Tagged "Donkey Kong Country Returns"

Jan 19
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

Citizens of Earth is a game with a history more interesting than most. Canada-based indie studio Eden Industries attempted to fund development with a Kickstarter campaign which ultimately fell $36k short of the $100k goal. Undeterred, development continued, leading renown publisher Atlus to pick it up for a multi-format release.


The Wii U and 3DS versions are due out Thursday, a day after the PS4 and PS Vita iterations. Until 29th Jan the colourful top-down RPG will cost £7.99, with the price rising to £9.99 then after. With over 40 playable characters and a plot involving a recently elected Vice President out to save the world, we can expect something both humorous and quirky.


Also on the eShop this week – a trio of Donkey Kong titles on Wii U. As reported during last week’s Nintendo Direct, Wii classic Donkey Kong Country Returns launches for £8.99 on Thursday with the price rising to £17.99 after 29th January. Then there’s the not-quite-as-classic Donkey Kong Jr. Math (£3.49) and the GBA’s DK: King of Swing (£6.29). If memory serves, it was criticised upon release due to being on the short side.

Just two other games are due for release this week, and both are for 3DS. They are movie tie-in Big Hero 6: Battle In the Bay (£29.99) and block-breaking puzzler Hazumi (£3.20) which Nintendo Life rather enjoyed.

As for discounts, highlights include Super Toy Cars on Wii U for £3.49 and 3DS RPGs Shin Megami Tensei IV and Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars for £11.69 and £13.49 respectively. A bunch of titles from EnjoyUp are reduced too, but nothing that hasn’t been reduced numerous times in the past. That said, at 99p on-rails shooter VAN HELSING SNIPER ZX100 might be worth a look – Nintendo Life recommended waiting for the price to drop on this one.

May 28
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Capcom have bagged their second #1 of 2013 – Resident Evil: Revelations. The first was the Devil May Cry reboot, back in January.

Curiously though the HD conversion is classed as a re-entry in the UK top 40 due to sharing the name of the 3DS original.

It also claims the top spot in the PlayStation 3 and Wii U charts, but not in the Xbox 360 chart. There it lurks at #4, with Metro: Last Light still on top.

Back in the top 40, Donkey Kong Country Returns swings in at #5. The only other new entry is the apparently terrible Fast & Furious: Showdown at #14.

It’s interesting to note that no less than three games have left the top 10 this week. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Infinity falls from #4 to #13, The Walking Dead (the good one) stumbles from #7 to #17 and to much surprise Call of Duty: Black Ops II has gone from #5 to #19.

May 23
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

It’s a little odd to see Donkey Kong Country Returns making the leap from Wii to 3DS. Nintendo tailors their games to the hardware, making the most of the host system’s features and strengths.

Perhaps though the beauty of Donkey Kong Country Returns was that it didn’t require an awful lot of Wii Remote waggling. As such, the conversion to 3DS has worked out smoothly. Eurogamer reports that the textures aren’t quite as nice, but the frame-rate never falters. They gave it an 8, claiming it to be not a bad way to blow a weekend.


The Wii U sees a couple of belated conversions for itself this week too – LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Sniper Elite V2. Both of these are less-than-full-price, and quite rightly so. LEGO Batman 2 wasn’t even the last major LEGO game – LEGO Lord of the Rings came after it.

As for Nintendo downloads, there’s Kirby Super Star and Kirby’s Dream Course on Wii U VC, plus Swords & Soldiers 3D, Air Battle Hockey 3D and Groove Heaven on 3DS eShop. If Swords & Soldiers rings a bell, that’ll be because it was released on WiiWare a couple of years ago. Nintendo Life wasn’t impressed with this 3DS version however, calling it a step backwards.

The Wii U also gets Resident Evil Revelations and Fast & Furious Showdown, although these two are out on other formats.

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Feb 01
By Matt Gander In Blog 7 Comments

Nintendo has revealed that Donkey Kong Country Returns has managed to shift over 4 million copies worldwide since being released on 3rd December while 1.5 million copies Art Academy on DS have been sold so far. I expect that’s more than what Mario Paint on the SNES ever managed to sell.

The two aforementioned now join the likes of Mario Kart Wii and New Super Mario Bros. in Nintendo’s impressive lifetime sales charts. Below are lists of Nintendo titles that sold at least 1 million between April to December 2010:

Top-selling Wii games
– Mario Kart Wii – 26,500,000 units
– Wii Sports Resort – 26,350,000 units
– New Super Mario Bros Wii – 21,280,000 units
– Wii Fit Plus – 17,740,000 units
– Super Mario Galaxy 2 – 6,150,000 units
– Wii Party – 5,070,000 units
– Donkey Kong Country Returns – 4,210,000 units
– Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition – 1,950,000 units
– Kirby’s Epic Yarn – 1,380,000 units

Top-selling DS games
– New Super Mario Bros DS – 26,210,000 units
– Mario Kart DS – 20,700,000 units
– Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver – 11,720,00 units
– Pokémon Black and White – 5,320,000 units
– Art Academy – 1,520,000 units
– Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem – 1,152,000 units

The popularity behind Kirby’s Epic Yarn – which is still yet to be released in the UK – explains as to why a new Kirby game was announced last week. Apparently it bares a striking resemblance to a canned GameCube Kirby game.

Jun 15
By Matt Gander In Blog 4 Comments

Nintendo’s E3 conference started off with a video of Zelda, now titled fully Zelda: Skyward Sword. Here, the Motion Plus is used to give Link free movement of his sword – at one point during the video Link waved it in circles to make a door with eyes go dizzy. The graphics have a very traditional Zelda vibe, best described as a cross between Twilight Princess and Wind Waker. “I think this game will be remembered as a key turning point in Zelda’s history,” said Miyamoto after showing footage, which you can view for yourself here.

Mario Sports Mix 2011 was the next game shown; the video showed volleyball, ice hockey and basket ball. Next up was NBA Jam, followed by Just Dance 2 (yawn), the already unveiled Wii Party and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn for DS…which was shown at last year’s E3. The confirmation of a Wii-exclusive remake of Goldeneye 007 was actually leaked yesterday, but it still prompted cheers from journalists lucky to be at E3. Online multi-player is promised. And so is Daniel Craig’s face. Fans of puns should get a kick out of Kirby’s Epic Yarn, as it’s set in a world made out of wool. It’s a 2D side-scroller for Wii. The freshly announced Donkey Kong Country Returns – from Metroid Prime developers Retro Studios – is also a 2D-affair. It’s out this winter. Expect a distinct retro feel to it – even the music is similar to the 16-bit original.

PilotWings and Kid Icarus games have been long rumoured. Today they were finally confirmed but not for the Wii, but rather the Nintendo 3DS. Thankfully, you don’t have to wear glasses to get the 3D effect. The bottom screen remains as a touch screen while 3D top screen is a decent size (3.5-inch) and as promised the 3D can be adjusted via a slider. Nintendo said they didn’t want to make the 3D screen a touch screen as they “realised that fingerprints and other smudges reduce the 3D image”. It has an analogue stick, which is a good thing, and a 3D camera with two lenses while wireless functionality will automatically download new rankings, ghosts and the like. No release date or price were revealed for the snazzy new handheld but two different colours were shown – red and turquoise.

The list of software for the new handheld is impressively vast. Nintendo themselves announced Animal Crossing, Kid Icarus Uprising, Mario Kart, Nintendogs + Cats, Paper Mario, PilotWings Resort, Star Fox 64 3D and submarine sim Steel Driver.

Third-party efforts meanwhile include (breathe in) DJ Hero 3D, Shin Megami Tensei, Resident Evil Revelations, Super Street Fighter IV, FIFA, The Sims 3, Asphalt GT, Bomberman,, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Contra, BloodRayne: The Shroud, A Boy and His Blob, Ridge Racer, Super Monkey Ball, Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, de Blob, Saints Row: Drive-By, Assassin’s Creed: Lost Legacy, Driver Renegade, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (breathe out).

I’m somewhat surprised to see many “mature” titles among that list. At the same time though, I’m a little dismayed by the lack of new IP – the majority of games announced were either license or franchises. Still, I bet Sony wishes they had some of those big name brands on PSP.

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