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

Cranky Kong is coming to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and his arrival also heralds a release date: February 21 on Wii U!


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.

Cranky was shown wielding his trademark cane and using it for a new Scrooge McDuck-like pogo mechanic that lets him bounce safely off spike pits. The audience also got to check out a new Kong-Pow move, a special move in which two Kongs can team up after collecting 100 bananas. In the case of, Cranky and Donkey, they can use a super-powered fist-bump to clear all enemies on-screen.

Tropical Freeze will allow players to control Kongs with the Wii U GamePad, Wii Remote, and Wii U Pro Controller, meaning the motion control of Donkey Kong Country Returns may be a thing of the past. Check out the video below to see some of the game in action.

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