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Once Again, It's On Like Donkey Kong

...Donkey Kong Country Returns, that is!


    It's on like Donkey...wait, did I use that one already? Dammit!
Prior to yesterday's Nintendo E3 2010 press conference, I had been harboring some free-floating curiosity as to what Nintendo accomplice Retro Studios, the team responsible for the Metroid Prime trilogy, had been up to since wrapping its last Samus Aran mission. And then, at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, I got my answer: Donkey Kong Country Returns, a sequel-slash-reboot of the platformer series that Rare produced back in the mid-1990s for the SNES. Though this does appear to be an original game, it's clear from my hands-on time with the game at Nintendo's booth that it's not doing too much meddling with that old formula.

Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, as much a fan of that monkey called Donkey as I am, I don't have much of a personal connection with the original Donkey Kong Country games, so I hope it doesn't come off as too dismissive when I say that this really, really feels a lot like the DKC games of old. The most significant differences being a few, simple controller-shaking mechanics, and the fact that the polygonal visuals are no longer prerendered, as they were on the SNES. Otherwise, it was lots of platform hopping, banana collecting, mine-cart jumping, and barrel busting.
== TEASER ==
A few things did pop out at me about Donkey Kong Country Returns. There's a good weight to the way Kong handles, and the way you shake the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to make him slam his hands against the ground to destroy objects or reveal treasures really underlines the often-underrealized brute strength of Donkey Kong. And I may be revealing more about my own personal shortcomings here than I ought to, but DKC Returns is kind of tough, and I found myself returning to the great big barrel in the sky with a certain regularity during my demo. Though, to be fair, I had just finished some quality time with the supremely easy-going Kirby's Epic Yarn, plus I was playing alongside another person who was controlling Diddy Kong, which was more of a liability than anything.

So, while it doesn't have that direct route to the nostalgic pleasure centers of my brain as it will some, I think Donkey Kong Country Returns is looking like a solidly built piece of throwback platforming action. I think the game's got a good feel to it overall, and the level of difficulty will likely appeal to the folks who do have fond memories of the original Donkey Kong Country.  
  
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Posted by Ryan

    It's on like Donkey...wait, did I use that one already? Dammit!
Prior to yesterday's Nintendo E3 2010 press conference, I had been harboring some free-floating curiosity as to what Nintendo accomplice Retro Studios, the team responsible for the Metroid Prime trilogy, had been up to since wrapping its last Samus Aran mission. And then, at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, I got my answer: Donkey Kong Country Returns, a sequel-slash-reboot of the platformer series that Rare produced back in the mid-1990s for the SNES. Though this does appear to be an original game, it's clear from my hands-on time with the game at Nintendo's booth that it's not doing too much meddling with that old formula.

Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, as much a fan of that monkey called Donkey as I am, I don't have much of a personal connection with the original Donkey Kong Country games, so I hope it doesn't come off as too dismissive when I say that this really, really feels a lot like the DKC games of old. The most significant differences being a few, simple controller-shaking mechanics, and the fact that the polygonal visuals are no longer prerendered, as they were on the SNES. Otherwise, it was lots of platform hopping, banana collecting, mine-cart jumping, and barrel busting.
== TEASER ==
A few things did pop out at me about Donkey Kong Country Returns. There's a good weight to the way Kong handles, and the way you shake the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to make him slam his hands against the ground to destroy objects or reveal treasures really underlines the often-underrealized brute strength of Donkey Kong. And I may be revealing more about my own personal shortcomings here than I ought to, but DKC Returns is kind of tough, and I found myself returning to the great big barrel in the sky with a certain regularity during my demo. Though, to be fair, I had just finished some quality time with the supremely easy-going Kirby's Epic Yarn, plus I was playing alongside another person who was controlling Diddy Kong, which was more of a liability than anything.

So, while it doesn't have that direct route to the nostalgic pleasure centers of my brain as it will some, I think Donkey Kong Country Returns is looking like a solidly built piece of throwback platforming action. I think the game's got a good feel to it overall, and the level of difficulty will likely appeal to the folks who do have fond memories of the original Donkey Kong Country.  
  
