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11:00 PM on 03.04.2015

Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

A little more than four years ago, Nintendo released Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! on the original DS. It continued the series' focus on the miniature Mario robots, to the chagrin of fans of the platforming in the ...

Darren Nakamura


5:00 PM on 02.16.2015

Nintendo predicted the amiibo shortage 11 years ago

A lot of folks were surprised at last fall's amiibo launch, and how scarce some of the figures were. They shouldn't have been; Nintendo gave them a heads-up almost 11 years ago. The intro for the Game Boy Advance's Mario vs. Donkey Kong shows even the famed ape unable to get his hands on these elusive collectibles. Damn you, Mario Toy Company! This has been your intention all along!

Brett Makedonski

10:30 AM on 02.10.2015

This Shadow of the Colossus and Mario mashup is very cool

Artist Jason Lupas has posted a few updates on his Tumblr recently that are decidedly videogame related, and they're pretty awesome. They're both homages to Shadow of the Colossus, one of which features a Mario themed ma...

Chris Carter

5:30 PM on 01.24.2015

NBA logos go gaming

Have a favorite NBA team? Have a favorite gaming mascot? Did you want them combined? No? Well, too bad because someone just did that. Have a look at these cool designs by ak47_studios.

Robert Summa

8:24 AM on 01.14.2015

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars coming to Wii U and 3DS with Cross-Buy

The newest entry in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, Tipping Stars, will arrive on both the 3DS and Wii U on March 5. Good news, right? Well Nintendo has even better news, as it seems like the publisher is finally start...

Chris Carter



Donkey Kong 64 made me the gamer that I am today photo
Donkey Kong 64 made me the gamer that I am today
by Brett Makedonski

Before each episode of Hardline, Destructoid's videogame news podcast, the cast always takes a few minutes to chat while our producer sets the show up. This week, Jordan mentioned that he'd been thinking about Donkey Kong 64 a lot lately, a game that he liked more than most others. The statement struck me as odd; Donkey Kong 64 has always been an absolute gem in my eyes.

"What do you mean? Do people not remember that game fondly?" I asked. Jordan replied "Not necessarily. A lot of people on the Internet think there was too much collecting." It had never clicked before, but Donkey Kong 64 very well may have been where I learned to love collectibles, and it may also be the game that molded me as a gamer.

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2:30 PM on 10.13.2014

Donkey Kong Country trilogy returning to Virtual Console in the UK

Back in November 2012, Nintendo removed the Donkey Kong Country series from the Wii's Virtual Console for some reason that, to my knowledge, was never publicly addressed. But those games will resurface this month on Wii U alo...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 09.11.2014

There's a Donkey Kong Country mod for Doom

I sometimes forget just how crazy Doom modders can get. Here's a firm reminder. This is a total-conversion mod by DooMero that, well, you see ... it's the Donkey Kong Country experience rebuilt in GZDoom. Which is to say it'...

Jordan Devore



Review: Starbucks' Donkey Kong Frappuccino photo
Review: Starbucks' Donkey Kong Frappuccino
by Brett Makedonski

PAX is full of weird pandering shit designed to appeal to the almost 100,000 gaming fans that come out for the convention. Any company would be remiss to pass up the opportunity to make some easy extra cash by selling products that show-goers buy based on reference rather than actual appeal. Imagine our delight when we found a sign at Starbucks imploring us to get a Donkey Kong Frappuccino.

Hamza, Jordan, and I all took the plunge on the DK monstrosity. Yep, we had to buy it just because of the name. Dammit, these shitty marketing tactics actually work. No regard for price or ingredients, one by one, we all did the DK Frap.

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1:25 PM on 06.10.2014

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is Wii U-bound

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is making its way to Wii U, with social features and level editing mechanics that allow creators to share what they've made via Miiverse with other players. They can then in turn be rewarded with stars ...

Brittany Vincent

1:00 PM on 02.19.2014

Iwata told Retro to work hard on Donkey Kong's fur

The Official Nintendo Magazine had some time to sit down with Retro CEO Michael Kelbaugh and Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe, who were both responsible for the creation of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. A number of in...

Chris Carter







Review: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze photo
Review: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
by Chris Carter

Donkey Kong Country Returns was one of my favorite platformers of the last generation. It had charm, challenge, and most importantly -- it was a ton of fun. But one of my only hang-ups with the Wii version was the lack of control options, and the forced implementation of Wiimote controls.

With that out of the way compliments of a host of controller choices and many more improvements, Tropical Freeze is somehow even better than Returns.

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1:30 PM on 02.12.2014

DKC: Tropical Freeze has such charming idle animations

Idle animations -- or should I say good idle animations -- happen infrequently enough that I'm usually caught off guard when I happen to leave my character waiting around. I shouldn't be surprised to see that Donkey Kong Cou...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 01.31.2014

The DKC: Tropical Freeze video to see above all others

In the months since it was first announced, I have warmed up to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze considerably. Part of my initial reaction stems from disappointment over Retro Studios not getting back to Metroid Prime, b...

Jordan Devore



Preview: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze  photo
Preview: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
by Casey Baker

When Retro Studios' Donkey Kong Country Returns released for the Wii in 2010, I was ecstatic. Since I was 13 years old when I played Rare's original Donkey Kong Country for the first time, I marveled at its solid platforming and varied level design. Returns proved to be as solid in gameplay ideas as the original franchise, and when it was re-released in 3D for the 3DS, I did not hesitate to purchase it again.

Next month, Retro Studios is releasing a sort of sequel to Returns in the form of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. After experiencing a solid four-hour chunk of the game that gave me enough time to get to the very end of World 4, I am glad to report that Tropical Freeze won't be just another by-the-numbers sequel, but an engaging addition to the revamped franchise that adds some intriguing new mechanics while taking out minor annoyances of the original Returns.

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11:00 PM on 01.07.2014

HAWP, Freddie Wong team up for DKC Tropical Freeze video

A few months ago, Nintendo held a Wii U video challenge, asking 30 of YouTube's top content creators to produce short videos inspired by Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. After viewing all the selec...

Ian Bonds