Seems like all that advertising work is paying off for Nintendo, since Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D has reached the fifth spot on the top ten game sales chart in the UK. Here’s the full list across all platforms:
RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS – CAPCOM
FIFA 13 – ELECTRONIC ARTS
METRO LAST LIGHT – KOCH MEDIA
DEAD ISLAND: RIPTIDE – KOCH MEDIA
DONKEY KONG COUNTRY RETURNS – NINTENDO
ASSASSIN’S CREED III – UBISOFT
TOMB RAIDER – SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
FAR CRY 3 – UBISOFT
LUIGI’S MANSION 2 – NINTENDO
LEGO CITY UNDERCOVER: THE CHASE BEGINS – NINTENDO
As you can see, the top spot has gone to the Resident Evil Revelations remake, with the standard FIFA game holding steady at number 2. And as far as other Nintendo games go, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Lego City Undercover the Chase Begins are holding steady near the end of the top ten, selling for yet another week in a row.
So it’s all good news for Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Heck, it’s an even better start than it had on the Wii (where it started out at number 13 on the charts and only reached number 7 instead), so it definitely seems like UK Nintendo fans are keen to buy this remake.
The game has been released in both North America and Europe today and can be bought as either a boxed game or a digital download from the eShop.
It’s mostly the same as the original Wii game (same graphics and music, most of the same levels, same features), but it now has eight more levels in a bonus world found before the Golden Temple level in world 9 and an easy mode that lets you take more hits, recover from falls into bottomless pits and survive collisions in Mine Cart/Rocket Barrel levels.
The game is out in all good video game stores and digitally, so if you want to buy it, now’s your chance.
So, are you buying Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D today?
Thanks to Game Explain, here’s footage of the eight new levels in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, the ones accessible in the new ‘Cloud Gateway’ world prior to the Golden Temple:
As you can see, they look pretty challenging with some clever new level design ideas, but perhaps not on their own worth spending the money on this version of the game for. I did especially like all the clever ideas from the Forest level with the walls you can cling to and what not though.
So there you have it, footage of all the new levels in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Is this enough to buy the game again for? What do you think?
To mark the release dates of both Animal Crossing New Leaf and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, the Nintendo World Store in New York is hosting events for both games. The Animal Crossing one will be held on June 8th 2013, from 9am to 1pm, a day prior to the game’s launch date in the US.
And the Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D one will be hosted on June 1st from 12pm to 3pm. Here are Nintendo’s official announcements for both games:
Animal Crossing New Leaf:
Great News! #NintendoWorld is having a super cool Animal Crossing: New Leaf event on 6/8 from 9am-1pm. See you there! #ACNL
Seems like Nintendo is doing quite well with the game events this year! Think they’ll host one for Mario & Luigi Dream Team, Mario Party 3DS, Yoshi’s Island 3 or Mario Golf World Tour? Could be interesting if they do. And will you be going to either event?
Yes, the Japanese official site for Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D has now launched, and now has quite a few interesting new trailers and screenshots showing off all manner of cool stuff from the game. First up, here’s the prologue video they use (music added by me):
And here’s the new Japanese trailer for the game showing off all kinds of things:
Finally, all the footage taken from the multiplayer section of the official site as compiled into one nice video:
Next up, here are some pictures and art from the same website. First on the list are screenshots:
Which point out things like the new levels, extended health bar, Green Balloon item and other things.
As well as this pretty nifty piece of concept art:
Hey, it’s Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong stepping out a 3DS system! Pretty cool effect you have here Nintendo!
So there’s stuff from the new Japanese official site for the game. Want to see more? The website can be viewed at the following address:
Rather than say, a new game? Because while Donkey Kong Country Returns does seem like a good game to port to the 3DS because of how well the 3D effect works with the graphics depth and what not, it also seems like a bit of a waste at this point in the 3DS’ lifespan.
Above: This looks good, but it doesn’t hide the fact we’ve played it already.
It also makes me wonder how Donkey Kong has really ‘returned’ if the only thing he’s gotten since Returns in 2009 is a remake. Remember Donkey Kong Country in Rare’s time? Yeah, we got three seperate Donkey Kong Countrys and three Donkey Kong Land titles in about three years. You’d think that a ‘return’ would mean more than one game across multiple Nintendo systems, right?
