Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Has Detailed Fur, But Feels Familiar

By Spencer . June 18, 2013 . 2:00pm

I tried two levels of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze out while I was at E3. One was a mine cart level which had Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong riding a cart down a rickety track.


The gameplay is just like the Super Nintendo Donkey Kong Country games or the more recent Donkey Kong Country Returns, where you need precise jumps to clear the level. What made the stage more challenging is that both players can make the mine cart jump. Since you can’t cancel out of a jump you have to make sure you’re not working against each other during cooperative play.


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze gives players three hearts so you can hit objects like crates blocking your path twice before you have to restart the stage. New for Tropical Freeze is the camera pans around certain parts of the level so can you see the mine cart spiraling down a mountain path.


The other stage I played was the game’s first level. Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong burst out of an airplane by shaking the nunchuck and remote. Eager to show off the game’s swimming feature, in the first two minutes of the game Donkey and Diddy slide down a hill and right into a pool of water. You can fight enemies under water by shaking the remote to dash into them.


While underwater, players will fight fish. On land you’ll bounce on birds, irate grasshoppers, and penguins. Penguins replace the Kremlings, the crocodiles usual enemies in the Donkey Kong Country series.


Another change in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is the blowing move from Returns has been replaced with pulling stuff out of the ground like in Super Mario Bros. 2. You can toss enemies and things other than barrels in Tropical Freeze.


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is slated for release in North America this November.


Read more stories about & on Siliconera.

  • Crevox

    I just want to fight crocodiles…

    • DrakeClawfang

      Ditto that, I wanna fight the Kremlings again. I remember brainstorming with friends new aliases for K. Rool. My favs were President K. Roolberg and Don K. Roolvanni.

  • Barrylocke89

    I can accept this game because DKCR was much better than Marios latest 2d romps and it’s nice to see more. But I really do hope that Retro’s next game will be something different, either that Metroid game that people have been hoping for or something else.

    • riceisnice

      Retro is doomed to make “Retro” games!

    • New IP for me. I don’t want them to be stuck being the “Metroid guys”, people said they are wasting talents with this over Metroid but I find it more impressive if they make something new to test them with.

    • EverEndingStory

      I have no problem with it, but Retro went above and beyond the call of duty with the Metroid Prime series by completely upgrading the Metroid series to the modern gaming landscape, while staying true to its spirit. With this, it just seems like they are making the same kind of game as the old SNES ones.

    • puchinri

      They did mention that they were given a choice and wanted to settle unfinished business with DKCR, so maybe that will be what we see next~. I also hope for as much.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    When I was little and saw Donkey Kong Country on my cousin’s Game Boy Color, I thought that game has detailed fur!
    Man, we’ve come a long way.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    I feel like this is a trend in the journalism for the recent Wii-U game announcements. “They look and play great, but it feels the same as before.” How come nobody is saying these things about say, SMTIV? It’s been done before too, why isn’t this a negative in the journalism? Just because it feels familiar doesn’t mean it’s bad. I’m really looking forward to playing this game.

    • Farid Belkacemi

      Because Nintendo ! :D

    • People are probably upset because of how much they teased Retro’s game as being something spectacular and new, but it turns out it was just a sequel to Donkey Kong. Not that I mind. Returns was fantastic and this looks amazing as well, but some people can’t get over their grudges.

      It’s also probably because these franchises have been around since the 80s and 90s. Nintendo has some of the longest lasting franchises in gaming, and they are still popular. SMTIV is one of those games that the majority of people (myself not being one of them) don’t care about, so Atlus can afford to release the same games over and over again without getting that kind of criticism. Not to mention that the traditional JRPG has largely died out, so if anything, SMTIV can be seen as refreshing compared to every other RPG coming out in the next few years.

  • puchinri

    I still didn’t get a chance to pick up DKCR (which I will anyway), but I am really excited for this and am glad that it’s looking so good. Also, TrixielolDixie in this one and is playable again finally, right? More hype~!

    • anarchy_panty


      I kid. Do yourself a favor and pick up the Wii release over the 3DS release, though.

      • puchinri

        Oh goodness, I don’t know what I was thinking. x’D
        (Well, I do, but it wasn’t just DK. . .)

        I was thinking of doing so, thanks for the heads-up~.

        • Time Sage

          The great and powerful trixie will hear you confused her with a simple ape.

          • puchinri

            . . .I know it wasn’t Trixie I was thinking of as I typed that, but she did come to mind afterward (given she’s also an animal). Indeed though, I should not have confused such a fair and fantastic pony as herself for an ape incapable of magic.

    • CirnoLakes

      Wait, Dixie is in this? Really?

      Oh that makes me so happy.

      • puchinri

        I believe so~! I heard it somewhere (and pretty sure it was official news). I’ll double-check just in case though.

  • I wasn’t a fan of DKC: R. (hell, I’m not a fan of Retro Studios ) but HD, 60FPS, more dynamic camera angles and levels, underwater gameplay and David fucking Wise working on the project has me hyped as hell for Tropical Freeze. This might be the successor DKC truly deserves unlike DKC:R.

    • NimbusStev

      Whoa…whoa…WHAT!? They brought back David Wise!? I retract my previous statement. This game could require the Wii Vitality Sensor and I’d still buy it for the soundtrack alone. That man is a legend!

  • NimbusStev

    “You can fight enemies under water by shaking the remote to dash into them.”….NO! Come on Retro, most people’s reason for getting the 3DS port was because it no longer required those terrible motion controls. DKC is one of my favorite series of all time, but I won’t be tricked into buying another waggle-fest. As awesome as everything else looks, if this game doesn’t give us alternate control options I’m sadly going to have to sit this one out.

    • Kevin Tan

      You are also allowed to use alternate control options from what I hear.

  • ElAbuelo69

    Can you play without stupid motion controls? If no, then that’s it. I’m out of Nintendo forever.

    • midorigreen

      You can play without motion controls on the gamepad with controls similar to the DCK:R3D game for the 3DS.

      • ElAbuelo69

        That is way better! Do you know if pro or classic controllers as well?

  • CirnoLakes

    That’s nice.

    When does Dixie Kong come back?
    She was always my favourite Donkey Kong Country character. She had her own game with Donkey Kong Country 3. She deserves at least as a playable character in one of these games.

  • WellWisher

    Not day one, and not at full retail. Last I checked though, the original DKCR was still full retail! Guess I’ll be waiting a while to pick this one up.

Video game stories from other sites on the web. These links leave Siliconera.

Siliconera Tests
Siliconera Videos