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US Nintendo Downloads: The Donkey Kong Country Series Arrives On Virtual Console

I know you’ve been waiting for them so I’m pleased to say that the Donkey Kong Country games are heading to North America today on the Wii U Virtual Console and the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Rare’s acclaimed 2D platforming titles join IronFall, the thrilling third-person shooter for the Nintendo 3DS eshop. Here’s all the games you can download this week in the United States.

  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • IRONFALL Invasion – IRONFALL Invasion is a thrilling third-person shooter with single-player campaign and multiplayer modes. Equipped with an arsenal of destructive weapons, take cover and repel an invasion of alien robots. Play for free or purchase DLC starting today in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
    • Titan Attacks! – The Titans are invading! Single-handedly turn back the invading Titan army, drive back the aliens across the Solar System and finally defeat them on their home world. Click here to view a trailer for this modern remix of classic arcade shoot-’em-ups.
  • Virtual Console on Nintendo3DS
    • Donkey Kong Land – Making a bet with Cranky Kong is never wise. In this Game Boy adventure, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong must set off on another adventure to retrieve their banana hoard from the evil K. Rool’s clutches. Swing, roll, jump and barrel blast through four worlds that are swarming with returning and original enemies.
    • Donkey Kong Land 2 – K. Rool has kidnapped Donkey Kong and he’s demanding the entire banana hoard as ransom! In this Game Boy classic, play as either Diddy Kong or Dixie Kong and take advantage of their unique abilities in more than 40 levels of nonstop platforming action. Keep an eye out for some friendly faces (and some shiny collectibles) to help you out.
    • Donkey Kong Land III – Dixie Kong has been left behind to babysit her younger cousin, Kiddy Kong. But that won’t stop her from seeking adventure in this Game Boy game. Help Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong through 36 Kremling-infested levels, each containing secret areas, bonus levels and collectibles. Maybe they’ll even find the entrance to the hidden Lost World!
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Donkey Kong Country – Armed with chest-pounding muscle, mighty barrel rolls and awesome vine-swinging skills, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong set out to face K. Rool and his reptilian crew of Kremlings in this Super NES masterpiece! Play solo, compete with a friend or play cooperatively with a friend in more than 100 levels filled with collectibles and hidden bonus areas. With the help of Donkey Kong’s quirky family, animal friends and your fast reflexes, our dynamic duo will prove to be an unstoppable force.
    • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest – Donkey Kong has been kidnapped and taken to Crocodile Isle. Only Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong can save the day. In this Super NES sequel to the Donkey Kong Country game, play solo, compete with a friend or tag team with a friend in eight exciting worlds filled with wacky characters, collectable items and secret bonus areas.
    • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble – Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have gone missing! In this Super NES adventure, play as Dixie Kong or Kiddy Kong solo, against a friend or with a friend. Take advantage of each of their unique abilities as they throw each other into action through more than 40 levels.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • Buy one or more participating Donkey Kong games for the Virtual Console service on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and get 30 percent off your Nintendo eShop purchase of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo 3DS). This offer lasts until March 3 at 8:59 a.m. PT. The same Nintendo Network ID must be linked to your Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems, as well as your Nintendo eShop account prior to purchase in order to be eligible for the discount. Visit for more information.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • 3D MahJongg and more games from JoinDot are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 13.
    • Aqua Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) from Feb. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 5.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • NES: Donkey Kong
    • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Hunter’s Seal – Available Feb. 28
    • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Palicoes 4 Ever – Available Feb. 28

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74 thoughts on “US Nintendo Downloads: The Donkey Kong Country Series Arrives On Virtual Console”

  1. It’s about time!!! I’ve been waiting forever to download these games and have been constantly emailing Nintendo and nagging them to put the Donkey Kong Country games back on VC. Finally!!!!

    1. I knew you’d like this news lol. And yea the original 2 (never played 3, fuck kiddy kong) are definitely better than returns and tropical freeze but I still thought those two were both really good games. But nowhere near the other two nor as classic.

      1. Agreed. Didn’t bother with 3 since there was no diddy or donkey kong. There was a raft like what? And kiddy kong….. Whut? Lol

          1. 3 is the worst in the series, but doesn’t mean it’s bad at all. You really should play it if you want the last bit of classic Donkey Kong Country.

