Donkey Kong Country Returns

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Donkey Kong Country Returns
Developer Retro Studios
Publisher Nintendo
System Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS
Release Date Wii
US November 21, 2010
AU December 2, 2010
EU December 3, 2010
JP December 9, 2010
US/EU May 24, 2013
AU May 25, 2013
JP June 16, 2013
Rating ESRB: E

Donkey Kong Country Returns is a revival of the Donkey Kong Country series developed by Retro Studios for the Nintendo Wii. A 3DS version known as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D was later made in 2013.



On Donkey Kong Island, a mysterious group called the Tiki Tak Tribe have awakened from a volcano and proceed to taken control of local animals, using them to steal Donkey Kong's banana horde. DK and Diddy Kong, finding themselves immune to the hypnosis, team up again on a classic adventure to retrieve the bananas from these new foes.


The game is a sidescroller which is designed with similar controls to Rare's platformers. The main difference is the motion controls, shaking the Wiimote causes DK to slap the ground when motionless, to roll when moving or to blow air while crouching. Diddy also has unique moves inspired by Donkey Kong 64, as he can fire Peanut Popguns (by shaking the Wiimote, in place of DK's ground-slamming move, but only when controlled by a second player) and get a boost from his jetpack. The game can be controlled with a Wiimote held horizontally, or with the Wiimote-Nunchuck combo.

Many staples of the original series are reprised, including familiar level types such as mine cart chases and item quests such as collecting KONG letters for extra lives. Rambi returns and as in previous games can be ridden through areas filled with obstacles that only he could smash through. Cranky Kong also runs a shop in which the player can buy extra lives and special items. One new feature is that of difficult levels in which Donkey Kong rides a wildly careening Rocketbarrel which explodes after colliding with anything.

Returns also features improved multiplayer gameplay from the original series, particularly in the form of cooperative gameplay. A second player can control Diddy, and Diddy can also jump on DK's back in order to avoid areas that are too difficult for said player. The game also follows the new Nintendo trend of having a Super Guide that will play through the level for the player if they fail enough. This game's Super Guide takes on the form of a white-furred version of Donkey Kong known as Super Kong.



  • In 2013, it was remade for the 3DS as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. This version had some tweaks to the gameplay in addition to matching the 3DS's 3D capability. The game included a new mode as well as a new ninth world.


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