Donkey Kong Country Returns!
This game, this franchise, need no more introduction that that simple sentence above. The hit SNES series will make a triumphant return sometime this fall, marking the first time gamers can play along with the lovable apes since the N64. I personally have been waiting for this series since DKC3, which I consider one of the greatest, if not the greatest, video game ever created, so my enthusiasm can’t be curbed. However, what will the game actually feature and will the true fans of the series, like me, have their thirst for jungle hijinks quenched?
The game makes a return to 2D design, although much different than its SNES counterparts. This 2D environment will have layers in the background and foreground in some levels, giving the player a 3D experience while being true to its roots. Rocket barrel travel and mine cart rides still exist as well. But, there are also some new experiences gamers should like, along with the old favorites. This game seems to take another cue from the popular New Super Mario Brothers Wii in that first reports indicate it allows co-op gameplay. Early indications also suggest some new abilities for our heroes, such as Diddy’s jetpack and the ability to grip grass surfaces to climb walls without the aid of vines or falling to your death without them in *shudders* bramble.
There are some key differences though, and some that traditionalists may not appreciate. Gone is King K.
Rool and his many iterations along with his band of merry Kremlings. Enter the Tikis. Few details exist about them, but you can see them in the video clips and trailers that exist, stealing the poor apes’ bananas… again. Someone needs to teach them about safes or something. I’m sure they can find something in the jungle to bolt a nice safe in which to keep their banana haul. And further more, why don’t they just collect more if they have a massive collection in the first place?!?!
Ahem. Sorry. Anyway, whether or not this will provide the same experience of the first games remains to be seen, but with gameplay and soundtrack fully intact, I think even the most traditional gamers should be pleased enough to overlook this key change.
So collect those bananas with pride, my friends. Fans of the game should be giddy that another installment of this stalwart title comes to the next generation console soon, after years of waiting. If past Nintendo titles like Mario Galaxy have given any indication to the quality of future titles, this game should be one well worth buying.