            One really sucky thing though, is that the music is not even near legendary like the last 2 games. (unless you manage to get the superior GBA version)

            1. I was afraid of that with the music lol. The first two have some of my favorite game tunes ever, and they feel more like home than any other. Where you been by the way lol haven’t seen you since smash 3ds

              1. Whoa whoa whoa…listen, I know 3 isn’t the most appealing. BUT it has some of the best level design in the series. Remember in the first one if you lost Diddy it really sucked cause Donkey couldn’t move as well? Well, 2 was kind of easier because Dixie and Diddy could both run the show, however, in 3 they went back to 1 good 1 bad. Adds challenge.

                They added some strange things, but I’m tellin ya, foe the levels alone it’s up there. Definitely play it now if you never have.

                1. True that, and honestly I never had those issues cause I have a twin so we beat them both together lol. I’m probably gonna play it just to finish the series. And I hear it has some of the best level design, though I’ll be stubborn and deny it even if I play and realize it’s true lol.

              2. Not much cool was happening here with Nintendo for while, then I got my WiiU back with Smash U and Mario Kart 8, which is so fun I pretty much have to force myself to go on the internet now :P

  2. It’s about fucking time!
    Umm… I got nothin’.

    I’ll probably download Ironfall…God knows when I’ll have time to play with MH4 & MM… Ugh.

    Thanks for posting the downloads as always MNN! Live having ONE place to get my gaming news.

  3. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cant wait to play these with a controller and not a ####ing keyboard,and in HD,NICE!

        1. Well yea that’s a plus, I thought you meant though like they redid them in HD lol. This video they look pretty smooth so I’ll be happy if it looks this good

    1. EShop downloads are available in the US every thursday at 9am Pacific, 12pm noon EST. Except for Friday releases.

    1. You rebuy them for like $1.50 and get the Wii U version. That’s how old wii VC games that get Wii U vc releases act. Since you already bought it they discount it so you can play the gamepad and pro controller and such.

    1. It was because Rare worked on DK and the DK graphics and art for the N64 were identical to the Banjo Kazooie graphics and artstyle.

      They put two and two together, but yeah, it is kind of funny. Microsoft thinking they could own a Nintendo IP :P

      1. Well come to think of it, Nintendo only had Donkey Kong. Rare was the ones who made Diddy Kong, dixie, lanky, chunky, candy, kremelings etc. So I can understand if they thought they owned them.

    1. Phenomenal games, I would even go as far and say that these were the SNES’s best sidescrollers. Yes, even better than Super Mario World.

      1. Ridley, the Angel of Death

        For me, Super Mario World was the best when it came to the gameplay while the DKC games had the best music. Unlike DKC which sometimes goes from challenging to downright “Oh my god! Fuck this game! *comes back to it later to cool down from the anger of having to repeat the level over because you died of that one horrible level design time & time again because the game does not cool down to give you a breather level*, Super Mario World had the hard stuff spread out so there was room to breathe at certain points.

        1. haha yes, I freaking loved those levels. Dont get me wrong, I love Super Mario World, but the game just felt to easy, I could turn the game on on any given day and pass it within a few hours, but DKC still give me a challenge. I wouldnt say it had horrible level design, but yes, the games are quiet the bitch to pass, but fuck if not so gratifying when you finally pass them.

  4. HELL TO THE YEAAAH!!!!!! It’s about freaking time. As soon as I get home from work I’m downloading all 3 of the DK series

      1. They made them, but they are still Nintendo’s Property.

        Its like how Insomniac made Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, and Spyro, but they dont own the property. R&C & Resistance are owned by Sony and Spyro by Activision (Formaly Vivendi) Nintendo own everything in the DKC property (kremlins and all.)

      1. haha, I downloaded the first and second one! will probably get the third, I bout gave up hope for ever getting these on virtual console, coolest news this month and my weekend schedule is now booked!

  5. I finally have the chance to buy DKC 1-3 on the eshop in the USA…. good job Nintendo!
    So…. I just got all three.

  6. I played 100 % on all VC Land titles. The second and third game feel as uninspired ports, though The level design isn’t exactly The same. First Land game has odd controll issues. At first glance it appears impossible, but once overcome it’s a great game in it’s own right. I recommended Land 1 with some practice, but skip 2 and 3.

  7. Ridley, the Angel of Death

    I’m glad Nintendo finally released them stateside. Took them fucking long enough… NOW GIVE ME FUCKING GOLDEN SUN: THE LOST AGE & METROID: ZERO MISSION, DAMN IT!!!

    On another bright note, now people that live in the States will shut the fuck up about Nintendo can’t use the DKC games because of Microsoft now owning Rare bullshit.

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