Funky Kong's Return Confirmed for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Nintendo is being suitably vague on whether he's playable

When quizzed on whether there would be a fifth playable character in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze at the recent VGX awards, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime nudged and winked so enthusiastically — not literally, admittedly — that it was clear more tricks were up Nintendo's sleeve. Bizarrely, NoA has now used Twitter to confirm that Funky Kong will be in the new title, but has stopped short of saying he'll be playable.

We've been careful with our wording while we wait to know more, as the tweet in question is below.

Will Funky Kong be a means of moving between islands or taking shortcuts, will he run the shop now that Cranky Kong is diving into the action, or will he be playable? We'll try to find out but, we suspect, Nintendo will keep it under its oversized Mario hat for now.

Are you pleased that Funky Kong is coming to Tropical Freeze, and what role would you like him to play?