E3 2010: Donkey Kong Country RETURNS!

Glory be! Fifteen years of DK irrelevance has finally come to an end! Shit yes, in one of the highlights of Nintendo’s E3 2010 press conference it was announced that Donkey Kong Country will return in… Donkey Kong Country Returns (Tentative title? Hope not!)

The Mighty Kong hasn’t been seen on a console starring in a true action game since Donkey Kong 64, let alone a sidescoller, which he’s been playably absent from for over a decade and a half! In the recent years, Rare’s spit-curl revamp of the gaming’s first primate has, sadly, been relegated to kart racers, clap simulators and pretty much solely responsible for keeping the GameCube Bongo peripheral on life support.

But who cares?! That’s all over now. And we’re ready to embrace the ape once again after watching DK and Diddy careen through all manner of, barrels, vines and mine cart levels to the tune of David Wise’s timeless Donkey Kong Country theme that hasn’t left our heads since 1994.

Obviously, GR’s stable of old farts went nuts for the hyper-colorful, 2.5D platformer wonderfully reminiscent of gaming days of yore. But it’s not as if nothing’s changed. The all too brief look from the conference saw DK vine-swingin’ and barrel-blasting like the old days, but you can also see the guy do a double fisted ground-pound on a thorny reptile boss.

Above: Punch-Out!! was just practice

Come to think, Diddy look to be very equipped as well. Not only can he and DK work together to enact a vicious roll charge, but if you look closely during the vine swinging portion of the trailer, you can see the red-capped one clearly has a jetpack! Now, if you’ll excuse us, this bad boy is coming for the Holidays, but it's playable on Nintendo’s E3 showfloor right now!

Jun 15, 2010




  • Caio - June 16, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    Looks great, especially since I haven't played a DK game in a while.
  • Chewrocka - June 16, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    Holy Crap! I totally asked for THIS EXACT THING in the tdar question "what game do you want to see relaunched?"
  • SausageLozenge - June 15, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    I better hear the DK rap!! Dee Kay, Donkey Kong is here!
  • CandiedJester - June 15, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMEEEEEE!! I miss Donkey kong country, one of the first games I ever played! ><; Proably need a wii though...damnit. ]':
  • taterboob - June 15, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    Nintendo's press conference was full of a lot of cool stuff, but THIS tops them all.
  • InsertChrisAntistaJokeHere - June 15, 2010 10:16 p.m.

  • TheTalkRadarWiimote - June 15, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    dk?? ugh.
  • elpurplemonkey - June 15, 2010 9:40 p.m.

    Fuck yea! I can't wait for this to come out. The wait has been way too long.
  • RocketPenis - June 15, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    Finally Donkey Kong gets a proper game
  • Strangleme - June 15, 2010 9:11 p.m.

    Sweet!! I really hope it's a good fuckin' game!! What about a new Killer Instinct!?
  • Cyberninja - June 15, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    nintendo just became pure win
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 15, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    That was my favorite reveal so far. I'm definitely buying a Wii for it, among other games. Any news on David Wise's involvement, or lack thereof?
  • shyfonzie - June 15, 2010 9:02 p.m.

  • JohnnyMaverik - June 15, 2010 8:35 p.m.

    THIS. LOOKED. AWESOME, there again so did Rayman Origins to put that comment into perspective. I'm liking the way 2D side-scrollers are going, and Donkey Kong is sweet.
  • 510BrotherPanda - June 15, 2010 8:22 p.m.

    Ha ha, DK WAS the R-ape in the 90's, having been produced by Rare. I was kind of sad/ confused when they took the pin off Dixie's hat. Hope Nintendo can get him back in the swing of things and keep it a relevant franchise. reCAPTCHA: empower take YES! DK does need to rise up and grab that banana of opportunity!
  • WillisTron - June 15, 2010 8:17 p.m.

  • Mysticgamer - June 15, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    A Donkey Kong game with out those damn bongo controllers! Finally!
  • SonicX_89 - June 15, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    Holy crapping shit berries!!!
  • db1331 - June 15, 2010 7:51 p.m.

    This is going to be so awesome. I hope it gets online co-op and challenge modes.
  • JADENkOTOR - June 15, 2010 7:27 p.m.

    Just watched Nintendo's live expo on G4 and this blew my mind. I have wanted this to come out for so long and the fact that they are staying true to they're roots is unbelievable. The graphics are GREAT for Nintendo and with a slightly zoomed out camera this game looks fucking ridiculous. Im stoked

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