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  • Blog Post: The Art Of Donkey Kong Country Returns Video Swings Into Our Hearts

    Over the years, Donkey Kong has transformed his image from villain to hero, adopting a modest monogrammed tie for a more professional look (well, they're technically not the same gorilla, but we won't get into that). He first starred in his own adventure with the graphically impressive Super... More
  • Blog Post: June 2013 NPD Report: The Last Of Us Is First Among Titles

    This month saw lower sales than June 2012, but thankfully, things improved after last month's terrible performance . The top ten best selling retail games from last month tell an interesting story. As a reminder, NPD only tracks retail sales in the United States. It is valuable as a slice of the... More
  • Blog Post: May 2013 NPD: Injustice Reigns Again, This Time Over Weakest Month Since May 2000

    The May 2013 NPD report on United States retail video game sales has been released, and the news is not good for the video game industry. Injustice sits atop the charts for the second month in a row, but it presides over a much weaker month than its debut period. Total video game sales saw a 25 percent... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Promises New Retro Studios Game Announcement Soon

    Retro Studios, the developer behind the excellent Metroid Prime series, has been mostly quiet since the release of Donkey Kong Country Returns in 2010, but Nintendo is promising news from the studio soon. In an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine , Nintendo's Hiro Yamada (who is currently serving... More
  • Blog Post: Here Are The New Trailers From Nintendo's 3DS Direct Conference

    This morning, Nintendo made a number of exciting 3DS announcements including a new Zelda , a new Yoshi's Island, a new Mario Party, a new Mario vs. Donkey (now Mario and Donkey Kong), and others . Here are all the new trailers that Nintendo has been nice enough to officially release. Animal Crossing... More
  • Blog Post: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Will Have New Content

    The upcoming Donkey Kong Country Returns port for 3DS has been somewhat mysterious. We knew it would be a direct port and add stereoscopic 3D, but we weren't sure if it would have anything completely new. A press release on Nintendo's UK site reveals that the game will in fact have new content... More
  • Blog Post: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3DS Coming This May

    Nintendo announced that Donkey Kong Country Returns would be coming to the 3DS sometime this year, and now we have a release date. What are you doing this May? The official release date is May 24. Nintendo didn't have much else to add, so they provided the above image of a gorilla messing around... More
  • Blog Post: Retro Studios Not Developing Donkey Kong Country Returns For 3DS

    We learned in February that the top-notch Wii DK sequel, Donkey Kong Country Returns, will be coming to the 3DS this summer. Now we've learned the developer of the Wii game, Retro Studios, isn't working on the 3DS version. Instead, the 3DS adaptation is being handled by Monster Games, the same... More
  • Blog Post: Donkey Kong Country Returns Remade For 3DS

    The Wii game Donkey Kong Country Returns is getting a 3D makeover as it heads over to the 3DS. The game will come out sometime this summer, but in the meantime you can see a video of it in action at the Nintendo eShop. More
  • Blog Post: Retro Working On Popular Title For Nintendo HD Console

    Since we broke the news that Nintendo was getting set to unveil a new, HD-ready system at E3, tons of news has been coming out about the system. The latest is that Metroid Prime trilogy developer Retro Studios is working on a title for the console. The Paul Gale Network says it has talked to two different... More
  • Blog Post: DKC Returns, New Super Mario Bros. Wii Post Big Sales

    Nintendo has released some U.S. sales total for a few of its big titles, and the numbers are impressive. Following the February NPD data, Nintendo released its own sales data, which show the enduring power of some of its legendary franchises. To date, Donkey Kong Country Returns has sold over 2 million... More
  • Blog Post: No Sequel Planned For Donkey Kong Country Returns

    If you’re expecting Nintendo to deliver a quick and dirty sequel to last year’s hit Donkey Kong Country Returns, you might want to scale back your expectations. For one, Retro Studio’s president and CEO Michael Kelbaugh told us that making a platformer was a lot more work than he expected... More
  • Blog Post: Early Donkey Kong Art Impresses

    Unrestricted by technology or the manifestation of play, concept art is routinely some of the most impressive and intriguing images made available in early game design. Artist Sammy Hall of Retro Studios has shared a gallery of “pre-visuals, concept arts, and production illustrations,” from... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What Will Be This Holiday's Top-Selling Game?

    So September NPD results came out this week, and (unsurprisingly) Halo Reach was the big winner . But that got me thinking: We're just now hitting the weeks of huge holiday releases. Of all the gigantic triple-A games coming out in the next few months, what do you think will end up being the best... More
  • Blog Post: New Donkey Kong Country Returns Trailer Swings Into Focus

    Check out a brand new trailer and a batch of screenshots showcasing Retro Studios' take on the beloved side-scroller franchise. The new trailer introduces Rambi the rhinoceros, DK's new mount who can use its considerably large horn to take out obstacles and spear enemies. Considering that the... More
  • Blog Post: Donkey Kong Country Pre-Order Bonus Surfaces

    Donkey Kong Country Returns' release date is creeping up on us. If you haven't pre-ordered the game, you might want to now. For all online and in-store pre-orders, Gamestop is handing out an exclusive banana pouch on the day the game ships. Let me tell you, your friends will respect you so much... More
  • Blog Post: Donkey Kong Country Returns in Barrel Busting New Video

    Nintendo always looks to its past to define its future, and we couldn't be more pleased at the news that Donkey Kong Country Returns is bringing back the beloved SNES 2D platformer to the Wii. This new trailer shows off a ton of gameplay, all of which looks awesome. It's just like the old days... More
  • Blog Post: First Hands-On With Donkey Kong Country Returns

    I was raised on the NES and SNES, and my favorite genre growing up was 2D platformers. Though the 8- and 16-bit Mario games always (rightfully) hogged the spotlight, I had a special love for Rare’s trio of Donkey Kong Country games on the SNES. As such, you can imagine my pleasure to hear that... More
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