Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii and has all new levels and all new chest-pounding challenges for players of all ages. The game takes inspiration from the original Super NES series, from barrel blasts to mine carts and then builds upon it by adding stunning graphics and new layers of depth to the world and game play. Donkey Kong Country Returns features the first ever simultaneous cooperative game play mode for the series allowing both novice and skilled players to actively play and experience the game together. Run, jump, climb and defeat enemies through diverse environments until you retrieve Donkey Kong's stolen banana hoard.
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True enough, Nintendo succeeded in proving that Super NES hasn’t died yet. With a Mario-style platformer that feature unique backgrounds and characters, the success translated into 8 million copies sold. And they expect to see more now that Donkey Kong Country has become available for the Wii console.
The gameplay is surprisingly very basic in its simplicity. In gameplay parlance, Donkey Kong is a side-scrolling platformer that uses the two characters, DK and Diddy, with a lot of jumping, running, and swimming through the grueling yet exciting 39 levels of fun. The two characters have both been well-developed but each one has its own distinctive style and abilities. To sustain the player as the challenges gets harder, the two characters continue to show and manifest their abilities. Your character has to explore and try to experiment the peculiarity of the game environment; as the game itself has its own secrets and passageways just waiting to be discovered. Such discovery can help you advance to another (higher) level in a much easier way.
In the initial release of Donkey Kong Country the fans were so amazed at how the game was created. So many colors abound and the amazing combination of sounds makes the game more vibrant and dynamic. Now that the game has reached a new a stage, it doesn’t look like it would disappoint the Wii user population. The characters of the game are so gracefully and realistically animated and each one takes on a personality of its own. The action scenes and surroundings are so vividly portrayed with every aspect of visual effects that include mist, rain and even night-to-day transitions and vice versa. Even stages that take place underneath lakes and swamps are so convincingly done, you could actually see effervescence that makes you feel the existence of water surrounding you.
Even more amazing is the way the creators of the game combined the magic of 3D and 2D applications so that its original concept of side scroller is not forgotten, and still conveys a sense of depth. Donkey Kong’s creators didn’t hold back on the audio in creating the video game either. Besides DK and Diddy sounding like authentic apes, the rest of the animals are made to sound with lifelike hissing noises and grunting. This was made possible by recording real sounds of real animals.
Some critics may think that putting this concept on a Virtual Console may disrupt the graphics producing weird lines and edges. It may come as a pleasant surprised but this game performs on the virtual console without any snags even if played on a high definition set. The structure of the game is not like the structure of previous Donkey Kong’s played in Game Boy Advance. Most Donkey Kongs played in Game Boy Advance contain unnecessary extras that almost always lead to the disruption of its graphics.
Donkey Kong Country for Wii, along with Super Mario World, is one of the crucial platformers of Super NES and one of the main reasons for the continued success of this franchise. Fortunately, the creators understand how to make this game fir in, even in the more modern types of consoles. The game didn’t totally depart from the original formula; instead, they have immensely improved its features. Donkey Kong Country has never lost its appeal despite the passage of time and will most likely continue to be part of the top all-time favorite games ever created.