To celebrate the launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for Nintendo 3DS on May 24, Nintendo is partnering with the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens on Memorial Day weekend (May 24-27) to host an event on the L.A. Zoo grounds. The four-day event will feature fun activities for all members of the family, including an interactive experience at the Campo Gorilla Reserve, various demo stations where attendees can play the Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D game and coupon giveaways for $5 off the game at participating GameStop retail stores. For the weekend, the gorilla area will be temporarily renamed the “Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at Campo Gorilla Reserve.
One of the weekend’s main events, a Donkey Kong Interactive Experience, allows visitors to watch L.A. Zoo staff feed the real-life gorillas from giant cardboard barrels that are inspired by the barrels featured in the video game. This friendly, educational activity is a one-of-a-kind experience for families and a treat for the gorillas. In addition to the feeding, there will be opportunities for fans to take pictures with the costumed Donkey Kong character around the zoo.
“Fans will get a chance to spend time with Donkey Kong and some of his friends from the animal kingdom at the L.A. Zoo this Memorial Day weekend. They’ll be able to experience a fun day with Nintendo at the zoo and play Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.”
- Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing
Nintendo of America has confirmed that Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will feature eight new levels o play after completing the main game. Nintendo says that the game has been fully optimised for portable play and also you’ll get an extra heart and new items.
A father has hacked the original Donkey Kong for his three-year-old daughter. Donkey Kong is an NES game in which players control Mario and help him rescue Pauline from the clutches of the stubborn gorilla Donkey Kong. The father, Mike Mika, hacked the NES game to swap the roles between Mario and Pauline, making Mario the plumber in distress. Will Pauline be able to rescue the helpless Mario? Watch the video above to find out.
My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together. Her favorite is Donkey Kong. Two days ago, she asked me if she could play as the girl and save Mario. She’s played as Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do the same in Donkey Kong. I told her we couldn’t in that particular Mario game, she seemed really bummed out by that. So what else am I supposed to do? Now I’m up at midnight hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline. I’m using the 2010 NES Donkey Kong ROM. I’ve redrawn Mario’s frames and I swapped the palettes in the ROM. I replaced the M at the top with a P for Pauline. Thanks to Kevin Wilson for giving me the lead on the tools and advice.
Nintendo Europe have announced that Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for the Nintendo 3DS will be coming to Europe this summer. There will be a 3D video of the game on the Nintendo 3DS eShop later today.
A remake of Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii was announced during today’s Nintendo Direct online presentation. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be released this summer in Japan, North America and Europe exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.
Things turn on their head this week as Mario becomes your enemy in the classic Nintendo title Donkey Kong Jr, on UK Virtual Console for Nintendo 3DS. In this unique role-reversal platformer you’ll take on the role of Donkey Kong’s son Junior and it’s up to you to rescue Dad from Mario’s clutches.
This week also heralds the return of the dynamic duo Batman and Robin in the free LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Demo. A sequel to LEGO Batman: The Videogame, this time they are joined by other familiar heroes such as Wonder Woman and Superman in their quest to prevent the infamous Lex Luthor and The Joker from destroying Gotham City.
Camelot has worked on a few Mario titles, such as Mario Tennis Open, and the developer wants to work with another Nintendo character. Camelot president Hiroyuki Takahashi revealed that he wants to develop a new Donkey Kong game. Takahashi is apparently a fan of Donkey Kong 64, for the Nintendo 64, and “would love to make a sequel to it.” Should Camelot work on the Donkey Kong franchise, or should it be left for Retro Studios?
Super Mario Galaxy 2 director Koichi Hayashida has told Game Trailers that the team would have liked Donkey Kong and Pikmin to star in Super Mario Galaxy 2, but Shigeru Miyamoto wasn’t too keen on the idea.
“One of the early proposals that we discussed for Super Mario Galaxy 2 was the possibility of including characters from other [Nintendo] franchises. For example, you might have Donkey Kong or Pikmin show up.”
“We presented this to Mr. Miyamoto, but he came down pretty hard, saying that there has to be a functional reason to include characters of a certain type in a game. He went to specify precisely why the Pikmin wouldn’t work.
“In the Pikmin games, you’ll notice that all the Pikmin are very thin – tall and narrow for their frame. Mario enemies tend to be on the short and squat side and there’s a functional reason for that. They’re easier to stomp on. They’re lower so you can get above them and broader so you can land on them. In that sense, Pikmin are just not well suited for the Mario universe.”
According to forum member over at DKVine EB Games are now accepting pre-orders for a Donkey Kong game for the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo themselves haven’t mentioned such a game, but the image shows the pre-order box-art sitting on store shelves along with the forthcoming Kid Icarus: Uprising and Smash Bros 3DS. Perhaps we will hear something about the game at E3 in June, presuming it’s legitimate.
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According to online gaming publication IGN acclaimed Nintendo developer Retro Studios are working on reinvigorating the Donkey Kong franchise for Nintendo.
‘The Nintendo-funded studio that created Metroid Prime and its two sequels — is now working its magic on a Wii game starring Donkey Kong.’