I’ve always hoped they would bring Dixie back. Hopefully she’ll also be playable in Super Smash Bros. 4 Wii U/3DS!
This game looks to play almost exactly like DKC:R but the level design has truly been kicked up a notch and looks like an absolute blast! Literally, as the camera shifts and rotates around to show different viewpoints on the action as you blast yourself from the token Donkey Kong Country barrel cannon to barrel cannon in super quick fashion…
And believe you me, the barrel blasting action looks absolutely phenomenal.
Then of course you have Dixie Kong, who has been added to the roster for the first time since her debut. Just like in the classic 16bit Donkey Kong Country 2 originally released for Super NES in 1995, Dixie can use her long blonde ponytail hair to hover through the air, and reach higher areas. This game also has a large focus on Minecart levels, and cool visual tricks just like in the first game.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze looks very similar to the last Donkey Kong title, but even so, it just looks flat out fun. And the level design is top-notch.
Here is an in-depth discussion on the game with the developers.
I also must mention that you face off against a group of animal vikings! From Viking Penguins to Viking Boars… YES! :D Absolutely awesome.
While Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze looks like an absolutely solid, fantastic, must-play classic-style platformer, many people were disappointed that this is the new project that Nintendo’s Retro Studios, makers of the Metroid Prime series, are working on.
People were hoping that Nintendo would reveal a new Metroid game (Like Metroid Dread WiiU), or a new IP, or an all-new entry in a classic series like Star Fox, and that it would be developed by Retro. Instead, we get another Donkey Kong sequel.
However, as I pointed out earlier, Nintendo likely chose to make a Donkey Kong Country Returns sequel because they already had a game to build off of, and they needed another hit that they could quickly put together, of high quality, and quickly release to drive sales of the WiiU this holiday.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is that game, and fills that void. Rest assured, hopefully Nintendo has a new Metroid lined up that we’ll see next year that Retro will start working on, or is already working on (or a new IP or something else), as they put the finishing touches on this new Donkey Kong.
The game will hit this November 2013 exclusively for WiiU.