A Stereoscopic Thrilla' With the Gorilla
Grab your rocket barrels and get ready to go bananas! In 2010 the original Donkey Kong Country Returns released on the Nintendo Wii. The game was made by the same developer that worked on all three Metroid Prime games, Austin, Texas-based Retro Studios. The game received high praise across the board from multiple media outlets, and even SuperPhillip Central gave it a golden score. Now it is three years later and Nintendo has opted to task Monster Games with porting the Wii game to the Nintendo 3DS in the form of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Is a return to the DK Isle something recommended?
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong are sleeping when the volcano at the center of DK Isle erupts, shooting out members of the Tiki Tribe, the new villains made especially for Donkey Kong Country Returns. Like the Kremlings before them, the Tiki Tribe with help from the hypnotized locals steal Donkey Kong's banana hoard. One of the tribe members even tries to cast Donkey Kong under its spell, but this proves to be an effort in futility, as DK punches the Tiki Tribe member out of his pad. It's time for DK and Diddy to go after the Tiki Tribe and see exactly why they stole their bananas.
|Oh, yeah. It's definitely on like Donkey Kong!|
Those Tikis will learn you don't mess
with Nintendo's main monkey!
There are eight new levels developed specifically for the Nintendo 3DS version of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Each one is based off the eight world themes in the regular story mode. However, these can only be played after all of the gems have been collected from the super-challenging K levels in the game (which are unlocked via acquiring all of the KONG letters from each level in a given world), or if you're playing in New Mode, the gems can be purchased from Cranky Kong's shop for 50 Banana Coins apiece.
|A map of the new levels in DKCR3D.|
The new levels are just as wonderful
as the ones Retro Studios crafted.
|This octopus is enraged at Red Lobster commercials.|
|Animal pal Rambi returns into the fray.|
|This creature's going to drive Donkey and Diddy batty!|
It's hard to gauge which version of Donkey Kong Country Returns is the definitive one. In defense of the Wii version, that allows two players to much more easily go through the adventure mode together without requiring two systems and two copies of the game, as well as a faster frame-rate. That notwithstanding, the 3DS version adds waggle-free controls, New Mode, and eight fantastically crafted levels. I would go so far to say that both versions are worth owning for different reasons. If you're a 3DS owner who has yet to play Donkey Kong's latest platforming adventure, swing over to your local retailer and purchase Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. It is one of the best 2D platformers ever created, and the Nintendo 3DS version is tremendous. Get it and then it'll be on like Donkey Kong.
[SPC Says: 9.5/10]