Donkey Kong Country Returns is a side-scrolling platform game from the Donkey Kong series; this game sends Donkey Kong on a journey to retrieve his hoard of bananas from the evil Tiki Tak Tribe. To do this, he and his nephew Diddy Kong must go on a journey around the island in search of the missing bananas.

This is the fifth game in the Donkey Kong Country series and was released as a Nintendo exclusive. It was first released in 2010 for the Wii before being ported to the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U several years later.


Donkey Kong is the main protagonist in this game and is the character that the player will control for the majority of the game, certain points of the game will have the player control Diddy Kong however. Diddy Kong rides on the back of Donkey Kong throughout the game; the player can use Diddy's jetpack to jump higher however when the game is played co-op, the second player is able to control Diddy Kong.

The platformer requires the player to make it to the other side of the level in order to progress through the game. Donkey Kong has the ability to use vines to swing across large gaps, however Barrel Cannons offer the fastest and furthest movements; they can be used to travel forwards or backwards through a level.

There are two animal buddies which help the player; Squawks the parrot can be used to find puzzle pieces which are needed to progress though the game, Rambi the rhino assists the player in combat and can destroy hazards.

Each level has a Time Attack mode where there are four medals to be earned for each level; a medal is rewarded depending on how long it took the player to complete the level however, dying does not reset the timer and there are still enemies in each level. As a bonus there is also a Mirror Mode where the player only have one life and cannot use items or Diddy Kong.


Explore the levels – Use a variety of tools to reach new areas

Collect puzzle pieces – Find the various pieces from around each level

Two characters – Control Donkey Kong in the world and the jetpack that Diddy Kong uses

Control animal buddies – Squawks the parrot and Rambi the rhino can be summoned and controlled by the player

Time Attack Mode – Each level can be replayed with a time trial mode

Mirror Mode – Fight through levels on a hardcore mode with only one life and no items

Co-op – Fight alongside a second player who controls Diddy Kong

Players liked:

  • Great level design
  • 2 player co-op mode
  • Gorgeous graphics

Players didn't like:

  • Too easy
  • Game is short
  • Levels force the player to always move forwards

User Reviews


Mario, Link, and Donkey Kong join the Nintendo Selects line in March

Hey! Listen!

Feb 29 at 1:01pm, by Philip Moody | 8 comments
Year-end NPD Number Crunch: Gaming industry retail sales down for 2010

No topping Call of Duty: Black Ops

Jan 13, 2011, by Leo Chan | 1 comment
UK retailers letting customers buy Donkey Kong Wii with bananas

You'll go ape over this offer

Dec 01, 2010, by Dany Argueta | 10 comments
Donkey Kong navigates a volcano in DKC Returns trailer

A very active volcano, mind you

Nov 16, 2010, by Dany Argueta | 6 comments
Nintendo tries to trademark "It's on like Donkey Kong" phrase

A strange way to promote Donkey Kong Country Returns

Nov 10, 2010, by Dany Argueta | 9 comments
Nintendo and third party game releases for 2010 and 2011

E3 Tons of titles on the way this year and next for DS, Wii

Jun 16, 2010, by Dany Argueta | 5 comments

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Jun 29, 13 5:56pm
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First off, how could you not love the true beauty of this game? The graphics of Donkey...

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So, I'm doing Mirror Mode. Just started World 7. It's not easy at all. 3= DonkeyKongCountryReturns
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Release Dates
  • North America: Nov 21, 2010
  • Japan: Dec 9, 2010
  • Europe: Dec 3, 2010
  • Australia: Dec 2, 2010
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