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Posted by TheChaos

Can't wait!

Posted by foodmonster

Why are people excited for donkey kong country. It wasn't really that good of a platformer in the first place. It's gimmick was graphics back in the day.

Posted by Melvargh

As much as I would have loved a DK64 sequel, this is amazing! Mad excited about this!

Posted by MrKlorox

Eh... it certainly doesn't seem like Nintendo really has a grasp of Retro Studio's strengths. Texans don't make side scrollers since FPSes came out.

Posted by Wes899
@foodmonster: It's because a Donkey Kong game hasn't been seen in awhile. I'm cautiously optimistic.
Posted by billygoat117

Never in a million years would I have thought I'd be excited for a new DKC game, but damn, this looks really cool.

Posted by VWGTI

So how was the music?

Posted by SPACETURTLE

One of my favorite games back then. Back then when it was new, ya know.  =O

Posted by AgileNate
@foodmonster said:
" Why are people excited for donkey kong country. It wasn't really that good of a platformer in the first place. It's gimmick was graphics back in the day. "
*SMACK*
Posted by nick_verissimo

I really enjoyed the games way back when, so I'm definitely going to give this one a shot.  One thing I'll say is that I'm getting tired of seeing Nintendo rebooting everything instead of coming up with new and interesting I.P's.  Sure, Nintendo's launched new franchises (i.e. Red Steel, No More Heroes) but I want that Nintendo charm in something brand new.

Posted by TheChaos
@foodmonster said:
" Why are people excited for donkey kong country. It wasn't really that good of a platformer in the first place. It's gimmick was graphics back in the day. "
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Posted by BEARHELLO

this looks great. day one purchase.

Posted by Kowbrainz
@foodmonster said:
" Why are people excited for donkey kong country. It wasn't really that good of a platformer in the first place. It's gimmick was graphics back in the day. "
Not really. I didn't get to play the trilogy until the N64 was out and I loved them. To each their own, I guess.
Posted by Branthog

I was never able to get into this game. My little brother and sister loved it, but the game came out when I was 18 and they were 8 and 10 years old. I played it a couple times, but that was it. Not really anything about this style of game that appeals to me and I suspect this "retro" version of it (which looks exactly like the game from sixteen years ago) will only appeal on a nostalgic level.

Posted by Tredik

MONKEYS AREN'T DONKEYS! QUIT MESSING WITH MY HEAD!

Posted by fillmoejoe

Definitely excited about this.

Posted by rentfn

THANK YOU. I've been waiting for this.

Posted by KuwabaraTheMan

Sequel to three of the best games ever made, so this is already my most anticipated game for this holiday season. I'm so glad they're finally doing a new Donkey Kong game.

Posted by TripMasterMunky

This will probably  make me rebuy a Wii.
 
I'm glad it's hard and that it still feels like DKC. What I want to know is, how is the music?

Posted by fei0x

 I think it looks pretty good, I like the way Retro handled Metroid and happy to see them continue to bring back great Nintendo games.

Posted by Xander

The developer earns its namesake in this instance.

Posted by BaconGames
@nick_verissimo said:
" I really enjoyed the games way back when, so I'm definitely going to give this one a shot.  One thing I'll say is that I'm getting tired of seeing Nintendo rebooting everything instead of coming up with new and interesting I.P's.  Sure, Nintendo's launched new franchises (i.e. Red Steel, No More Heroes) but I want that Nintendo charm in something brand new. "
More than any other game I feel DKCR is an indication of Nintendo dropping the ball with new IP.
Posted by goataroo

I did not expect this at all, but I honestly can't wait to get my Kong on later this year.

Posted by ashogo

Hey, if Retro's handling it then there's reason to be interested.

Posted by Scooper

I wish they just pre rendored the graphics again but just higher detail and resolution because the poligonal graphics on the Wii look like shit. Just make it roto-scoped or whatever it was in the original game. It looks alot more kid-friendly too, in the art style. I really liked the sometimes darker tone of the original game.

Posted by Blair

I'm so down.  I was pining for a new Donkey Kong Country on this very site, prior to E3.  I played a lot of DKC in the SNES era and it's one of the classics that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I've got a lot of nostalgia for those games and I'm certainly looking forward to this one.

