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Retro Studios



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December 27, 2010



- Makes Donkey Kong Country far better than it ever was in the SNES days
- Beautiful to look at
- "Super Guide" feature takes some of the frustration out of the more challenging areas
- Two player co-op



- The ground pound and rolling into the abyss rides a razor's edge



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Classic Review: Donkey Kong Country (SNES)

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Donkey Kong Country Returns

Score: 8.5 / 10


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I've said this before but it deserves repeating. Nintendo knows exactly what kind of art style will shine on the Wii. The Wii console doesn't have the same muscle behind it as the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, but the way everything is designed specifically to work to the strengths of the console makes Donkey Kong Country Returns a beautiful game to just watch.

And I did a lot of watching because taking the controls from my kids proved to be difficult, especially my 11-year old son who had a load of useful tips whenever I did




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manage to take the controls.

"Stop rolling into the pits!"

This happened to me again and again. For some reason, to perform the ground attack a player has to quickly shake the Wii Remote. That's fine. However, if you happen to be moving forward at the time, you'll roll forward. That's good for attacking enemies and bashing things but it's


also a very efficient way to send you wheeling into a hole. There are some really tricky platforming elements in the game and the inability to just press a button to perform this action makes some areas far more difficult than they needed to be.


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Maybe to make up for this and sidestep the difficulty problem, Retro Studios brings in the "Super Guide" feature seen in the likes of New Super Mario Bros. Wii. I won't lie. I used it more than a few times. Sure, grabbing collectibles as "Super Kong" doesn't count toward your totals, but being able to put a difficult level behind you is still better than hitting a game-breaking roadblock.

Donkey Kong Country Returns starts strong and offers a great gaming experience to players of any age. That's no small feat but it seems Nintendo has been doing it a lot lately.

- Aaron Simmer

(December 31, 2010)


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