The critically acclaimed Wii U entry in the Donkey Kong Country series is poised to release on the Nintendo Switch sooner than you might think.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Swings Onto the Nintendo Switch

The critically acclaimed Wii U entry in the Donkey Kong Country series is poised to release on the Nintendo Switch sooner than you might think.

Announced today during a mini Nintendo Direct, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a port of the exclusive Wii U platformer that originally released in 2014. Scoring an 83 on Metacritic, it’s one of the highest-rated Donkey Kong games of all time — predominantly because of its challenging design and engaging boss battles. Set to release on May 4 for the Switch, Tropical Freeze will mark Donkey Kong’s debut on the system.

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The sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns sees the return of Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, Cranky Kong, and Funky Kong, as well as a new beginner-friendly mode. This mode will feature Funky Kong and allegedly better help newcomers acclimate to Tropical Freeze‘s gameplay. From the Direct trailer, it appears Funky can perform unique moves, such as double jumps, hovers, infinite rolls, and infinite underwater corkscrews. Nintendo says that even spikes can’t stop Funky once he starts surfing. 

For those that want to revisit the challenging modes that made Tropical Freeze a hit, they can still do so, playing either mode in two-player co-op. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze on the Nintendo Switch as it develops. 


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