DONKEY KONG COUNTRY RETURNS 3D
THE original Donkey Kong Country Returns, for Nintendo Wii, really showcased what a classic 2D platformer could be on a modern gaming system.
The attention to detail that went into the overall design was outstanding.
Now, three years on, Donkey Kong has returned, again, only this time in a pocket- friendly version for Nintendo’s hand- held 3DS console.
I won’t deny it would have been nice to see a brand- new DK adventure, but, if there was one game I didn’t mind playing all over again, it’s this one.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a stylish, platforming experience based on age- old gaming premises that are still fascinating and, most of all, fun.
On first impressions you think you’ve seen it all before, to be fair though, it was Nintendo’s DK series that invented this classic style of gameplay.
Unlike Mario’s playfulness and agility, DK’s moves are lumbering, his attacks are slow and his colourful world is grounded much more in reality.
Playing as DK is a different experience to Mario, but despite these differences, it still rivals the moustached master of platforming games.
Newcomers to the series may start off hesitantly, figuring out how to travel from pillar to vine, but like the rhythm of a jungle drum beat, things start to flow smoothly as you come to grips with the simple controls.
Unsurprisingly, this hand- held version is every bit as enjoyable as the original on Wii console, plus you don’t have to wiggle a motion controller anymore.
Whether you played it a few years ago on Wii or not, if you’re a fan of Nintendo 3DS you should definitely add this one to your collection.