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US VC Releases - Christmas Eve - Donkey Kong Country 3

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Merry Christmas! Nintendo's gift for Americans is the final game in the DKC trilogy, Donkey Kong Country 3! The game was released late in the SNES's life, meaning a lot of people missed out on it. Now is the time to make up for that mistake, as it's a great game, although not as good as DKC2. Here's a secret - Enter your name on the file select screen as "MERRY" for a very Christmas-y experience!

Today's other releases probably won't cater to as much people, unfortunately. Blades of Steel is one of very few NES sports games that has held up to this day, but if you don't like ice hockey it's probably not for you.

Treasure fans will probably be disappointed that the newest Genesis game is not Light Crusader once again - It's Rolling Thunder 2 from Namco. This is a port of the arcade game with the same name. If you like a challenge, this is for you - It comes close to the Ghosts 'n Goblins series in difficulty.

No bad games in the bunch, but they certainly won't appeal to everyone. Check out the reviews:
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! - SNES - 800 Wii Points
Blades of Steel - NES - 500 Wii Points
Rolling Thunder 2 - Genesis - 800 Wii Points

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tnk4god

#1

tnk4god said:

I am very sad this christmas, I was really hoping for something better, N64 games for christmas would have been nice.

__Jon

#2

Jon said:

Does anyone else think that this is a little disappointing?

__Mario Fan

#5

Mario Fan said:

I like Donkey Kong Country 3, and now I have them all, but I was really hoping for MARIO RPG!!!!! I never had the chance to play it and I keep drooling over the videos.

Kevin

#6

Kevin said:

It is pretty disappointing. I've finally started losing faith in getting good release weeks now. Nintendo, start releasing better games and start with Bubble Bobble, Vectorman and the Mega Mans!

__Deity

#8

Deity said:

You are all very ungrateful, check out our christmas games :s

#9

said:

while i won't say it's a bad week, it surely isn't great. c'mon nintendo, it's christmas eve, a perfect chance to drop a bombshell like mario rpg or, even better, majoras mask... (fingers still crossed)

Don

#10

Don said:

Didn't we get 4 VC games last Christmas? This is pretty disappointing. ign.com stated that Mario RPG is coming to VC in 2007, if that's true then it has to be next Monday. But I really doubt it will come out then since it has been removed from ESRB board.

__Michael

#12

Michael said:

Blades of Steel? I had thought that was already released in the US. Same thing with Rolling Thunder 2 (though I'm probably getting it confused with all those other games with "thunder" in the title). It's crap i tells ya! Well, at least DKC3 has a Christmas bonus...

Chocobo

#14

Chocobo said:

... Where's Mario Paint? Haha, I was wishing for some awesome, totally unexpected update today. Wario in overall was a pretty cool smash update, however.

DrakeStaff

#15

Drake said:

Deity: We haven't had any Christmas games yet. That's next Friday.

Don: Every region got 4+ games EVERY week last December.

Zweck36

#16

Zweck36 said:

not a bad week, not a great week. Where the f is the King of Fighters seriously, this sucks!

__Ben

#17

Ben said:

i am normally upset every week at what comes out, but this week is pretty exciting for me as Blades of Steel was one of my fav nintendo games and DKC3 was one of 3 SNES games I had (and loved).

I suggest not even looking at "what may come out", you are less disappointed on Mondays (or Fri) and when something good does come out, it's a pleasant surprise.

Edwin

#19

Edwin said:

I really thought we were going to get Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers today. Street Fighter 2 came out last Christmas, Hyper Fighting came out on June 25 (exactly 6 months later), and today would have been another 6 months. Plus Japan got it last week. Hopefully we'll get it next week. Any thoughts?

Viral

#20

Viral said:

Seriously, I'm American and I feel bad for European gamers not having the chance to play Super Mario RPG or Chrono Trigger. Nintendo needs to pick this up especially since I'm getting a Nintendo Wii tomorrow. Unfortunately, I won't be wasting my VC points on something I am not 100% sure will be my cup of tea. :(

Wii_Ownz_All

#21

Wii_Ownz_All said:

This week's releases suck... I was hoping for Donkey Kong 64 or Mario RPG. Something GOOD for Christmas!

ARK1

#22

ARK1 said:

Guys, I have been coming at this website for over a year, a every week its the same thing. We got three great games this week, yet everybody's complaining because it isn't what they want. All you guys suck. Just be happy we got some good choices this week and stop complaining. They guys at this website should just discontinue the comment feature.

__Popboy191

#23

Popboy191 said:

Donkeykong 64 isnt possible as it has an arcade in it owned by rare, which they are selling it on XBLA right now, Nintendo would need to modify it or something.

Theres rumors that a mario rpg is comming out for DS and it was removed from ESRB so i dont expect mario rpg to come out any soon.

