I would recommend going without as much as possible, though. Its longevity comes mostly from its difficulty, and a simple run through the six worlds would be a fairly quick trip. It does offer Time Trials and extra stages by obtaining collectibles, but the core experience is all about challenging yourself. The items are a useful lifeline, but over-reliance on them would make a somewhat short playtime even shorter.
It's enjoyable enough while it lasts, though. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a usually fun, too-often frustrating, and always beautiful game. Being the first HD entry sets it apart somewhat, but if Nintendo intends to keep iterating on this series, it needs to fix some legacy issues and study which stages work to make the entire experience more pleasantly consistent. [
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