Long term Rare developer Gregg Mayles has shared some more concept art from the beloved Donkey Kong Country series. This time around Mr. Mayles has given us an early look at the villainous, King K.Rool. The concept art has been created by James Ryman and shows how Krudd has basically evolved into King K.Rool. You can check out some earlier designs from Donkey Kong Country, right here.
Long standing Rare veteran Gregg Mayles has showcased various Donkey Kong Country concept art on his Twitter account. Mayles is known for showing off various Rare developed artwork and prototypes and the latest batch gives us a fascinating look at the creation of the acclaimed Donkey Kong Country series.
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You can certainly find some interesting information floating around Twitter. Mark Stevenson, who previously worked at Rare, has shared on the social network that the development team for the Donkey Kong Country series on the Super Nintendo originally envisioned Donkey Kong wearing a helmet with a flashlight for the dark and dank cave levels found throughout the original game. However, Stevenson says this was later replaced with Squawks the parrot.
Everyone, say hello to Sydney Hunter and the Caverns of Death! It’s the latest Super Nintendo game, due to come out in early 2016! Yes, that’s right, on SUPER NINTENDO!
The adventure/puzzle game is comprised of ten stages and contains a classic 16-bit glow that will be sure to delight traditionalists. The best part? The game plugs right into your Super Nintendo console — it comes in a legit Super Nintendo cartridge, and ships with a box and manual straight out of 1993. Niche, yes, but totally brilliant too!
If you’re unfortunate enough to lack a working Super Nintendo in your home, breathe a sigh of relief and know that the game is also to be released on the Wii U eShop, funded by a Kickstarter. I don’t know about you, but I find that the Super Nintendo is the pinnacle of gaming, so this game is right up my alley!
The Super NES Emulator SE is an official development kit sent only to official Nintendo studios, in order for them to develop games for the SNES system. This particular development kit is extra special because it was housed in the famous Microprose studios with Sid Meier, and could easily have been used to create his most popular game, Civilisation. It’s a pretty cool little piece of gaming history! It does turn on and would still be functional but it doesn’t have the software to work with it. It’s currently going for sale at $9,500 on eBay, or at a starting bid of $5,999 with no bids yet placed, but 61 people watching. Pricey!
You might have noticed it yourself, seeing less and less SNES games being released on the Wii U Virtual Console, and now Natsume have said that “Nintendo’s interests have moved onto other classic systems.” This was revealed in a Q&A on the Natsume Community Manager’s official tumblr, after being asked: “Will the two Pocky & Rocky SNES games ever be re-released on the Virtual Console?”
The Q&A also offered some insight into how the titles are brought to Virtual Console. They told us that Nintendo actually do most of the work, after they discuss with the publisher which title would be best to bring to Virtual Console. What console do you think will be Nintendo’s next focus? I, for one, am sad to see the SNES titles go!
How does the virtual console porting process work? What are all the steps needed to put a game (Like HM2 GBC for example) on VC?
The titles for Virtual Console are handled by Nintendo. The publisher and Nintendo discuss which classic titles would be a good fit and have the best potential to sell. Once a title is agreed upon, Nintendo and the publisher work together to bring that title to the designated system, with Nintendo doing the bulk of the work.
Will the two Pocky & Rocky SNES games ever be re-released on the Virtual Console?
At this point, it’s unlikely we’ll see any other Natsume SNES games coming to the Virtual Console, as Nintendo’s interest has moved onto other classic systems.
The Super Nintendo classic Super Mario Kart will release on Nintendo eShop as a Wii U Virtual Console title on 27th March 2014. As part of a promotion to celebrate both this legendary title and Mario Kart 8, fans who purchase Super Mario Kart on Nintendo eShop from its release until 30th June 2014 can get a discount of £5.49 on Mario Kart 8 if they choose to purchase Mario Kart 8 on Nintendo eShop from the release of the game until 30th June 2014, providing the purchase takes place on the same Wii U console.