Donkey Kong Country Returns

donkey kong country returns Donkey Kong Country Returns is the series's first traditional home console installment since Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, and also the first Donkey Kong Country entry not to involve Rare during the development.

Under the hypnotic control of a group of evil Tikis known as the Tiki Tak Tribe, the animals on DK Island have stolen Donkey Kong's bananas, forcing him to retrieve the hoard with the help of Diddy Kong. The different types of Tikis fill the role of the antagonists this time, replacing the Kremlings, which do not appear in the game. Cranky Kong, who owns shops throughout the island, is the only Kong family member that appears in addition to Donkey and Diddy.

Players take control of Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, with many traditional elements of the Donkey Kong Country series returning, including mine cart levels, swinging from vine to vine, collecting bananas, and the golden "KONG" letters. There are also levels with the characters and foreground environments appearing as silhouettes, spawning several new gameplay mechanics. 

In single player, players can only play as Donkey Kong, although Diddy Kong rides on Donkey Kong's back, and Donkey Kong can use Diddy's jetpack to extend his jumps. Multiplayer mode enables a second player to simultaneously control Diddy Kong. If one player dies in two player mode, he can be brought back by hitting a DK Barrel that floats into view.

Game Details

Release Date:

November 21, 2010


Nintendo Wii


Retro Studios


3D Platformer


IGN - 9.0 - Review

Gamespot - 8.5 - Review



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