DONKEY KONG COUNTRY RETURNS
System: Wii Out: December AFTER the success of New Super Mario Bros on Wii, it’s no surprise Nintendo is revisiting another classic series with Donkey Kong Country Returns.
Due in December, this title takes the classic Super Nintendo franchise and brings it into the modern age with vibrant visuals and cooperative play.
That’s not to say that Returns strays from its roots. The gameplay will be familiar to anyone who played Donkey Kong Country in the mid-’90s.
This is classic 2D platforming and many signature elements return, from riding rhinos and mine carts to being blasted from barrel to barrel through the air. Even the soundtrack riffs on the original’s catchy tribal tunes.
This time around the enemy is not crocodilian Kremlings, but a nefarious tiki tribe who have hypnotised his friends.
He’s once again paired with Diddy Kong, who rides on his back and brings a jetpack perfect for precision jumps.
Best of all, a second player can hop in at any time to play as Diddy Kong.
Both characters are well equipped to deal with the challenges ahead. Enemies can be rolled into or jumped on, vines can be used to swing across gaps, and grassy surfaces can be climbed, allowing the pair to clamber across ceilings and up walls.
Both can pound the ground with their fists too, which is used to destroy objects, reveal secrets and flip panels.
From lush jungles and tropical beaches to gloomy caverns, Donkey Kong Country Returns looks the part with vibrant and colourful graphics.
There’s a lot to collect, of course. Each level has hidden K-O-N-G letters, puzzle pieces and countless bananas.
Double trouble: Donkey and Diddy Kong are back in business.