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Review: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D CoverDonkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii proved that the veteran Nintendo mascot wasn’t resting on his laurels: the big ape has plenty more adventures to go on and countless bananas to recover. Beautiful visuals, spot-on platforming, a wonderful variety of levels, and Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong at the helm once again made the Wii title an instant classic.

Barrel blast ahead to 2013 and we have Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D: a port of the game to the Nintendo 3DS. Amazingly, the 3DS version converts everything the original game had to offer, as well as adding a handful of exclusive new levels to challenge the heartiest of DK lovers. Unfortunately with this transition, Returns 3D manages to also retain some of the flaws of the first game and creates its own faults in the process.

Having only played a few levels of the Wii version, I was excited to play through the game fully on the 3DS. From what I’ve heard of and played the original version and what I played here, I can safely attest that this isn’t quite as good as the Wii game. It does offer some unique content however, so DK addicts might want to check it out for extra levels. For everyone else, there’s Mastercard the Wii game.

The visuals are a bit rough around the edges on the 3DS
The visuals are a bit rough around the edges on the 3DS

Read my full review of the 3DS game on the Inside Gaming Daily blog!


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