Donkey Kong Country Returns Features No Underwater Levels
Nintendo's E3 lineup was soaked in nostalgia, but it appears that Donkey Kong Country Returns won't be strictly sticking to series tradition. While its visual style and gameplay looks extremely familiar to the SNES classics, water levels will stay in the past.
Kensuke Tanabe is a Nintendo manager working with Retro on the title and stated that the old water stages "felt slow... It just wasn't the kind of gameplay we were looking for."
In the interview with Kotaku, he also shoots down the possible return of crocodile enemies. It appears that King K. Rool will be completely replaced by the new Tiki bad guys. Luckily, they have the same propensity for banana theft. Nothing drives a story forward like banana theft.