Donkey Kong is one of the most recognizable, furry faces in Nintendo’s crew–heck, he was the first villain to face off against Mario. But unfortunately, he hasn’t truly lived up to his name since his platforming days on the Super Nintendo (ok, DK64 was good too).
Lucky for us, that’s all about to change. Thanks to Retro Studios, the geniuses behind the rebirth of the Metroid series, DK and his barrel-busting pal Diddy are heading back to the treetops for another go in Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii.
Fans of the franchise will instantly recognize the game’s unmistakable feel. There are bananas galore, more blast barrels than you’ll know what to do with, and of course you can collect K-O-N-G in every level. Even old animal friends like Rambi (pictured right) will make an appearance and help you along your way. Did I mention that the soundtrack is perfect too?
But even though Retro is going for throwback, the game still looks new and well-polished. I think that old fans of the SNES titles will appreciate a lot of the subtle references, but that overall it will feel like a new experience.
According to those who have played the game, it’s going to be tough. So long-time fans, don’t underestimate what this reboot can do. If you don’t have much experience with the Donkey Kong franchise, don’t be deterred; it’s a colorful run-and-jump game that’s fun for any age, and it’s something that everyone should experience.
The release date for Donkey Kong Country Returns is set for November 21. This one should be in everyone’s library. Until then, this trailer should tide you over: