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After Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s success on the Nintendo Switch, I began to think of what other games might come from Wii U to Switch. There is one game I want more than others and that is Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.

This might just be the best Donkey Kong game ever made. The Music by David Wise is excellent, and it had some truly amazing visuals that went against the grain for 2D platformers, even HD ones. Tthe enemies are memorable and great, especially unlike the Tikis from Returns, and were a worthy successor to the Kremlings. But most importantly, this has the best gameplay and level design in the series, with every level  being and feeling alive and bursting with energy. Every area, from the beaches to the frozen islands have a truly epic feel to them, which is greatly helped by the awesome David Wise soundtrack.

In addition, the characters are probably the best they have been in the series.feel great as well. Dixie Kong makes her return and truly shows why she was a beloved character. Also, for the first time in the series, you can play as Cranky Kong. Cranky plays like Scrooge McDuck from the Ducktales video game adaptations and is a truly worthy addition to the roster. Plus when you add in the hard modes, you could play as a different character than DK in single player. You could play as Diddy, Dixie or Cranky for the whole game, which opened up entire new play possibilities. This isn’t getting into the Time Trials, with the game encouraging speed running and allowed you to upload your replays for others to see.

The fact is that this is just too good a game to leave on the Wii U. This game deserves a second chance to make an impact and get a new audience and it should come to the Nintendo Switch. It could do very well there, especially with the overall momentum of the platform, and get better sales. the fact is that this is one of the most creative games on the Wii U, and I would even say among the most creative platformer games ever made. It is just that good and should be experienced by more.




The above was the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect that of ROG or its staff.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Dec, 2016 At 02:38 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Stephen Radosh (who produced the Mario and Zelda games for the Philips CD-i) spoke to Game Informer and has revealed something very shocking. He nearly made a Donkey Kong arcade game for Sega that involved being a parking attendant.

Radosh commented thatt Sega had actually gotten the rights to make a Donkey Kong arcade game and there were plans to release this game before business interactions got in the way. The company was owned by Paramount at the time but was sold back to Japanese companies before the game could come out and was thus cancelled.

“Somehow Sega had gotten the rights to Donkey Kong. You were dodging cars that were pulling in and out of the lot, and you had to get X number of cars parked in spaces.”

I am trying to picture how this would work and it just sounds so utterly strange to me.


By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Nov, 2016 At 01:45 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No Gravatarwii-donkey-kong-jungle-beatsThe New Play Control version of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is coming to the Wii U eshop tomorrow.

Take control of DK with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk as you swing, swim, and battle against the fiercest jungle beasts to prove your worth. Earn combo multipliers by collecting bananas as you explore volcano caves, snowy peaks, and fantastic skyscapes. Friendly animal pals can offer hints or a ride across the jungle!

Will you be buying this game when the eshop updates?


By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 24 Jun, 2014 At 12:45 AM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarMiami New Times is not recognized as the most geek friendly magazine in Miami, as it certainly caters to the more modern “hip” side of Miami. They’re the type of trendy newspaper that discusses night clubs, fashion, and other mainstream interests that couldn’t hold my attention for more than a minute before setting it back down again, so this cover really surprised me at first.

Video game themed Miami New Times cover

I would’ve expected a hole would swallow up this city before ever seeing something like this on a mainstream publication read by bar crawlers and the type of people who would watch a mediocre movie before ever trying out a good comic book. Of course, the colorful pixel art spanned subjects I would skim over in favor of more interesting reads and suggestions (like the foodie and art section) but anyone can appreciate the imagination and breadth of video game characters seen in each illustration.

Mortal Kombat art New Times

Street Fighter art Miami New Times

Legend of Zelda art Miami New Times

Pac-Man art Miami New Times

Donkey Kong art Miami New Times

Whether a heartfelt salute to the video game industry or a “hey wouldn’t it be cool if we do this” idea, I’m glad I got the chance to see this happen. Upon thinking about this I decided it’s not the most impossible thing to ever happen. Over the years video games have received a surge in popularity many gamers still have difficulty understanding or appreciating. From national coverage on television channels like Spike to video games that only survive because of popularity our little world might not be so obscure anymore. My opinions on if it’s for the best or the worst shall be saved for another day, as it is a sensitive issue many people have differing opinions on and is definitely not a one dimensional subject.

