Donkey Kong Country trilogy returning to Virtual Console in the UK

And the Donkey Kong Land series is headed to 3DS

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 alongside the Donkey Kong Land series on 3DS.

The release schedule, at least for the UK, is as follows:

  • Oct. 16: Donkey Kong Land (3DS), Donkey Kong Country (Wii U)
  • Oct. 23: Donkey Kong Land 2 (3DS), Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (Wii U)
  • Oct. 30: Donkey Kong Land III (3DS), Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble (Wii U)

Bonus: if you purchase one of the Donkey Kong Country titles before November 6, you’ll get a 33 percent discount on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Similarly, folks who get a Donkey Kong Land title can save 33 percent on Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.

Nintendo of America hasn’t made an announcement about the re-releases yet but, presumably, we’ll get them too. Even though DKC 2 is nearly inseparable from my Super Nintendo, I’d love the chance to nab it and its follow-up on Wii U. The Donkey Kong Land games were good for what they were, but I could never get over the limited Game Boy graphics. Too much of a downgrade.

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