Above: Return implies more than one game in about three years. Look how often Donkey Kong games were released in the 90s!
Or if a new game is a bit much due to the new assets like graphics and music that would have to be created, why not do what Rare did with their own Donkey Kong platformers on handheld titles? Make a remixed version of the console game with different levels and boss strategies, then sell it as Donkey Kong Land Returns or something. That’d be a bit better than just remaking the Wii game and adding a few levels and items, right?
Above: Donkey Kong Land 2 involved new level designs for old levels and the odd new level…
Above: Whereas the third game had new levels with punny names like Red Wharf and Miller Instinct
So why not do this? Why not use the same resources used for Donkey Kong Country Returns and use them in a ‘new’ game of sorts with new level designs, different maps, new boss attacks, etc? Make something that feels like a handheld successor to the original Wii game rather than a port with a few new elements thrown in.
Not to mention that with the same resources, the game could still make good use of the 3DS’s 3D effects. Sure you might not have the exact same scenarios as the barrel cannon ride in Longshot Launch or the going into the background and revisiting the beach thing from Mast Blast, but surely someone could create some new levels that look just as stunning.
So that’s what I think. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D seems like a bit of a wasted opportunity to do more than a port/remake of the Wii game, and that Nintendo should probably have made something more like the Donkey Kong Land series instead.
Here are some new screenshots of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. There aren’t many new ones (and out of those I just selected the ones I felt were interesting enough to post), but the ones here do seem to show off some of the new levels and items well.
First up, here’s a factory level from the game where DK is using the new balloon item to recover. I think it’s the level ‘Slammin’ Steel’ from the original, although I’m not quite sure.
And here’s the level with the giant Donkey Kong robot being assembled. Not sure how this whole area works to be perfectly honest. Do you find pieces by clearing out rooms in the level? Why is Donkey Kong building a giant robot anyway?
DK and Diddy racing through the level ‘Roastin’ Rails’ in the Volcano World. As usual, whoever took the screens is playing in New Mode. Wimp.
The Scurvy Crew boss battle in the Beach World. This was already a ridiculously easy battle in the original Wii version of the game, so in New Mode it should even easier still. On another note, am I the only one who was a bit disappointed by this fight? All the other bosses were giant enemies with plenty of attacks who could do serious damage to the main characters… and then here you fight a bunch of barely more competent enemy crabs.
The touch screen menu. Not much to say here, other it’s a bit conveniant.
Behold, it’s one of those great sunset levels! Not much seems to have changed in the transition from console to handheld, so let’s hope this great music hasn’t been ruined either:
DK and Diddy fight the first boss Mugly. Does anyone even know what this thing was meant to be? The only thing he makes me think of is the dog from Wacky Races, and that’s based purely on the name.
P.S. Mario Wiki’s trivia for him is hilariously redundant:
According to the Prima Official Guide, Mugly is related to Thugly.
Well I never! Two near identical looking creatures with similar names and attack patterns are related! Who’d have thought it?
A Screamin’ Pillar comes crashing down in one of the new world 9 levels. Is it just me, or does this one look bigger than usual? Perhaps it’s just the smaller screen or zoomed in camera (or 3D effect abusing animation), but it seems like this level might introduce larger versions of these enemies too…
The world 9 map screen, in Japanese! I wonder how close their translation is to the English names…
Rambi smashing through things in a level I can’t remember the name of. God Rambi was fun to ride around on in Donkey Kong Country Returns, pity he was the only ‘real’ Animal Buddy to be found.
DK and Diddy come crashing through Rickety Rails in a giant wheel. One of the best bits of the level to be sure.
And here’s Cranky Kong’s shop. Looks like the new items are in stock, although I have no idea what he’s actually saying about them… Oh wait, someone mentioned it in a video on Youtube. Here we go…
Crash into too many things, and even this stuff can’t save you.
Why are you falling into holes anyway?
This barrel is exactly what you need!
Yeah, I think his new dialogue is a bit… naff compared to some of the older stuff. Maybe Monster Games needs better writers…
And there you go, some new screens of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D showing various things from both the original game and which is new to the 3DS remake. What do you think of these new screenshots and things?