As to who the creator of these great pieces is, it’s an artist specialized in video game art Jude Buffum, whose previous pieces of work and thought provoking blog can be accessed on his website

The pieces he did for Miami New Times can be seen here in their full glory.

Do you also enjoy seeing video games represented in a positive light in mainstream media? Let us know, whether on Facebook or Twitter you can reach Real Otaku Gamer anytime!

By otakuman5000 On 27 Feb, 2014 At 04:44 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

If you’re looking for a challenge on your Nintendo Wii U system, look no further as Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze will most likely make you go bananas… in a good way, of course. Retro Studios brings a direct sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns giving players a new adventure, additional playable characters, and unique ways to take on brand new, gorgeous levels.

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze takes place after the Nintendo Wii title, Donkey Kong Country Returns. Starting the game, you see Donkey Kong and his friends watch as their home is overrun by animal vikings known as the “Snomads” who freeze Donkey Kong’s island. Donkey Kong and his gang set off in an attempt to take back their home traversing through water levels, icy terrains, and many other challenges.

The evil snowmads that are the new enemies in Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.

If you’ve played the previous Donkey Kong Country games, you’ll be very familiar with the frustrating yet addicting platforming mechanics. Donkey Kong can roll, jump, and ground smash his way through enemies and obstacles. Besides your basic maneuvering on the ground, Donkey Kong and the gang will need to swing on vines, travel on various vehicles and animals, and now swim through treacherous deterrents. Controlling DK and the gang while swimming will take some time getting used to at first as the controls were a bit shaky, however, I was surprised at the attention to detail that was given to the newly added swimming gameplay. If you were to jump in the water, DK gracefully dives right in instead of his normal clunky, gorilla jump. In addition to the new underwater levels and swimming mechanics; the vehicles in Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze have been revamped a bit. When riding in a mine cart, the screen will sometimes switch to 3D where controls will be shifted to navigate the cart by jumping from side to side. This happens interchangeably from side scrolling, to 3D, and  then viewing the game from above.  This adds a slightly new challenge to the already difficult mine cart levels. Speaking of difficulty, the Donkey Kong Country series has been known to give even the best of platformer gamers nightmares but in Tropical Freeze, the difficulty has been toned down a notch. Now don’t get me wrong, this game is still incredibly difficult. If you press the jump button too hard while on a mine cart level, you’ll hit an enemy flying only inches above the track or an incorrectly timed barrel shot will equal your inevitable demise. Nintendo, however, added a few things to make DK’s adventure a little bit easier for players like a shield power up you can buy from Funky Kong’s shop to help you pass that frustrating mine cart level. Regardless, if you’re a patient person then you’ll be looked at as a saint in the gaming community for beating a pretty difficult game.

Underwater levels are a new and fun addition to the Donkey Kong Country series.

Retro Studios has done an amazing job at rebooting an already beloved video game that originally released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System about 20 years ago. One of the most notable things has been the revamped soundtrack and the stunning graphics. A new soundtrack has been added to Tropical Freeze but veterans of the Donkey Kong Country series will notice a couple of tracks that sound a bit familiar. Why does it sound so familiar? Because David Wise, the original composer of the Donkey Kong Country series, was brought back on board for Tropical Freeze. You’ll find yourself humming or bobbing your head to the catchy, island-y type tunes that are in this game. On the subject of island-y type… “things”, the graphics in Tropical Freeze are beautiful. DK’s home has been transformed into an tropical mix of arctic and fire-y madness. Many levels take place in chaotic situations that DK and his gang have to escape from. One specific example that was actually one of my favorites in the game was a level that took place inside of a tornado. I found myself several times putting the controller down and just gawking at some of the brilliantly thought out levels and scenery. If you’re like me and notice the little things, you’ll see that the updated graphics have improved on the Wii U system. Donkey Kong looks “fuzzy” and you’ll notice Cranky Kong’s wrinkles in his muzzle. Basically, the game is gorgeous and it looks absolutely flawless playing on the television and off-screen on the Wii U Game pad. Tropical Freeze does not utilize the Wii U game pad in anyway except for having the ability to play off screen while leaving the main television screen available for another activity. I was slightly disappointed that there was not as much integration with the Wii U game pad but was still satisfied with the ability to play the game on the game pad when someone else in my household demanded the main television.

