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- Item number: SW10564
- Rating: Pegi-3
- Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Donkey Kong Country Returns is the Nintendo 3DS remake of the Wii title Donkey Kong Country Returns. The game is a side-scrolling platform title where the player takes the role of Donkey Kong (helped by his friend, Diddy) and tries to recover his stolen banana stash by completing stages. The player will embark on a quest through various parts of an island and battle different enemies in multiple themed areas, such as jungle, beach, forest, caves, and volcanic environments.
Donkey Kong Country Returns brings the acclaimed title to Nintendo 3DS and retains all of the original content, as well as extras and adding a 'New Mode' that makes the game slightly easier with the addition of extra items and more energy for Donkey and Diddy Kong. The game also brings back the multiplayer mode found on Wii and allows two players with two copies of the game and two 3DS systems to play together as Donkey and Diddy Kong. Players can navigate the levels separately or as one unit where Diddy rides on Donkey Kong's back and hops off whenever he pleases - in this way novice players can be guided though challenging areas.
Giving fans of the franchise something to run, jump, race, and roll around about, in Donkey Kong Country Returns you'll need to traverse the platforms and environments of Donkey Kong Island if you are to rescue our hero's beloved stash of bananas from the troublesome Tiki Tak Tribe. Grab as many banana bunches as you can while riding rockets and rhinos, avoiding tricky traps and perilous pitfalls, and stomping all your enemies as you go. In addition, you'll have to familiarise yourself with Donkey and Diddy Kong's special individual skills in order to switch between them and overcome all the obstacles that come your way. This might mean using Diddy to hop on to Donkey Kong's shoulders and using the Barrel Jet to hover over large gaps; either that, or just roll your way to victory by trampling everything in your path.
As you tear through the trees, blaze across beaches, and leap from place to place, remember to look out for things to collect around you - grab the letters that spell K-O-N-G, snaffle puzzle pieces hidden across each stage, and unlock all sorts of extra content and difficult trophy levels. If you manage to unlock and complete all of these, there are even more special surprises that await you! Play alone or team up together in local play and barrage your opponents with Diddy's very own Peanut Popgun. You can also hover using the Barrel Jet or slam your enemies with the Donkey Kong Ground Pound. If that doesn't work, why not try doing a Barrel Roll?