Right from Nintendo Direct, here’s some footage of the new world 9 levels in Donkey Kong Country Returns. Enjoy!
So what’s in each level? Let’s break down the trailer and look at each one more carefully.
First up, here’s what I presume is Mischievous Moles. I assume this because the level looks very much like the icon for it on the map (see the second map picture in this article).
As you can tell, it seems to be a cross between Bombs Away and Rickety Rails from the main adventure. No idea what the new gimmick is here, but I’m going to assume it’s a spectacular one.
Next up, here’s the level themed on world 1, Crushin’ Columns. This level seems to mix the Screaming Pillars with moving platforms.
This is Gushin’ Geysers. As the guy in the video says, it’s themed after world 2 and uses much of the same scenery and elements. However, the main new gimmick seems the geysers that blast DK and Diddy high into the air, as well as lift up different types of platforms.
This level I assume is Topsy Turvey, the one based on the Forest world (I think this based on the background used and the general appearance of the area). The name refers to strange flipping platforms that go between being vertical (and hence just background elements) and horizontal (aka platforms you can actually stand on). Seems like you’ll need to keep moving here.
Tar Ball Fall is the next level shown off. This one is very obviously based on the Cliff world and reuses the pools of tar from said area. However, this area has falling balls of tar (hence the name) which presumably cause damage upon contact with a kong, acting like the lava from the Volcano world.
Lavawheel Volcano is this area’s name (obviously). As you can see, it’s a Volcano themed area with rotating wheels. It’s sort of interesting, but I’m not sure this is actually a new gimmick. Didn’t a couple of the rocket barrel levels have rotating wheels like this? Perhaps some of the volcano ones too…
Finally, here’s some more of the map showing the level names. Looks like my list in the earlier article is very much correct.
That’s all for now. What do you think of the secret levels in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D?
Well, it’s that time again. Nintendo have announced another Nintendo Direct at short notice (one which is being held on the 17th May 2013) and they’ve said both 3DS and Wii U games be shown, so I thought it was the perfect time to get writing down my Nintendo Direct predictions. Here are some games and series I predict will be shown in the upcoming Nintendo Direct.
Wii U Game Predictions Game and Wario
I would seriously eat my hat if this game doesn’t end up getting at least mentioned at Nintendo Direct tomorrow. It’s being released in only about a month’s time, it’s had zero advertising from Nintendo for ages and needs some sort of hype to get the game selling period (especially after the poor sales numbers its had in Japan).
So I definitely think we’ll see Game and Wario at this Nintendo Direct, and we’ll likely see the other mini games as part of that.
I also suspect we might see the official website for the game launch soon, especially given how it’s now less than a month until the game’s release yet the title has no web presence whatsoever.
I expect to see at least a trailer for this, as well as possibly more information on the other mini games and an official site launch.
The other Wii U game I think we’ll see at Nintendo Direct tomorrow, Pikmin 3 seems like the perfect game to show a new trailer for. After all, it’s an extremely popular title with the more hardcore Nintendo fans out there, and we haven’t seen a whole lot of it in the last few months.
Add a release date set to be this summer, and I just know Pikmin 3 will be one of the game’s focused on tomorrow.
Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros
A new game that’s going to be released this summer, the lack of information about the title so far makes me fairly certain Nintendo will discuss it in some way during tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct presentation.
Expect at least a new trailer, if not even more than that.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
A 3DS port of the beloved Wii game that’s being released in just a week or so, Donkey Kong Country Returns seems like a sure-fire inclusion in tomorrow’s presentation. Think about it.
The game’s due out so soon that Nintendo will want to advertise it in every way possible. They haven’t shown many of th secret levels or new content, which could be shown off in the trailer. And finally, Nintendo has already announced here
that the game is being heavily advertised in various forms of media. Nintendo Direct seems like another logical place to market it.
Again, I’ll be extremely surprised if this game doesn’t show up at tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct presentation. It’s a big summer release, it’s a game Nintendo wants to market and just seems like a good game to focus on.
Mario Golf World Tour
The final known first party game due out this summer, Mario Golf World Tour doesn’t have a lot known of it so far. Okay, we know it’s got certain characters and that the online modes are pretty well designed, but we know nearly nothing about how the game actually works or what’s included in it content wise. Heck, we don’t even have a cast iron release date yet!
