E3 2013: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Announced

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze title

During their E3 2013 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced a new entry in the Donkey Kong Country franchise. Entitled Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, this new game has you fight against vikings that have taken over the island. Nintendo also touted more dynamic cameras, as well as Dixie Kong as a playable character in multiplayer.

Tropical Freeze follows 2010’s Donkey Kong Country Returns by Retro Studios. A Texas-based development studio founded in October 1998, Retro is mostly known for the superb Metroid Prime trilogy as well as Donkey Kong Country Returns, the latter having been ported from the Wii to the 3DS a couple of weeks ago. Rumors surrounded their next project over the past few years. Some said it would be a new Star Fox title, some said it would be a crossover between Star Fox and Metroid, some said it would be a new Zelda title, and some said it would be an entirely new IP. It’s not quite known if they’re coming back for this new installment in the Donkey Kong Country series, but it wouldn’t be surprising if that were the case.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be released in 2013 for the Wii U.

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  • multibottler0cket

    So happy! Dixie is back 🙂

    So happy DKC is continuing <3

    Most exciting E3 announcement so far!

  • Jonah Rosen

    This is great! Another DKC game is a really great thing And for the first time, Donkey Kong and Dixie are playable in the same game. (Though I wonder if it’s possible to play as Diddy & Dixie at the same time or if you’re only allowed to play as Donkey and either Diddy or Dixie.) The only gripe I have is that K.rool and the kremlings aren’t the bad guys. Again.

  • air_dex

    It is definitely the greatest surprise of this Nintendo Direct. The Donkey Kong game is usually released at the end of the console lifecycle (cf. N64’s Donkey Kong 64 and Wii’s Donkey Kong Country Returns). Moreover, Nintendo has never communicated about a DK game for Wii U until today. So I did not expect to see it before 2016-2017, when Nintendo will be about to show or release Wii U’s successor. But today, Nintendo shows this Wii U DK game… and says it will be released at the end of the year ! 😀 What a great surprise !

    Moreover, DKC:TF has got the same gameplay as Wii’s Donkey Kong Country Returns. Wonderful !

  • Spookyryu

    I really like this game, I ll buy it