Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Wii U

Release Date:

21 February 2014

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In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, these Snowmad warriors have sent a deep chill through DK Island, turning the once tropical paradise into an icy nightmare, and it's up to Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Cranky Kong to save the day. Players run, jump, swim, launch themselves from barrels, and occasionally ride Rambi the rhinoceros through a variety of stages set on five islands filled with bananas, coins, and adventure. Tropical Freeze is the first new Donkey Kong Country title for the Wii U, and it makes use of the system's processing power to offer dynamic levels and a rotating camera, while multiplayer fans can enjoy some local co-op action.

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For quite a few people, some of their favorite Super Nintendo games were the Donkey Kong country titles. Released late in the Super Nintendo's life cycle, these games were psuedo-3D side scrolling platformers that were known for their often extreme difficult and their somewhat revolutionary graphic style.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is more directly a sequel to the recent Donkey Kong Country Returns for the original Wii. While the gameplay from that iteration remains almost completely intact, almost nothing has changed either. Co-op play has been added as well as a few powers, but Donkey Kong is all about the core platforming, and that remains completely unchanged.

This is doubly disappointing since this new game is making its home on the Wii U. Tropical Freeze makes absolutely no use of the features that make the Wii U unique, and as Nintendo continues to try and keep the Wii U relevant this game does nothing to make the core features of that system seem necessary at all.

One of the most important lines for a side scrolling platformer like Tropical Freeze to straddle is the one that represents the game's difficulty. The game needs to be tough enough to keep the player's attention while still being fair. Donkey Kong nails that balance. If I died in Donkey Kong, nine times out of ten I was able to immediately recognize not only that the death was on me but the things I could do to remedy it.

There isn't just the standard platforming challenge to be had in Tropical Freeze though. Sure, there are several worlds full of normal stages and bonus stages - all with a boss at the end, but what sets Tropical Freeze apart is the exploratory aspect that it has added. With different co-op partners, you can ferret out parts of the levels that are otherwise inaccessible and contain cool items that are fun for players to find.

This feature is not only great because it adds extra content, but it gives cooperative play a point. There are countless Nintendo platformers where the co-op play is completely pointless and often actually makes your experience worse. In games like New Super Mario Brothers, other players get in your way and keep you from completing the level, making the experience extremely frustrating and convincing most people that the only way to play a Nintendo platformer is by themselves.

Tropical Freeze not only gives you a valid reason to play co-op, but it also has a number of different changes to the formula that make it easier for co-op to work properly. In short, the co-op mechanics in Tropical Freeze work similarly to how Diddy Kong worked in past games. You can bring him back almost constantly, and if the player wants to stay out of the way, they most certainly can.

At the end of the day, Tropical Freeze is very much the well-made platformer that you would expect to get from Nintendo. Retro Studios knocked it out of the park with Donkey Kong Country Returns, and they've done it again with Tropical Freeze. They've added just enough new features to make the game fresh without stripping away any of the elements that people loved not only about the Wii game but also about the original Super Nintendo games.

If you are a fan of Nintendo platformers, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a perfect game to pick up. It may not take advantage of the Wii U's core features, but what it lacks in control methods it makes up for with a fantastic art style and great gameplay.

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