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on 19 July 2016
I was really looking forward to buying this game after I was reading rave reviews from each and every corner about this game.
The basic gameplay revolves around the Donkey Kong we know today on a quest to retrieve his banana horde that was stolen by the evil King K. Rool and his army of Kremlings.The level design in this title is utterly superb. Every level has little nooks and crannies hiding secret areas where you can try and earn some more bananas or an extra life, and there’s no indicator to show where they are, meaning that you’re going to have to scour each level thoroughly to find all of them.This is one of those few games where the sequel is infact better than the original. It scores really high marks in that department.If you’re wondering whether or not to buy Donkey Kong Country, just buy it. It’s a game that should be on every Wii U console, it’s as simple as that. It’s not a perfect game, but considering that it came out twenty years ago it’s still better than even many of the best games on the Virtual Console at the moment. Long, engaging and never boring , except with some of the boss fights, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is an absolute must-buy for anyone who hasn’t played it, and even those that have, as it’s a perfect sequel of the original.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 9 January 2016
In my opinion this is a great game with instant appeal and long term staying power. It is likely to appeal to adults and children alike. I remember playing the original classic ‘Donkey Kong Country’ when it came out in the early 1990s and now I find myself playing this with my great grandson in 2016! IN my opinion this latest edition is just as good, if not better, than the 1990s classic.
The game ruins in a very similar format to the original and earlier versions. It starts with a colourful and entertaining opening sequence where the bad guys attack Donkey and family (Donkey, Kranky, Diddy and Dixie). Donkey then sets out on a series of different adventures facing old and new adversaries and challenges along the way.
You navigate using the same scrolling map as in the earlier versions and you get many of the old familiar features such as Funky Kong’s shop (with some interesting new purchases). Kranky, Diddy and Dixie are encountered along the way by bursting barrels as in the previous versions etc.
The graphics are excellent. There is a fantastic range of colours and some fantastic background art work. The characters are all really well defined and cleverly designed. The gameplay is excellent. It has all the Nintendo pedigree hallmarks; always entertaining and enjoyable and never boring or frustrating. The degree of difficulty is just right. It is guaranteed to be challenging and entertaining and once you start on it you will find yourself fully engrossed and always keen to come back for more.
One thing you might want to remember is that this game is very much two dimensional (2D). If you play the latest Super Mario 3D World you will see the contrast. This is not a drawback or anything; it just means the gameplay is different to what you can expect in some of the latest generation 3D World games.
Overall I am delighted with this game. It is every bit as good as the old Nintendo classic Donkey Kong games and it is guaranteed to provide hours of challenging fun and entertainment for adults and children alike. It is a worthy addition to the long succession of Nintendo classics. I thoroughly recommend it.
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on 22 February 2014
i have had so much of all this rubbish that little kiddies spout on about that the ps4 and Xbox one are the greatest and the wii u is a waste of space, etc etc etc yawns yawns..............the ps4 and Xbox one are pcs in a box and if you want to play games like call of duty 2000 and fifa 400 till your 90 years old then by all means go ahead. i have been gaming for 30 years since the zx81 in 1979. Nintendo has always got things right with its software. gaming is about having fun for gods sake!!!! no one makes games like Nintendo, no one. you see that's the difference between a console that plays original,well designed games and a console that keeps playing mass market crap all the time.
and to all those developers that have ruined today's games like: tomb raider 2013,resident evil 6,ridge racer unbounded,toca,hitman and many others i say to you this. you have destroyed the gaming industry!!! games aren't games anymore!!! games died in 2005 completely. the last great games on the ps1 and ps2 like resident evil 1,2,3,tomb raider 1,2,3,4,5 and all the brilliant original games, became stagnated arcade rubbish on the 360 and ps3. NINTENDO HOWEVER HAVE REMAINED STRONG TO THERE WORD ON ORIGINAL,FUN AND BRILLIANTLY DESIGNED GAMES FOR LIFE.
in 2014 its so dam well nice to see games produced as they should be made.amazing game 5 stars and a joy to behold.

graphics 10/10 brilliant visuals that sets the donkey kong world alight once again.donkey kongs fur looks amazing.
sounds 10/10 the theme tune is soooo addictive and it fits the game so well.
gameplay 10/10 fun fun fun
lifespan 10/10 pretty dam hard but never stagnates.

if you haven't got a Wii u then go and buy one!!! even if its just to play donkey Kong and Mario 3d land wont be disappointed.
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on 22 February 2014
I'm a 31 year old male and this brings my childhood flooding back. It's resurrected my wii u which is great. The graphics and music are good not sure about the story so far. Oh and it's hard, I'm up to the first boss a sea lion and I've died a hundred times but always smiling at the tv. Great fun.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 August 2014
A beautiful game full of charm, humour and exceptionally crafted gameplay - not to mention the artful, funky and catchy music and expertly animated and colourful graphics.

