Those that played the Wii original probably have holes in their walls, thanks to its borderline-psychotic difficulty. The 3DS version offers an easier experience, with Donkey and Diddy Kong equipped with three hearts instead of two, and being able to use items to more readily recover from failure. I welcome the changes, as I found the original a bit too stressful for my tastes--but gamers that expect more of a challenge can play the game with the original Wii settings.
While DKCR's winning gameplay and amazing 3D visuals will appeal to 3DS owners that missed the game's original release, do Wii owners have reason to double-dip? Probably not. The 3DS version is easily the better version, and it also includes a special "World 9" not included in the original Wii release. However, this extra set of levels requires beating the game all over again. (There's no way to skip ahead to play the new content.) While eight new (challenging) levels might be reason enough for the Donkey Kong faithful, for most it won't be enough to warrant another purchase.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be available on 3DS on May 24.
The 3D effects are absolutely stunning
3DS gets an exclusive new world to play