Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings
Jun 11, 2012Donkey Kong Country is the second best-selling Super Nintendo Entertainment System game (outselling The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past byDonkey Kong Country is the second best-selling Super Nintendo Entertainment System game (outselling The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past by more than double!) for very good reason. It had the best graphics out of the entire console library due to the 3-D sprites. It also blew away the platforming genre with its creative levels and colorful worlds. The game has musical genius behind it and remains the best to this day. There were a few problems, though. Why does everyone pull a Cranky Kong and rant the game was too easy and too short. I agree that it was a little short for such an amazing game, but it did have challenging parts for sure. What about those mountain levels, especially Snow Barrel Blast excluding the suicidal shortcut! If you used any sort of glitch, played on a Game Boy, or played on a PC emulator, you have no right to say it was too easy if you saved whenever you wanted to! Also, having to buy the Wii Classic Controller to depart the awkward GameCube controls didn't put me in a good mood. I really hated dying when the platform was smaller than actually shown. The bosses were rather easy though, especially the second-to-last one, Dumb Drum. All it was was ten enemies! All these problems were actually pretty minor and didn't make the game that much worse. Overall, challenging, breathtaking title and a must for the Virtual Console shopper!… Full Review »
Mar 2, 2017There is no question that "Donkey Kong Country" is one of the best adventure games ever created on any platform. It was easily better than anyThere is no question that "Donkey Kong Country" is one of the best adventure games ever created on any platform. It was easily better than any Mario game the SNES put out and really raised the bar for what side-scrolling games could do. One can have hours of fun immersed in the DK world. The only problem? Hours of gnashed teeth will also be spent re-beating levels because of the stupid saving mechanism.
The best part of the "DK Country" experience is that it is so unique. It was kind of like playing a Mario game...but with new challenges and characters. I liked how Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong both had unique abilities better suited for certain situations, making you (the gamer) figure out when to use each character. The game is also quite challenging, but not to the breaking point. After enough practice, most levels can be beaten before the hair-pulling stage. It terms of gameplay and presentation, this is a 5-star effort all the way.
The HUGE negative? Having to beat multiple levels before being able to save a game. Now, I realize that I have reviewed many NES games and never complained about the saving, but that was because the NES technology just did not allow for "anytime saving". By the time the SNES came around, though, one could have saved the game after every level. However, the game designers decided to make you "earn" save points by beating a number of levels at a time. In the beginning this is fine, as you whip through the levels and pile up the bananas/balloons without hardly a second thought. Once you get to the ice-levels stage, though, the game requires you to beat 4-5 extremely difficult levels before saving is possible. By this time in the game, the player is operating on more like a 4-5 turn basis per lifespan. I realize the "collecting bananas and trying to get specials" argument for racking up multiple lives, but that isn't why I wanted to play the game. I just want to beat each level and move onto the next without all the "monkey business" (pardon the pun). This issue decreases the whole experience for me by an entire star.
Thus, "Donkey Kong Country" is a classic in the canon of video game adventures. A very frustrating save mechanism does put a damper on the experience for all but the experts, but overall it is still a fun game.… Full Review »