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Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

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Swing into action on Nintendo Switch - anytime, anywhere!
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Don't Miss it This Time
by Kyle Hilliard
Concept:

Bring the excellent, but underplayed, Tropical Freeze to the Switch with a new playable character that basically functions as an easy mode


Graphics:

Tropical Freeze looked great in HD when it debuted in 2014, and the transition to Switch went well. The fur physics stand out in particular


Sound:

Thanks to the return of the SNES games' original composer, David Wise, Tropical Freeze's soundtrack hits all the right nostalgic notes. The new stuff is great, too


Playability:

Moving the Kong family, pounding the ground, and rolling into a jump all feel great. Even swimming works well, though it's not as fun as running and jumping


Entertainment:

Tropical Freeze stands among the best platformers of the last decade. Playing as Funky Kong is great for alleviating frustration or allowing skilled players to breeze through the game at high speed


Replay:

Moderately high

When Tropical Freeze released on the Wii U in 2014, it was exciting because it marked Donkey Kong Country's belated entry into the world of high definition. It played well, included tons of nostalgic and novel platforming ideas, and offered a significant, but fair challenge. Unfortunately, simply by the nature of its underperforming platform, not many people played it. The Switch re-release offers a chance for those that skipped the Wii U to play a fantastic platformer, but even for those that played it four years ago, there is at least one incentive to make a return trip to Donkey Kong Country.

The transition from Wii U to Switch by the original developer, Retro, is seamless. The platforming is accurate and fast, the resolution improves from 720p to 1080p when docked, and the soundtrack is worth the effort of seeking out headphones.

The big addition for the Switch version is the inclusion of a playable Funky Kong, which changes the experience in some significant and fun ways. Tropical Freeze is hard, and if you want to play the difficult-but-fair original version, you can. Playing as Funky Kong, however, functions as an easy mode. He has more hearts and does not take damage from spike pits. He can also roll infinitely, breathe underwater, double-jump, and perform a floating drop. He's a combination of some of the distinguishing abilities of the other playable Kongs, and it makes it all much easier. If you found Tropical Freeze too difficult, Funky makes the challenge much more manageable, which is great for young or impatient players.

See more of the review at Game Informer

Barrel-blast into a critically acclaimed Donkey Kong adventure as this beloved franchise makes its Nintendo Switch™ debut with a banana-bunch of new features. Traverse islands packed with platforming perfection and nonstop action as the classic Kongs in the original game, or mix things up by playing the story as Funky Kong in new Funky Mode!

Arctic invaders have turned Donkey Kong Island into their personal frozen fortress, and it's up to you to save the day. Play as Donkey Kong in Original Mode and team up with Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Cranky Kong—each with unique abilities—to overcome platforming challenges and frosty foes.

For a more accessible experience, start a game in Funky Mode to enjoy a range of gameplay updates and a new main-character option, spectacular surfing simian Funky Kong! His extra hearts and unique abilities make for a more relaxed gaming experience. And no matter which mode you choose, a wealth of collectibles and two-player co-op round out the fun!

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Tee513
17 days ago
Overall love the game brings back old memories. But some levels are too hard.
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Old school meets new school
Novaman187
1 month ago
Pretty good game it even has the feel of The originals
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Love it
BlueLocs
1 month ago
Takes me back to playing games on the 64 with my siblings and cousins.
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Greatest of all time video game soundtrack
Anonymous
2 months ago
This game is a blast for two-player couch co-op! Soundtrack is straight fire.
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Beautifulrose
3 months ago
Love this game brings me back to when I played it as a child
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Great game
Nifer
3 months ago
Great game & bring's back memories of original Donkey Kong
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Great Game
Blackburn6
4 months ago
This game is just like the NES game I played back in the day
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Nostalgia meets the Modern Switch
Rari629
4 months ago
Fun game with classic control and style on a new system
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Great game
JimmyLo
4 months ago
Great platformer, it really surprised me with how much fun it was. Glad a quality title got ported from the Wii U
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Good DKC game
TwoSticks
5 months ago
Pretty platformer with creative level design by Retro Studios. Movement feels heavy and sluggish (buttery controls) is my criticism. You feel cheated a lot. Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair by Playtonic Games (some of the old Rareware people that made the original Donkey Kong Country games) feels more like a traditional DKC title, and has far better controls. Both are 4 star games and fun to play.
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