Donkey Kong Country Returns

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Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country is back!
Protagonist: Donkey Kong
Genre: 2D Platformer
Platforms: Wii
Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: Original release:
November 21, 2010
Nintendo 3DS:May 24, 2013
Developer: Retro Studios
Publisher: Nintendo
Franchise: Donkey Kong Country
Next Game: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Country Returns is a 2010 2D platforming game developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Wii in 2010.

A port for the Nintendo 3DS was released in 2013.


An evil army of sentient masks known as Tikis attacks Donkey Kong Island hypnotizing its inhabitants and steal Donkey Kong's Banana Hoard (again). Luckily, DK is immune to the hypnosis and punches one of the masks.

With Diddy Kong's help, Donkey makes his way through the island pummeling the Tikis to recover his bananas. The two Kongs chase the Tikis to the island's volcano where they find out their bananas are being used as fuel to make more Tikis. DK defeats the leader of the Tikis Tiki Tong by crushing it with the moon and recovers the Banana Hoard, again!

Why It Rocks

  1. After years without a new Donkey Kong Country game, this game finally delivers.
  2. The game faithfully replicates the feel of the classic Donkey Kong Country games while still adding new mechanics of its own.
  3. Cranky Kong's shop lets you buy items, extra lives, and keys to unlock extra levels.
  4. Amazing graphics for Wii and 3DS standards.
  5. The game provides a very high difficulty challenge for hardcore players, which rarely ever feels unfair or frustrating.
  6. Catchy and memorable soundtrack such as "Gear Getaway", "Sunset Shore", the title screen, and "Music Madness"
  7. The iconic Mine Cart levels return, along with the debut of Rocketbarrel levels.
  8. Each world feels connected as at the start of every first level (after the Jungle), you are beginning to exit that world and enter the next one.
  9. The Tiki Tak Tribe are decent enough antagonists and each have unique and creative designs. They also have a better reason to steal DK's bananas than King K. Rool, as it is their life force. Plus, the song they play to hypnotize the animals is nothing short of awesome and soothing.
  10. Creative and challenging boss fights that often change their attack patterns as the fight progresses.
    • Donkey Kong (or Diddy Kong in multiplayer) defeats the bosses and the boss tiki in a hilarious way by beating them up and then punching them so hard that the punch sends them flying far away.
      • It's also optional to punch the tiki away as if you stay put for a short period of time without punching it, the tiki will come flying towards the screen.
  11. Sillouette levels debut in this game.
  12. Epic ending cutscene where DK punches the moon out of orbit to crush Tiki Tong Tower and retrieve his bananas (It's even funnier when using just Diddy Kong as he uses his head to push the moon, but this is only accessible in multiplayer and if Donkey Kong hasn't been respawned).
  13. The 3DS port allows you to play the game in either the original difficulty or on easier mode. In easy mode, you have three hit points, new items are available, and coins to buy lives are more plentiful. These changes make the game more accessible but still difficult.
    • Additionally, there is also an actual World 9 with levels that are based on the 8 Worlds.
  14. After completing World 9, you unlock Mirror mode, which is a mode where you have only one heart and no Diddy Kong.

Bad Qualities

  1. The Kremlings, King K. Rool, and most of the other animal buddies and Kongs are absent.
  2. The Wii version forces you to use motion controls without any other options. Luckily, the 3DS version fixes that.
  3. While the Tiki Tak Tribe aren't terrible villains, they're still not nearly as memorable compared to the Kremlings.
  4. The game at times can be too hard. The Time Attack and Mirror modes are massive difficulty spikes (for an already very difficult game) with close to zero margin for error.
  5. The blow mechanic is really dumb.
  6. Water levels are strangely absent.
  7. The game's final boss, Tiki Tong, is rather underwhelming.


Donkey Kong Country Returns received critical acclaim both by critics and fans and is considered one of the best Wii games as well as one of the best 2D platformers ever made.



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