Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Developer(s)Retro Studios
Year released2014
System(s)Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Preceded byDonkey Kong Country Returns
SeriesDonkey Kong Country
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)GeneralCERO All agesESRB EveryonePEGI Ages 3+
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, known in Japan as Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze (ドンキーコング トロピカルフリーズ Donkī Kongu Toropikaru Furīzu?) is a 2.5D side-scrolling platformer game developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo for the Wii U. The fifth installment in the main Donkey Kong Country series, and the first in high-definition, it is the direct sequel to the 2010 Wii game, Donkey Kong Country Returns. Originally slated to be released in November 2013, it was delayed until December 6, then again until February 13, 2014.


The story begins at Donkey Kong's hut, where the Kongs are celebrating his birthday. Suddenly, one of the balloons flies off the Kong house and over the sea, where Snowmad ships are stationed. Far away from the island, a Pointy Tuck watches over them, locating the Kong house and relaying info to their leader, shrouded in a dark silhouette. Upon the leader nodding their approval, the Pointy Tucks bring him a horn which he blows, creating a large amount of wind, as well as an ice dragon.

Just as DK is about to blow the candle out, he notices a mysterious snowflake appear and put out the candle on his birthday cake. He turns away with a frustrated look on his face as he hears an uproar, and he and the other Kongs exit the house. The ice dragon from earlier flies toward Donkey Kong Island, turning the sea under it to ice. The Kongs are then blown away from the island by the ice dragon's intense winds, landing on the Lost Mangroves island. Afterwards, a large ship stations itself where the Volcano from Donkey Kong Country Returns used to be, and the Snowmads seize Donkey Kong Island for their own, turning it into a frosty area with continuous snowfall. It is up to the Kongs to defrost and defeat the threat to their island.

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