The anticipation for Retro Studios’ next game was reaching a fever pitch on the stretch leading up to E3 2013, and Nintendo finally took the liberty of confirming the title during its E3 2013 Nintendo Direct. Much to the surprise of many, the new title is a follow-up to the developer’s 2011 Donkey Kong Country Returns. Scheduled to hit the Wii U later this year, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will bring back the iconic DK as he’s never been seen before.

Once again challenged for control of the island, Donkey Kong and Diddy must work together to stop the invaders. These baddies (effectively replacing the last game’s Tiki Tak Tribe) are a band of maniacal vikings composed of walruses, owls, and penguins. They won’t be facing this new threat alone, however, as Dixie Kong has returned to help deliver her own form of air-based butt-whooping on the foreigners.

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Trailer

One major ability also makes its return to the series after being absent from the previous installment; that feature being the ability to swim underwater. The camera will also move in a more fluid motion this time around to help immerse players in the action that’s occurring on-screen in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

The Wii U’s enhanced power has helped to make Retro Studios‘ latest adventure one of the best looking games on the console yet. Everything from the gorgeous backgrounds to the fur on the all too familiar ape himself look great, and fans of the franchise will find more than enough to enjoy on the revamped version of Kong Island.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is coming exclusively to the Wii U this November.

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