The 2D platformer, Donkey Kong Country Returns, is a welcome trip back to Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Island. This time Donkey and his nephew Diddy Kong team up to take on the evil tribe of Tikis who have brough chaos to the Island and have threatened Donkey's beloved diet of bananas.
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Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii brings back that old school vibe to the Donkey Kong universe. After Donkey Kong for the Nintendo 64 was released gamers were a bit skeptical as to whether or not there would be another Donkey Kong game as which was as much fun as the original versions on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Donkey Kong Country Returns gets back to the game's roots and takes gamers to side-scrolling adventures again. This game was developed by Retro Studios and was the first game in the franchise that was not developed by Rare.
The basic story of Donkey Kong Country Returns is the fight against a group of evil creatures known as Tikis, which belong to the Tiki Tak, Tribe who arrive on Donkey Kong Island, hypnotize all the animals, and take all the bananas. This is extremely annoying to Donkey Kong and so he and Diddy Kong join together and set out to stop the Tiki Tak Tribe.
Gamers can play by themselves or with a friend as Donkey and Diddy Kong. The two can use teamwork to get through levels and reach areas that they normally could not on their own.
Take note that Donkey Kong Country Returns takes advantage of the Wii motion mechanics and adds elements of movement into the game. Although the movement is subtle, it is present and is fun. You have to move the controller in order to pound the floor at times in order to get through some portions of a level, it is a feature that is quite unique to Donkey Kong Country Returns and can be very effective.
The graphics are not the best you will ever see but the game has a lot more to offer than the graphics alone. All old school gamers will appreciate playing this game as it helps bring back old memories through the level design and music. Levels such as the mine with the karts and many other levels definitely give that feeling of nostalgia.
Donkey Kong Country Returns received a lot of positive reviews from gaming critics. It received the Editor's Choice Award from IGN and it was consistently rated at 8.5 and above from a lot of reputable gaming organizations. Anyone who loves side-scrolling games with the added element of mystery here and there will enjoy Donkey Kong Country Returns especially when played as a twosome.