I’ve mentioned a few times in this review already but obviously Donkey Kong can’t save his island alone and in Tropical Freeze he has more than just Diddy Kong to help him on his quest. Besides Diddy Kong, additional playable characters have been added to the game with nifty abilities that will help with certain challenges players will come across. Diddy and Donkey Kong’s blonde haired friend, Dixie Kong, joins the gang and has some pretty useful tricks up her sleeve… or should we say ponytail? Look for the barrel with the cute, pink text to release Dixie and utilize her helicopter-like pony tail ability. This ability will help Donkey Kong hover in the air after a jump and will also lift him higher for a bit. If you’re playing as Dixie in co-operative mode, Dixie uses a bubble gun and a projectile and can also double jump. Cranky Kong also joins the team this time and even though he’s old, he is definitely still useful to Donkey Kong. Cranky can use his cane to bounce DK off of the ground and traverse through terrains that contain spikes or thorns. If you’re playing as Cranky Kong in co-operative mode, he throws dentures at enemies as his projectile weapon. With all of these playable characters; when you collect 100 bananas, you can utilize a new ability called “Kong Pow”. When you use Diddy Kong’s kong pow, all enemies on the screen will be turned into red balloons which are extra lives. If you use Dixie Kong’s kong pow, all of the enemies on the screen will turn into golden hearts which allow Donkey Kong to withstand one more hit before depleting red hearts. Last but not least, if you use Cranky Kong’s kong pow ability, all enemies into banana coins which allows players to purchase items from Funky Kong’s shop. With the addition of these characters, tackling the challenges in Tropical Freeze makes things a bit more interesting.

After collecting 100 bananas, players can activate the "kong pow" ability which does different things depending on which character DK is partied with.
After collecting 100 bananas, players can activate the “kong pow” ability which does different things depending on which character DK is partied with.

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is a fantastic addition to the Donkey Kong Country series. Fans of the Donkey Kong Country series will instantly recognize the upbeat music, the difficult yet addicting platforming mechanics, and the memorable characters that really make the Donkey Kong Country series special. Don’t be fooled, however, this game is different from it’s predecessor. With a new story, new ways to take on the environment, additional playable characters, and a brand new soundtrack; you’d be doing yourself a disservice to not have this game in your Wii U library.

By nekusakuraba01 On 29 Aug, 2013 At 05:37 PM | Categorized As Featured, Mobile Technology, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNintendo 2DSNintendo sure had a healthy dose of news yesterday, while the reaction to all of it varies from person to person, here is what has been announced.

-The Nintendo 2DS: It’s basically a Nintendo 3DS without the 3D, it sports a bulkier look, but lacks the ability to close itself, this system will actually cost much less, bringing it down to $130 dollars, making it an affordable product for those who don’t mind that the 3D is gone, mind you, President of NoA has stated that this product is aimed at kids.

-Wii U price drop: The Wii U will go down in costs from its original $350 price (the 32 GB model), to $300, making it possible for many to afford the system now.

-Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle: The reduced price Wii U (32 GB model), but this will actually come with a code for a digital copy of Wind Waker HD. As of this moment, Game Stop is accepting pre-orders, and it will come at a cost of $299, and don’t tell anyone I told you this, but if you don’t own a Wii U, this is the bundle to go with if you like Zelda, not to mention the buyers will have an early access to the game, due to its release on September 20 (which is weeks ahead of the original October 4 release date).

To add to the good things, it will also include a digital copy of Hyrule Historia.Zelda Bundle

Dates for the newest games on Nintendo systems have also been announced.

Zelda Two Worlds

-The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Two Worlds – Nov 22
-Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Dec 6
-Super Mario 3D World – Nov 22
-Mario Party: Island Tour – Nov 1st

Seems like a good rest of the year for Nintendo fans.

Source: Nintendo’s Official Website, Gamestop

By otakuman5000 On 7 Jun, 2013 At 10:44 PM | Categorized As Featured, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Rhinos, gorillas, and chimps, oh my! Donkey Kong Country Returns is back but now in 3D. If you missed out on Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Nintendo Wii system then this is the perfect opportunity to experience this classic platformer. Nintendo has made some small changes and added some extra features that will have old fans and new fans going bananas for this refreshing port.

