Announced recently during a Nintendo 3DS Direct broadcast, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a handheld re-release of the critically acclaimed Wii platformer, originally developed by Retro Studios. It's a title that involves plenty of perspective changes from foreground to background, and as a result it's not hard to see why it could be visually appealing on the 3DS screen.

No release window was given, though it has emerged that Monster Games is handling the port, the developer behind titles such as Pilotwings Resort and Excitebots: Trick Racing. Somewhat out of the blue, Nintendo has now confirmed that DKCR 3D will arrive on the handheld in North America and Europe on 24th May, while some may have assumed it was coming later in the year.

So there you have it, only a couple of months before you'll get a chance to experience this one on the go. Are you excited about this new release, or will you just play your copy on the Wii? Let us know what you think in the comments below.