Failing by a large margin to meet ambitious projected sales with the WiiU, there’s no arguing that Nintendo has been under significant duress recently. The current state of the company has consumers and the industry questioning their foothold as a major competitor as we climb uphill unto a new console generation. Retro Studios and Nintendo, the classic videogame namesake that during the prime of it’s golden years released Donkey Kong Country in 1994, proves that after almost 20 years within a constantly changing landscape they still have the ability to harken back to that golden age and remind us why we fell in love with videogames in the first place.
From the moment you land on the title screen, DKC Tropical Freeze takes full control of your dopamine receptors with it’s fantastic colors and wildly addictive music. Bringing back the original DKC’s David Wise as the composer, you’ll hear some catchy new island tunes, as well as some of the classic’s that’ll sound just like you remember. As charming of a platformer as it may be, make no mistake that at times the game does present itself with a increased level of difficulty, albeit in the best way possible. Six worlds each with their own specific theme, offers a multitude of levels organized in a classic overworld fashion and equipped with it’s fair share of secret paths and collectibles. For those that have played the 3DS’s Donkey Kong Country Returns, a lot of this will look familiar.
With colorful charm and top-notch platforming, DK Tropical Freeze reminds us why we fell in love in love with videogames in the first place.