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.