Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Comes Out On Feb. 21 With Cranky Kong

By Spencer . December 7, 2013 . 5:09pm

The news was leaked earlier, but during the VGX award show, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed Cranky Kong (who was the original Donkey Kong) will be playable in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Cranky can use his cane to bounce on enemies, which is kind of reminiscent of DuckTales. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be available for Wii U on February 21, 2014.


Whose to say whether you’re going to see more," Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said to VGX host Geoff Keighley when he asked about a new Metroid game.

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  • Crevox

    “which is kind of reminiscent of DuckTales.”

    You mean it’s the same thing as DuckTales

  • Kaetsu

    This was a huge let down. I honestly thought we were going to see a trailer for Zelda U but instead they announced something boring that could have been announced on Nintendo Direct.

    • AkuLord3

      To be fair, i wasn’t expecting that they show off something cool on Spike : p

    • kylehyde

      to be fair the whole VGX have been a let down.

      • Shippoyasha

        I agree, though the few dev interviews and a few reveals were nice. But it was a rat’s nest as far as presentations go. They really shouldn’t have Joel McHale put in there if it looks like he doesn’t have the passion to do an awards show like it though it was hilarious seeing him dish out some hard hitting questions to game developers like with Tim Schafer’s expensive, 3.3 million dollar indie project and seeing how he clashed with Geoff Keighley at every turn. I totally cringed when Joel told Reggie ‘how’s Wii U doing?’. Hilarious but cringey.

        Kind of crazy that their absurd video game awards shows in years past actually felt a lot more professional than this. Next time, they need a cozier, more welcoming setting and maybe way more game reveals and demoing.

    • InfectedAI

      I honestly expect Zelda U to be something they’d announce on a Nintendo Direct.

    • PreyMantis

      Well, they did say it’s a game that was already announced. It’s still disappointing, though.

    • Suriel Cruz

      I actually fall sleep at the first hour. The biggest let down was ‘Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition’ *sigh* Not even a new chapter or something, just the same game with ‘better’ graphics.

      That’s how Square Enix keeps losing money.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Still worse than the PC version lol

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      VGX is surprisingly smaller than a Nintendo direct according the amount of viewers they generate

  • David Scott

    Am I the only one who’s diappointed that it wasn’t Lanky Kong?

    • Kaetsu

      I would have loved to see Lanky Kong. He’s the only Kong they really could have done cool things with that isn’t in the game. Cranky just ripped off Ducktales, Funky is more or less like DK, Kiddy is exactly like DK, Tiny could be interesting and Candy can’t fight. That just leaves Lanky who they could do some cool things with.

      • Miss_Madness

        You know never he might be a hidden character. Which they’ll announce a week or so before it comes out like what happened in SM3DW.

  • TheGameTagerZ

    Because we are ALL just dying for Cranky Kong

  • Jrocy247

    Yup…..that was the big deal Nintendo made…Cranky Kong is playable, That’s what EVERYONE was anticipating and wanting Nintendo…..Christ, what a missed oppertunity. Welp, I suppose this disappointment plays along well with the VGX, which was absolutely dreadful and disgusting.

    • Link

      Nintendo didn’t make a big deal about it though, this was all Geoff hyping the shit out of this as usual. Nintendo’s ONLY statement regarding VGX was that “we might make an appearance.” Then it was Geoff who started saying “Nintendo is showing up!” “its a big reveal!” “its a brand new look at a WiiU game!” etc. etc.

  • Jettythesunfish

    Come on Cranky, take it to the fridge!

  • ivanchu77

    awww, I wanted K.rool :(

  • Fox

    Donkey Kong is the console game I’m most looking forward to next year, but I was really hoping Reggie would announce something NEW.

    • Kaetsu

      Not Smash Bros, X or Mario Kart?

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      … They said they were showing of a previously announced game

  • KyoyaHibari

    Where are Lanky and Funky at? How was Cranky priority over most other Kongs?

    • Kaetsu

      Especially since Cranky already has a the role of being the shopkeeper.

    • All the years of mocking and ranting about games and his own series, he finally got a chance to prove he isn’t all talk.

  • PlatinumMad

    This was the “Great announcement”? Seriously?
    And this was leaked already some days ago.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Which they even made note of during the presentation. Seems that would have been a more than decent reveal for the program — it’s a fun add which should play well to the more mainstream audience watching.

