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Platform Wii, 3DS Publisher Nintendo Developer Retro Studios Release Date 2010-11-21

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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D review: The Wild Side

Originally released on the Wii in 2010, Retro's game was a sequel/reboot of the mid-90s Donkey Kong Country series, recreating the feel of the older games' manic level designs and goofy themes. It was also considerably harder than the SNES games, and the faster pace led to far more insta-death scenarios. The 3DS version is tighter, with the option to play with a new challenge setting and the ability to finally play the game with an analog pad. These tweaks may sound small, but they make for smoother control and a better game as a result. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D begins with a familiar scenario — Donkey Kong's banana horde has been stolen. The culprits are a gang of animated Tiki gods who hypnotize the local wildlife to do their bidding, replacing the lizard-like Kremlings of...

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Play Nintendo Tour 2014 to include Mario, The Legend of Zelda and more

Play Nintendo Tour 2014, which begins June 6 in LA, will allow visitors to play titles such as Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Yoshi's New Island and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on the Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo announced today. The Play Nintendo Tour will feature competitions, different themed areas, costumed characters and more. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time at 6000 Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City. On June 8, the event will be open from 12 - 6 p.m. The event is intended to highlight the Nintendo 2DS, announced last August, that plays both 3DS and DS games in 2D. The following games will be available: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Yoshi's New Island Pokémon X/Pokémon Y The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Super Mario 3D Land Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D M...

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Nintendo has no plans of bringing its games to smartphones

While Nintendo plans to use smartphones to promote its games, it has no intentions of releasing its games onto mobile platforms, senior research analyst David Gibson reported Nintendo as saying during its results meeting. The meeting follows the company's financial results for the six months ending September 2013, where the company posted a ¥23.2 billion ($187 million) operating loss. During the meeting, the company said Nintendo 3DS marketshare has increased in Japan, Europe and the U.S. reporting that the 3DS in the States has already surpassed last year's total, According to Gibson, Nintendo says more than 5 million units sold in U.S. this year with strong holiday sales expected. According to Gibson, Nintendo argued that the strong performance of the 3DS is in step with the...

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Wii U sales still have a 'negative impact' on Nintendo's profits

Poor sales of Nintendo's Wii U console still have a negative impact on the company's profits, according to its consolidated financial highlights for the six months ending September 2013, where the company posted a 23.2 billion yen ($187 million) operating loss. According to Nintendo, the Wii U still has a negative impact its profits mainly due to its markdown in the United States and Europe. Recording a gross profit of 62 billion yen, the company attributes the operating loss to its efforts in increasing Wii U sales by investing advertising, as well as conducting research and development for the console's software. Last year, Nintendo reported that poor Wii U's sales were a contributing factor to the company's 5.8 billion yen operating loss for the nine months ending December 2012. I...

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Nintendo bringing Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101 and others to Comic-Con

Nintendo is bringing Pikmin 3, Wind Waker HD and a handful of other Wii U and 3DS games to Comic-Con International this weekend, as well as to a special gaming lounge adjacent to the convention that will be open to the general public, the company announced today. Nintendo's show floor booth in the San Diego Convention Center will focus largely on upcoming Wii U title Pikmin 3, with kiosks set up for hands-on demos. Those without a Comic-Con badge can still gets hands-on time with a number of Nintendo games in the Nintendo Gaming Lounge, a public gaming space set up in the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina hotel next to the convention center. Playable titles include: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS) Bayonetta 2 (Wii U) Disney Infinity (Wii U) Donkey Kong Country...

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Japan Review Check: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Not a massive amount of eye-catching games due out in Japan this coming week, but there's at least one Nintendo 3DS must-have, according to the review editors at Famitsu magazine: - Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (9/8/8/8, 33 out of 40 points): "It may just be a port of the Wii version," began editor Reona Ebihara, "but the 3D-oriented course setups work great with the hardware and make for a really engaging action experience. The game's on the tough side overall, but thanks to the New Mode which gives you more hearts and helper items, a wider swath of gamer can enjoy this, I think. The new courses are also good." All of the reviewers praised the Wii port for being a surprisingly decent fit on the 3DS hardware. "There a lot of tricks and visual treats that take advantage of the 3D,"...

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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D trailer is all about the new items and levels

A new trailer out from Nintendo following this morning's Nintendo Direct shows off the new items and levels coming to the Nintendo 3DS version of Donkey Kong Country Returns. Nintendo has previously discussed the new items in question, which provide second, third and fourth chances when screwing up. Green balloons allow DK and Diddy Kong to float back up after falling to their deaths, a crash guard provides protection in the side-scrolling chase levels, and extra DK barrels allow the player to spawn the character's partner at will. Players who wish to preserve the challenge of the original game may turn these items off. The items may be necessary, because the new levels appear appropriately punishing, with proper timing and platforming work a necessity to avoid razor blades and...

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Nintendo hosting Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D family event at the LA Zoo

Nintendo is hosting a family event at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens on Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for Nintendo 3DS on May 24. The event, which will run from May 24 to 27, will feature activities such as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D demo stations and $5 GameStop coupon giveaways for the game. The gorilla reserve will be temporarily renamed the "Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at Campo Gorilla Reserve" for the weekend. Attendees can also take part in the Donkey Kong Interactive Experience at the gorilla reserve, which entails watching staff feed gorillas from giant game-inspired cardboard barrels. Families will have the chance to get their photo taken with a "costumed Donkey Kong character." "Fans will get a chance to...

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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D requires two game cards for co-operative mode

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will require two copies of the game in order to play multiplayer, according to a listing on the official site. The side-scrolling platformer features a two player co-operative mode over local wireless, which needs two game cards and two Nintendo 3DS systems, and it is not capable of online multiplayer. The game is a port of the Wii game of the same title and includes an easier mode to "better optimize [the game] for portable playability." In the new mode, Diddy and Donkey can take up to five hits from an enemy thanks to the increase of hearts from two to three. The easier difficulty setting also includes extra environmental objects to assist Donkey and Diddy, such as balloons and crash guards. The title also features an Original Mode which sets the...

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Speed Run: Capcom, Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda, Pluto, Monaco

Capcom revised its financial forecast this morning, citing reasons ranging from a "decline in quality" in its overseas-outsourced games to a delay in catching up with the boom of digital media. A former Sega employee shared details and photos of an alleged console prototype codenamed "Pluto." Polygon had a chance to go hands-on with the new Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past sequel, and we've shared a new feature about designer Andy Schatz of Pocketwatch Games' Monaco. Capcom cuts profits, blames decline in quality on overseas development Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D 'really leverages the 3DS,' Bill Trinen says A Link To The Past 2's wall movement will introduce new ways of solving puzzles Sega Pluto prototype allegedly revealed by...

Donkey Kong Country Returns Releases
North America
  • Wii
    • Released 11/21/2010
    • Publisher Nintendo
    • Developer Retro Studios
  • Nintendo 3DS
    • Released 05/24/2013
    • Publisher Nintendo
    • Developer Monster Games
    • Score 9.0
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