Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

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Nintendo announces month of Donkey Kong eShop deals

Nintendo announces month of Donkey Kong eShop deals

Donkey Kong Country, Land trilogies both headed to Virtual Console.

Following on from a Year of Luigi, Nintendo has proclaimed a month full of Donkey Kong.

October will see the re-release of two classic Donkey Kong series: the SNES Donkey Kong Country trilogy for Wii U, and the Game Boy Donkey Kong Land trilogy for 3DS Virtual Console.

The original Donkey Kong Country will be available to download this Thursday priced 5.49 on Wii U, alongside Game Boy adventure Donkey Kong Land for 3DS priced 3.59.

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Nintendo hails 3DS, Animal Crossing: New Leaf sales in the US

Nintendo 3DS had a strong month of sales in the US in June.

The handheld sold nearly 225,000 units, making it the best-selling system in the US during the month.

The impressive sales were fuelled by the launch of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (Luigi's Mansion 2 in the UK), which collectively increased 3DS hardware sales by more than 40 per cent over the same time last year, and software sales by a whopping 105 per cent over the same time last year.

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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D review

One of the more striking differences between Mario and Donkey Kong is that the gorilla still carries the swagger of an ex-villain with him. He barges, charges and pummels his way through his levels, he's a friend to the hit-pause and the shoulder slam, and his Yoshi stand-in - for the few glorious moments that you generally get to enjoy him - is a grubby little rhino who looks like he might have spent some serious time in the big house. Donkey Kong games feel heavier than Mario games - slower when turning, deadlier when they've picked up momentum. The art's a touch less charming, but to make up for that you get a world of taut drum skins ripe for pounding, hobbling crabs ripe for pounding and, well, anything else that could conceivably be made ripe for pounding, really.

I assume the 3DS is taking a bit of a pounding itself with this latest version of 2010's Wii platformer, but new developers Monster Games have handled what's essentially an expanded port with intelligence. Textures aren't quite what they used to be, but the frame-rate never falters, and while neither the weirdly sleepy circle pad or the d-pad offers a truly ideal means of chucking Nintendo's angry gorilla around, they both allow for just enough precision to keep you happy. Besides, to balance that out you get to enjoy the fact that the original game's irritating shake controls have been replaced with face buttons when it comes to the likes of rolling about or smacking downed bosses into oblivion.

As for the 3D, that's both blessing and curse with a game like this. Donkey Kong Country Returns was always going to lend itself to the depth treatment on a purely aesthetic level, with its endless barrel-hopping between chunky 2D planes and the pleasure its art team takes in sending foliage scudding past in the foreground or allowing volcanoes to erupt in the far distance. The implementation is typically assured, and it definitely adds a thrill to the game's early levels. It's still stereoscopic 3D, though - and that means you have to keep yourself within a viewing sweet spot while rattling through some worryingly hectic gauntlets. Donkey Kong may ultimately be a little too fast-paced, a little too exacting, to allow you to keep the slider turned up for absolutely everything it chucks at you.

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Register three of eight Nintendo 3DS games to get another free

Luigi's Mansion 2! Fire Emblem: Awakening! Animal Crossing: New Leaf! More!

UPDATE: Nintendo UK has told Eurogamer that to qualify for the promotion all you have to do is register the appropriate games by 30th June 2013. It doesn't matter when they were registered as long as it's before this date.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D release date swings in

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D release date swings in

Helps drum up a stellar first-party 3DS line-up.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will beat its way into Europe on 24th May, Nintendo has announced via its Twitter account.

The 3DS version of Retro Studios' celebrated Wii platformer was announced last month and has been "rebuilt from the ground up" by regular Nintendo collaborator Monster Games.

DKCR's release will slot into a bustling line-up of Nintendo-published 3DS games.

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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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