The attention to detail in the animation and graphics is superb - Donkey Kong's hair, blowing in the wind, uses the graphic processing power of the Wii U in a way that adds character and charm to the game.

The music is a rare example of excellence and only Bunjie's Halo score comes close to the quality and depth of the music score. In Donkey Kong Country the music is perfectly matched with the levels (my favourite music score is on the Swiss cuckoo clock level!) Wonderful stuff.

This game, along with Zelda, Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario 3d World, really is a "must buy" that demonstrates the genius of Nintendo when it comes to game design.

The game is challenging and can be really challenging in terms of lost lives but it is *never* frustrating to play. This is the mark of a great game - neither easy nor frustratingly difficult but rather challenging in a way that asks you to play "just one more time" and rewards your patience with progression and plenty of secret areas.

There's a secret "world", a secret "island" and locked levels that can only be accessed through progressively more challenging achievements being completed.

I've played this with my six year old and then played some more when he's gone to bed. It really does appeal to all age groups and, somehow, the difficulty level whilst being challenging doesn't alienate the player.

I prefer to play with the nunchuk and Wii U remote - the motion control is great (beating the ground) and the feedback is perfectly balanced.

Parts of the game remind me of Donkey Kong Junior (an arcade game released in the 1980s) in terms of perfectly designed gameplay but with graphics and a game engine that are truly next generation.

A masterpiece.
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on 2 March 2016
Great Donkey Kong is back as he should be with a suprise twist with Cranky Kong as a playable character.
The levels are as we have all come to love but the animation is superb, from underwater to the mine cart levels this games looks great.
A huge amount of time has been put into the graphics in the foreground and background as you can be easily changed between each one while playing each level. And the way the camera changes on certain levels is something quite different and brilliant as it adds a whole new dimension to the game.
The game itself is quite challenging with tough bosses and if you can make it through once the hard mode will keep you playing for months trying to reach 200%
I didnt get an amiibo with this game and not sure if there is one that does anything to it or adds anything, I believe it is just a stand alone game.
You can also share your time trials online and also download other peoples to see how they do it so fast to give you tips to win the shiny gold medals which is a great feature.
But I thought it was great and am at 149% at the moment so try and beat me to 200%.
Great Donkey Kong game and very challenging for players who want to try and collect everything, I assue you who want to the K levels will make you want to throw your game pad at the screen haha
Awesome!!! ;-D
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on 23 February 2014
This game is fantastic! Visuals are lush and the soundtrack is infectious. Just played the first island and moved onto the second. There is a great deal of replayability trying to find all the hidden areas/ items and the love/quality shines through - such great polish to this game......

It can be tricky - but there is a great deal of satisfaction when you manage it! Gameplay can be addictive( played the first minecart level for bout 30 minutes - such fun)

Why people are buying a PS4 or Xbone when there is a dearth of must have games on the consoles and the Wii U has built up a quality library of games beggars belief!

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on 2 March 2014
Great game,will also give 5 stars both for gameplay and the fantastic soundtrack,very frustrating at times,that boss in world 4 will give me nightmares,recommend to all,well worth buying the wii u just for this game alone,which i did.
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on 22 February 2014
what can I say? This game is absolutely perfect in every way,I started playing this today and I'm not disappointed,don't be put off by the fact it's a 2d platform game,it looks stunning in hd ,there is so much going on in the background,,little details add up to a lot and the creators retro studios have really put a lot of love and care into this,from dks fur to the lush backgrounds it positively shimmers.for the completists out there there's a lot of replay value trying to get all the puzzle pieces and kong letters and find secret areas will take you a while,a special shout out has to go to the music often overlooked in games the music is these times when games are more like movies than games,this restores my faith in games ,100% recommended. 10/10
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VINE VOICEon 1 March 2014
I waited to see what customer reviews this got and when all the five star reviews started stacking up I couldn't resist ordering the game.

This is a joy to play, especially with my six year old son playing as Diddy. It's a nice touch that I can carry him through the hard parts!
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