Donkey Kong Country Returns is Back and Optimized for Portable Play

  Donkey Kong Country Returns is Back and Optimized for Portable Play

 Nintendo 3DS Version of the Classic Wii Game Features a New Mode, Additional
                          Levels and New 3D Graphics

Business Wire

REDMOND, Wash. -- May 23, 2013

Players all over the world fell in love with many memorable, adventure-filled
moments in the well-received Donkey Kong Country Returns game for Wii: jumping
around the game’s lush and colorful side-scrolling levels; clinging to the
side of a swinging platform; riding on a speeding mine cart; and leaping from
barrel to barrel between foreground and background. Donkey Kong Country
Returns 3D, launching May 24 for the Nintendo 3DS system, includes all these
great moments, but also offers players a host of new features that were not
available in the original Wii game and a beautiful new 3D makeover that makes
the graphics look more impressive than ever before.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Box Art (Photo: Business Wire)

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Box Art (Photo: Business Wire)

“Even if you played the original, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is optimized
for portable play with new options and new levels,” said Scott Moffitt,
Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The new
3D graphics pop off the screen and add an even greater sense of depth to the
layered environments.”

To optimize Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for portable play, “New Mode” has
been added to the game. In New Mode, players have access to new items and
game-play features. These items include portable “DK Barrels,” which players
can use at any time to have access to Diddy Kong; “Green Balloons,” used to
protect Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong from falling off a cliff or ledge; and
“Crash Guards,” which make players temporarily invincible in rocket barrel or
mine cart areas. Fans can also play in “Original Mode” to experience the game
as it was originally designed.

Exclusive to Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D are eight new, challenging levels
located on a cloud that can only be reached by going through the Golden Temple
after players complete the main game. Two players that both own a copy of the
game can also connect via local wireless to team up as Donkey Kong and Diddy
Kong for some barrel-blasting, rail-riding, ground-pounding multiplayer
action.

To celebrate the release of the game, Nintendo is partnering with the Los
Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens on Memorial Day weekend to host a fun event on
the zoo grounds. Attendees will get to take part in an interactive gorilla
experience and play Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. The event will be held May
24-27 at the Los Angeles Zoo.

For more information about Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, visit
http://donkeykong.nintendo.com/.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage
the content their children can access. For more information about this and
other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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