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Donkey Kong Country

Hated By: Senior Editor Christian Nutt

Mario's popular, and beloved. Why not - literally - ape his adventures, throw on a slick but shallow graphical sheen, and sell millions of copies to audiences hungry for Nintendo's signature style of gameplay? Donkey Kong Country was a shiny but soulless revival of the first character that ever made Nintendo's dreams come true. The truth is, years after the novelty has worn off, that the game is revealed for what it is: a completely basic and uninspired take on the Mario formula.



Above: Don't look at us, Diddy. We can't explain away the boredom

Yes, you could run and jump and hit and collect. The game managed that just fine. But something beyond? Not in the least. In short, DKC is missing the soul, the style and the humor of Super Mario World, which came before it and the then-overlooked Yoshi's Island, which followed it. Levels ratchet between so-straightforward they barely require attention to painfully irritating memorization-fests. As the years pass, the gulf in quality between DKC and its better-made cousins becomes more and more obvious.

"I was barely amused then and can't even imagine playing it now. But I just spent 800 points to buy Super Mario World from the Japanese Wii Virtual Console. What does that tell you?" - Christian

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6 comments

  • RanTheAwesome - February 19, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    Maybe running over hookers isn't fun to you, because you'd rather sleep with them and have them take all of your hard-earned cash. I personally enjoy running them over/shooting them for my own personal reasons. Once again, the hate for some of these game are weak.
  • CreeplyTuna - October 10, 2009 1:36 p.m.

    i hate gta 4. san andreas is fun
  • Jox - November 21, 2008 11:41 p.m.

    1st one!!!
  • Lrd_Chikn - February 11, 2009 5:18 a.m.

    WTF Donkey country is one of the best games for SNES, its not as good as Mario but its still pretty fun, I still play the gameboy color port
  • dewfish - May 25, 2009 4:45 a.m.

    I never understood the appeal of Grand Theft Auto. Does anybody think this is how real gangsters or mobsters live? I don't care how much Counterstrike, Team fortress 2, and Call of duty I play, I will never know what it's like to be a real soldier. From a gameplay perspective, the GTA series is like those combination printer/fax/copier machines. Good at one thing, mediocre at another, and horrible at the rest. Except GTA doesn't really excel at anything. As a "third person shooter", it is clunky and slow, it's driving dynamics are abysmal, and the storylines are completely uninteresting. It tries to be everything to everyone, and winds up being a huge ball of mediocrity.
  • jackrabbitslims - March 18, 2009 10:13 a.m.

    Wait, No Super Smash Bros? How someone hate GTA:SA but not the button mashing yawn fest that is SSBb Or SSBM. Has anyone noticed how shallow the fighting in the game is? Either way, great article.

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