Nintendo Reveals Cranky Kong & Release Date for ‘Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze’

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There’s been a lot of speculation regarding the reveal of several games during this year’s Spike VGX awards show. Despite being filled with blockbuster games like Tom Clancy’s The Division, Tales from the Borderlands, and much more, many gamers were interested to see what Nintendo had up its sleeve. For the first time in the award show’s history, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime appeared on the program with some allegedly big news.

Since this news was so hyped by both Nintendo and Spike, many gamers assumed they’d be in for a significant reveal. While dreams of a new The Legend of Zelda for Wii U or additional Super Smash Bros. information tantalizingly danced in fans’ heads, Nintendo surprised everyone with instead offering an update on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Fils-Aime reconfirmed news that had previously leaked earlier in the week, officially unveiling that the eternally grumpy ape, Cranky Kong, will at long last be making a playable appearance in Tropical Freeze. While the old school Kong may look like a geriatric pushover, his move set will dramatically differ from the rest of the banana-consuming gang. For starters, Cranky is capable of bouncing on his cane in a very apparent homage to Scrooge McDuck in the classic Ducktales video game.

Players can also climb on Donkey Kong’s back with Cranky and let the tie-wearing (and radically more popular) protagonist have access to the cane and its ability to bounce. Other characters will bestow other additional powers on Donkey Kong depending on their own abilities.

While the addition of Cranky is intriguing for those anticipating the forthcoming Donkey Kong Country, fans have been left wondering when the game will hit retailers after it was delayed earlier this year. Reggie took the opportunity to confirm that Tropical Freeze will be available across brick-and-mortar stores and the Wii U eShop starting on February 21, 2014.

Were you bummed by Nintendo’s VGX 2013 reveal? Are you excited to play as Cranky Kong in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze?

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TAGS: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Nintendo, Retro Studios, Spike Video Game Awards, Wii U


  • Daniel Carlson

    Figures.. Last time nintendo teased info this big it ended up being tropical freeze. and yet another HUGE tease and guess what!? tropical freeze… i won’t be picking this up. sidescrollers have over saturated the market especially in the indie market. i doubt they will be treading any risky ground with this one. yep its a NICE and SAFE release. EXACTLY what the fans wanted. can you HEAR the excitement in my voice

  • Daniel Carlson

    **** YOU Nintendo!

  • dake

    I think it’s great, very excited

  • JetKirby

    I’m really looking forward to donkey kong, and have been since it was first announced, but nothing reggie said was big news or exciting announcement, fans hyped this up way more than it should have been, VGX is a shitty award show that showcases a bad look at the industry, focussing heavily on genres that I don’t care about, I know a lot of video game players do like that stuff, that’s fine, but it’s not for me, and I sat there for almost 2 hours waiting for the announcement because I heard he was going to announce it at the end, and then I found out it was announced before hand, and I had missed it -.-

    I got my hopes up a bit for a good news release, maybe miyamotos new IP, metroid, starfox, idk… something that wasn’t “lets look at a game that should have already been released today, but we pushed back to next year” That’s not new, that’s updates.

  • Patrick

    Why won’t Nintendo just buckle down and release full scale zeldas more often? 1 per console generation just isn’t good enough. They are already like call of duty anyways! SPOILER ALERT for future zelda games
    Ganon, triforce, master sword, save princess.

    • fizzystrings

      Because they like making fun and engaging games, rather than pushing a new retextured version of the last one out every year.

      • Jack Bauer

        You, sir, have understood the definition of quality gameplay and storyline.

  • guest

    I look forward to the game, but wow. This is similar to feeling like your getting a toys for Christmas, but instead end up getting clothes.
    I’m sure the game will be good just like the last dk was.

  • xmisfit666x

    anyone else notice reggie and that other guy kinda seemed combative and pissy like he just didn’t want or care to be there other than to plug the game?

  • Kenny

    Mehh… I like the idea of another Donkey Kong Country, but honestly there’s more games in the Nintendo universe that I’d be excited about. If it was a new Starfox, Mother, or a series that’s been left in the dark for a long time I’d be super hyped. But since there’s DKC Returns for Wii and 3DS; I can’t say that I’m too impressed, but I’m hoping to see more info from the big N