If you are not familiar with the original Donkey Kong Country which released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994, then no problem. New fans of the Donkey Kong Country series can “swing” right into this game without previous knowledge of it’s older counterpart. Old fans, however, you are in for a real treat. The story begins when Donkey and Diddy Kong’s stash of bananas is stolen and all of their jungle friends are hypnotized. Of course, this infuriates the duo so their mission is to retrieve all of their bananas by overcoming the craziest and most challenging stages and bring peace to Kong Country.

Donkey and Diddy’s spiked friend is hypnotized into attacking them and eating their beloved bananas.

Use your 3DS controls to ground smash, roll, jump, and vine swing to collect all your bananas. This might sound like an easy task but the developers of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D made sure it was not.  A  “new mode” has been added to the Nintendo 3DS port that was not available on the Nintendo Wii version. In this mode, developers did try to make playing DKCR 3D a little less difficult than it’s predecessors. By adding in an inventory of items like a green balloon that can save you from a fall and making DK’s life bar a little longer, gamers will be relieved to find out that the game eased up just a little on it’s difficulty. Don’t let this by any means fool you into thinking this game isn’t difficult. There have been many times where I have almost thrown my cute, blue 3DS XL out the window in sheer rage from falling off a cliff just a slight bit away from the end of the level.

Donkey Kong would be nothing without his trusty little sidekick, Diddy Kong. Just like in the previous Donkey Kong Country titles, Diddy acts as a sort of “extra life” if you pick him up out of a barrel. Diddy also acts as nifty “power up” that allows Donkey Kong to hover while jumping. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D features a very frustrating multi-player mode. Be forewarned, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is already incredibly difficult but adding on a secondary player who takes the role of Diddy is even tougher. If you’re willing to take on the local multi-player challenge, the second player will need to have his own copy of the game.

Try your hand at local multi-player but good luck…

The music in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is fantastic. The developers have brought on the same soundtrack from the original Donkey Kong Country game and revamped it. Old fans will adore the rebooted soundtrack and new fans will find themselves bobbing their heads to the catchy tunes. Just be careful not to bob too much, you might miss that jump over the lava! Besides lava flooded levels, there are other treacherous stages for Donkey and Diddy to overcome and the great thing about the port is that 4 new stages have been added that were not available in Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Nintendo Wii.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D looks exquisite in 3D. I almost feel like Nintendo should have originally made the reboot of the Donkey Kong Country series exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS instead of releasing it on the Nintendo Wii and then porting it years later. From hopping on enemies that appear to fly at you in the screen, shooting out of barrels, or riding rickety train carts; the game is truly the best in 3D. Of course if your eyes get tired there is always the option of turning the 3D down or completely off but then you might be missing out on a unique experience. Some levels are just better in 3D like a level where Donkey and Diddy must evade crashing waves on a dark beach. In 3D, this level is amplified and really pulls you into the world of Kong Country while playing. One of the downsides, however, is one slight turn of your handheld and your 3D experience will be slightly skewed causing Donkey and Diddy to fall to their death after trying to make a close shot from a barrel.

DKCR 3D is a wonderful 3D experience but a slight wrong turn of your Nintendo 3DS and this shot from the barrel could be devastating and make you go ape…. poop.

Although most people groaned about a Donkey Kong Country Returns port, Nintendo and developers managed to make Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D a unique experience for new and old players of the Donkey Kong Country franchise. With stunning 3D graphics, a catchy soundtrack, a new mode to alleviate the frustrations of the modern day gamer, and 4 new levels; Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a game that fans of platformers will truly enjoy.

No GravatarThere are two big deals I’ve found lurking around the interwebs I think would make gamers very upset if they found out about it after it has passed. So if you want to receive a very special free game or a mindbogglingly huge can’t miss cheap bundle read on!

Donkey Kong Free Game Giveaway 

It’s technically not a giveaway as you have to purchase another game in order to acquire the free Donkey Kong game. There are five specific games you can get in order to earn it: Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Style Savvy: Trendsetters, Crosswords Plus, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone, and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. As you can see, only two of the five games listed are ones you’d buy without any incentive so the game is like an added bonus

However the reason why I put it here is because it’s the original Donkey Kong that’s never been available for purchase in the United States and once this deal is gone, well it might not be available again. So get in on the action before January 6 of next year. Just make sure you’re a Club Nintendo Member and register your games after you buy them.

