The Furry New Donkey Kong Yanks A Gimmick From Super Mario Bros. 2

The Furry New Donkey Kong Yanks A Gimmick From Super Mario Bros. 2

Why is the giant ape of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for the Wii U so damn fluffy? Why is he fighting Vikings? And why is it borrowing a mechanic from, of all games, Super Mario Bros. 2? Producer Kensuke Tanabe has answers, and he is the answer in one case.

You see, one of the first games Tanabe worked on as a director was Super Mario Bros. 2, known as Super Mario USA in Japan. That was the game that introduced the idea of yanking fruits and vegetables from the ground to use as weapons to the Mario universe, a tactic quietly tucked away after Mario moved on to bigger and better things.

Well, Tanabe is taking it back!

Check out the Developer Direct for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze to find out how the newly fuzzy ape will be yanking it, how he got fuzzy, and the odd thought process that led to Vikings.


  • The big question for me though is: will there be a ‘roll’ button this time or will I still have to shake (or with Wii U perhaps draw lol) every fucking time to roll? I loved the SNES Donky Kong games, really didn’t like DKC-Returns but hoping this one will bring it all back.

    Also 4th playable Character? Doubt it’d be Kiddie Kong (they siad all the character play different and he was pretty much just Donkey Kong), I remember there being other characters in DK 64 but not sure who/what they were anymore lol….Or it’s just someone brand new 😛

  • Here are the potentials for the 4th Character they’re keeping under wraps:

    – Funky Kong
    – Swanky Kong
    – Kiddie Kong
    – Chunky Kong
    – Lanky Kong
    – Candy Kong
    – Cranky Kong
    – Tiny Kong
    – K Rool
    – New Character

    My bets are on Funky since he appears quite similar to Donkey. Plus, no-one likes Kiddie.

  • Technically it’s borrowing from Doki Doki Panic, which was redone as Super Mario Brothers 2 in the USA. /pedantMode

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