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- Over 70 levels of banana-hoarding fun featuring Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong
- Run, jump, climb and defeat enemies through diverse environments until you retrieve Donkey Kong's stolen banana hoard
- Lush, layered side-scrolling levels come to life in stunning 3D
- Rebuilt and optimized for portable play on the Nintendo 3DS system
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Donkey Kong’s smash-hit return to platforming is being rebuilt from the ground up and optimized for portable play on the Nintendo 3DS system. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will launch in summer of 2013 with all of the ground-pounding, barrel-rolling, platforming action of the original brought to life with stunning 3D visuals.
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Donkey Kong’s smash-hit return to platforming is being rebuilt from the ground up for portable play on the Nintendo 3DS system. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D brings back all of the ground-pounding, barrel-rolling action of the original, but this time it comes to life with stunning 3D visuals, including local wireless multiplayer and 8 new levels.
Join Donkey Kong on his adventure to reclaim his stolen banana hoard as you explore over 70 levels filled with richly detailed environments. Guide Donkey Kong and his pint-sized friend Diddy Kong by running, jumping, swinging, rail-riding, and barrel blasting to scour 8 original worlds plus 8 new challenging levels in an unlockable 9th world. All while searching for lost bananas, hidden secrets, and puzzles pieces. You can also share in the adventure by playing cooperatively with a friend via local wireless. Play in Original Mode to experience the game as it was originally designed, or play the original levels in New Mode with new enhancements for on-the-go ease of play.
Key Game Features
- Rebuilt and optimized for portable play on Nintendo 3DS.
- Over 70 levels of banana-hoarding fun featuring Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong.
- Run, jump, climb and defeat enemies through diverse environments until you retrieve Donkey Kong's stolen banana hoard.
- Lush, layered side-scrolling levels come to life in stunning 3D.
- Cooperative multiplayer lets you connect with a friend via local wireless.
- Play in Original Mode or check out New Mode with new enhancements for on-the-go ease of play.
- Unlock 8 brand new levels within the Golden Temple.
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I really like this game. I got many hours of gameplay out of this game. I like that it wasn't super easy so I wouldn't beat it so quickly. This is a must have for any donkey kong fans.
As the title of the game may suggest, this is a similar game to DK Country, meaning it's a 2D platformer, however please note that this is NOT a remake of the original Donkey Kong Country - it's a brand new game inspired by it. It starts out easy enough for the first 3 or so worlds but then the difficulty gradually starts to increase. By the time the final world rolls around the game is pretty tough, not to mention the bonus levels at the end! It never stops being fun, however frustrated you may get late in the game. The controls are perfect and give you exacting precision as to where you want DK to go (pretty important in a challenging platformer.)
The game has a simple story (it's a Donkey Kong game...what did you expect?) but it doesn't really matter. It's charming and serves as an excuse to go pound some bad guys.
The music is fantastic and is a wonderful mix of remixed tracks from the original DKC and brand-new ones! The music always seems to fit whatever level you're on perfectly.
As far as things exclusive to the 3DS version: obviously you gain the ability to play in 3D, which looks pretty cool. I believe there are also some bonus levels not included in the Wii version. However, I don't think this version runs at quite as high a framerate as the Wii version. It's usually not noticeable, but if you really care a lot about that kind of thing, you may want to get the Wii version instead.
Overall, the general spirit of the series is here. Donkey and Diddy are here along with some familiar supporting characters. Sadly, no Dixie. Kiddie Kong however is an acceptable omission, heh.
The game is pretty fun, especially hunting down all the secret rooms. But I have to admit I was disappointed in this game. As a veteran of the originals, this was hard to play. The controls were not as tight and smooth as I was accustomed to in previous games, the characters weren't as interesting, and the level design was significantly better in the originals.
If you've never played the original DKC trilogy, however, I could probably recommend this game as you would be more likely to enjoy it. Without the perfect controls and great atmosphere, story, and environments of the originals to compare to, this could be a fun and enjoyable game. But for me, it was frustrating. I'm a pretty experienced gamer, but often found the simplest jumps very frustrating to make, leading to many lost lives and level do-overs. And the game is not very forgiving to mistakes. A little bit more forgiving than the Wii version (easy mode was added here), but still very difficult at times. I enjoy intelligently difficult games, but this one is difficult in a more frustrating way (controls). The original DKC games were very difficult as well in parts, especially as you get towards the end of the game, but it was a fun difficult, where when you messed up you would think "Ah man, I screwed up." In this game though, the difficulty is more due to terrible controls and poor responsiveness.
The 3D effect is more extreme on this game, by far, than any other 3DS game I've tried. Since the 3DS has an adjustable 3D function to adjust this, that's not a problem, but it's something to be aware of. I love the heavy 3D personally, but sometimes when the slider is at max 3D, it can be a little straining, so I can see certain people not liking that.
My bottom line on this, is if you have a Wii U, skip this and get DKC Tropical Freeze, which is significantly more fun. Otherwise, this can be a good game for most, especially if you've never played the original trilogy. With how good Tropical Freeze is though, I fully expect future DKC games to continue with a high level of quality.