Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, released back in 2014 on Wii U, isn’t really the easiest of platformers… quite the opposite. Just like its predecessor, Donkey Kong Country Returns, it offers a pretty hefty challenge, even if you don’t venture into the rage-inducing temple levels.
Therefore, it’s not really surprising that the Nintendo Switch version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze would add a little something to make the game easier for less experienced players. In fact, the Nintendo 3DS version of Donkey Kong Country Returns featured a “New Mode”, that gave 3 hearts to Donkey Kong, and added several items to make the game a little bit easier.
But there’s no “New Mode” in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Nintendo Switch. Instead, the developers decided to add a brand new character: Funky Kong! The Funkiest member of the Kong family can double jump, hover, perform infinite rolls, and perform infinite udnerwater corkscrews, no less.
Anyone who has already played the game knows this is a pretty big deal, as all those abilities make the game significantly easier. The fact that Funky Kong’s surfboard allows him to avoid taking damage when landing on spikes really cements the fact he’s been designed to help newcomers… though there’s no doubt experienced players will manage to find ways to use his abilities in impressive superplays and/or speedruns!
Also, the Nintendo Switch version of the game will be playable with just one Joy-Con, allowing 2 players to enjoy some (intense) co-op platforming with just one set of Joy-Cons! Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there’s any additional content, like the extra world in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D…
Here’s the trailer / footage from the Nintendo Direct Mini, as well as some pictures:
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch) comes out on May 3rd in Japan, and May 4th in Europe and North America.
Source: Nintendo PR