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Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country Returns

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Retro Studios

Release Date:

11/21/2010

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Donkey Kong? is making a triumphant return, along with his trusted sidekick Diddy Kong?, in a brand new side-scrolling platform game from Retro Studios. Donkey Kong Country Returns, for the Wii system, has all new levels and all new chest-pounding challenges for players of all ages. The game takes inspiration from the original Super NES series, from barrel blasts to mine carts and then builds upon it by adding stunning graphics and new layers of depth to the world and game play. Donkey Kong Country Returns features the first ever simultaneous cooperative game play mode for the series allowing both novice and skilled players to actively play and experience the game together. Run, jump, climb and defeat enemies through diverse environments until you retrieve Donkey Kong's stolen banana hoard!

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One of the darlings of the Wii library, Donkey Kong Country Returns has been given a second life on the Nintendo 3DS. With some new levels – and a new mode to help lessen the harsh difficulty level – DK and Diddy triumphantly return in an expertly crafted platformer that’s more fun than a barrel of… ya know.
90

It looks and sounds wonderful, it feels great when you play it, it's tons of fun and full of surprises.
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Fans of classic 2D games, or the original DKC games, owe it to themselves to pick up this amazing return to the franchise. The difficulty is the one area that may throw some gamers for a loop, but with the ability to let the game play itself it becomes a non-issue.
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In the end Donkey Kong Country Returns is, in my opinion, a long awaited return to a franchise that needed updating. Fear not, DK fans, this title is for you.
89

Levels are fun to play, with a good variety of play mechanics and ever escalating challenge that keeps you pushing for a ridiculously large improvement in your skillbase, only to find an even harder chunk of gameplay around the corner.
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Everything about Donkey Kong Country Returns is so fluid and smooth. Retro constantly surprises players with new game mechanics, striking set pieces and tons of Donkey Kong charm. This title is quite possibly the definitive side-scrolling platform experience for Wii.
80

Donkey Kong Country Returns definitely has its faults, and we'd wager that the majority of players will never see it all the way through to the end. Yet while the difficulty curve is ridiculous and the multiplayer is quite broken, the game's charm and mystery prevails, giving us some of the same feelings that the original releases did. If you're looking for a serious challenge and don't get frustrated too easily, Donkey Kong Country Returns is worth a look.
80

Cute platformer with adorable visuals scores in every aspect except in multi-player. As for a one-man game there is nothing to complain about. [Issue#199]
80

It's a side of Nintendo we occasionally fear losing forever, which makes Retro's outing a welcome return to the company's hardcore roots, as well as one of this year's finest platformers. [Christmas 2010, p.104]
93

Donkey Kong is back with a stunning masterpiece signed by Retro Studios. It features marvellous graphics, sounds and a gameplay that will make DK's fans feel in heaven. A must-have for every Wii owner.
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