Great Gameplay Returns in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

If you loved Returns, you'll love Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

I have been a fan of the Donkey Kong Country series since I first received a copy of the game for Easter 1995. When Returns came out, I picked up a Wii to play it. I felt the purchase was worth every penny. Now that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is on its way, I’ve gotta get my hands on a Wii U.

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I got to play a demo of the game last week and I am pleased to say that Tropical Freeze will bring the same awesome gameplay that Returns did with an extra bit of flair.

If you have been following the game at all, you’ll know that the enemies in this game are arctic theme and are trying to freeze Donkey Kong’s jungles. The enemy designs in this game are amazingly cute. My favorite was the boss you can fight in the demo: a seal with a viking helmet. Too adorable.

I got to play a mine cart level and a barrel level. Both were well designed and seemed like they were solidly designed. The mine cart level wasn’t as difficult as some of them have been in the past, but the barrel level was a bit harder. Both of them were fun.

What excites me the most about Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is that players can choose which character they want to be. So far, it’s Donkey Kong, Diddy, and Dixie. However, a fourth playable character will later be announced: I am hoping it’s Funky Kong.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be coming out this year in November for the Nintendo Wii U. That means I have a few months left to get one in my house. This game combined with the new Sonic, Mario Kart, and Mario Land have me more than sold on the console.

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Joseph Rowe
World traveling English teacher, writer, and aspiring front-end developer.