Donkey Kong Country Returns


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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D announced for 3DS

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D announced for 3DS

Wii platformer being "rebuilt from the ground up".

Nintendo is developing a new version of side-scrolling Wii platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns for 3DS.

It's being "rebuilt from the ground up", Nintendo Europe leader Satoru Shibata said in the company's just-concluded Nintendo Direct conference.

No other details of the game were mentioned, save for a vague "summer" launch window.

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Wii U "launch window" games could release four months later

Wii U "launch window" games could release four months later

No plans to annouce next Retro Studios project soon.

Wii U games shown in Nintendo's E3 "launch window" line-up could arrive anywhere up to four months after the console hits shop shelves.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime clarified the Wii U "launch window" timescale when pressed as to how soon the console's software would appear.

"Everything that we've shown from a first-party perspective is definitely launch window," Fils Aime told IGN.

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Donkey Kong man taunts departed devs

Retro boss: "Look what you missed."

Donkey Kong Country Returns developer Retro Studios threw down a cheeky taunt today to key management figures who jumped ship to form their own studio after the release of Metroid Prime 3.

Nintendo's fab Donkey Kong Country sales

Nintendo's fab Donkey Kong Country sales

Plus eye-popping lifetime sales disclosed.

In under one month, Donkey Kong Country Returns has trampled to a massive 4.21 million global sales.

Kirby's Epic Yarn - not yet released in Europe - has already amassed 1.38 million sales in Japan and the US.

And Super Mario Galaxy 2 has been bought 6.15 million times since its summer 2010 release.

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Kinect bundles outsell Move bundles 5-1

Plus: GT5, Donkey Kong sales figures.

Xbox 360 Kinect bundles outsold PlayStation 3 Move bundles by a factor of more than five to one in the US last month, according to a retail analyst.

UK chart: Black Ops back on top

Turismo elbowed, Jackson leaps.

The world's fastest ever selling videogame, Call of Duty: Black Ops, has risen once more to the top of the UK all-formats top 40 chart.

Retro Studios talks Donkey Kong pressure

Departure of key Metroid Prime devs "hard".

Retro Studios has revealed how it dealt with the twin pressures of being new custodians of Nintendo's treasured Donkey Kong Country series and seeing key members of the Metroid Prime team leave before development started.

If you rock up to GAME or GameStatation this Friday with bananas real bananas the shop assistant will exchange them for a copy of Wii exclusive platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Chimp off the old block.

Times is 'ard, as we're so often reminded. The newspapers are full of stories about how eight-year-olds will soon be charged 15p per times table learned, while Ireland may be forced to solve its financial crisis by auctioning off Enya. Not even being told we've got to pay for the wedding of the seventh richest young millionaire in Britain is enough to cheer us up.

But here's something which might do the trick: Donkey Kong Country Returns. This isn't a HD remake or a franchise reboot or whatever the heck a redux is. It's simply a new instalment in a classic series.

It's so reminiscent of the original titles you can almost forget this credit crunch nonsense ever happened, and pretend you still live in a world where going to the shops on Sunday is a novelty, saying "Psyche!" is acceptable and a long and successful career lies ahead for Chaka Demus & Pliers. The illusion would be complete if Cranky Kong didn't look so much like Vince Cable.

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Nintendo goes ape over DK slang

Stakes claim to "It's on like Donkey Kong."

Nintendo has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for ownership of the phrase "It's on like Donkey Kong."

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Gorilla marketing.

Nintendo's booth is one of the busiest at E3. Which is as you'd expect, what with shiny new hardware on show, a fresh bunch of never-seen-before titles to play and a huge fanbase desperate to give them a go. But it's not just twentysomethings in Mario hats and Zelda t-shirts who are lining up. Spotted at the booth this afternoon: Electronic Arts superboss John Riccitiello, standing next to a massive queue and looking like he was wondering whether he was really going to have to join it.

New Donkey Kong Country for Wii

2D platformer out this Christmas.

Nintendo has confirmed rumours that Retro Studios is working on a new Donkey Kong game - Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.