Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country Returns - North American Boxart
The North American boxart.
Developer(s) Retro Studios
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Donkey Kong Country series
Release date JP December 9, 2010
NA November 21, 2010
EU December 3, 2010
AU December 2, 2010
HK December 9, 2010
Genre(s) Platformer
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Ratings ACB: General
CERO: All ages
ESRB: Everyone
PEGI: Three years and older
Platform(s) Wii
Media Wii optical disc
Previous game Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (1996)
Next game Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)

Donkey Kong Country Returns is a 2.5D game made by the developers of the Metroid Prime series, Retro Studios and is for the Wii. The game is be based on the original 2-D Donkey Kong Country games for the SNES. It is the fourth of the Donkey Kong Country series. It is the series's first home console installment since Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, and also the first Donkey Kong Country entry not to involve Rare during the development


The game features Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong teaming up like in the previous games of the sequel. However the only additional Kong is Cranky Kong and that there are no Kremlings. The story is simple, An evil group of "African" tikis named the Tiki Tak Tribe steal Donkey Kong's Banana Hoard and they late hypnotize his people of the jungle. Therefore, Donkey Kong looks forward to retrieved his hoard and save the people.


The game includes a Super Guide similar to the one of Super Mario Galaxy 2 as a new Kong named "Super Kong" (A white Donkey Kong) gives the advice for struggled players. The game came with many traditional elements of the Donkey Kong Country series returning, including mine cart levels, swinging from vine to vine, collecting bananas, and the golden "KONG" letters. There are also levels with the characters and foreground environments appearing as silhouettes, spawning several new gameplay mechanics.


The game received excellent reviews and is one of 2010 very best. It received a remarkable total of 88% by GameRankings. IGN's Craig Harris gave the game 9/10 as well as editors choice award stating, "This is an incredibly challenging, old-school throwback that might not set the genre afire with innovation, but in my book, it's better than the awesome game that inspired it," continuing to state, "Rare should be proud that its design is in the right hands. Or just insanely jealous". GamesRadar gave the game 8/10 and GameSpot gave it 8.5/10. GameInformer gave it 9.5/10 saying it is the "Best Platformer" of 2010 and awarded it the "Best Wii Exclusive of 2010". As in the share of Nintendo, 3 companies rated the game, that includes:

  • Nintendo Power 8.5/10
  • Nintendo World Report 9.5/10
  • Official Nintendo Magazine 92/100

The game sold around 5 million copies worldwide.