, As well as all the fun things that the original ones featured, like mine-cart levels.

Even the music reminds you of the older console games, just showing how amazing the music was at the time. The game also features newer levels, like silhouette levels which are very creative and fun and  rocket ship type levels where you must steer the rocket and keep it balanced and maneuver it though the level without crashing or being attacked by enemies. Lastly they brought back Rambi the Rhino from the original games which made me so happy, although no other ones returned Rambi returned.

Now lets talk about what I didn’t like so much. Cranky’s shop had things that were useful but also things that I wish weren’t added to the game. The fact that you can buy lives makes the game to easy because I always made sure I had 99 lives stored with me just in case, I wouldn’t have it like that if i was like the original where you can only gain lives from bananas. But everything else in the shop was useful and sometimes gave or helped you find secrets.

The last thing I didn’t like was that if you died multiple times then a tutorial / skip level popped up and allowed you to skip through it.

If this was like the original game, than  when you found levels where you couldn’t beat them, you tried until your fingers bled, you didn’t just click + and magically skip it.

So I’d have to say. With any luck this is probably my favorite plat-former on the Nintendo Wii. With repeatable replay with secrets in every level, and secrets when you beat the game, this game is a game that should be remember as one of the best Nintendo Wii games.

Graphics 9/10

Gameplay 10/10

Music 10/10

Difficulty 9/10

Fun 10/10

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  • December 22, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Great review Lucas! this is such an oldy but a goody and for me its something you can go back to for real fun when you get tired of everything else. great review!

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