Donkey Kong Country. If you were gaming in the 90s that game means one of two things to you. You either loved it because it was a beautiful game with awesome and refined gameplay or you weren’t thrilled about it because it was a new major weapon in Nintendo’s wheelhouse. I was all about Sega growing up, having a Genesis at home, but I also enjoyed playing the SNES at my Grandma’s house and my Uncle’s as well. So I was happy to see Donkey Kong Country, and that hasn’t changed to this day. I think that original game is incredible, and the sequels it received were fun as well! But at some point the traditional Donkey Kong formula seemed to go away, especially from Donkey Kong 64 on. But in the last few years we have gotten two new DK games that are great fun and are more like what we all used to play with Donkey Kong. And that’s awesome.
The first of the two games, Donkey Kong Country Returns, is an incredible video game. It’s fun, looks great, and offers great challenge to the players. This game remembers that in the old days games were hard and references it very well. Sometimes it’s almost too hard, but that makes it all the more worthwhile when you are finally able to beat a level. There is a 3DS version too that I think is a bit easier to play (having normal controls wise), so if you’ve not played the game yet or haven’t played the 3DS version I recommend you look this way. The game got high critical praise and I loved seeing that since this is the type of game I grew up playing. After such a successful return to formula you know that a sequel had to follow at some point, and we got that sequel on the Wii U. The game is Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.
The game offers some incredible graphics, this thing looks absolutely stunning. Definitely the best looking Donkey Kong game that we’ve ever seen. It has multiple playable characters in addition to Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, namely Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong. All of the characters play well and have their own abilities, so that’s cool to mess around with. I only really play as Donkey Kong myself, but that’s just because he’s my favorite character. The game is a lot of fun and yes it has difficulty as well. The hardest part that I’ve seen so far has got to be the underwater levels, simply because you have to worry about your breath in addition to your health. When playing with another person it can become difficult to navigate the underwater levels in a timely fashion. That’s fine, it’s part of the fun of the game, but it gets a bit annoying. I definitely could have done without the water levels in this game. But it’s like the older games so on that I can get over it.
This game is easily one of the most solid games you can get for the Wii U, bar none. I have most of the so called major Wii U games, and this ranks right up there with any of the others. It’s multiplayer, fun, and challenging. What more could you want?
Likes: Incredible graphics, great music, multiple characters, challenging game, tons of fun.
Dislikes: Underwater levels.
That dislike is only a personal feeling, it’s not a game error like a constant glitch or something like that, so this game gets a 9.5/10. It’s not quite perfect to me but this game is definitely the best you’ll get on the Wii U and it’s fun. Go for it here if you’ve not already done so! You won’t regret the purchase.