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Video: Japanese Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Trailer Swings Into View

Posted by Dylan Newcome

The Kongs go bananas when they get the cold shoulder

A new Japanese video showcasing footage from the upcoming Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has appeared, and it's chock-full of gameplay bits that may help tide fans over until the game's February launch.

The video — which may contain spoilers for players who are trying to avoid seeing too much too soon — shows off plenty of features in more detail, such as the partner-specific Kong-Pow moves and new items to help the Kongs on their journey, as well as the return of Rambi. As with all Tropical Freeze trailers, some pieces of the new soundtrack (headed up by the incomparable David Wise) can be heard as well.

With the hotly anticipated Wii U title's release date approaching quickly, many are eager to see how Retro's ambitious sequel stacks up to the studio's other efforts. Check out the video if you're willing to see a bit of the action in advance!

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BAGBOY

#3

BAGBOY said:

Holy poopoododoodiecacapoop, this totally looks baddonkey and twice as hard as the original on wii, this is gonna be awesome!!!!!! (The only weird thing is why diddy kong's initials on the barrel are blue instead of red)
Please watch the profanity — TBD

XFsWorld

#4

XFsWorld said:

Man dang, Donkey Kong Country is like the best platformer ever, even better than Mario 2D platformers imo.

sinalefa

#6

sinalefa said:

I had no idea that Japan got the game a week before. Still very excited about it.

rjejr

#8

rjejr said:

I don't know why "green balloons" don't have a japanese translation but I'm glad to see them in there. Same for the shields. And I really liked that weird sideways view in the minecraft level right at the end. Thats the view they should have put on the Gamepad while the tv stayed 2D.

Guess I better go find a good place to buy this.

whodatninja

#9

whodatninja said:

I already have it on pre order! Though i never liked how zoomed out the camera is. (same nitpick i have with Rayman) You can barely see DK!

Pod

#11

Pod said:

All the new safety power-ups like golden hearts, green balloons, and crash guards have hopefully all ensured that there's no holding back with the scale and difficulty of the levels to be found. :D

DestinyMan

#13

DestinyMan said:

It looks crazily fun, as I would expect from a Donkey Kong Country made by Retro Studios.

unrandomsam

#14

unrandomsam said:

@BAGBOY Looks easier to me but it is hard to tell. (If it is just the same or a bit harder it will be fine for me. If it is like lost levels equivalent extra difficulty it depends how much I like it).

Luna-Harmony

#15

Luna-Harmony said:

wow can't wait pre-ordered all ready not long togo 21st feb the dev's that made this game made some of the best nintendo games ever this game will be amazing.

MasterWario

#16

MasterWario said:

This looks amazing. Finally saw some world map in there!

There's like, no way I won't get this day one now.

MasterWario

#18

MasterWario said:

You know what would be crazy? If we had a few worlds off the main island as was shown, and then proceeded to have the 8 worlds from DKCR (revamped with frost theme of course).

EDIT: Oh my, that's exactly what it looks like!

HappyHappyist

#19

HappyHappyist said:

still not interested in this game. level design looks awful. green balloon mechanic is ridiculously poopoodoodiecacapoopledoople. and why the heck is cranky kong... HAPPY??! he's CRANKY kong, but look at how happy he is.
Please watch the profanity — TBD

Funny_Moblin

#20

Funny_Moblin said:

@HappyHappyist What!?? Aren't you happy that Cranky Kong is happy? I mean, you're the HappyHappyist.I thought you wanted to spread happiness, and you helped Cranky Kong! ...And now you're sad about it.

Monkeh

#21

Monkeh said:

DKC was my first game for the SNES and I loved all three parts on the SNES, so I'll always have a soft spot for this serie. I was glad DKC Returns turned out as a great 'comeback', so obviously pre-ordered this one right away!

michaelshellman

#22

michaelshellman said:

i have a feeling im going to love the two player action in this one :) i love when the second player can help without getting in the way. especially when its your little nephew who wants to play. definitely exited! everything looks upgraded and new! i usually don't like side scrolling games but i cant wait to play this one :)

retro_player_22

#24

retro_player_22 said:

Finally for the first time in a Donkey Kong game, we could now play as both the original Donkey Kong (Cranky Kong) and modern Donkey Kong together.

Kirk

#25

Kirk said:

Well that's definitely the best trailer I've seen for the game so far. I really don't like those tacky 90s looking rendered intro bits but the actual game is looking very good, even though I'm also not a huge fan of that particular shiny rendered style in general, and looks like it should be a lot of fun.

I also get the sense that this game has been designed very much with the idea of a possible future 3DS port in mind, given how many pseudo 3D elements that are and stuff flying at the screen etc.

All in all it's looking like a very solid title

Funny_Moblin

#26

Funny_Moblin said:

@Kirk You're probably right, maybe it was also designed for the 3DS in mind, but if that is true, I see a negative side to it; then the game probably could have been bigger than it will be. But I'm not too worried though, since delaying the game by two months is a sign that they care about how it turns out.

HappyHappyist

#27

HappyHappyist said:

@sinalefa
i've heard that excuse before, and it just doesnt work. there's absolutely no reason why cranky kong can't be playable AND cranky. now his name is a contradiction. his charm comes from sitting in that chair and making fun at the player. now he's a playable character, which is bearable, but his name is STILL cranky kong. i'd appreciate it if his attitude was more, "this game is too easy! back in my day..." and less "i'm so happy to be here! i hope everyone playing this game has a good time."

Booboos35

#29

Booboos35 said:

Everything about this game looks 10/10. Music,graphics,gameplay,environments, level variety. The 21st can't come soon enough!

Kolzig

#30

Kolzig said:

This will be great fun from Retro Studios. Can't wait what they will start to do now that this one is finished.

They can pretty much choose what they want to do outside of Mario and Zelda games. So next one can be new IP, F-Zero, Starfox, Metroid etc.

I'm almost hoping they would make a F-Zero game. Platinum's Kamiya should be given Starfox, it would be so awesome to see those on Wii U.

Henmii

#31

Henmii said:

Okay, even I have to admit this was a GREAT trailer! I wasn't that excited about this sequel, but this trailer made it look pretty strong!

Also: Love the viking-song! Reminds me of DKC 2!

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