How David Wise Came Back For Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

By Matt Hawkins . June 19, 2013 . 2:30pm

Composer David Wise, who composed music for the original Donkey Kong Country games on the SNES, was replaced by Kenji Yamamoto (Metroid Prime) for Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii. Now, Wise is making a return to create music for the Wii U’s Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.


Siliconera asked Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze producer Kensuke Tanabe how Wise was brought back for the game.


“I worked with David, many, many years ago, and have stayed in contact ever since,” Tanabe shared with me. “He’s actually a friend of mine. So, as we approached this particular project, he became available.”


“So I picked up the phone and said ‘Hey David! You have some time? Would you like to help us out with Tropical Freeze?’ And he jumped at the chance. It was a coincidence that he was available at the time… he wasn’t prior [for Donkey Kong Country Returns] and we couldn’t be happier.


Tanabe also says that the music in Tropical Freeze will all be original. “Yet, there will be some familiarities… you can hear that it is David Wise,” he added.


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  • Tre W

    Hearing about this last week? That was, quite literally, music to my ears.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Does anyone else get the feeling that Retro’s next project should be a 2.5D Metroid game? Combine their two talents into one!

    • Shane Guidaboni

      Yes! Please, yes! This is all I’ve ever wanted after owning a DS and 3DS. The 3DS loans itself much better to a 2D Metroid versus a 3D one.

    • Not me, I been asking for a new IP from them.

    • Solomon_Kano

      No thanks, I’d rather see Retro get to deliver a new IP.

      If they must do another classic IP though, I’d rather they tackle Star Fox next. They’ve said their piece on Metroid already.

      • Shane Guidaboni

        Retro last made Metroid Prime 3, which was an excellent game. It was Ninja Theory that made Other M, which left a bitter aftertaste in the mouths of fans.

        • *Team Ninja
          They also didn’t completely develop the game themselves. It was co-developed between TN and Nintendo. Nintendo should get the majority of the blame if people feel the need to give any

          • $29082171

            Actually the only Nintendo employee that worked on the game was Sakamoto, the entirety of the staff was Team Ninja other than him.

          • Sakamoto and other members of his team at Nintendo acted as directors/supervisors. Team Ninja did the legwork, but under their direction.

        • Solomon_Kano

          I never said they made Other M, so what does that matter here? They made 3 good Metroid games. Great. They said their piece, let’s move on.

          • Shane Guidaboni

            The way you spoke implied it. No need to get snappy. I don’t agree with you. I want another 2D Metroid, and I’m certainly not alone.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Snappy? I simply said it had nothing to do with my statement. If that’s snappy…

            I’m glad you want a new 2D Metroid, I do too. Not from Retro though.

          • Shane Guidaboni

            That’s fair. Personally, I think Wayforward could handle the job nicely.

          • Solomon_Kano

            WayForward is my top pick. They’ve done nothing but stellar work with every IP they’ve been given, and their original work is ace as well. I think they’d be the ideal choice. They’ve got a pretty good relationship with Nintendo already, too.

        • Pandareus

          Team Ninja, you mean. The Japanese studio behind the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive games. Not Ninja Theory, the Brits who made the new DMC and Enslaved.

          • Shane Guidaboni

            Ah, you’re right. My mistake. Thank you for the correction.

      • Spirit Macardi

        A new series from them would be interesting to see, but they’ve so far done some excellent work with continuing the legacy of existing titles. It seems to be a rarity these days that a group can accurately portray the characters and worlds of others, so I tend to treasure those who can.

        It all comes down to what they want to do though. If they want to make something brand new, you can bet I’ll support them. Same goes for if they stick to making sequels.

        • Solomon_Kano

          I don’t deny that they’ve done good work with the IP they’ve taken over. I certainly enjoy their Metroid titles as well. I’d just like to see them give their touch to something else rather than return to something they’ve already done. Like you though, I’m down to support them either way.

      • John Diamond

        kamiya’s said he’s wanted to work on a starfox game himself, so that would be cool

    • No. They made three Metroid games. That’s the last franchise I wanna see them touch. I’m in the vast minority but I didn’t like Metroid until Other M so an evolution of that would be more appealing to me than another Retro developed Prime game or another 2D backtracking simulator.

      Now, down vote me to hell.

      • Spirit Macardi

        I actually liked Other M as well, but for me it was because it felt like the series had finally started utilizing all the mythos and characterization that had formerly only been hinted at or seen in side-material.

        Now I’d personally like to see a game that not only continues with the storytelling aspect, but also keeps the heavy exploration. Heck, you have to figure those two aspects could work really well together if given proper care.

    • I think Retro wants to avoid becoming the Metroid studio. There’s always a chance they could return to it one day, but right now I’m happy they’re doing another Donkey Kong Country. I would like to see them handle something more original in the future though.

    • AceRuby

      I’d like to see Retro tackle another franchise again after DK Country: Tropical Freeze I feel like they could work perfectly on a franchise like Kid Icarus , Star Fox or something along those lines (maybe Star Tropics also).

  • Guilherme Matheus Silva


  • I noticed that the trailer Tropical Freeze had one of the best arrangements of “Jungle Japes” I’ve heard – how fitting that the piece’s original composer was responsible for it.

    The soundtrack was arguably the single best thing about the DK Country games, so this is pretty cool. Now that he’s detached from Rare but still in contact with Nintendo, it would be great to see Wise working on other games for them.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Just got excited for Tropical Freeze. David Wise back? Yes, please.

  • Ryudo9

    Looking at that screen I can def tell Gary Ginther from Vigil did the art for this game. I know Retro hired him and awaited to see how his work would transfer to Nintendo. Looks good. Now I want to see him design some space pirates

  • Machineguntommy

    I know they said all the music will be original, but a new rendition of “Sticker Brush Symphony” done by the man himself would be amazing.

  • Edzo04

    now it just needs king k rool and his crew and we may just have a fun game. couldnt stand the generic animal enemies in dkcr…

  • Göran Isacson

    David Wise? The maestro behind Stickerbrush Symphony? Bramble Blast? Flight of the Zinger?

    My ears are ready, mister Wise.

    • Stickerbrush Symphony and Bramble Blast are the same LOL

  • wahyudil

    wow, I just know that the legendary Donkey Kong country soundtrack was composed by westerners, not Japanese … cool

  • Yoshi Haku

    Awesome news, now im more excited for this game.

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