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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Reviewed by
John Smith
on
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D 3DS Review. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a must have game for lovers of platformers that really takes this port to the definitive level.
Rating:
4.75

Gameplay 9.5
Graphics 9.0
Sound 9.0
Value 9.5
Classification: PG
Review Date:
May 2013
Reviewer:
John Smith

9.5


Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Donkey Kong Country Returns was easily one of the best arcade games on the Nintendo Wii which brought gamers back to the colourful universe of Kong and Diddy  which worked like a treat on this console.

Now 3DS owners can experience this almost perfect arcade game which even though is almost identical to the Wii version, it incorporates a few features of the 3DS into the title such as 3D and an additional nine stages to increase the longevity and enjoyment factor.

At its core Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a faux 3D side scrolling platformer that requires players to navigate their character from left to right as they avoid or defeat enemies, collect power-ups and bonuses (K-O-N-G) and have a classic gaming experience on the 3DS.

The protagonist of the title is Donkey Kong who is partnered with his side kick Diddy and together they must defeat the annoying Tiki Tak Tribe with some challenging obstacles and boss battles thrown in for good measure.

The game can be quite difficult at times and the player will experience some controller rage, especially due to some of the timing segments which can be quite unforgiving.

The developers however have realised the difficulty in the Wii version so newcomers will be pleased with the "New Mode" which reduces the difficulty of the title such as giving more health, items and balloons to assist them from death defying problems.

Apart from combat, the game features some puzzles and other distractions to keep you busy. If you do die too many times, the game has a Super Guide which basically walks through the level for you.

The controls of the game are well mapped on the 3DS console which offer fast responsive times and actually feels superior than the Wii version, especially with the jiggling of the wiimote. That was probably the most annoying aspect of the Wii version. All in all the gaming mechanics of this title are flawless, it just feels right.

Graphically, the game looks identical to the Wii version but it definitely looks more vibrant and colourful due to the smaller screen and the use of the 3D. The depth of the 3D really makes the game jump out, especially when you see floating bananas and other items that appear to jump out of the screen.

One issue with the graphics is that at times the frame rate does drop a little but its nothing too major. Add in one of the best soundtracks in a Nintendo game and everything comes together perfectly with the gameplay that will have you humming the main tune from this game long after you have stopped playing.

Final Thoughts?

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a must have game for lovers of platformers that really takes this port to the definitive level. From clever level designs to tricky puzzles and those challenging boss battles, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a game that can be played again and again as there is so much more to find through a second or third play through. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is not only retro but its a 21st century retro gaming experience that gamers of all ages will enjoy.






 
 



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