I’ve decided to do something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and that is replay all of the main games in the Donkey Kong Country series. With the most recent installment having been released earlier this year, it will make a nice five-game mini-marathon, including the original Donkey Kong Country, Diddy’s Kong Quest, Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Tropical Freeze.
Like Sonic the Hedgehog and Myst, Donkey Kong Country is one of those series that seems to polarize players even decades after its debut. Some people see them as all hype, while others consider them among the best 2D platform games of all-time. It’s a curious phenomenon, as the original game was definitely heavily hyped upon its release. Whether it lived up to that hype is a matter of opinion, but the stigma associated with it has haunted the series ever since. This seems to result in it getting casually dismissed, or at least not taken very seriously. Even with Tropical Freeze objectively being an exceptionally well-crafted game, it still doesn’t get the same recognition as, say, Super Mario 3D World.
As for me, I’ve been on both sides of the fence as far as the overall series is concerned. The various installments range from average to amazing in my eyes. At the same time, I also have some nostalgia for the first couple of games. So, it should be interesting to revisit the series, as well as my memories, from the earlier games developed by Rare to the more recent installments by Retro Studios.
And coincidentally, the 20th anniversary of the original game passed recently, and I honestly wasn’t even aware of it! Plus, for some reason, I tend to associate the series with the winter holidays anyway. So stock up on bananas, because it’s the perfect time to travel back to Donkey Kong Island once again!