      We know DK Country was built around playing the many different Kongs in co-op mode. Now others do too. Gives 40-something dads a reason to pick up the game to play with their children.

  • mockturtle

    “Cranky Kong (who was the original Donkey Kong)”

    I HATE that this is canon. This is why I’m not one of the people who misses the days Rare had their hands on Donkey Kong, because they screwed it all up.

    • Crevox


      • mockturtle

        Since apparently I need to explain my unpopular opinion…

        1) It creates a continuity error: there’s only been one Mario, but at least three DKs, except Mario has never aged whereas Cranky Kong/original DK is a senior citizen? For that matter, how is it that Mario and Cranky have never appeared together?

        2) Donkey Kong Jr, who is/was one of my favorite Nintendo characters, is essentially dead.
        3) Our beloved gaming icon Donkey Kong is a decrepit old man/ape/something. That’s not inherently bad, but it’s not great either, and he certainly didn’t age gracefully like Snake.

        4) Who’s current DK’s mother? Grandmother?

        There are other, minor things, but these are the main things.

        • Crevox

          I was just curious, but just gonna say, maybe you think into it a little too much. Besides that, Nintendo/DK “timeline continuity” in general has never been clear/has been sketchy.

          I don’t think there’s any “official” standpoint on the entire thing; they will say one thing at one point, and another thing at another time. It’s whatever best fits the situation and makes things make sense when they have to.

          • mockturtle

            Perhaps you’re right. It just doesn’t sit right with me, especially since we haven’t seen DK Jr. in 13.5+ years. #bitterbitch

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu


            Gorillas age faster.

          • mockturtle

            Except Mario (or any of the current Kongs, for that matter) haven’t aged at all.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            And Mario has 5 girlfriends.
            And he’s apparently mental and takes after Dexter.
            And he doesnt do his real plumbing anymore.
            Your point? He’s obviously drinking the fountain of youth koolaid he steals from bowser.

          • mockturtle

            Heh, you just put this weird mental image in my head of all the Mushroom Kingdom drinking youth koolaid, but then Cranky comes up and they’re like “NONE FOR YOU!”

          • Symbol de Au

            I’m pretty sure they also said Jumpman from the original Donkey Kong was an ancestor to Mario. I wouldn’t know for sure though.

        • PreyMantis

          Where have there ever been an official information that the original DK is Cranky Kong? All this about the original DK as Cranky Kong is just a bunch of theory, and that’s it.

        • Aaron K Stone

          Mario/Donkey Kong and continuity. Hahahahaha! Thas so amusing.

        • Hound

          According to Rare back in the day, the Donkey Kong Country’s DK is Donkey Kong Junior.

          “As far as I know, ‘our’ DK is the son of Cranky, which does indeed make him the original DK Jr. all grown up,” is their original statement.

          If it’s that troublesome that Cranky has no wife.. look at the poor fellow. He could be a widower. Could explain why he’s so snappy and cranky =P

    • Hound

      Cranky is the Kong from the original arcade game. In a real-life time-line perspective it makes a lot of sense that a gorilla is that old at this point.

      But if you disregard that, I imagine you could assume that arcade Mario is Jumpman the Carpenter and that Mario is related to him in some way (or a big fan? O.o.) That’d also explain why the original princess is Pauline, and Mario is always looking for Peach.

      Or.. you could just look at how Mario & modern DK don’t meet up in any standard way (Mario’s main villain is currently Bowser or Fawful.) So, who knows it could be set a little bit in Mario’s future (since gorillas mature quicker and Mario only competes against him in a standard way in the mishmash games that probably don’t follow any timeline.. Unless you wanna say Toon Link & Link can actively exist during the same timeline)

  • SnackEater

    I wanted Swanky Kong :(

  • Fox

    “It’s going to be a huge year for us.”

    Three games in 2014 is a huge year? If Nintendo doesn’t announce SEVERAL new games for the WiiU to come out in 2014, the WiiU will never have a huge year.

    • Suicunesol

      Of course it’s not gonna be three games. >_> Nintendo already has more than 3 announced (high-profile) Wii U games–you know that. Of course they’ll announce more in the coming year. We know Zelda is coming. Who knows what else they got? Will they release them in the coming year too? Probably not, but they might.

    • Link

      Donkey Kong: TF, X, Bayonetta 2, Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros have 2014 dates already, not counting Yarn Yoshi, SMT x FE, and the third Exclusive Sonic Game. And I know you know that Nintendo has more hiding up their sleeves.