__Teenwolf

#24

Teenwolf said:

What a horrible disappointment. We get pathetic releases for weeks before and not even a decent surprise for Christmas. WTH is MegaMan?

__Dairun Cates

#25

Dairun Cates said:

I'm not really sure what the problem is. All the releases this week are at least good if not excellent, and hell, one of them is a fairly non-obscure title. Sure, it's not Kirby's Superstar or *insert your favorite game here*, but we've been getting some pretty good releases all around. Barring titles that are excellent but not for everyone, like Pokemon Snap, we still got Sin and Punishment not more than a couple of months ago. The real problem is that Nintendo isn't going to release the name-brand triple A titles on dates when sales are good, and a good majority of them are up to the developers when to release anyway. If you don't like anything this week, just sit back and enjoy your Christmas presents and be glad there's still a good stream of games coming out for the main console right now.

Ender2010

#26

Ender2010 said:

thanks Nintendo now i can save my money for other things. I guess Nintendo doesn't understand that a business is there to make money not put out crappy stuff for no one to buy. Ill probably have to wait till march to get majoras mask but thats how long Nintendo wants to wait for my money then fine by me.

Kenji510

#27

Kenji510 said:

Yeah i know we didnt really get anything good for today, well just donkey kong country 3 will do for me for today, one of my favorites... i was hoping for the "Everybodys Nintendo Channel" that we will get for Christmas Eve or Goldeneye 64!

__AP

#29

AP said:

I was expecting Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island or Mario RPG today, and was hoping for Earthbound... got none of them. Oh well.

Who knows, maybe we'll get a surprise, unscheduled Christmas release tomorrow of one or two special games. I doubt it, but it's not beyond the realm of possibility.

__Shmoe

#30

Shmoe said:

People keep talking about mario RPG. Has anyone actually played it? It's not that great.

Mr_Nintendo21

#31

Mr_Nintendo21 said:

Shmoe, have you even played SMRPG enough to say it's not that great? It's been a while for me, but it still ranks as my favorite game. I'm not too big on RPG's either, but the game is pretty good. Sure it's not as deep as most fan favorite RPG's, but it really is not that light either. There's a lot of secrets and surprises throughout the game. Don't tell me that you have only played an emulation, because that takes away the entire experience. I know everyone has their preferences, but it is really a good game.

Apart from that, good to see DKC 3 come out. Suprised to see it out this early. I'm excited for the fact that I was just thinking of getting out the old SNES just to play it again.

__danstan

#36

danstan said:

just posting to say that it is Christmas Day here in australia, and we apparently got those games as well

__Doony

#37

Doony said:

Why is everyone obsessing over Mega Man? You can buy the complete Mega Man collection (a Gamecube game) and play it on the Wii, and it's easily obtainable through stores that sell used games or Ebay. In fact it goes for around 12 bucks and it's Mega Man 1 thru 7 I believe.

__Trev

#38

Trev said:

Man, I remember getting DKC3 for Christmas back in 1995. Brings back lots of memories! Now that Blades of Steel is out, time to beg Nintendo for Mutant League Hockey on VC!

Josh

#39

Josh said:

Guys. Quit being such negative nellies. Donkey Kong Country THREE. One of the most excellent SNES games ever. Also, Shmoe, I played through SUper Mario RPG just a few weeks ago. Loved every minute of it. Of course, I've got nostalgia on my side, so your milage may vary.

On occasional weeks, whining is warrented. If Nintendo releases three horrible, crappy games, I want to vent too! Certainly not this week. To summarize, please guys, keep your pants on. You're getting repetitive, just complaining about Mario and Earthbound and Kirby. The Wii will have about a five-year lifespan, and Nintendo doesn't wanna blow their load all at once.

*Flashbacks into fuzzy memories of when the VC was first announced, and everyone naively hoped it would have every game ever, for free* Ah, 2005, we hardly knew ye.

RGVEDA

#40

RGVEDA said:

Europe has now Donkey Kong Country 3, too :) A little Christmas surprise :D

Ender2010

#41

Ender2010 said:

@ josh with the rate they are releasing N64 games we are going to get no where near all of them within five years, and graphically/gameplay wise the wii will not be able to stand up for longer, the wii games just arent very good.

Boredom_v2_2

#42

Boredom_v2_2 said:

I tried the "MERRY" secret earlier today but nothing happened or at least not yet. What's supposed to happen?

Boredom_v2_2

#45

Boredom_v2_2 said:

Yesterday i did the code along with other codes and it worked. But i actually got help from ign because they mentioned something you forgot to mention. Everyone, to enter a code, first you have to press L, R, R, L, R, R, L, R, L, R while at the file selection screen. Then you enter the code(s). I'm just trying to help, not to prove you wrong VCA.

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