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- Explore levels that twist, turn, and transform in unexpected ways, while the game’s dynamic rotating camera helps you fully enjoy this game’s diverse, vibrant islands.
- Master a range of special moves, including unique abilities like Diddy Kong’s jet pack, Dixie Kong’s spinning ponytail, and Cranky Kong’s cane bounce.
- Overcome challenges, battle frosty foes and bosses, and reclaim the Kongs’ stolen home.
- Seek out a wealth of collectibles that’ll enable you to unlock additional content and stock up on useful items.
- Enjoy all the fun and challenge of the original game, plus an optional new mode that makes the game more accessible to younger and less-experienced players, as well as those looking for a more relaxed gaming experience.
- For the first time ever in the Donkey Kong Country™ series, play as Funky Kong!
- Funky Kong has extra hearts and helpful abilities like double jump, hover, infinite rolls, infinite underwater corkscrews, and spike resistance.
- Share the adventure with a friend! During two-player co-op gameplay, each player can use a single Joy-Con™ controller, so no additional accessories are required.
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Barrel-blast into a critically acclaimed Donkey Kong adventure as this beloved franchise makes its Nintendo Switch debut with a banana-bunch of new features. Traverse islands packed with platforming perfection and nonstop action as the classic Kongs in the original game, or mix things up by playing the story as Funky Kong in new Funky Mode!
Arctic invaders have turned Donkey Kong Island into their personal frozen fortress, and it’s up to you to save the day. Play as Donkey Kong in Original Mode and team up with Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Cranky Kong—each with unique abilities—to overcome platforming challenges and frosty foes. For a more accessible experience, start a game in Funky Mode to enjoy a range of gameplay updates and a new main-character option, spectacular surfing simian Funky Kong! His extra hearts and unique abilities make for a more relaxed gaming experience. And no matter which mode you choose, a wealth of collectibles and two-player co-op round out the fun!
Seek out a wealth of collectibles that’ll enable you to unlock additional content and stock up on useful items.
Overcome challenges, battle frosty foes and bosses, and reclaim the Kongs’ stolen home.
For the first time ever in the Donkey Kong Country series, play as Funky Kong!
Funky Kong has extra hearts and helpful abilities like double jump, hover, infinite rolls, infinite underwater corkscrews, and spike resistance.
Share the adventure with a friend! During two-player co-op gameplay, each player can use a single Joy-Con controller, so no additional accessories are required.
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Barrel-blast into a critically acclaimed Donkey Kong adventure as this beloved franchise makes its Nintendo Switch™ debut with a banana-bunch of new features. Traverse islands packed with platforming perfection and nonstop action as the classic Kongs in the original game, or mix things up by playing the story as Funky Kong in new Funky Mode!
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Tropical Freeze, like most platformers, doesn't really have a story so much as it has a setup. That being that a bunch of animals and other critters come by and cover DK Island in ice and the land becomes frozen. It's now up to Donkey, Diddy, Dixie and Cranky to save the island. And this is going to be an arduous task. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is known primarily for its difficulty. The first couple of levels will be fairly simple and straight forward but once you've got your bearings and the training wheels come off, Tropical Freeze is an unrelenting challenge where your abilities will be tested. Stages will begin one hazard, throw new hazards at you, combine them and end with a third completely different hazard if you let it. The levels are also lengthy and varied. One amusing aspect about Tropical Freeze is that no level you play ever really feels like any other level you play. They all feel unique in their own way. And just when you're positive a concept in a level is being repeated... they toss in a twist. Oh sure, you've been on a mine cart before and the first one is simple... but then you get to ones where water spouts raise platforms and you have to jump between two tracks. while avoiding sharks. That's not an exaggeration either, that level exists. It takes the familiar concept of the mine cart ride and adds so much spice to it that even the concept of a mine cart stage feels different. And if the game wasn't so good at establishing such a crazy, goofy tone you might think some of the concepts you experience are absurd but they're not.
Most levels are extremely difficult, though that you'll find yourself retrying levels over and over again. And sometimes the only way to really master the level is to fail at it several times. This kind of trial and error gameplay can be a little off putting for some gamers, but the game compensates for this by being fairly liberal with extra lives. And once you get the patterns of a level down it can be liberating to finally best that difficult stage. The player can feel a sense of accomplishment. Of course, this challenge may still be a little too steep for some players. The Donkey Kong Country games are known for their difficulty in general, but Tropical Freeze takes it to a whole new level. Even the bosses are more difficult than previous games. Getting the best of Tropical Freeze's levels, however does make for a good feeling because the challenge is so high in some of them that finally beating them feels like an earned victory.
Donkey Kong is not alone on his adventure. He has a few buddies along for the ride who provide some abilities for him. Diddy Kong allows DK to hover for a bit, Dixie has a helicopter spin which allows her to propel DK upwards and Cranky has a cane bounce that allows him to damage certain enemies. Each one is useful in different situations and they'll add two hearts to DK's health. But if you lose two of those four hearts your buddy is gone and you no longer have access to their abilities. This makes the game easier, but only marginally so. You're more likely to be grateful for two more health points as opposed to the abilties your buddy grants you some of the time. On the other hand, many of your deaths will come from stage hazards and pitfalls rather than through most of the normal enemies, many of whom are easily dispatched.
Even if you find it just a little too challenging, however, you can play the new Funky Mode which allows you to play Funky Kong who can sustain more hits before he perishes and can go on some of the more harsh terrain (such as spikes) that the other kongs can't. This makes for a much easier go at the game. It's a great mode to try out, but I strongly suggest putting it aside and trying your hand at the standard mode first. It's a much more rewarding and invigorating experience that way, but if you need a slightly easier go at the game, it's nice to know the option is there.
Visually Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is pretty beautiful on the eyes. One of the highlights of Returns was jumping between the foreground and background and it's the same thing here, but in many of the stages there's usually more going on and a much greater visual flair. Textures pop out more and are brighter and more detailed than they've ever been, and the cartoon like art style helps sell the insanity that some levels might bring to light. But what really sells some of the visuals are that there can be so many things going on at once in a given level. From weather hazards to platforms collapsing... and the game handles just about all of it without dipping in frame rate or missing a beat.
The music, however, is probably the best and most rewarding aspect of Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Fans of the original Super Nintendo will be happy to know that David Wise returned to compose most of the music here. His melodies are well known from Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country 2 more so than anything (particularly tracks such as Aquatic Ambiance and Stickerbush Symphony) and he hasn't really been back to Donkey Kong Country in over twenty years. Now he's back and working with some of Nintendo's best composers: Daisuke Matsuoka (Donkey Kong Country Returns), Minako Hamano (Super Metroid) and Shinji Ushiroda to compose what is easily the best soundtrack in Donkey Kong history since 1995's Donkey Kong Country 2. Though Returns was a great soundtrack it was mostly remixed tracks. Here much more of it is original and it's absolutely amazing to listen to. They're great tunes and it works out just fine.
The only real thing that holds Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze back is that some players may find it too much of a challenge. The level design is top notch, but also designed in such a way that dying is inevitable. If you're easily frustrated then Tropical Freeze may not be for you, but if you're up for the challenge then it can be rewarding.