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Donkey Kong Land III

Donkey Kong Land III

Game: Donkey Kong Land III
Start Date: May 13th, 2019
End Date: June 2nd, 2019
Videos: 10

After the events of Donkey Kong Country 3, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and Baron K. Roolenstein decided to have a little fun (for some reason) and look for the legendary Lost World. They left Dixie Kong behind though, forcing her and Kiddy Kong to go on their own adventure and show up their bigger, more seasoned adventurers. It’s time for another Game Boy installment of the Donkey Kong Land series!

I was looking forward to this playthrough just on the sole basis of being able to finish up the remaining Donkey Kong Land game, but it turns out, this project ended up being a lot of fun. Who would have known Donkey Kong Land III could be the pinnacle of amazing game design? I would have never guessed!

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Donkey Kong Land

Donkey Kong Land

Game: Donkey Kong Land
Start Date: February 8th, 2017
End Date: February 13th, 2017
Videos: 6

Donkey Kong Country was a huge success on the Super Nintendo. However, Cranky Kong was a bit unconvinced on how well it did, saying that the only reason it sold well was due to the high quality graphics at the time. To counter this, DK and Diddy once again go on another quest, this time on the Game Boy, to show that graphics aren’t everything and that Donkey Kong is just a fun series in general.

Here’s the thing about computer repairs; sometimes it takes more than just one Game Boy project to last the entirety of the repair duration. So after Metroid II was completed, I went to another Game Boy game that I had yet to cover and this time it was Donkey Kong Land. Although not as amazing as the Country games, it was still very interesting to check these games out.

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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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Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Game: Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Start Date: December 5th, 2015
Videos: 10

After releasing some of its flagship series on the Gamecube in 2002 and 2003; like Mario, Zelda and Metroid, it’s no surprise that a Mario Kart game was in the works as well. However, this game was coming in the form of DOUBLE TROUBLE! Two characters take one kart in the high speed action of Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

I promised Double Dash at the end of 2015, you will get Double Dash at the end of 2015! Double Dash is definitely a milestone as far as the Mario Kart series goes for me. Kind of that point where I felt like Nintendo had a good formula down and all future additions really just needed a few tweaks in control and (obviously) an update in the graphics engine. Although it’s not my favorite Mario Kart, a lot of fun was had with this game when it was relevant.

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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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Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Game: Donkey Kong Country Returns
Start Date: May 19th, 2013
Runtime: 8 hours
Videos: 24

The Donkey Kong Country trilogy has always been widely accepted as one of the SNES’s best staples, but in 2010, game developer Retro Studios, the same mind behind the Metroid Prime series, felt it was time to give this series a comeback. That comeback title is now known as Donkey Kong Country Returns. Although the Kremlings are no longer around, the ancient tribe of the Tikis has started causing trouble around DK Island, using some kind of magic to make the animals do their bidding. However, when they mess with Donkey Kong’s banana stash, they will soon learn that they picked on the wrong ape.

After having the entire SNES trilogy under my belt, I turned my attention to the Wii’s reimagination of the DKC series. Although I wouldn’t say I like it as much as the SNES games, this game was still a really nice attempt at bringing back a classic series and I give Retro Studios a lot of credit where it is due, and for this game, they deserve a lot of credit. Overall, I wouldn’t say this project accomplished all that I hoped it would, but it was still a great playthrough nonetheless and I hope you guys enjoy it too!

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Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie's Double Trouble

Game: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble
Start Date: June 5th, 2012
Runtime: 5 hours
Videos: 15

If capturing Donkey Kong wasn’t enough, it seems like Diddy Kong has also gone missing, which means that it is Dixie’s turn to figure out what the heck is going on in the world of Donkey Kong Country. This time she is joined up by her cousin Kiddy Kong who has some unique abilities of his own (although for the most part, he is just a copy of Donkey Kong). The duo will have to search places like Kremwood Forest, Mekanos, and Razor Ridge to find their friends!

To close off this SNES trilogy, I bring you DKC3! Although it’s not my favorite of the trilogy, I still have very fond memories of playing this game with my friends, and like the two installments that came before it, it’s filled to the brim with excellent platforming gameplay, some very intriguing puzzle elements, and the general monkey madness that ensues from any game with the Donkey Kong label.

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Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

Game: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
Start Date: May 10th, 2011
Runtime: 4 hours
Videos: 14

Donkey Kong has been captured by the vicious Captain K. Rool (any relation to King K. Rool? I have no idea, but I like to think they are the same person), and Diddy Kong is now the monkey in the spotlight, this time joined by his new partner and girlfriend, Dixie Kong! This dynamic duo will now test their limits in this all new quest of monkey madness, and pirate-themed scenarios!

Like I established the previous year, I wanted to cover the entire Donkey Kong Country series, and at this point, the critically acclaimed sequel was next on the list. This game is definitely my favorite of the trilogy (although I do love all 3), so I was quite amped to take this one to the end!

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Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Country

Game: Donkey Kong Country
Start Date: May 16th, 2010
Runtime: 2:17 hours
Videos: 13

The rivalry of Mario and Donkey Kong was a classic match-up, but until this game came along, Mario was the only one who really made a name for himself in the platforming genre. Now it’s Donkey Kong’s turn, and when a giant reptile King steals his banana hoard, the big ape, and his chimpy companion Diddy Kong, will go on an amazing adventure to retrieve his lost bananas.

Originally, this project was the result of a three-person collaboration between MegaFreak400, ShadowMarioXLI, and myself, where each of us would cover one game of the Donkey Kong Country series. Little did they know, this was my master plan to start covering the entire Donkey Kong Country franchise, and what better way to cover it than to start with the first game. Although I generally prefer the Mario series, the DKC trilogy is no doubt a masterpiece of its time, being a true symbol of what Rareware has the capability to produce in the gaming department.

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