During today’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced that one of their key Wii U titles for the holiday season, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, has been pushed back to February 2014. Developed by Retro Studios, DKC: Tropical Freeze was originally scheduled to launch on the Wii U on December 6, 2013. Satoru Iwata reaffirmed that the delay for the title is meant “in order to optimum gaming experience for fans.”
You can read Iwata’s statement during the Nintendo Direct below.
“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.”
How do you feel about Tropical Freeze’s delay into early 2014? Will this delay be costly for the Wii U’s hopeful holiday surge? Tell us in the comments below.
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I know that Microsoft is a very large company, and I am sure that things get lost in the shuffle all the time, but could they really have thought they owned the rights to Donkey Kong? According to Chris Seavor, formerly of Rare, they did.
On twitter, Seavor was asked about whether the Xbox One would receive a version of Knack. He went into a story about Microsoft’s acquirement of Rare.
“The current generation of ‘enablers’ won’t even know they own the IP… Here’s a true story.. When Rare was first bought by MS a group of execs came on a tour.. One of them noticed the Donkey Kong. ..Posters everywhere and said.. ‘Hey that’s great.. We own Donkey Kong right??’ ………/massivesigh” He said via his twitter account.
He went on to share some words of wisdom about some uber popular games that have disappeared from existence…
“Christ, whatever happened to Starfox? MS aren’t the only ones sitting on prime real estate and wondering why their arse is sore.”
Obviously, Donkey Kong has found his new abode quite comfy at Retro Studios now that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has been announced. There are some that still await the return of Starfox, and still a few that are hungry for the rumored Starfox/Metroid Cross over (not me though…)
What are your thoughts on Microsoft’s thoughts on owning DK? What about Nintendo sitting in Starfox without giving us something new?
Many Nintendo fans have been wondering if we will see out favorite heroine make an appearance on the Wii U, and when. Although there is no confirmation that such a game is in development for Samus, Kelbaugh, Tanabe, and Tabata have shared that they have some ideas with Venturebeat. One such thought is to create an attachment for the gamepad that will allow it to become a “zapper of sorts”.
“I [told Tanabe], ‘What, you want to hook a GamePad on a Zapper [gun peripheral]?’” recounted the translator. “He said: ‘No, that’d be too heavy. Maybe something more streamlined. But like a Zapper-style thing with a GamePad feature on it or some device like that. I’d love to do some shooting stuff with something like that! Maybe some day.’”
Kelbaugh and Tabata shared their thoughts on the use of the gamepad itself:
“Samus obviously has a lot of features [in her space suit],” said Tabata. “There’s a lot you can do with that thing — once she pulls her arm up and pulls out that [metal flap] and does some of this stuff [Tabata pretends to punch buttons on her forearm]. I can see mapping some of that to the GamePad. I think that would be really cool.”
Do you think that we will see a Metroid U within the next few years? If so, how are you hoping to see the gamepad work into the storyline?