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Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

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Description

Donkey Kong Island awakes to the sound of an unusual hum, the musical beat of a new source of evil calling themselves the Tikis. These unusual characters are turning the animals of the island into slaves for their own food gathering purposes, but unfortunately for them, they've also raided the banana horde of one Donkey Kong! Enraged by another act of greed, the King of Kong and his trusted pal Diddy are out to retrieve the banana's and set everything on the island back the way it should be.

The return to the Donkey Kong series sees many familiar elements from the original saga combined with a host of new features and game play improvements. DK is once again the main playable character, while Diddy hitches a ride on his back through single player, and can be controlled by another gamer in multiplayer (replacing the old tag system). New additions include a Peanut Pop gun and a jetpack for Diddy, new hidden items to collect within each level (the classic K-O-N-G letters as well as new puzzle pieces), and upgrades for the Kongs that can be purchased within each sub-world. And of course what DKC game would be complete without the trusty mind cart levels, upgraded and given a burst of added speed.

The Wii also allows motion control elements. Moving the remote and nunchuk up and down rapidly, for example, makes Donkey Kong slap the ground, revealing hidden items or breaking apart rocks and land beneath him. Other little tricks with motion control allows DK to roll quickly across the landscape or create a gust of wind to reveal even more secrets.

Screenshots

Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii For the win
Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii Cranky Kong is back, this time selling you goods in exchange for coins found throughout the game
Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii Falling pillars
Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii Diddy Kong returns. This time he rides on Kong's back at all times and can be used for a boost thanks to his jetpack

Alternate Titles

  • "Donkey Kong Returns" -- Japanese title
  • "ドンキーコングリターンズ" -- Japanese spelling

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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

The Press Says

1UP Nov 19, 2010 A 100
Hooked Gamers Dec 13, 2010 9.8 out of 10 98
Retroage Jul 28, 2012 9.7 out of 10 97
The Video Game Critic Jan 29, 2011 A- 91
AusGamers Dec 06, 2010 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Dec 03, 2010 90 out of 100 90
GameSpot Nov 22, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Brash Games Dec 16, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Games Radar Mar 16, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Gamekult Dec 02, 2010 8 out of 10 80

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Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2010 – #3 Best Wii Game of the Year
    • 2010 – #2 Best Dexterity Game of the Year

MegaMegaMan (2216) added Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) on Jan 08, 2011