Donkey Kong revisits the jungle once more in Donkey Kong Returns 3D for the 3DS

Back in 2010, Nintendo’s favorite gorilla Donkey Kong returned to the countryside in the Wii’s Donkey Kong Country Returns. The title was filled with everything we loved about the Donkey Kong Country series: barrels, vines, and mine cart levels that required 1,000 lives to complete. Nintendo is now bringing back Donkey Kong for a re-return on its portable 3DS, for fans and newcomers alike. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D contains all the frantic platforming of the original, but now it is in 3D and has some awesome stuff included (the bestest thing being NO WAGGLE TO BLOW AND ROLL, THANK GOD!).

For those of us who thought Donkey Kong Country Returns was a bit hard (everyone), the new 3D port has a New Mode, where Donkey and Diddy Kong can take an extra hit, meaning they now have three hearts each before they keel over and we see the Life Balloon pop screen that we all know and love and have burned into our retinas. Also included in the game’s New Mode are helpful, equipable items to make everyone’s lives easier: Portable DK Barrels let Donkey bring Diddy to his side whenever he loses him, Green Balloons bring the Kongs back from the brink of death if they fall off a ledge into a bottomless pit (which will happen quite often), and Crash Guards make the simians temporarily invincible in the dreaded mine cart and rocket ship levels.

Masochists like me can choose to play the game as it was meant to be played with the title’s Original Mode, which doesn’t have these new items or extra hearts. Exclusive to Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a new, 9th world with 8 fresh levels once you beat the main story. Gamers can play co-op with a buddy who also has a copy of the game via a local wireless connection.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D barrels its way to Nintendo’s 3DS tomorrow via retail and the eShop. Check out more monkey business at the game’s website.

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