So I think we’ll see another trailer giving more information about this title. Maybe some video footage of the courses and characters, and the inevitable release date to get people hyped up for the game.
As far as new games go, I have to say I don’t have any real idea what we might be seeing tomorrow. So take anything below with a pinch of salt and don’t worry if nothing there gets confirmed as a real game.
First up on the ‘Nintendo series that might get new games announced soon’ list is Metroid. As you probably know, Metroid hasn’t had many games in the last few years (absolute no Metroid titles have been released since Metroid Other M in 2010, a good three years ago). Additionally, it seems the 2D Metroidvania style titles in the series have basically disappeared off the face of the earth in recent history as well.
So I think now might be the time Nintendo will announce the next game in the series. Will it be on 3DS or Wii U? 2D or 3D? Made by Nintendo or someone else? Who knows, but I think it’s likely Nintendo has plans for this IP somewhere down the line and that there’s a good chance the next game will be revealed within a year or so. So it seems like a good possible candidate for ‘Nintendo series getting new game announced at Nintendo Direct tomorrow’.
Another series that might have its next game announced soon is Kirby. Last seen in Kirby’s Dream Collection in 2012 (and last seen in an original game in Kirby’s Mass Attack/Return to Dream Land in 2011), Kirby hasn’t really had a lot of games in recent years.
And given that over time the rule has been to have one Kirby game a year or so, the fact the pink puffball hasn’t made an appearance on either the 3DS or Wii U is actually kind of surprising to be honest.
So with that said, I think there’s a good chance a new Kirby game for the 3DS will be revealed fairly soon. Will it be at tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct? Not sure to be honest, but I think there’s a hope in hell that it might make a surprise appearance as one of Nintendo’s lesser game reveals.
Throughout the 3DS’s recent history, we’ve had a lot of Mario sub series and spinoffs get represented. We’ve had:
A 3D Mario game (Super Mario 3D Land)
A 2D Mario game (New Super Mario Bros 2)
A Mario Kart title (Mario Kart 7)
A Mario Tennis title (Mario Tennis Open)
Mario and Sonic (Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games)
Luigi’s Mansion (Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon)
Paper Mario (Paper Mario Sticker Star)
Mario & Luigi (Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros)
Mario Golf (Mario Golf World Tour)
Mario vs Donkey Kong (Mario and Donkey Kong Minis on the Move)
Donkey Kong Country (Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D)
Yoshi’s Island (Yoshi’s Island 3)
Mario Party (Mario Party 3DS)
Heck, we even had Mario AR cards as a seperate product! Jeez!
But what we surprisingly haven’t had show up on the 3DS yet is Wario. No Wario Land style platformer, no WarioWare title, no Wario games period.
However, I think that might be about to change soon. Okay, I’ve said this for years now…
But what else can Nintendo even release on the system Mario wise? I think now is Wario’s time to shine, and I hope the series gets a new game on the 3DS announced in the foreseeable future.
Also, I think this could be good for business too. Not everyone likes the format Game and Wario has taken (what with fewer large mini games and Nintendo Land like gimmicks), so either a traditional Wario Land or traditional WarioWare game could be released as a sort of ‘alternative’ for those that want something more like the games they’re used to.
So that’s what I predict for the May 17th Nintendo Direct. Will I be right? Will I be wrong? We’ll just have to wait and see what happens at 3PM today!
Want to know what kind of stuff awaits you in the new world 9 in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D? Well here’s a list of all the new levels taken straight from Prima’s official guide. It’s not much of a hint to what the content might be for each one, but hopefully you can figure out at least a bit of what each level entails. Here’s the list:
9-1 Crushin’ Columns
9-2 Gushin’ Geysers
9-3 Spiky Surprise
9-4 Mischievous Moles
9-5 Topsy Turvy
9-6 Tar Ball Fall
9-7 Robo Factory
9-8 Lavawheel Volcano
Above: This picture of world 9 confirms the list above.
Finally, while it’s not listed above, the standard ‘Golden Temple’ is the ninth level in this world and retains its design from the Wii version of the game.
So what do you think about these new Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D levels? Are there any levels that sound interesting from the list posted above?