Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

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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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Wii U exclusive Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has squeaked into the UK all-format top 10 - it was the highest new entry in the chart this week, and earned ninth position.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze review

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze review

Donkey Kong Country Returns again.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will inspire a range of reactions. Fortunately it's not exactly a wide range of reactions, so we can probably just run through them one by one.

Let's start with those of you who haven't played Donkey Kong Country since the days of the Super Nintendo. I think you will like Tropical Freeze, although you probably won't be blown away by it. Donkey Kong handles really well in these long, generously appointed 2D platform level obstacle courses. He's slower and heavier than Mario, of course, with a lolloping jump, but that's part of his charm, and he still has that forward roll move he can use to clatter enemies or combine with his jump to reach more distant platforms and barrels.

While other developers have sought to reinvent the platform game over the years, Retro Studios seems happy just reinventing platforms. The modern games have all the usual flavours - moving ones, bouncy ones, disintegrating ones - but there are also platforms that undulate as you move over them, and rocky ones that you have to cling onto as they break free and dangle off cliff faces and change orientation. As you venture forth, enemies trundle towards you, sometimes hop around and often throw things that need to be squashed or avoided, all of which makes navigating the platforms more complicated, but the gravest threat you face is the bottomless pit, because every level is stuffed with them.

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Nintendo confirms Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze character

It was spoiled online earlier this week, but now Nintendo has made it official: you'll be able to play as the aged Cranky Kong in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Cranky Kong is the fourth playable character in the game alongside DK, Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong - a fact heavily suggested by Cranky's appearance on the game's box art that leaked earlier this week.

Tropical Freeze will be available in North America on 21st February. We hope to have a European date very soon.

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Nintendo announces line-up for Eurogamer Expo

Nintendo announces line-up for Eurogamer Expo

Super Mario 3D World, Bayonetta 2, DKC, Wind Waker HD and many more.

Nintendo is the latest platform holder to announce its line-up for this year's Eurogamer Expo, promising visitors the opportunity to go hands-on with the likes of Super Mario 3D World and Bayonetta 2 on Wii U, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on 3DS and a host of indie titles for both consoles.

Our sister site Nintendo Life is also collaborating with Nintendo to run a StreetPass Zone where attendees can top up their StreetPass hits - good news for Mr Mendel and his bloody garden - and take part in 3DS tournament challenges for Star Fox 64 3D, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario Kart 7 and Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate.

Visitors to Nintendo's stand at the Expo can also pose for photos with Mario, Luigi, Sonic, Link and Pikachu, who are taking time off from their congressional obligations to press the flesh with their constituents.

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Nintendo retreats into its shell at E3

The games are fun, of course - but you can't answer crisis with paralysis.

Nintendo's retreat from the very public PR war of the E3 press conferences turned out to be a more literal one than we might have thought. This morning in Los Angeles, the company replaced its traditional stage show first with its Nintendo Direct live stream and then by inviting press to its stand before the show floor opened to play six key Wii U titles and meet their creators.