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Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.1
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Yes, you will die a lot. But you probably won't care. Pagen HD (85) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Returns is the right word, the game has the same good and same flaws as the original Pixelspeech (955) 1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (17 votes) 4.1


The Press Says

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100
1UP
Donkey Kong Country Returns hits all the right spots; it's filled with childhood nostalgia, stunning visuals, and mentally taxing challenges. The game offers a wealth of inventive, wild fun and works even for those with no inherent emotional attachment to the cartoon gorilla on the cover. By all means, it's a pretty tough game, but it's not always about collecting every single item or beating a boss with lives to spare. Sometimes it's about sitting next to your sibling, frantically shouting at the television and laughing uncontrollably all for the sake of a banana.
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Hooked Gamers
To return to my opening analogy, the tides of gaming have been indeed parted with this brilliant reboot of a beloved classic series. Kong offers so many memorable moments, fresh ideas, and high-octane platforming thrills that you’ll want to jump back into it the second you beat it. Not only to chase all of those shiny bonuses but just to immerse yourself into the beautiful, original world of Kong. The brilliant and fresh reboot of this classic series has just squeaked by to nab my personal top pick for Wii Game of the Year.
97
Retroage
Przejście głównej linii fabularnej to dopiero początek zabawy, gdyż po ujrzeniu napisów końcowych, wzorem Super Mario Galaxy 2 odblokowują się nowe poziomy i wyzwania, co gargantuicznie wydłuża rozgrywkę. Praktycznie zawsze jest co robić. Serdecznie polecam wszystkim fanom elektronicznej rozgrywki i dziękuję Nintendo za tak wspaniały prezent. Na zakończenie rzucę kolejnym banałem - kupujcie, bo warto. Na drugą taką okazję przyjdzie nam trochę poczekać.
92
Nintendo Insider
Without a doubt, Donkey Kong Country Returns becomes the latest in a long line of must-have Wii titles released this year. So, whether you hastily scribble it onto your Christmas list or place your pre-order, ensure that you don’t miss out – Donkey Kong is, without a doubt, back in style.
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The Video Game Critic
Donkey Kong Returns will give your thumbs more than they bargained for, but it's still more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Well, in this case I guess it's exactly as much fun as a barrel of monkeys.
90
4Players.de
Als Nintendo verkündet hatte, dass die Retro Studios an einem modernen Donkey Kong arbeiten, habe ich bei aller Liebe zum Klassiker gedacht: Was soll das denn? Die Metroid Prime-Macher sollen sich zum Affen machen? Das ist doch Perlen vor die Säue werfen! Will man eines der besten hauseigenen Teams an kunterbuntes Familiengehüpfe verschwenden? Und genau das hat man nicht gemacht: Dieses Donkey Kong ist kein Kniefall vor dem Mainstream. Es ist eine moderne Hommage an eines der besten Jump'n Runs aller Zeiten. Es ist kunterbunt und knallhart, es ist skurril und witzig, es ist verdammt ansehnlich, abwechslungsreich und vor allem für Sammelperfektionisten motivierend. Wer schon in den 90ern mit Schweiß auf der Stirn und Schwielen an den Händen durch den Dschungel gehüpft ist, wird sich sofort in diese Wiedergeburt verlieben.
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GamesCollection
Retro Studios si conferma un team talentuoso e davvero capace. Non solo ha accettato la sfida di integrare nell'era 3D la cacciatrice Samus Aran (con più che ottimi risultati), ma è riuscita a non deludere le aspettative con questo DKCR eguagliando le perle Rareware. Per tutti quelli che hanno amato la vecchia trilogia, alzate di mezzo punto il voto finale. Per tutti gli altri, andate a comprarlo e godetevi fino in fondo il ritorno del grande Donkey Kong.
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GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies
Sans aucun doute, ce Donkey Kong Country Returns est un des meilleurs titres de la Wii de cette année 2010. Offrant un gameplay en 2D, une réelle difficulté dans sa progression, des graphismes délicats et soignés et une ambiance propre à la franchise, le titre de Nintendo apporte une expérience de jeu quasi parfaite. Les grands habitués et fans de Donkey seront les premiers à apprécier, rejoint rapidement par un public séduit par tant d'atouts. Donkey a des gros poings et le fait savoir en frappant un grand coup sur la table. Il faudra compter avec lui pour les fêtes.
90
JeuxActu
Donkey Kong Country Returns remplit parfaitement le cahier des charges de Nintendo, et rend hommage de la plus belle des manières à la version originale, avec une réalisation flamboyante et un gameplay qui n’a pas pris une ride en 16 ans. Même avec le Nunchuk entre les doigts, la prise en main offre un confort et une précision redoutables, ce qui démontre que les deux appendices de la Wii n’ont plus aucun secret pour les développeurs de Retro Studios. Quant à la durée de vie de Donkey Kong Country Returns, elle flirte avec l’infini si l’on s’attaque aux lettres KONG et au mode "Miroir", sans oublier les pièces de puzzle et autres temps à battre pour remporter des médailles d'or. Seule ombre au tableau, le mode coopération affiche rapidement ses limites en n’offrant aucune véritable interaction entre les deux personnages.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Donkey Kong Country Returns fait partie des meilleurs jeux de plates-formes de 2010, tous supports confondus. Retro Studio est parvenu à rendre hommage à l'épisode originel tout en imaginant une toute nouvelle aventure et en greffant des mécanismes qui apportent beaucoup de fluidité à l'action. Le travail effectué sur la physique de Donkey permet au singe de prendre une toute autre dimension dans cet opus. Beau, parfois hardcore mais finalement plutôt équilibré, rigolo, appréciable seul ou à deux, DKC Returns est un petit bonheur à côté duquel vous n'avez pas le droit de passer !
