Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze hits the Switch soon, and as you'll know from our review, it's well worth picking up - even if you already own the Wii U original.
However, if for some reason you don't fancy trying out the latest Kong adventure, you can still entertain yourselves with a wee game of "spot the difference". For some reason, Nintendo has decided to subtly tinker with the European cover art for the game (it did the same with the Wii U version in 2014, we've since learned).
Why has Nintendo made Funky Kong even more buff than he already was? Can the world really take such a ripped ape? And why do these changes only seem to apply to the European version of the game?
Let us know what you think below.
It's just a slightly different moment from the same photo-shoot. 😉
@Ooyah @QwertyQwerty Very strong first and second comments. Keep it up!
Phew. Australia is also getting the big feet artwork.
At least I won't have to import (or skip the game entirely).
Most likely that the artwork was not finalised and one of the two was sent to print early.
I’m disgusted at the amount of airbrushing that goes on nowadays. Presenting Kongs like this new, extra-ripped Funky is going to have negative effects on young gorillas’ self esteem. The campaign for natural ape biceps starts here!
New Funky Mode vs Funky New Mode!
While this is important and strange, the David Bowie reference in the tagline just improves the situation quite a lot.
Rated E vs Rated 3
The foot focus (on the male Kongs) and extra buff on Funky rises some questions about marketing people in NoE.
At least there's no "banana slamma" on the cover...
They're both wrong.
They both have Switch instead of ' Wii U' on the front.
There can only be one explanation: Simian gang signs.
He's showing off his new toe
Wasn’t the U.S one confirmed first and some people were wondering if it was coming to Europe at all. So maybe the U.S cover was the early one. Then in between confirming the European release they decided they didn’t like certain aspects of it and changed it? Bizarre though
The EU feet are unnervingly disproportionate. For this reason alone, I cannot in good faith buy this game.
@Mr_Pepperami If you are just talking about the Switch versions, my European Nintendo Selects release for Wii U has the European foot.
@tobibra just looked up the U.S Wii u cover and it had the same differences so this goes way back. No clue why. So weird
@jswhitfield8 Exactly what I was thinking!
You know what they say about gorillas with big feet?
Big bananas 🍌
@Ogbert That's the thing, though - it can't be a printing error as the US art is the same as the Wii U version. Why change it for EU?
AIN'T NO STINKING APE TREADIN' ON ME!
NO SIR, I'M AN AMERICAN!!
Meanwhile, in continental Europe, we don't actually understand what the word "funky" means, just that it's the name of one of the characters. :3
@Damo they likely decided to change it for both, but someone in the US used an older version that didn't have all the updates by accident.
Why they decided to change those things I don't know, I expect an art director just decided they would improve the image. The but difference between the two is easily explainable.
I wasn't going to buy this, and this is the final nail in the coffin! Why does Nintendo never care about us Europeans?! That gross foot is just unacceptable! Disgusting! And don't even get me started on Funky's airbrushing... I'm gonna boycott Nintendo for the rest of my life to show them that WE, as CUSTOMERS, DON'T tolerate this! (sarcasm)
@Damo The EU cover os also the same as the Wii U cover, I have a big-footed DK in my collection at least:
Japan uses the same art as Europe. Seems like they just used the same artwork again. As to why the Wii U versions are different, I have no idea.
@Octane Thanks, have amended!
The font for the "Funky new mode" is different too.
Studies show FEET ARE SO HOTT RIGHT NOW. (That’s right- 2 T’s)
I don't know why everyone is complaining about the censoring of the EU cover. At least you get the Japanese "Happy DK" cover rather than the American "Angry DK" cover:
if the Japanese one features the big foot it's more likely the European art is the default and the US one was ammended
Infact looking at them both I'd say the EU one is much more balanced and the better of the two
@G-Boy ........................FLAT. Flatlining
@Pod As far as I'm aware 'funky' means 'having an offensive odour' which makes sense with him being a dirty ape I suppose...
I just found Waldo!
One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn't belong~
You don't get it do you? It's meant for us to make an animated gif and get a 3d animation effect. Obviously.
@bezerker99 Or in the EU, a large-footed Wally 😊
The EU also contains a FUNKY NEW MODE while the US gets a NEW FUNKY MODE.
@nesrocks When you do that it looks like he's doing a coy little foot wave and it's charmingly camp.
Heya big fella!
@Maxz Looking at his smile, I agree hahaha!
More importantly, which version will we have on the icon on the Switch menu screen? If the icon is wrong I’ll have to boycott the entire game and maybe start an online petition to get it changed.
NOA censorship strikes again. They knew that someone in America had a "giant ape foot" fetish so they figured they better make it a little more subdued or else the rating would go up. I for one am outraged at this needless censorship. The game was clearly made for that select group so why cover it up?
I am also offended at how video games objectify primates. Why not also make a game that shows reptile feet on the cover?
It's a good day for me since I could get offended and vent on this comment section now matter what Nintendo did with this cover. 😉
@Damo The EU version is the same as Japan's; it's the US that's changed the cover. Or NA did the original cover and EU and JP changed it.
Here's the NA and JP Wii U original covers
@nesrocks Great Idea! Edit: Now you got to do other covers of other games that are slightly different hehhehehe
@nesrocks haha, good work. I was about to type up a comment pointing out all the various differences between the two versions, but this gif illustrates all those points of difference much more effectively.
@IceEarthGuard @BAN Thanks! At first I simply used my spot-the-differences-blazing-fast-award-winning-technique of going cross-eyed but that did not show me all of the differences! So I figure a gif would
The sole/foot thing is very common in children's toys, picture books, animation and the like. So the European and Japanese covers, which haven't changed between the WiiU and Switch versions, are meant to appeal more to kids than the US cover.
And the buff Funky probably appeals more to older kids and teens. I guess they wanted more bases covered than the US branch chose to do. Perhaps also NoA were concerned the European and Japanese covers looked too kiddy and would put off potential buyers.
Or maybe NoA marketing had the opposite concern: the foot looked too aggressive since Donkey is swinging forward, like a kick coming at your face. Same then, though a lot less so with Funky's muscle.
@nesrocks That gif is absolutely hilarious. I like how the NoA added a bit more 'frosting' on the "FREEZE".
@RainbowGazelle So which is the original Funky Kong, genius?
I like the US cover 500 times more because of the decreased focus on gross ape feet.
I'm serious. Feet are freaking gross
Reminds me of this:
@Damo Probably either NA (seeing as it's Retro) or JP.
The foot being forward is stronger compositionally but kind of gross to me because there's SO MUCH of it. Funky's bicep makes sense because of how his arm is bending, but the lighting on it is kind of off. Honestly I didn't even notice the foot right away because I was distracted by how unfunky that Funky Mode logo is for the UK version.
I prefer the smaller foot version. It shows smarter use of foreshortening and direction of Donkey Kong’s swing in the image, which attracts the eye. The large foot creates a distracting false balance, and makes the cover less interesting.
Us Americans just can't handle irregularly shaped feet.
Apparently in the Japanese cover they wanted to focus on the fact that he has 5 toes instead of 4.
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