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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
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- Join Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and the rest of the gang in a classic 2D platformer, now playable on-the-go!
- Discover brand new content created just for Nintendo 3DS
- Play the whole adventure with a nearby pal in Local Play!
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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is the Nintendo 3DS remake of the Wii title Donkey Kong Country Returns. The game is a side-scrolling platform title where the player takes the role of Donkey Kong (helped by his friend, Diddy) and tries to recover his stolen banana stash by completing stages. The player will embark on a quest through various parts of an island and battle different enemies in multiple themed areas, such as jungle, beach, forest, caves, and volcanic environments.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D brings the acclaimed title to Nintendo 3DS and retains all of the original content, as well as extras and adding a 'New Mode' that makes the game slightly easier with the addition of extra items and more energy for Donkey and Diddy Kong. The game also brings back the multiplayer mode found on Wii and allows two players with two copies of the game and two 3DS systems to play together as Donkey and Diddy Kong. Players can navigate the levels separately or as one unit where Diddy rides on Donkey Kong's back and hops off whenever he pleases – in this way novice players can be guided though challenging areas.
Giving fans of the franchise something to run, jump, race, and roll around about, in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D you'll need to traverse the platforms and environments of Donkey Kong Island if you are to rescue our hero's beloved stash of bananas from the troublesome Tiki Tak Tribe. Grab as many banana bunches as you can while riding rockets and rhinos, avoiding tricky traps and perilous pitfalls, and stomping all your enemies as you go. In addition, you'll have to familiarise yourself with Donkey and Diddy Kong's special individual skills in order to switch between them and overcome all the obstacles that come your way. This might mean using Diddy to hop on to Donkey Kong's shoulders and using the Barrel Jet to hover over large gaps; either that, or just roll your way to victory by trampling everything in your path.
As you tear through the trees, blaze across beaches, and leap from place to place, remember to look out for things to collect around you – grab the letters that spell K-O-N-G, snaffle puzzle pieces hidden across each stage, and unlock all sorts of extra content and difficult trophy levels. If you manage to unlock and complete all of these, there are even more special surprises that await you! Play alone or team up together in local play and barrage your opponents with Diddy's very own Peanut Popgun. You can also hover using the Barrel Jet or slam your enemies with the Donkey Kong Ground Pound. If that doesn't work, why not try doing a Barrel Roll?
Features of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
- Faithful remake of the popular Nintendo title for Wii, with added extras
- Faithful modernisation of the classic games with extra fan-service
- Vibrant colours, beautiful graphics, and fun characters that are both nostalgic and draw new players in
- Using two systems, two people can play together at the same time, one as Donkey Kong and the other as Diddy Kong
- Hidden items, puzzle pieces, and other surprises are found all throughout the game
- In New Mode, Donkey and Diddy Kong have three hearts each, thus making the game easier. There are also additional items available in Cranky Kong's Shop: the Green Balloon saves the player from a fall once (but not all the time), the Crash Guard prevents the Mine Cart and the Rocket Barrel from being destroyed by allowing them to take two hits, and the DK Barrel allows the player to use a DK Barrel any time
The history of the Donkey Kong franchise
Donkey Kong first appeared in Nintendo's popular 1981 video game of the same name. Kong debuted at the same time as Mario (then known as Jumpman) in the original Donkey Kong game, before moving on to Donkey Kong Country platform games for the Super Nintendo. Since then, he has appeared in over 20 games in his own series, as well as in some games in the Mario series.
The first Donkey Kong Country game was revolutionary in that it was one of the first games for a mainstream home video game console to use pre-rendered 3D graphics. This, together with a strong marketing campaign, made sure Donkey Kong Country was very successful on release, eventually selling 8 million copies.
Donkey Kong Country Returns was released for the Wii in December 2010 in Europe to great critical and fan acclaim. The game was appreciated for its retro but interesting art style, and for its challenging difficulty.
