This morning's Nintendo Direct had some bad news, but don't they always? Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has been delayed from its late-2013 release into February 2014. Retro Studio's Donkey Kong game may not have been the diamond of Nintendo's holiday releases, but combined with other big titles like Mario 3D and others it was significant to the Wii U's success.
"In order to deliver the optimum gaming experience for fans, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will now launch in February 2014. Developed by Retro Studios, the series’ first Wii U installment stars Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong as they go head-to-head against invaders from the northern seas who have taken over Donkey Kong Island. Featuring intense side-scrolling action with dynamic camera angles, cooperative play for up to two players and beautiful HD graphics, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is the coolest Donkey Kong Country adventure yet."
I'd say I was surprised, but this is standard Nintendo protocol. Overpromise, like they have for the Wii U's huge holiday release schedule this year, and then delay. It keeps the hype consistently high, but only requires half the actual releases! Just consider that The Wonderful 101 and Wii Fit U were originally planned for the console's 3-month launch window and here they are a year later just being released. Ah, heck. I'm being bitter. I don't think that's being unfair at this point.
So, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze won't be released this year and that's one less game to be released this year and one more Nintendo promise broken. Good news is it still looks fantastic and from what we've played at E3 it plays pretty outstandingly too. Just, not yet.