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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze gets swept up in a launch trailer

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze gets swept up in a launch trailer

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze arrives next weekend and Nintendo thrown everything and the kitchen sink into one last trailer. Revealed at today's Nintendo Direct, the game's launch trailer shows off some more of the game's environments and its many, many, many obstacles, most of which will probably kill you.

Watch: Did I mention there are many obstacles? »

"Will be great but looks hard as hell again. Those rocket levels deserve a very special place in ..."
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze preview: challenge accepted

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze preview: challenge accepted

Donkey Kong's had to deal with reptiles and Tiki critters in the past, but Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze marks the character's first encounter with climate change. But Retro Studios has done more with the next DKC than simply change the temperature. Tropical Freeze offers up a true HD experience, while also refining a lot of what made Donkey Kong Country Returns enjoyable.

Shacknews went hands-on with four of Tropical Freeze's levels, all of which encapsulated a different aspect of the game. But whether I was swimming underwater or taking a ride on a mine cart, Tropical Freeze did a lot to improve the DKC experience while keeping it comfortably familiar.

Read more: Old-school DKC-style challenging »

"The Kremlings were in the Mario Strikers Football (soccer) games. I don't mine changing up the ..."
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze swings in February 21 with Cranky Kong

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze swings in February 21 with Cranky Kong

Reggie Fils-Aime appeared on this year's VGX to confirm some rumors spilled earlier this week about Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Indeed, Cranky Kong will be a playable character. The game was also given a launch date of February 21.

Watch: Gameplay demonstration »

"They did confirmed Wii Pro Controller support, so it looks like the motion control may be gone."
- OzzieMejia    See all 5 comments


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze trailer re-introduces Dixie Kong

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze trailer re-introduces Dixie Kong

Fans hoping to get their hands on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for the holiday were given the cold shoulder when Nintendo delayed the Wii U title to February. To help ease the pain of that frigid news, Nintendo has released a new trailer that prominently displays the returning Dixie Kong. And as you might expect, she does indeed whip her hair back and forth.

Watch: Dixie's new trailer »

"Still a fun looking game. But it's no old DKC. And that music can't compare.."
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze delayed to February

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze delayed to February

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has been pushed out of its previous December 6 date. During a Nintendo Direct today, president Satoru Iwata announced that the game would instead release in February of 2014.

Read more: Delayed for polish »

"Coming out two weeks after a Wii U Mario and a 3DS Zelda wouldn't have been the best idea, ..."
- OzzieMejia    See all 5 comments


Retro might return to Metroid 'someday,' considering 'expanding the universe'

Retro might return to Metroid 'someday,' considering 'expanding the universe'

Retro Studios announced Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze at E3, disappointing fans who were hoping for a sequel to its critically-acclaimed Metroid Prime series. The studio has since opened up about its reasoning, its love for both series, and what a new Metroid game might look like.

Read more: 'We might do another one someday' »

"I want them to do a new game that blows us away again like Prime did. That game was just so ..."
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze announced for Wii U

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze announced for Wii U

Today during its E3 2013 presentation, Nintendo debuted a new Donkey Kong Country game. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is the next project from Retro Studios. It will let you play as Diddy and Dixie Kong, and revolves around Vikings invading DK's island. It will launch this November.

Watch: Donkey Kong Country Returns AGAIN »

"You kidding me? Did you see it?! Did you play the last one? It's the same goddamn thing."
- Xulu    See all 15 comments


Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D preview: max slider

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D preview: max slider

There isn't much to say about Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, given that the original Wii game is a known quality. Retro Studios' 2D platformer was always a looker, playing with depth in a way that made the game feel far more dynamic and exciting than other games in the genre. It was a perfect fit for 3D, which is why it transitions so well onto 3DS. In fact, it's probably my favorite use of 3D on Nintendo's handheld so far.

Outside of Super Mario 3D Land, not many games have enticed me to turn the 3D slider on. And even when I turn it on, I usually keep it on the lowest possible setting. With Donkey Kong Country Returns, however, I found myself wanting to keep the 3D running at maximum strength.

Read more: New levels, easier difficulty »

"FUCK I need to get me a 3DS. I wanted to pick this up for Wii--I loved the original trilogy on ..."
- David Craddock    See all 3 comments


Retro's help with Mario Kart 7 'an act of emergency'

Retro's help with Mario Kart 7 'an act of emergency'

Mario Kart series producer Hideki Konno has revealed that production on Mario Kart 7 stalled when it became necessary for Nintendogs + Cats to be completed for the Nintendo 3DS launch.