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First off, it looks fantastic. The animation is very smooth, characters look great, and each world is an absolute pleasure to smash through. It is reminiscent of the first DK country games, but adds new environments and quirks to keep it fresh.
The same can be said of the soundtrack, which uses some of the original tunes and builds on them, while at the same time creating new music and sounds. 3d wise, I kept the slider down most of the time. Occasionally I'd use the 3d, but as with many 3ds titles it just adds a little more depth to the visuals and eventually results in eye strain.
Although the visuals and sound are what strikes you first of all, gameplay is where DK country returns really shines. In my opinion, it is very close to perfection. DK controls very well and the integration of his new moves are not difficult to learn. You can also acquire the help of Diddy Kong on this adventure, and he gives you extra life to play with and a slight glide ability with his jetpack.
There are two difficulty settings; Original and New modes. I only played through on the original difficulty, but I believe New mode is more lenient on newer players and gives both Kongs an extra heart each.
The difficulty on original increases in a well paced arc, peaking near the end. I will admit dying many times, some times while experimenting or searching for hidden goodies, but more often than not it was my clumsiness. It never feels unfair though, which is a rare thing (no pun intended) in today's games.Read more ›
This game has a perfect difficulty level. I died plenty of times trying to complete the main game, although lives are relatively easy to come-by. However, I died hundreds (and I mean hundreds) of times trying to collect the various bonuses in order to unlock the extra levels after the main quest has been fulfilled. Because there is a lot to unlock, it gives you an incentive to complete the game fully (rather than stop once the main quest has finished) and because most of these come to you after the main quest it gives you reason to come back to earlier levels. However, the satisfaction on completing the game 100% is unrivalled on the 3DS. There are enough levels and enough variation for the game to remain interesting throughout. Infact the level design is almost flawless; some of the famous mine-cart levels are so innovative and original that it bought a smile to my face even second time round.
Graphically, the game is the same as the Wii (at least I thought so), but what the game lacks for having a small screen it makes up in the 3D capacity. The 3D is okay, though nothing truly special I found myself more immersed in the game with the 3D turned on (inparticularly the levels involving the blasting barrels). I found this game took me a good while to fully complete and while at times it bought frustration, it more than made up for it in the satisfaction upon beating it!
It has a 'New Mode' which allows you to play through the game with extra hearts for your characters. Even with this, I still found this mode challanging, though I did not have to go through the annoyance of starting a level from scratch frequently, due to the benefit of having more health.
The difficulty in this game is very good. It feels just right. It's by no means a walk in the park, however it's not too difficult that you can't complete it.
If you do get stuck, you can activate help in the level after you lose a certain amount of health. This then shows you how to complete the level. This is of course optional, however you no longer need to use a guide book to show you the way.
'Donkey Kong Country Returns 3DS' offers local play, where so long as your friend has the cartridge in their 3DS, you can play the game together in a co-op mode.
The 3D effects are largely so-so. I imagine this is because the game is a port from the Wii so was not built from scratch exclusively for the 3DS.
I highly recommend this game as it will keep you busy for many hours and is a great platform game experience.
It took me some time to get used to the controls, the port is not perfect in this regard, but it is counterbalanced by the fact that you can choose between two game modes: The original one (similar to the Wii version), or the DKC 3D one which allows you to take a few more hits.
The additional content is always welcome, and in this case also fixes the disappointingly short final part of the original version.
I have both versions and I have to say that it is still a delight to go back to this game, even on the 3DS. I am happy I bought it, though I understand why some people would be disappointed, the little differences between the 2 might not be enough to justify the purchase of this game.
Still a must-have for those who missed out on the original game.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good game but difficult if you have not played the DK series before.Published 3 months ago by Winchy101
Donkey Kong Country was my favorite game on the SNES when I were a lot younger and less bald. The new 3DS game does the previous games a fair tribute all with new fangled 3D. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pete