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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5/ 5
Best Version of Game! 12/5/2013 11:41:03 AM

Pros: Donkey Kong Country Returns was an amazing return to the series on Wii, but needing to waggle the Wiimote to pound the ground was stupid. The 3DS version features the same exact graphics, levels, and gameplay, but in 3D and without the waggle. Instead you press L or R to pound the ground, and the difference is huge. The game is much better this way and now you can play on the go!

I have gotten much further in this game than I ever did on the Wii.

Cons: Unlike the Wii version, this game only runs at 30fps, which is hardly noticeable unless you compare the two side by side. On the 3DS is looks amazing and plays well, so I have no complaints.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Game! 10/13/2013 8:52:23 PM

Pros: Great graphics, awesome looking 3d. Fun gameplay and level design

Cons: Slightly choppy frame rate

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Really fun Donkey Kong! 7/9/2013 11:51:17 PM

Pros: Classic DKCR gameplay
Easier mode for less-skilled players
Great to not have to shake the controller like Wii

Cons: Frame-rate is not stable

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
great game! 7/6/2013 1:32:48 PM

Pros: I bought a 3ds with a couple games and this was one of them. It has that original DK feel with alot of fun extras. The difficulty progression is spot on perfect. With plenty of things to do. Dont let thé cons discourage you. It's a great game!

Cons: Ended too soon :( your looking at a solid 15 hours of gameplay though.No real replay ability except the mirror mode feature, in which you play levels backwards with 2 hearts and no Diddy kong.

Overall Review: Worth buying for sure!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Best Donkey Kong since Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest 6/6/2013 3:31:45 PM

Pros: - Fantastic port from the Wii version with minimal detail reduction.

- No motion control shenanigans this time around (subjective opinion) The "wii waggle" is replaced this time by the shoulder buttons creating a more reliable mechanism to access the various 'waggle' moves like rolling, blowing, and ground pounding.

- Additional levels created by the port team (Have not got to them yet, unlocking my 5th Temple level right now.

- Amazing gameplay and great animation and accuracy for the character models.

- Classic Nintendo humor.

- Nostalgia to the max.

Cons: - Slight detail reduction from the wii version, hardly noticeable.
- Running at 30 fps mostly. there was very VERY slight slow down on one or two levels when things got busy on the screen but worth mentioning for tech perfectionists.

- Instruction booklet is completely digital. Nintendo has been skimping on instruction booklets as of late and as a retro fan like myself (and who it seems apparent that this game is marketed for) I was disappointing to not have an instruction booklet with Cranky Kong throughout the pages wondering to himself if anyone actually reads them... I suppose they don't. :( He's not even in the digital version!!

Overall Review: Retro Studios is consistently the best 2nd party Nintendo studio out there. They are to Nintendo what Naughty Dog is to Sony with the exception of being 2nd party. They single handedly created the masterpiece that is Metroid Prime on the Nintendo Gamecube creating the definitive Metroid experience and have done the same with the Donkey Kong series. We as the retro fan gaming public are very fortunate to have a company like Retro Studios at the helm of some of Nintendo's more tricky to master franchises.

To end this review on a more snarky note, I just hope to the almighty spaghetti monster or whatever that Nintendo does not hand this series off to Team Ninja next. Ain't no body got time for emo kong or a whiny, angsty Donkey Kong. Thank you and good night.

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