The Humble THQ Bundle

This deal is the motherload. You get 6 video games via Steam codes, Metro 2033, Darksiders, Red Faction, Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor with a starting donation of $1 or above. As if it wasn’t enough you get the soundtracks for Saints Row The Third, the director’s cut of the Darksiders soundtrack, Red Faction, and Company of Heroes: All Heroes Rise and Company of Heroes: Songs from the Front all with an average of about twenty tracks.  If you pay over $5.72 (the average donation) you also get a copy of Saints Row The Third thrown in.

The best part of this bundle deal is you can donate all the money to charity if you desire. Profits given to charity go to Child’s Play Charity which brings joy to sick children in hospitals by giving them consoles and video games to enjoy (the tears in the corner of my eyes) and the American Red Cross. You can also give a portion of your money to THQ for being such generous folks and a “tip” to Humble Bundle for their good work.

The largest donation given so far has been a staggering $1,050 and over 1.7 million dollars has been collected so far and still rising as I am writing this. Watching the counter rise gives me a good feeling, because as a gamer it proves we have the ability to change the world through what we love doing.

By SarahTheRebel On 23 Aug, 2012 At 01:04 AM | Categorized As Featured, Nintendo 3DS, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWhen I heard there would be a new Mario coming out, it was like an answer to a prayer. Although everyone else was sated with Super Mario 3D Land, I could not be, because I never enjoyed the original version of the game.

No, for me it was the 2D platformer full of pitfalls and chompy plants that stole my heart. I’d become so re-obsessed with Mario (due to playing the Game Boy version of Donkey Kong on my 3DS) that I’d already purchased all of the old Mario games available on the 3DS. I was at the point of buying a Wii when I heard the news: New Super Mario Bros. 2 was on the way!

Well yesterday was finally the day I got my hands on this bad boy. So what do I think?

What Kind of Mario-er Are You?

Just what kind of Mario fan are you? Whether or not this new game is for you will depend on your answer. Do you just love the plump plumber, no matter what he’s doing? Do you really wish Nintendo would just keep adding more levels to the same basic game?

Or are you a Mario hopeful, looking forward to changes and innovations to keep Mario spiced up and relevant?

Or perhaps you are a Mario fan for the challenge. Mario for the NES was the kind of game that could kill you in the first round if you were a beginner, and some levels had to be played more than once before you even stood a chance of figuring out which direction to jump.

Or, finally, are you a lootwhore? Do you just love collecting shinys no matter the game?

The “New” Super Mario

The new Mario game is, truth be told, just like the New Super Mario Bros. The levels are about the same difficulty as the last Mario game for the DS, with a few fun exceptions that harken back to the difficulty of the NES classic, Super Mario Bros. The first castle in each stage is laughably easy and looks like a cute Ferris wheel.

The new focus on coins actually somehow diminishes their importance. I was alerted that I had 500 coins after the third level. In the second world, I was told I had 2,000 coins. In the second level of the second world, I was told I reached 5,000.

Big whoop! If it’s so easy, why should I care?

Although the new powers are also all focused on coins,they are actually entertaining. Seeing Mario run around with a box for a head, pooing coins every time he leaps is pure joy. And the golden raccoon power is just adorable.


One new feature since the last game is co-op. I haven’t used it yet because I don’t have any friends, but I’m excited to give it a whirl. I will update this review if it turns out the co-op utterly changes everything and that I am a fool.

Final Verdict

Should you buy New Super Mario Bros. 2? If you’re like me and just want to keep playing new Mario levels without any innovation or improvement, then yes. Yes you should buy this game. A game that’s only flaw is not being “different enough” from the classic we all loved is not a bad game. I am enjoying the game immensely and find myself tearing through levels, dreading the moment when I reach the end and have to wait, again, for a new game.

Score: B

Good, but not surprisingly good. Just as good as you expected. It’s nice to see you, Mario 🙂

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By otakuman5000 On 12 Nov, 2010 At 07:45 PM | Categorized As NINTENDO, Previews | With 2 Comments

Preparing for the release of Donkey Kong Country Returns (DKCR) on the Wii, Nintendo has filed a trademark for “It’s On Like Donkey Kong”. While the phrase has been used for years, it is a huge surprise that Nintendo has waited this long to act upon it. Introduced in his own self-titled game in the 1980’s, Donkey Kong has been an icon since and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Making the way for Mario and many others, he is often overlooked by today’s generation but, Nintendo is making sure that he is not forgotten.