Posted by Galiant

Donkey Kong 1-3 on the SNES was far more popular in my family whilst growing up than anything Mario ever was. Looking forward to this =)

Posted by GiantBomberman

Why isn't he called Monkey Kong?

Posted by Ignor

Donkey Kong is not a monkey!
Also, I miss the kremlings, but the game itself looks promising.

Posted by MeatSim

Hey I liked old Donkey Kong maybe I will give it a try.

Posted by CornBREDX

While I think the pre-rendered looked better on the SNES (this new polygonal style *shocker* doesn't look as good*) I dont want to nit pick it to much as graphics arent everything. 
 
That being said I do hold nostalgia for this series and that trailer does indeed show some Donkey Kong Country. Let me put it this way, while I did also grow up with Mario climbing to the top of a tower trying to save a princess from Mr Kong it didnt really capture much more then a really good game of skill. DKC made it a universe with its own problems and a different look at the Kong family. I even watched the cartoon show (the early CGI oddity that it was, in the vain of Reboot) and liked it so ya, I like me some Donkey Kong Country. 
 
Bare in mind I keep it seperate from Donkey Kong, notice I always refer to it as Donkey Kong Country =P
Posted by xyzygy

Nintendo wins E3. I can't believe the amazing shit I've seen.

Posted by DMack

Bramble Scramble, man.. Why'd they make that level so hard?
 
Why do the character models look awful compared to the ones in Smash Bros Brawl, even?

Posted by Masonvd

Star Fox and Donkey Kong return? :O 
 
 
Heaven

Posted by Unchained

I remember when DKC was released for the SNES. It was very charming quite a fun platformer. I am looking forward to this.  

Posted by Burninator12

So stoked.

Posted by MatPaget

FUCK YES
DONKEY KONG COUNTRY RETURNS!!!!!
And its got Donkey Kong! 
None of this bullshit Diddy, Dixie, and Kiddy
The KING OF THE JUNGLE is back!!!

Posted by Siris

Why didn't they make this game years ago? AWESOME!

Posted by MatPaget

I remember when they announced I think I cried
When the music just all of a sudden started playing I was like "OH NO FUCKING WAY!!! OH MY GOD!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Posted by Dimsey

Kinda looking forward to it.
At least the other DKC games I played were fine sooo...

Posted by Forderz

It is on like donkey kong!

Posted by Finstern
@MatPaget: I loved DKC when I first got it, during the conference when the music started playing I was like :O I know this..... OMFG *lights dim* trailer rolls 
 
I was practically jumping for joy before the trailer even rolled :P
Posted by Mordi

Hoping for remixed versions of Aquatic Ambience and Stickerbush Symphony (search them up on youtube).

Posted by lukusluke

This looks like it could still be on the SNES.

Posted by ch3burashka
@Mordi said:
" Hoping for remixed versions of Aquatic Ambience and Stickerbush Symphony (search them up on youtube). "
As much as I love them, they're in the past: they've been done. DKC3 didn' have a 'Stickerbrush Symphony' or an 'Aquatic Ambiance' track, so I hope the composer of Returns is able to create something new of a similar magnitude. Also, I hope Wise comes back, but that goes without saying.
Posted by Bucketdeth

I am so pumped for this, if this has the same style music as DKC on the SNES it will be a day one buy for me.

Posted by Bellum
@foodmonster said:
"Why are people excited for donkey kong country. It wasn't really that good of a platformer in the first place. It's gimmick was graphics back in the day. "

KILL IT!
Posted by ArclightBorealis

Just because of this announcements, I went and picked back up the original DKC games on the VC, and I'm playing through them in anticipation.  
 
If you guys go on Nintendo's E3 site, they have a video Iwata Asks for the game. Yeah, they do say nostalgia is a key factor, but some of the stuff they described, mainly the 2 player co-op, rather than the tag team based gameplay in the originals, looks like it'll be good as a sequel and step forward for the series. I'm excited.

Posted by masternater27

Whether it was deserving or not, I loooved the first 2 DKCs.

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