Donkey Kong Country 3 Game Boy Advance
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  • Summary: In a world where ostriches wear tennis shoes and the Kongs clamber through exotic island adventures, KAOS is on the rampage and you must use Dixie's skills to save the day. Dixie and Kiddy Kong take a run through the jungle to rescue Diddy and Donkey Kong! Baron K. Roolenstein, the leader of the Kremlings, kidnapped Donkey and Diddy, and Dixie and Kiddy must run, roll, hop, and swing across enemy-infested stages. Let the Kremling-crushin' commence with all-new minigames, nine worlds to journey through, more than 50 levels and two-player mode. The beloved side-scrollin' sequel to Donkey Kong Country 1 & 2 is now in the palm of your hands! Use Kiddy Kong's and Dixie Kong's unique abilities like the water skip and helicopter spin to go ape on the baddies. A ninth world, Pacifica, has been added to the original eight worlds. It includes six all-new levels - set from the deepest drain pipes to the tallest treetops - and adds two to three hours of brand-new gameplay. Play all-new mini-games to earn money and items. Compete in a series of boat races in Funky's Challenge, use a shield to block an onslaught of spiked creatures in Cranky's Dojo, or race through tunnels collecting stars in Swanky's Dash. Check back for more information on this game as the release date approaches, and be on the lookout for "Where is Donkey Kong?" Help us find DK in a charity benefit for all his real-life animal friends. Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Since 2D never really evolved far beyond this point, the game of course not only holds up but is a true blessing as it looks absolutely magnificent on the Micro screen. [Nov p.96]
  2. Games of this era hold up well even today, and the excellent two-player mode is nice for those of you (all seven!) that still use you GBA link cables. [Nov 2005, p.182]
  3. 80
    If Donkey Kong Country 3 was released today as an original title, it would redefine 2D platform gaming.
  4. And while the new features might make only die-hard fans go ape, DKC3 is still rock solid. [Dec 2005, p.116]
  5. Donkey Kong Country 3 isn't a huge leap over "DKC2," but it's still a first-rate platformer with plenty to see and do.
  6. The stylised visuals looks great after all these years (and better than most things on GBA, it has to be said), and the exacting, refined gameplay formula still had us as hooked now as it did back then.
  7. 60
    DKC 3 is a passable casual adventure platforming title, but it just doesn't compare to the masterpiece of the original--how can you have a Donkey Kong game without the main ape anyways?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. KelliL.
    Nov 30, 2005
    I think this game is the best one yet.
  2. May 27, 2012
    This game was awesome.
  3. Feb 22, 2013
    With the same amazing gameplay and desgin from the original in tact, as well as some new minigames, and an absolutely brilliant and brand new soundtrack written by the original composer himself, this is the definitive version of DKC3. The new soundtrack is amazing, and just sells it for me. Everything else as well is improved and updated, and if your ever thinking of playing DKC3, play this version, it is well worth it. Expand
  4. Jul 18, 2011
    As much as I love this port, it is somewhat hampered by slippery characters. Also, this game lies far too much on trial-and-error, but that's ok, because I can still enjoy the colorful graphics. Expand
  5. RyanB.
    Nov 6, 2005
    I've never been a fan of the DKC ports for the Gameboy Advance because they always seem to emphasize the shortcomings of the GBA hardware. RARE tries harder to mask these problems in DKC3, but they are still evident: Certain levels are disgustingly washed out, sound effects are often changed for the worst, sprites and levels are resized, throw-away dialog was shoehorned in... but one benefit of all this, is rather than try to re-create the original SNES soundtrack using the lesser GBA hardware (resulting in a grainy transition), DKC3 for the GBA gets a brand new techno-esque soundtrack that sounds better than if they had tried to port over the music note-for-note. One of the more faithful Donkey Kong Country GBA ports, but it still manages to get too much wrong; there are options to adjust the volume of the music and the sound effects - but nothing to manually change the game's contrast? Shame on you, Rare. Collapse

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