Reggie Fils-Aime Confirms Playable Cranky Kong and Release Date for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Talks up positive Super Mario 3D World sales

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has made his appearance on the VGX Awards, and despite heavy prompts from Geoff Keighley didn't deliver a killer reveal that many would expect. What he did do, however, is confirm Cranky Kong as the fourth playable character in Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze — which was previously rumoured — and announce that the title will arrive in the Americas on 21st February 2014.

In terms of how Cranky Kong will play, he has a cane and can carry out a "Cane Bounce" move, making him the only character that can move across spiky pits and destroy certain enemies — it looks similar to what gamers will have been doing in DuckTales Remastered, a recent Wii U eShop / retail release. The footage looked enjoyable, and like the other characters the idea is that different areas will be traversable depending on the character accompanying Donkey Kong. It was also confirmed that control options will include the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, GamePad (of course) and the Wii U Pro Controller.

As mentioned above, Fils-Aime refused to be drawn into revealing anything else. He did speak optimistically about the Wii U's prospects, saying that Super Mario 3D World is selling "quite well in this market", following up that it's "not surprised us".

That was it for Fils-Aime's appearance, so what do you think?

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