  • Robgoro

    I appreciate that Joel McHale helped Reggie take a few of Geoff’s blows. I wasn’t disappointed by the announcement – sure, I would have loved to hear more about X, but I’m still excited for Tropical Freeze.

  • d19xx

    Cranky Kong rustled a lot of jimmies in his days… looks like he still got it…

  • James Enk

    i get why ppl are disappointed with this but i don’t think it was such a big deal

  • EX+

    Nintendo dun goofed this time. They REALLY don’t get it.
    We want to see new games. We want to see things that make sense for certain events.
    X would’ve made more sense. Zelda U would’ve made sense. But Cranky Kong?! Really?!
    Who decided that Nintendo would show up to the VGAs for the first time ever, hype it up with the Dewrito King and then reveal a character for yet another 2D platformer?!

    • I got the impression the Dewrito audience doesn’t care about Nintendo so they announced something fitting so they can get back to making questionable jokes and award the latest AAA title something so the publisher can make a rerelease to gloat about it.

      I do agree that they probably should have done something a little more “ambitious” than a character reveal.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Wouldnt fit the show considering it was small time.
        I guess they were there because they were actually included in the awards slot this year

  • Mecha_the_Hedgehog

    I wasn’t expecting a new Wii U Zelda like others but come on this was pretty ass of an announcement. Come on you couldn’t reveal a brand new character for Smash Brothers hell at least show one of the returning fighters.

    But I guess I cant completely fault Nintendo nobody else really gave a damn either about the VGX.

  • Brii-Nanas

    I have to wonder why people seemed to think that the US would get priority when it comes to a big announcement from Nintendo, especially at VGX. Does it get much attention from the Japanese audience? And is there a precedent for them announcing something big at the Spike awards previously? Can’t say I ever really paid it any mind before now.

    • Symbol de Au

      The US usually gets priority. I don’t know why you’d imply the US wouldn’t get priority. This is their first time at Spike’s VGX awards which is why people were expecting something bigger. They thought Nintendo would want to make a good debut.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        VGX’s were small time this year

        • Symbol de Au

          That’s true, but usually when big things are announced it’s at E3 which is a western event, or it’s in a Nintendo Direct which is pretty neutral. Nintendo doesn’t even go to big Japanese shows like Tokyo Game Show.

      • Brii-Nanas

        It is a priority, I’m sure, but I’m a bit doubtful they’d do a big announcement at a rather… western-centric event compared something in Japan, a Nintendo Direct, or a bigger event like E3. I mean, look at the games that WERE announced; all very western and unlikely to appeal to a Japanese audience as much. I wouldn’t think it would benefit them to announce something like Zelda U at an event their core audience might not pay much attention to.

        Of course, this is all speculation. I have no idea what their actual intentions were/are.

        • Symbol de Au

          Define “something in Japan” because I honestly can’t think of any big event in Japan(that Nintendo attends), and Zelda is more popular in the west. Also I’m not surprised that they didn’t announce something big at the VGX I’m just wondering why you think being in the US has something to do with it.

          • Brii-Nanas

            Maybe saying ‘US’ wasn’t the most appropriate way to convey my intent. Mostly I meant that VGX itself is a very western oriented event, so it would seem strange for Nintendo to announce something big there. I did mention E3 as a more likely event where something substantial would be shown.

  • I read the news and was incredibly happy for Cranky. Then I see all this unexpected dissapointment :(
    Oh, internet!
    As for me, it’s the first news of this game that got me excited.

  • The Watcher

    This is all i heard watching VGX
    Reggie: “We gave you Cranky Kong, What else is there to know?!”

  • SetzerGabbiani

    This and Bravery Default in a normally dead month for releases. Excellent decision.

  • NimbusStev

    Oh man, first David Wise returned to do the soundtrack and now playable Cranky? I don’t think I could want this game any more than I do now! This is really swaying me towards buying a Wii-U.

  • platomaker

    So sonic games are getting flack because they recycle old material notoriously and shamelessly, but here we have bramble blast…and they kept the pig as a savepoint for some unknown, probably arbitrary reason. I suppose the difference is if it works, if its good it won’t be a complaint- so will this game be good? Played the Wii one only for a little while before returning to Donkey Kong Country 2.

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    The segment was nice by itself honestly lol

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