Retro Studios returns to gamers’ hearts with a sequel to their re-imagining of the Donkey Kong Country series. After spending nearly a decade with the Metroid series, Retro Studios conquered the sidescrolling platformer, but just a few years later, they have perfected it. Move over Rayman, the real king of jungle platforming is back.
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Genre: Puzzle | Platform: Wii U eShop
Publisher and Developer: RCMADIAX
Blok Drop U is the first game developed with Construct 2 and Nintendo Web Framework to be released on the Wii U. The game was developed by RCMADIAX, a one man team focused on bringing video games exclusively to Nintendo consoles.
Zordix, developer of Aqua Moto Racing 3D, will be bringing a new iteration of the game to the Wii U eShop. The Wii U version – being dubbed Aqua Moto Racing Utopia – will feature improved water physics, local and online play, and new environments.
The game is currently in development with no release date in sight at the moment.
Tomorrow, Zen Studios is unleashing CastleStorm: From Outcast to Savior, the first of two planned DLC expansion packs, upon Wii U owners.
Outcast to Savior features a new Royal Guard faction, new environments, an unlikely hero, 20 new battles, new weapons, and Skirmish and Survival levels. Gamers can get all this for just $2.99.
The other expansion pack, The Warrior Queen, will also be coming to the Wii U, though no release date has been confirmed at the moment.
What could be the biggest change to the formula for Super Smash Bros., consecutive standard attacks now end with a finishing move. As seen above, Fox now ends his standard A combo with a devastating kick.
A new Wii U update has gone live, though it’s a small one. This update is one of those “added system stability and other minor adjustments” update that is made available to tweak security features and enhance system performance. Here are the release notes:
Version 4.0.3 U, available via an Internet connection, includes the following improvements:
- Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
As fans have speculated, there will be two versions of the boxing ring stage. One with the Smash Bros. logo, and the other with Punch-Out!! branding.
Diddy’s Twin Rocketbarrels are back, now with more horizontal trajectory. Also, the barrels can come off when hit by opponents mid-boost.
DONKEY KONG COUNTRY: TROPICAL FREEZE REUNITES FRIENDS FOR A NEW Wii U ADVENTURE
Donkey Kong and His Friends Make Their Wii U Debut with Dynamic New Levels, More Playable Characters and Fun Online Features
VANCOUVER, B.C., Feb. 19, 2014 – You hear that? That’s the sound of bananas being peeled across Canada to celebrate the glorious launch of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The newest game in the lauded Donkey Kong Country series swings to the Wii U system on February 21, bringing with it beautiful high-definition graphics, cleverly designed platforming action and competitive online leaderboards. The game also heralds the exciting return of fan-favourites Dixie Kong and Funky Kong, as well as Cranky Kong, who is a playable character for the first time in series history. Together, they join Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong in the biggest and best Donkey Kong Country game yet.
“The games in the Donkey Kong Country series have always entertained audiences of all ages and skill levels with their breathtaking visuals and fun and challenging game play,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze continues this rich legacy with a memorable adventure that’s only available on Wii U.”
In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, the lush island paradise that Donkey Kong calls home has been frozen by the invading Snowmads. It’s up to Donkey Kong and friends to make their way through multiple worlds across different islands to put an end to the Snowmads’ icy reign. During their adventure, players will encounter levels that twist, turn and transform in fresh new ways. A dynamic camera enhances levels with spectacular views as Donkey Kong blasts out of barrels and rides in mine carts and on rocket barrels to reach the goal.
Joining Donkey Kong as playable characters during his Kong-tastic adventure are Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong. Any one of these three characters can team up with Donkey Kong to shake up the action. They also have their own unique abilities: Diddy Kong can hover for a limited time using his Barrel Jet, Dixie Kong can perform a ponytail-spinning move and Cranky Kong can bounce on spikes and other hazards using his cane. Using their own controllers, players can use these partners to team up with a friend in local, cooperative multiplayer, with one player controlling Donkey Kong and the other taking control of one of his Kong allies.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is filled with barrels of secrets and collectibles. Cleverly hidden in each level are the familiar K-O-N-G letters and puzzle pieces that players can collect to unlock additional content. Rambi the Rhino also makes a welcome return and can be ridden to charge enemies and discover hidden areas. Funky Kong runs the game’s shop and sells items that help in various ways, from a Green Balloon that protects players from deadly falls to a Red Balloon for extra lives that comes in handy when tackling the game’s challenging levels.
All the levels in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze are full of variety – no two levels are the same. In some levels, players will be jumping and swinging through a lush jungle full of creative platforming challenges. In other levels, players will navigate Donkey Kong in a speeding mine cart, or see him only as a silhouette against gorgeous backdrops. In others, the Kong heroes will swim through underwater levels, battling menacing aquatic enemies. And in frozen levels on Donkey Kong Island, Donkey Kong and his buddies will have to contend with the frosty surfaces of their conquered home. There is always something surprising to experience in the game, and everything is displayed in beautiful high-definition graphics (a first for the series) and accompanied by music composed by David Wise, the composer from the original Donkey Kong Country game.
As robust and fun as the single and co-op multiplayer modes are, the game also features online leaderboards that let friends with broadband Internet access compete in things like level times, medals earned and whether levels are completed without losing any health. This expands the scope of the game play and opens up the experience to people all over the world. When players acquire Time Attack medals, they can make a video of their play sessions in individual levels that other players can view in the in-game leaderboards.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be available on February 21 in stores or in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U at a suggested retail price of $54.99.
For more information about Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, visit http://donkeykong.nintendo.com/tropical-freeze/.
Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.
To celebrate the launch of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Nintendo has revealed Diddy Kong as a playable character. Diddy Kong will be more flexible than his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which is an interesting change. Maybe this means Gannondorf will finally get a unique moveset?