The two titles had been co-developed by Konno's division, Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No.1, with both projects originally starting with an internal production staff of eight people. According to the latest edition of Iwata Asks, there was "an act of emergency" to complete Mario Kart 7 by the end of the year, forcing Nintendo to bring Retro Studios in on the project.

Read more: Retro's Donkey Kong team brought in »

"Mario Kart and Mario Land are making me want to pick a 3DS up!"
- megarust32    See all 9 comments


Donkey Kong Country Returns Unveiled

Retro Studios, the company behind the Metroid Prime series of first-person action-adventure games, is now working on a new Donkey Kong entry.

The game, revealed during Nintendo E3 Briefing, is a traditional side-scrolling platformer for the Wii titled "Donkey Kong Country Returns" and due this holiday. Read more »

"Wow thank you Nintendo. This makes me happy! I really miss the old school DK games and since The ..."
- Total Exodus    See all 18 comments


Metroid Prime Trilogy Compilation Coming to Wii, Updates GameCube Games with New Controls

Nintendo today announced the Metroid Prime Trilogy bundle, a compilation of the two GameCube Metroid Prime titles and the Wii's Prime 3, for release on August 24.

Priced at $49.99, the collection puts all three games on the same disc, with Metroid Prime 1 and 2 updated to utilize the motion-centric Wii controls of Metroid Prime 3. Unlockable rewards, including music and artwork, have also been added. Read more »

"This is a much better deal than the Pikman (no Pikiman 2, as well? c'mon), DK Jungle Beat, and ..."
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Key Metroid Prime Staff Leave Retro Studios

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Shacknews has learned that several key employees from Metroid Prime series developer Retro Studios are no longer with the company.

Design director Mark Pacini, art director Todd Keller, and principal technology engineer Jack Mathews were escorted off the premises last Friday. The simultaneous departure of senior staff members is generally indicative of an intention to branch off and form a new development studio. Read more »

" #pragma jack off and I was still waiting for my signed MP3 copy jack ..."
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Nintendo Further Explains Wii Shortages, No Plans for More First-party Studios in the US

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For the third time this week, Nintendo has spoken out on the shortages afflicting its ever-popular Wii console, which is still difficult to find on store shelves after over a year on the market.

"Typically, we'd have begun stockpiling console hardware back in August [for the holiday rush]," Nintendo senior VP George Harrison told Wired. "But this year, we were selling all the Wii we could get, and we got all the way through the summer with basically no inventory in our warehouse." Read more »

"This (calling someone "stupid") coming from someone who doesn't know how to use "your" and ..."
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Retro Clarifies Metroid Dread Reference, Depresses 2D Metroid Fans

First Nintendo denied it, and now Retro Studios game director Mark Pacini has put one more nail in the coffin. A long-rumored 2D Metroid handheld project, Metroid Dread was given new hope after a scanning report found in Retro's recent Metroid Prime 3--"Experiment status report update. Metroid project 'Dread' is nearing the final stages of completion."--was taken as a hint of the game's development by hopeful fans. Not so, says Pacini. "It's not what you think it means... it was something that was overlooked and wasn't in any way indicating anything about the handheld game," he said to MTV. "We know no information about the handheld games." So what was the phrase doing there in the first place? Is it all just a complete and utter coincidence? "It's a complete and utter coincidence... We actually had a fictional element of something else in the game that by a large coincidence could be read that we were giving a hint about 'Metroid Dread' which was not the case." Prime 3 producer Bryan Walker added these final words: "We're not that clever. No conspiracy."

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"I remember reading a quote from Iwata or someone saying that due to the success and audience ..."
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Nintendo Denies Metroid Dread Development

After a cryptic message was found within Retro Studios' Metroid Prime 3--"Metroid project 'Dread' is nearing the final stages of completion."--many fans assumed that the long-rumored 2D Nintendo DS title was to be unveiled shortly. Not so, according to the big N. "Nintendo is not making the 2D Metroid at this point in time," the console manufacturer told CVG. While an apparent denial of the project, the specific wording leaves some waggle wiggle room for debate. Specifically, "the 2D Metroid" could imply that the game does in fact exist and that the title might simply be in development by a third party studio. Or it could be a Metroid with 3D graphics and 2D-style gameplay. Or we could simply be in denial. Retro wouldn't be cruel enough to slide that reference in for no reason, would they?

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"What a shame - I've been playing Fusion recently, and loving it."
- GilesH    See all 11 comments




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