So I can not compare this to the original, because I didn't play the original. I played a helluva lot of Donkey Kong Country 2 though, and I can tell you how much fun that game would be remade. But I'm here to tell you that with the minor history in Donkey Kong that I do have, this game is an awful lot of fun.
It's always interesting to play a game that is a remake of an old title. You have all those great glory memories of plugging the originals into your SNES or N64 (or PS1, I'm not splitting hairs), and then you put in the new one and, sometimes, it is just as awesome. Donkey Kong comes through in that way. The graphics look sensational - just like I remember them looking on the SNES. Which is hilarious, because obviously the SNES graphics would be pretty bad compared to what we have now with the 720s and the 1080s and the HDs. The game manages to make the whole world interactive - with events happening and affecting your gameplay from the background into the foreground.
|During this segment, you will drive that cart off the track and both die. |
And it will cost you 2 lives. And you will be eternally frustrated.
Donkey Kong has all the fun of platformers of our youth. You have X amount of items to find in each level, including tiles that spell K-O-N-G and a number of puzzle pieces, usually ranging from 5-7. Having items hidden throughout the levels gives the game a nice amount of replayability. Not to mention these platformer style games where a level will take just a few minutes of your day to complete always seem easier to go back and replay for kicks when you need to kill time. All in all, I would say that Donkey Kong Country Returns is definitely a good buy if you're nostalgic for the gaming of yore, or just looking for a good Wii title.