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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Game: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Start Date: January 19th, 2016
Videos: 23

Although there are some who are very, very faithful to the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy on the SNES, there was still a huge positive response for Donkey Kong Country Returns when it released on the Wii a few years prior. With the Wii U in swing, Retro Studios decided to release a follow-up titled Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. While essentially being the same formula used in Returns, Retro made use of the Wii U’s HD graphical capabilities to make a game with some pretty interesting instances of level-design. It also introduced some new monkeys into the Returns formula, along with swimming, and a new type of enemy who wants to turn all opposition frozen solid.

People were disappointed that I didn’t do Tropical Freeze in 2014 or 2015, as I was in the middle of doing a Donkey Kong Country game every year since 2010, and Tropical Freeze was technically out by 2014. However, I didn’t own it yet until 2015, and by then, I hadn’t played a whole lot of it. I knew 2016 would be a good year for it though, especially smack dab in the harsh winter months where for the last two years we’ve been bombarded by snowfall. Although that is not necessarily the case for Indiana this year, other places have been getting hit pretty hard. Anyway, not much else to say here….going through Tropical Freeze, 100%ing the game and getting all the puzzle pieces. Time trials or Hard Mode will not be a concern of mine, and although I will try to get figurines, I will not be grinding for them if I don’t get them all.

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Diddy Kong Racing

Diddy Kong Racing

Game: Diddy Kong Racing
Start Date: February 10th, 2015
Videos: 15

Diddy Kong was one of Rareware’s finest creations and on the Nintendo 64, he featured in a pretty sweet racing game that was pretty darn close to topping the Mario Kart giant that had become the king of racing games at the time. It’s time to collect some bananas and balloons and memorize those silver coin locations, because it is Diddy Kong Racing time.

Diddy Kong Racing was a game I had in mind for awhile at this point, but I didn’t want this game to be looked at as another weekend racing project, seeing how I had just completed Mario Kart: Super Circuit a few weeks prior. I held off a small bit, but at a certain point, my nostalgia just couldn’t handle it anymore as I drove back into this gem of a racing game.

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