Donkey Kong Country Returns :: Wii Game Review
Donkey Kong is back, and he is better than ever! The new Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii is full of challenging levels, nostalgic graphics and a fun storyline.
Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii is the much-anticipated follow up to the 1994 game Donkey Kong Country. Although there have been several Donkey Kong games in between (think Donkey Kong 64 and 2007’s Donkey Kong Barrel Blast for Wii), this is the first game the builds directly on the 1994 version.
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Go Bananas for DK!
The new game follows the antics of Donkey Kong and his friend Diddy as they try to save their island from evil invaders and recapture DK’s stash of bananas. There are more than 70 levels, taking place in the jungle, on the beach and underground. Traditional elements like shooting barrels and mine carts mix with a new cast of enemies that are sure to delight. One of the most exciting new elements is Rambi the rhinoceros. Once discovered, players can ride on Rambi’s back, destroying obstacles and anything else that stands in the way.
Game Controls and Options
Players have two options when controlling DK. They can either use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk together or they can turn the Wii Remote horizontally and use it solo. The first option allows for more difficult gameplay while the second option mimics the original Nintendo controls. Basic Donkey Kong moves – like the barrel roll, vine climb and ground pound – are modernized with the addition of Diddy’s new jetpack, which allows the player to stay in the air for an extra length of time.
There are two gameplay options: one player and two player. In one player mode, players control Donkey Kong but also get the extra help of Diddy when they find his hidden barrels. In two player mode, one player uses Donkey Kong and the other uses Diddy.
While Donkey Kong Country Returns makes use of colorful backgrounds and an animated cast of characters, the game is certainly targeted towards more advanced players. The majority of the levels are challenging, while some are almost impossible. Players need to have patience and determination to make it through the game. But it is certainly worth the challenge. And, when things get really tough, one can always turn to the new Super Guide.
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone