Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze producer Kensuke Tanabe has explained how the legendary David Wise returned to compose the soundtrack for the Wii U platformer. Tanabe says that he used to work with David Wise and has been in contact with him ever since. Wise wasn’t available to do the soundtrack for the original Donkey Kong Country Returns, but thankfully he became available when development of Tropical Freeze started. Tanabe also revealed that the music in Tropical Freeze will all be original.
“I worked with David, many, many years ago, and have stayed in contact ever since. He’s actually a friend of mine. So, as we approached this particular project, he became available.”
“So I picked up the phone and said ‘Hey David! You have some time? Would you like to help us out with Tropical Freeze?’ And he jumped at the chance. It was a coincidence that he was available at the time… he wasn’t prior [for Donkey Kong Country Returns] and we couldn’t be happier.”