|System: Wii U|
|Dev: Retro Studios, Monster Games, Nintendo SPD|
|Release: February 21, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Mild Cartoon Violence|
The visuals really come to life in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Every frame is loaded with animations, some for show and some as legitimate obstacles. You'll get everything from the many shades of white on DK's now frozen home, to deliciously bold colors on an island dedicated to processing tropical fruit. There are even a few close-ups to showcase the fine detailing of Donkey Kong's fur. Nothing pushes the boundaries of the Wii U's graphical limits, but with a screen packed with so many things, it makes past Donkey Kong Country entries seem empty by comparison.
The animations work in perfect synchronicity with the music. Every orchestration is an original tune you haven't heard in a previous title, and they all befit each island's backdrop. The savannah is filled with tribal chanting and alphorns are not only heard in the mountain melodies, but also act as clever obstacles with owl Snowmads bellowing through them to hinder your progress. The game's sound effects are all recycled material, though this is nothing unusual for a Nintendo first-party title.
The list of first-party titles for the Wii U is growing, with several big titles on the release list this year. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a great way to start the year for Nintendo. It has an endearing quality that will capture you, and a challenge level worthy of even the most skilled players. The new characters and online features add just enough extras to keep things fresh. If you're craving an old-school platformer, need a break from all the shooters and MMOs, and just can't get enough of DK's snappy red tie, this is an absolute must buy for you.
Date: February 17, 2014