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Nintendo E3 2013 Wii U: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze announced (trailer + images inside!)
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June 11, 2013, 20:42

Whether you wanted them be or not, Retro Studios has been deep at work on a new Donkey Kong Country game, and they have finally lifted the veil and showed us their work. One of the first things that you will notice is that... gasp!... Donkey Kong and pals swim underwater again in this game!

The enemies this time are viking animals, which works for me, I guess? Also, Dixie is back. I'm pumped, what about you?

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be released in November of 2013. Get your wallets ready!

Source: E3 Nintendo direct / Youtube

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Posted: 06/11/13, 20:42  - Edit:  06/12/13, 06:37
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Not to bang on about sales too much, but DKCR has sold more than all 3 Prime games combined. You can probably lump in the sales of the Trilogy too.

I wanted a new Metroid, but Nintendo have to get the Wii U into people's homes, and DK is a better bet than Metroid.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 23:14


But fine. If it gets Wii U in people's homes so we get more games, so be it.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 23:38
@-JKR- What do you mean "used to"? Nintendo released three DKC games in three years on the SNES! It was practically Nintendo's Call of Duty for awhile!

I'd have liked to see Retro Studios try something new as well, but after DKCR sold like 5 million copies we all knew this was coming sooner rather than later.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 23:39  - Edit:  06/11/13, 23:40

Used to as in the time between the SNES and now. Like Mario 64 to Mario Sunshine, vs. the now of Mario 3D Land to Mario 3D World.

Posted by 
 on: 06/11/13, 23:47
This is a good point... as the proliferation of shooters in the market, the incredible performance of the Xbox 360 post-Kinect, and the popularity of New Super Mario Bros. versus the Galaxy games show what we want isn't necessarily what the mass market wants.

While Donkey Kong Country Returns was great, I wanted something else from Retro Studios too... here's hoping they are working on more than one game at a time now.

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 on: 06/11/13, 23:56  - Edit:  06/11/13, 23:58
Conflicted on this one. Big time. Not sure why this and Mario are visually much weaker than Smash and especially Mario Kart.

Gotta be the HUH? of the show for me.

Posted by 
 on: 06/12/13, 00:38
there is a 4th playable character they haven't revealed yet. Who do you guys think it is?? Now I'm thinking I need to watch all of these directs because they're chock full of info I'm not finding on any gaming sites

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 on: 06/12/13, 00:43  - Edit:  06/12/13, 00:44

That is true, I was pleasantly surprised with how much DCKR sold but I wonder how long Nintendo can milk the nostalgia factor. With that said I have the utmost faith in Retro, but I'm pretty sure these games will sell less with each iteration. And in regards to Metroid, it is totally fine that they are not making one, but again I just wanted to see what Retro can do with a blank slate.

Dude, did you ever play Donkey Kong Country Returns? There is so much going on at all times; even the rocks are animated. When seen in motion that game was a sight to behold. I suppose that is what happens when you focus on level design and character animations as opposed to seeing how many pixels you can cram at any given character. This sequels look even better.

Oh, and before you judge a game's graphic fidelity you should see it outside youtube, since that site likes to downgrade and alter videos a lot of the time.

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 on: 06/12/13, 00:48  - Edit:  06/12/13, 00:50

Fourth character? My first instinct goes to Kiddy Kong, but he's highly unpopular and Retro's said they didn't much like the extended Kong family anyway. I could see it potentially being Lanky or even Chunky though. Or that white DK from the super-guide.

Posted by 
 on: 06/12/13, 00:55
I'm thinking the fourth character might be Cranky. I read somewhere that one of the features if the game is that you can now buy items in the world, but that didn't seem to make sense at the time. If Cranky isn't in his hut, because he's out in the game, maybe you play as him now. Besides, DK has been displaced from home. Would it really make sense to have Cranky set up shop on islands far from home? He probably got displaced too.

If so, what would his moveset be? Beat enemies with his staff or chastise them to death?

Posted by 
 on: 06/12/13, 01:11
This game really could look a lot better. I'm pretty disappointed in Retro here. This is the game they've been working on for so long and it hardly looks better than the Wii one. I know this has a camera that shows a lot more of the area but there's some low geometry here and there, blurry textures and bland looking lighting. Boy this is surprising. Mario Kart looks way better than this. Even 3D world looks nicer, albeit with a more simple approach to design. Hopefully it'll improve but right now, this one isn't getting me that excited in anyway.

Posted by 
 on: 06/12/13, 01:24
It looks very fantastic. I'm still pretty shocked that it's releasing this year. Platformer heaven on the Wii U if nothing else.

Posted by 
 on: 06/12/13, 01:28
Is this confirmed to be Retro? I know that sounds like a dumb question but he never said that in the Nintendo Direct. Then again, I only JUST watched it moments ago. Awesome show by the way.

Posted by 
 on: 06/12/13, 01:34
I'm still of the mind Nintendo has some other titles in the works here. Wasn't quite the blowout I expected.

I still say a real 3D Mario is being made, and that Retro's got something else going. Why all this expansion for phones in titles? These look good, and they look better than Wii games of course, but I think Mario Kart set the bar for Wii U's graphical capabilities.

But I digress from all this. I need to see proper footage not off my cellphone.

Posted by 
 on: 06/12/13, 01:36

Yeah, IGN confirmed that it's Retro.

It's nice to imagine that they have another project under way as well, but... honestly? I'm not holding my breath.

DKCR is a fantastic game, and I'm sure that this one will be as well. Still, it seems like such a waste of the studio behind one of the best Nintendo games of all time... well, I guess not many members from the Prime team are still at the studio anyway...

Posted by 
 on: 06/12/13, 01:39
I wanted a new DKC so I'm super happy. Honestly, DKCR was probably my favorite platformer since Super Mario World and this looks sooo good.

I also see that JKR has gone completely insane in the time I've been gone.

Posted by 
 on: 06/12/13, 01:43
Playing the OG on 3DS right, it's really good so I'm glad it's getting a sequel, just wish Retro was working on something more Prime-ish, like an original sci-fi IP or even MP4.

Posted by 
 on: 06/12/13, 01:45
In case you missed it, Roy threw it in the database. Add your WANT today!

This game looks pretty awesome; a..common theme I'm finding today is that I want to play a lot of these games, like, NOW.

...And I also discovered the best part of having backlog games, some of which I haven't even touched...

Donkey Kong Country Returns
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Super Smash Bros. Brawl

"To Do"

Posted by 
 on: 06/12/13, 01:45
Called it. Kind of a Captain Obvious call, though, since it has been BY FAR their best selling title.

Posted by 
 on: 06/12/13, 01:47
I would hope that its also telling Nintendo how much people love 2d platformers but that they want different characters then from Mario universe

Posted by 
 on: 06/12/13, 01:54
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