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The Bottom Line
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is another excellent Wii U game that has found an even better home on the Nintendo Switch.
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The Wii U had some excellent games, but the console just didn”t click with users like the Wii did, or like the Switch is doing. That”s why we”re so glad to see so many Wii U games get Switch ports. Bayonetta 2 is one of the best games of its genre, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is simply a great racing game with all of the DLC content of its Wii U version. Now Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has gotten the Switch port treatment. It”s a fantastic platformer starring gaming”s most famous ape, but it doesn”t add many new features from its Wii U release, which makes its $59.99 price tag a little harder to accept than the DLC-filled ports of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. Still, if you”re a 2D platforming fan, the satisfying gameplay and dense, varied level design of this port are very much worth your time and attention.
Back to Donkey Kong Country
Fans of King K. Rool and the crocodile enemies of the SNES-era Donkey Kong Country games will continue to be disappointed. The strange tiki creatures of Donkey Kong Country Returns don”t return, either, and are instead replaced by a much more Scandinavian-Arctic menace. In this entry, a force of Viking-like penguins and walruses called the Snowmads take over Donkey Kong”s home, turning it into a frozen wasteland and blasting the Kong family to the far ends of their archipelago. As Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, Cranky Kong, and now Funky Kong, you need to take your island back.
The Same Game
The normal game mode is identical to the Wii U version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. You control Donkey Kong through six worlds filled with varied platforming stages. You run, jump, pound the ground with savage ape strength, and grab onto things to beat enemies and overcome obstacles. You”re joined by Diddy, Dixie, and Cranky, each of which can follow you and provide additional health and powers.