The following is an opinion article and should be treated as such.Greetings Source Gaming fans! Now, if you’ve ever owned a Nintendo console, chances are that you will have played at least one of the main-line Donkey Kong games. With the exception of the Gamecube (which saw spinoff games centered around a dedicated bongo controller), Donkey Kong has seen high profile releases on every major home console that Nintendo has ever released. More often than not, to overwhelming critical and commercial success, among the elite of each respective system.
He’s often unsung and under appreciated by the big N, but Donkey Kong is among the pantheon of gaming icons, always bankable, and a proven star. Well known for his 2D and 3D platforming games, the most recent of which; Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a certifiable masterpiece. It almost goes without saying that we will get another Donkey Kong Country game sooner rather than later. With that in mind, these are 5 things that I would like to see in the next Donkey Kong game!
- The Kremlings:
It’s probably best to get this one out of the way first. It’s completely understandable that Retro Studios would want to put their stamp on the Donkey Kong franchise with their own set of villains. While they didn’t reach their full potential with the Tikis from Donkey Kong Country Returns, they deserved another stab at it. Thankfully, they pulled off a memorable and enjoyable enemy group with the Snowmads in Tropical Freeze. More often than not it’s a great strategy to avoid becoming repetitive, and it increases the depth of characters you’ll find in a given franchise. Even Mario games have seen the attention shift away from Bowser on occasion.
Now that they’ve successfully accomplished this feat. It’s time to take a dip back into the realm of the familiar. The fans have been extremely vocal about wanting to take the fight back to the Kremlings and their King, and Retro Studios thankfully seem to be behind it. It’s finally time to for this epic feud to resume.
- New characters:
One of Tropical Freeze’s strong points was its innovation in level design, this was in-part facilitated by the addition of new playable characters with different abilities. Often some prizes could only be obtained by using abilities that were unique to specific character. For example, Cranky Kong’s pogo ability could be used to brave some spiky floors that neither Diddy nor
Dixie would be able to overcome.
This is something that should be expanded on. Donkey Kong has a plethora of prior characters to draw from, and while we unfortunately aren’t likely to see poor old Kiddy Kong brought in any time soon, it wouldn’t be too unreasonable to think that my beloved Lanky could reappear. He in particular expresses some rather unique abilities in DK64, such as inflating himself, or being able to run up steep slopes. These things are good examples of interesting new challenges for players to overcome in the next game. I also like the idea of introducing new faces, though I don’t want DK to head into the “just add a new character in every new game” mentality that has plagued the Sonic The Hedgehog for some time.
- Animal Buddies.
Animal buddies are perhaps the most underutilised aspect carried over from the classic Rare-made DK games. We’ve of course had Rambi-centric levels pop up in Returns and Tropical Freeze, but that’s about it. There’s so much untapped potential here, not just for our all our old favorites like Enguarde, Expresso and Squitter, but for brand new allies!
Animal buddies are too much of an integral part of Donkey Kong to take the backseat that they’ve taken in the past two titles.
Ever since amiibo figures first burst on to the scene, they’ve taken Nintendo fans by storm. More and more we’re seeing high profile releases that support already released Amiibo, and in many cases come with their very own line.
While we unfortunately don’t have Dixie Kong or King K. Rool Amiibo yet after their omissions from the latest Smash Bros., that shouldn’t stop a dedicated Donkey Kong Amiibo line from getting these beloved characters in the hands of the fans. With the likes of Kirby, Animal Crossing and Splatoon getting Amiibo lines, perhaps we can hope to see a comprehensive DK one!
- Grant Kirkhope.
I love David Wise’s music. I love Grant Kirkhope’s music. For decades now, both musicians have blessed our ears with the kinds of musical nuggets of bliss that wake us up at night and are too catchy to allow us to get back to sleep. Take a page out of the book of Yooka-Laylee and use both.
Now, I’m not saying I want another DK rap. But I do want another DK rap.
Do you agree with these choices? What would you like to see in the next Donkey Kong Country game? Sound off in the comments below!