90
AusGamers
It feels strange that a new entry in what is seen as an archaic genre proves to be one of the freshest gaming experiences of the year. But the end result it exactly that, and Donkey Kong Country Returns is an essential purchase for fans of the series and all Wii-owners. In a market overly saturated with gritty shooters, and complex 3D worlds, leave it to Nintendo to literally brighten up your gaming experience with another stellar update to a classic formula.
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IGN
Understand there are times where you'll want to throw your controller against a wall -- Donkey Kong Country Returns is not a cakewalk. It's a hardcore challenge for the hardcore gamer, and because of its difficulty, it offers an amazing sense of satisfaction when you've completed a level that's kicked your butt five ways to Sunday. Retro Studios may have dialed back its Metroid Prime-style innovation in favor of a more traditional platformer for its latest experience, but Retro's modesty is still more impressive than another developer's A game. Rare should be proud that its design is in the right hands. Or just insanely jealous. Either works.
85
GameSpot
Donkey Kong Country Returns doesn't hide behind any gimmicks. This is a traditional take on 2D platformers, and it excels because the brilliant level design makes old obstacles seem new again. Every level hides a new surprise, and you'll replay them over and over again not only to nab every hidden collectible, but also because they're exquisitely entertaining. Fantastic visual design and a catchy soundtrack complement the core gameplay beautifully, making it a pleasure to enjoy the aesthetic aspects. It's a shame there are some control issues, but you usually have only yourself to blame when you fall into a bottomless pit. Donkey Kong Country Returns is another great game for Nintendo's furry mascot, and it's a must-play for anyone craving an old-school platformer.
83
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Donkey Kong Country Returns doet exact wat het van plan was. De oude formule wordt nagenoeg perfect vertaald naar de moderne technologie. Veel nieuwigheden moet je echter niet verwachten.
80
Gamekult
Une nouvelle perle du jeu de plates-formes est née. Donkey Kong Country Returns signe le retour du gorille au premier plan, dans un jeu riche de bonnes idées, et surtout incroyablement bien calibré en termes de challenge. Aussi fun à jouer seul ou à deux, ce nouveau Donkey peut se montrer parfois particulièrement retors, mais la somme des bonnes idées, la variété des pièges et du level design comme l'excellence de la réalisation donnent envie d'y retourner sans cesse. Accrocheur sans être décourageant, gavé de bonus et de salles cachées comme jadis, DKC Returns boxe dans la catégorie poids lourds. C'est aujourd'hui très clair : entre la trilogie Metroid Prime et maintenant Donkey Kong Country Returns, Retro Studios a dignement repris le flambeau du Rare de la grande époque.
80
Cheat Happens
With Donkey Kong Country Returns, Retro Studios proves that its talents aren't just limited to first person shooters. The newest Donkey Kong adventure is a breathtakingly creative and fun instant classic that everyone will be able to appreciate. Whether you hold an emotional attachment to Nintendo's monkey hero, or you're experiencing the franchise for the first time, Donkey Kong Country Returns is one of the best games you've played all year.
80
Brash Games
Donkey Kong Country Returns has the charm, playability and charisma to steal the hearts of an entirely new generation.
80
Games Radar
The original DKC marked the first appearance of Diddy and Cranky Kong (among other, more forgettable characters). Both are present in DKC Returns, but in an oddly diminished capacity. Diddy, for instance, is always on DK’s back. When you’re hit, he leaves, and you play as DK solo. Originally you’d actually switch to Diddy, but now it’s all DK. We’re not torn up about it, as Diddy is extremely useful on DK’s back, thanks to his hovering jet pack ability that lets you alter jumps in mid-air for a last-second save. However, this ability is so useful and ultimately crucial to certain areas, that it makes playing as solo DK twice as hard and half as fun.
80
Thunderbolt Games
Donkey Kong Country Returns has a lot going for it. It brings back a style of platforming that hasn’t been seen in over a decade, and it pulls it off with a great assortment of well-designed levels. The sheer amount of pickups, unlockables, and secrets will keep dedicated gamers coming back long after the main story has been finished. Old school fans will not only revel in the revamped versions of the classic levels, but in the superb remixes of the corresponding music. But it’s not perfect. The gimmicky controls, poorly-utilized special moves, and the drastically watered-down team mechanics drag down the experience. Don’t let that stop you, though; despite its flaws, Donkey Kong Country Returns offers one of the best gaming experiences on the Wii. Donkey Kong is finally back.
75
GamerGen
En résumé, cet épisode de Donkey Kong Country n'est pas vraiment un renouvellement, mais plus une résurrection du jeu. Étant donné que c'est la mode de faire du neuf avec du vieux, Retro Studios ne nous a pas déçu. Une durée de vie assez grande, un gameplay simple utilisant les fonctions de la Wiimote, des graphismes adorables, des musiques entraînantes et des parties délirantes (avec quelques crises de nerfs en multijoueur). Donkey Kong Country Returns est un jeu à posséder pour tous les amateurs du genre et autres vétérans du jeu de plateforme. Que du bonheur !
70
GameSpy
The particulars of Donkey Kong's world are all stock transplants from previous DKCs, and I mean that in a good way. Cranky Kong is still cranky (even when he's selling you stuff and taking your banana coins), every level hides bonus rooms and collectibles in just about every nook and cranny, and the Kongs exhibit all the usual rolling and pounding techniques that you know and love. As to that last one, I could have done without the gimmicky Wii-mote shaking (I lost several lives to misfired rolls when I meant to ground-slam) -- but overall, Donkey Kong Country Returns is a (mostly) pleasant surprise and a return to form. Considering how poorly the original trilogy aged (if you ask me), that's pretty... well, bananas.