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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is the fifth game in the Donkey Kong Country series and was released exclusively for Nintendo Wii U and later ported to the Nintendo Switch.

While celebrating Donkey Kong’s birthday the Kong family witnesses how an invasion fleet of arctic creatures (Snowmad) arrives. The island is frozen over and their flagship takes position on top of the island. This can't go unpunished so the Kong family is off to take back the island.

Like the others in the series is a side-scrolling platform game in 2D view where, as usual, you can control Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong as well as Dixie Kong and now also the grumpy old man Cranky Kong. All are playable, each with their own special abilities that give you an advantage in a specific type of terrain. Along the way the classic K-O-N-G letters as well as puzzle pieces can be collected to offer an extra challenge. While you platform you way through the various regions of the island, you have to overcome various enemies and bosses. Balloons serve as lives, with every hundred bananas collected awarding you one extra balloon.

The Switch version includes the new Funky Mode, starring the surfing simian Funky Kong, which unlocks a range of gameplay updates and an alternative way to play the game by using his unique abilities. Funky's health is superior to the player characters that were available in the Wii U version only.

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Wii U These portals act as alternate exits that will open up otherwise locked stages
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Wii U Cranky Kong debuts as a playable character for the first time. His abilities are essentially those of Scrooge McDuck from the NES Ducktales game
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Wii U Found Dixie Kong. She can use her hair for helicopter-like levitation
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Wii U 7th island gameplay. As expected, it's a test of skill (and patience) for any gamer. Finish this and you unlock Hard Mode with no checkpoints and only one heart piece.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze" -- Japanese title
  • "ドンキーコング トロピカルフリーズ" -- Japanese spelling

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The Video Game Critic Wii U Apr 12, 2014 A+ 100
Impulse Gamer Wii U Mar 02, 2014 4.75 out of 5 95
411mania.com Wii U Feb 24, 2014 9.5 out of 10 95
Video Chums Nintendo Switch May 09, 2018 9.1 out of 10 91
IGN Nintendo Switch May 01, 2018 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo-Online.de Wii U Feb 17, 2014 9 out of 10 90
GamesReviews Wii U May 07, 2014 8.5 out of 10 85
Digitally Downloaded Wii U Feb 26, 2014 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamerGen Wii U Feb 17, 2014 16 out of 20 80
WiiDSFrance Wii U Feb 17, 2014 8 out of 10 80

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