1/11/18
1:35 PM
E3 In January: The Return Of Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong’s long absence from the limelight has come to an end. Today marks, from what I’ve been told, the opening (Swoopy) salvo of a multi-faceted plan that Nintendo has to rebuild the Donkey Kong franchise into one of their core intellectual properties.

For starters, we’ve got the big, big news: Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is coming to the Nintendo Switch on May 4th with an all-new Funky Kong mode. We’ve long joked about Funky being identical to Donkey Kong without the sunglasses, but in this new mode Funky actually takes DK’s place to serve as the primary character. It’s designed to make the brutal platforming challenges of Tropical Freeze more accessible to the layman (similar to Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D’s ‘New Mode’), which should hopefully repulse Cranky to no end. Not only is Funky tricked out with more hearts, but his surfboard seems to be the flying variety from off of Donkey Kong Country 2. This will allow him to combine the best traits of Diddy, Dixie, and Cranky all in one package. I’ll have what he’s smoking (dank as fuck).

Additionally, it looks like Ubisoft has a bone to pick with the DKU Tribunal, because Mario + Rabbis Kingdom Battle is also getting a healthy dose of Vitamin DK this spring. In DLC content, an entire Kong-themed world is being added to the game complete with the main man himself. What’s more, it appears as if the Rabbids are wearing the hollowed out husks of the Tiki Tak Tribe’s corpses. I can’t wait for Mario + Ed Gein: Texas Chainsaw Massacre to expand on this concept.

Finally, the worst thing to happen to a Camelot since Lee Harvey Oswald was 2015’s Mario Tennis Ultra Smash. That title, infamously rushed to fill a Zelda-sized hole in Nintendo’s holiday schedule, was sparse and devoid of spirit compared to Camelot’s past Golf and Tennis outings. Well, their next serve may cause us to have “came lots” in the end, as Mario Tennis Aces incorporates much more robust features… including a Story Mode, the first time a console Tennis title has had that honor! Also, I can’t tell if Mario is more or less punchable while wearing a polo shirt. I’ll leave that for you to decide this spring, when Mario Tennis Aces returns to the private tennis court to keep away from the undesirable public (i.e. those of us who bought a Wii U).

Source: Nintendo's Official Site For Things That Are Nintendo
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 SurrealBrain 01/12/2018, 02:57:22 AMPost #1874
  Fe looks interesting...but the simple fact that EA's involved gets me very, very concerned for the game, and makes me worried it will be screwed over somehow. 
 
 JordanFreeman 01/12/2018, 09:16:03 AMPost #1875
  Somebody see my Yuri in SNK Heroines. 
 
 NathanVS. 01/12/2018, 11:42:22 AMPost #1876
  I hope to see Fio aka the BEST SNK character.