As you will know from the Japanese sales charts yesterday Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze didn’t do too well in Japan. The game only managed to shift 35,717 units while the Wii U sold 8,782 units. Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii sold an impressive 163,310 copies in its first week and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D sold 104,569 copies in its first week.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Famicom, Nintendo has released the original Donkey Kong in the Wii U Virtual Console. The classic game, which was first released in 1981, has players control Jumpman – later renamed Mario – who must scale platforms, climb ladders and jump over obstacles to rescue damsel in distress Pauline from the grasp of the large, stubborn ape Donkey Kong.
The game requires 35MB to download from the Nintendo eShop and you can purchase it for only 30 cents until August 13th, which is when it will be priced at $4.99. Donkey Kong is the seventh and final offer of the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign.
Conker’s Bad Fur Day director, Chris Seavor, has revealed that Microsoft mistakenly thought they owned the Donkey Kong franchise when they purchased Rare back in 2002. The information came about when Seavor was asked where the Xbox One’s equivalent of PlayStation 4 exclusive Knack was. Seavor then told the tale about Microsoft and Donkey Kong. Here’s what he had to say.
The current generation of ‘enablers’ won’t even know they own the IP… Here’s a true story.. When Rare was first bought by MS a group of execs came on a tour.. One of them noticed the Donkey Kong. ..Posters everywhere and said.. ‘Hey that’s great.. We own Donkey Kong right??’ ………/massivesigh
GameSpot has posted some glorious direct feed footage of Retro Studios latest project, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The latest Donkey Kong Country game sees the return of the revered David Wise who composed the music on the original Donkey Kong Country games on the Super Nintendo. Tropical Freeze is due out in November.
Veteran Rare composer David Wise will be composing the glorious soundtrack to the newly announced Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze which is coming to Wii U this November. Wise developed the soundtrack to a number of acclaimed Rare games including the original Donkey Kong Country games on the Super Nintendo. Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze is being developed by the revered Retro Studios.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze’s producer Kensuke Tanabe, who speaks of why they chose sea creatures and an invasion of Vikings. Tanabe also takes you through the title’s features on the Wii U, looking at camera angles and how they developed fur for the big DK – make sure you check it out.
Nintendo has launched a series of developer videos on its YouTube channel as a bid to tell you, the user, just why they’ve chosen to develop this game and what you should expect when the title is finally released. In the hot seat this time is
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