Donkey Kong Country Returns - Wii

Game Description: The banana hungry monkey and Diddy Kong are making a comeback with Donkey Kong Country Returns. Rare's platform game is back, but with a load of new twists. Players still get to search for all those hidden secrets and collectibles in DKC Returns.
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E3 2010: Donkey Kong Country Returns Hands-On Preview

E3 2010: Donkey Kong Country Returns Hands-On Preview

By Patrick Klepek - Posted Jun 21, 2010


What We Already Know

Gamers have been waiting for Retro Studios to emerge after Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. Several high-level designers leaving the developer left its future in some doubt, but Retro Studios is returning to gaming later this year with a rather shocking surprise: a reboot of Donkey Kong Country. Rare's platformer is back, but with a whole load of new twists.

What We're Seeing Today

Donkey Kong Country hasn't aged well. While the gameplay remains rock solid (so long as we're only talking about the first game, not the sequels), the CGI graphics that were revolutionary at the time are pretty tough to look at these days. Retro Studios came to E3 2010 with a few levels from Donkey Kong Country Returns. Happily, I managed to play one.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country Returns looks and plays like the Donkey Kong Country you remember. In a good way. One of the great joys of playing Donkey Kong Country was searching high and low for secrets. This is before Rare went overboard on collectibles and started designing all of their extracurricular gameplay around the concept. Donkey Kong Country Returns seems to hit the same sweet spot, with the collectibles encouraging players to more thoroughly explore the environment, teasing jumps that don't quite look doable, but since there's a collectible there, you find yourself attempting leaps of faith over and over again. It feels good.

Thanks for giving me another platformer to look forward to this year, Nintendo.

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  • cninjaZuko

    I can't believe this is finally happening!!! :)

    Posted: June 27, 2010 10:41 AM
  • StarWars_Enigma

    DKC 2 was the best one of the trilogy. DKC 3,for me, was a bit of a letdown. It was still fun, don't get me wrong, but the other two seemed better to me. I will definitely be picking this one up.

    Posted: June 22, 2010 5:44 PM
  • mathieuplante

    What? Have you *played* the sequels? They're even better than the first one, in my opinion. DKC3 is one of my favorite games of all time. I love the series so much, I can't wait for this game!

    Posted: June 22, 2010 4:38 PM
  • Ashley_Si

    a whole lot of side scrollers coming from Nintendo, too bad they're going so far back since I'm more of a 3D world fan, but still a game worth getting

    Posted: June 22, 2010 4:24 PM
  • Raisinbman

    need this game

    Posted: June 22, 2010 12:15 AM
  • Meatball_Mamba

    I just hope the waggle doesn't get tedious. Aside from that I'm super excited for the game.

    Posted: June 21, 2010 5:15 PM