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Donkey Kong Country Returns will be less difficult on 3DS

Apr 17 // Kyle MacGregor    @DtoidKyle

3DS version to feature alternate difficulty, new levels, local co-op

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will feature an optional easy mode in addition to the original difficulty setting from the Wii original. Optimized for portable play, players will be able to take three hits instead of two and will have a variety of helpful items at their disposal.

DK can summon Diddy at any time by using portable barrels. The duo also has the ability to recover from pitfalls thanks to a green balloon, which allows players to float back to a platform after plunging into the depths. Finally, there's a crash guard to make mine cart and rocket levels a tad more forgiving. 

Additionally, the title features eight bonus levels previously unseen in the original game as well as local wireless co-op. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be available on May 24 both as a physical release and digitally via the Nintendo eShop.


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destructoid's previous coverage:
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D


  Jun 17

Nintendo 3DS was the best-selling console in May

Software selling hardware, imagine that!


  May 17

Review: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

The definitive Donkey Kong on the go


  Apr 19

Donkey Kong Country Returns is more accessible on 3DS

Also makes heavy use of depth of field effects


  Apr 06

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will have an easy mode

Plus there will be local co-op play, and other new additions


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