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News: Former Rare Devs Playtonic Want Donkey Kong Country Villain K. Rool In Super Smash Bros.

Former Rare Devs Playtonic Want Donkey Kong Country Villain K. Rool In Super Smash Bros.

"Let's get another of our artists' beautiful children into the fight"

Nintendo has opened up voting to see which characters its fans want to see in Super Smash Bros., and this has predictably led to some rather outlandish recommendations. UK studio Playtonic - made up of former Rare developers - has thrown its hat into the ring by suggesting fans...

Video: New Pixels Movie Trailer Passes One Million Views in Less Than a Day

New Pixels Movie Trailer Passes One Million Views in Less Than a Day

"It's just a barrel, how bad can it hurt?"

Pixels is set to be a comedy blockbuster this Summer, and has naturally got fans of gaming - particularly those with a fondness for retro - rather excited. With a big-hitting cast - albeit including the marmite-esque Adam Sandler - it'll be heavily publicised by Sony Pictures as the film to see in a few...

Preview: Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Tips go in the jar, mate

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is just a few days away for North American fans, and those in Europe will only have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on it. With the release date rapidly approaching, we've put together a short video to show you what you can expect to see in the game when it hits the 3DS and...

News: Complete First Season Of Donkey Kong Country TV Series Coming To DVD This May

Complete First Season Of Donkey Kong Country TV Series Coming To DVD This May

"I'M GONNA BE A STAR!!!"

Did you know that our dear old ape Donkey Kong has a nigh-on angelic singing voice? Anyone who watched the absolutely bizarre television series from the 90's will know all about it, and now the non-believers will finally get a chance to hear it for themselves in full. Yes, in an announcement that will either delight,...

News: Nintendo España Appears to Confirm Super Mario amiibo for Rosalina, Donkey Kong and Wario

Nintendo España Appears to Confirm Super Mario amiibo for Rosalina, Donkey Kong and Wario

Picking up on previous speculation in Japan

Update: Nintendo España has, unsurprisingly, now informed Nintenderos that this press release was in error; we've also received a similar message after enquiring on this with Nintendo UK. As suggested below there have been instances like this out of Nintendo's Spanish divisions in the recent past, so...

Video: Donkey Kong Country Returns...To Wii U

Donkey Kong Country Returns...To Wii U

It's on like Donkey Kong. Again.

The second Wii re-release has arrived on the European eShop, and it's a doozy. Are you ready for Donkey Kong Country Returns? As we have come to expect from Retro Studios, they knocked it out of the park with a game that apes (pun intended) the original SNES trilogies' gameplay, but is it worth revisiting on Wii U?...

Review: DK: King of Swing (Wii U eShop / GBA)

DK: King of Swing (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Shouldering the effort

Between 1999's Donkey Kong 64 and 2010's Donkey Kong Country Returns, Nintendo's great ape served a cool-off period of sorts when it came to straight-up platforming adventures. He had no huge releases to his name, but that didn't mean he was on the backburner entirely. The 2000s were a time to utilise Donkey Kong as a...

News: Donkey Kong Land Rated And Ready For North American 3DS Virtual Console Release

Donkey Kong Land Rated And Ready For North American 3DS Virtual Console Release

Monkey business

After a successful 3DS Virtual Console début in both Japan and Europe earlier this year, the 1995 Game Boy title Donkey Kong Land is finally on its way to North America. Evidence of the anticipated re-release has appeared via the ESRB. Released a year after the success of the Super Nintendo original, Donkey Kong Land has the Kongs...

News: Actor Is Suing Nintendo After Suffering Heart Problems In A Sweltering Donkey Kong Suit

Actor Is Suing Nintendo After Suffering Heart Problems In A Sweltering Donkey Kong Suit

Legal teams are going bananas

When actor Parker Mills stepped into a Donkey Kong costume to promote the launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at the Los Angeles Zoo last year, he most likely assumed the job would be a piece of cake — after all, what's better than being the mighty Kong for a day, right? However, Mills ended up earning more than...

Anniversary: 20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

Donkey Kong Country is now two decades old

Donkey Kong is Nintendo's first major star, having made his début in the arcade game that effectively turned the company into the global monster it is today. However, when Mario decided to become Super on the NES and take his place as Nintendo's number one mascot, DK was bumped down the pecking order and...

Review: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Wii U eShop / SNES)

The ape escape

Rare managed to do something incredible with Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong-Quest; it took the well refined gameplay and style of the first Donkey Kong Country game and made it even better. This second entry in the series features gameplay almost identical to its predecessor’s, but this time everything’s been streamlined...

Video: Did You Know Gaming Tackles Donkey Kong Once Again

Did You Know Gaming Tackles Donkey Kong Once Again

The Rare years

Rare's Donkey Kong titles have recently been making their way onto the Wii U eShop in Europe — and hopefully will do so soon in North America — making it a good time to look back on the franchise. Whether that timing was part of its consideration or not, we do have Did You Know Gaming returning to the DK IP in its latest video...

Review: Donkey Kong Country (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Donkey Kong Country (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Hasn't aged a day

Back in 1994, before 3D games had taken off, a little UK-based games developer called Rare decided that if it couldn’t have good looking 3D models in a game, it'd have to get creative. Donkey Kong Country used a pioneering new technique for the time that took images of pre-rendered three dimensional models and turned these...

Review: Donkey Kong Land 2 (3DS eShop / GB)

Donkey Kong Land 2 (3DS eShop / GB)

Diddy's 8-Bit Quest

The success of Donkey Kong Country inevitably saw a sequel released. Likewise when Donkey Kong Land proved a similar platforming experience was possible on the Game Boy, it was a no-brainer that Rare would release a second handheld adventure. This time Donkey Kong has gone and gotten himself captured, and so it's up to Diddy and...

News: New Music and Voice Samples Discovered in the Donkey Kong Arcade

New Music and Voice Samples Discovered in the Donkey Kong Arcade

A few decades on, there's still more to find

The Donkey Kong arcade was a key turning point for Nintendo as a company, as it brought Shigeru Miyamoto to the fore and helped to demonstrate to Hiroshi Yamauchi and his management that the video game business could be lucrative for the company. It's so iconic that a small band of gamers still compete...

Review: Donkey Kong Land (3DS eShop / GB)

Donkey Kong Land (3DS eShop / GB)

Mobile monkey magic

Donkey Kong Country was a fun and popular platformer for the SNES, but not everyone thought it was great. Some people (possibly Mega Drive / Genesis owners) said the game was in fact quite poor and any fans were deluded fools drawn to it for reasons other than gameplay – or, as Cranky Kong says, “put a few fancy graphics and...

Review: Donkey Kong: Original Edition (3DS eShop / NES)

Donkey Kong: Original Edition (3DS eShop / NES)

Whole once again

The legendary arcade title Donkey Kong is slightly infamous for receiving a rather botched NES conversion. Lacking several screens, animations and even an entire stage, it wasn't exactly one of Nintendo's finer porting jobs, especially when other home versions by different companies did manage to include all of the original content...

News: You Need To See This Amazing Hand-Sculpted Donkey Kong GBA SP Case Mod

You Need To See This Amazing Hand-Sculpted Donkey Kong GBA SP Case Mod

Good luck trying to play a game on it, though

If you follow the hardware modding community then the name Vadu Amka will be instantly familiar to you. A seasoned pro when it comes to taking existing systems and making them even more attractive, Amka has recently released another new creation: a Game Boy Advance SP which is based on the model used...