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Funky Kong’s Replacement Shopkeeper Revealed for Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

In the upcoming port of Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze for the Nintendo Switch, Funky Kong has been promoted to shopkeeper to playable character. That’s great news for the fans, since not only is Funky Kong a cool dude on a character level, but his new abilities like using his surfboard to jump across spikes and charge through levels make him a really fun character to use mechanically as well.

However, it also raised one question. One that’s likely crossed the minds of many fans since his reveal in the game. Namely, who the hell runs Funky Kong’s shop when he’s playable?

Well as it turns out, Tawks that’s who! Never heard of him? Oh, you wouldn’t have. He’s Squawks the parrot’s new funkier counterpart, a parrot Animal Buddy that Funky Kong has taught to manage his wares and talk like a 90s surfer dude. Here’s a video showing him selling you items in his shop:

As you can see, he’s actually a pretty neat character all round. Oh sure, he’s not a returnee from an earlier game nor a new Kong, but come on, he’s basically a new Animal Buddy. Or the equivalent of one of the Brothers Bear from Donkey Kong Country 3, aka a friendly NPC shopkeeper introduced decades after his predecessors.

And with a design and personality that’s more memorable than Checkpoint Pig (or Professor Chops as Retro thankfully renamed him later on), we really like his inclusion. Really, it’s nice to see someone expanding the lore of the DK series at this time. Or heck, just introducing someone new to the franchise who isn’t just a villain or enemy mook.

So, kudos Monster Games. Kudos for not only creating a new Animal Buddy but making him feel like someone who may have actually appeared in the SNES trilogy. It’s really appreciated, especially for a port like this one.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy Officially Announced!

Well, it’s finally here! After weeks of rumours, leaks and speculation, have officially announced Spyro Reignited Trilogy, a collection consisting of remakes of the first three games in the series. Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it already:

Which as you can tell, looks fantastic. Seriously, just like N Sane Trilogy before it, the people at Toys for Bob have absolutely nailed the visuals here, with every aspect of the title look as amazing as can be. And that’s not all either. Oh no, the original voice cast has mostly returned here too, with Spyro’s actor from the latter two games (Tom Kenny) returning to voice him here as well.

Add this to a reimagined soundtrack based on Steward Copeland’s one in the original titles and other additions, and Spyro Ignited Trilogy looks like a fantastic way to reboot the series and get peoples’ interest in the series once again.

So, check it out, and consider buying the title when it debuts on PS4 and Xbox One on September 21st!

Source:

Spyro Reignited Trilogy Confirmed (IGN)

Waluigi Has Been Modded into Mario Kart 7

When it came out in 2011, Mario Kart 7 had most of what the fans wanted in a Mario Kart game. It had some great new tracks, like Shy Guy Bazaar, Melody Motorway and Rosalina’s Ice World. It had the best set of returning tracks in the series, including such gems as Waluigi Pinball, Airship Fortress and Maple Treeway. And well, it was the one game that introduced tons of great new characters too. Like Shy Guy, Lakitu and Wiggler.

However, it also had one small issue. Namely… Waluigi wasn’t it. It managed to have Queen Bee from Super Mario Galaxy sure, but Waluigi? Nah, guess Nintendo and Retro never thought of putting him in the game.

But thanks to the fans, that’s all now gone and changed. Yup, as seen below, Waluigi has been modded into Mario Kart 7 as a playable character:

When it came out in 2011, Mario Kart 7 had most of what the fans wanted in a Mario Kart game. It had some great new tracks, like Shy Guy Bazaar, Melody Motorway and Rosalina’s Ice World. It had the best set of returning tracks in the series, including such gems as Waluigi Pinball, Airship Fortress and Maple Treeway. And well, it was the one game that introduced tons of great new characters too. Like Shy Guy, Lakitu and Wiggler.

However, it also had one small issue. Namely… Waluigi wasn’t it. It managed to have Queen Bee from Super Mario Galaxy sure, but Waluigi? Nah, guess Nintendo and Retro never thought of putting him in the game.

But thanks to the fans, that’s all now gone and changed. Yup, as seen below, Waluigi has been modded into Mario Kart 7 as a playable character:

When it came out in 2011, Mario Kart 7 had most of what the fans wanted in a Mario Kart game. It had some great new tracks, like Shy Guy Bazaar, Melody Motorway and Rosalina’s Ice World. It had the best set of returning tracks in the series, including such gems as Waluigi Pinball, Airship Fortress and Maple Treeway. And well, it was the one game that introduced tons of great new characters too. Like Shy Guy, Lakitu and Wiggler.

However, it also had one small issue. Namely… Waluigi wasn’t it. It managed to have Queen Bee from Super Mario Galaxy sure, but Waluigi? Nah, guess Nintendo and Retro never thought of putting him in the game.

But thanks to the fans, that’s all now gone and changed. Yup, as seen below, Waluigi has been modded into Mario Kart 7 as a playable character:

What’s more, it’s a really well-done mod too. All the animations work well, all the icons have been changed, his voice clips are identical to the ones in other Mario spinoffs… Indeed, if I didn’t know this was a mod, I’d actually think it was an official bit of DLC. Seriously, it really does look that professional.

So, if you’re a fan of Waluigi (or just want to see Mario Kart 7’s roster fixed up), check it out. It’s a nice fan made character mod that replaces Honey Queen with Waluigi and basically does exactly what fans have wanted the game to do from the very beginning.

Thanks for making it PabloMK7!

What’s more, it’s a really well-done mod too. All the animations work well, all the icons have been changed, his voice clips are identical to the ones in other Mario spinoffs… Indeed, if I didn’t know this was a mod, I’d actually think it was an official bit of DLC. Seriously, it really does look that professional.

So, if you’re a fan of Waluigi (or just want to see Mario Kart 7’s roster fixed up), check it out. It’s a nice fan made character mod that replaces Honey Queen with Waluigi and basically does exactly what fans have wanted the game to do from the very beginning.

Thanks for making it PabloMK7

What’s more, it’s a really well-done mod too. All the animations work well, all the icons have been changed, his voice clips are identical to the ones in other Mario spinoffs… Indeed, if I didn’t know this was a mod, I’d actually think it was an official bit of DLC. Seriously, it really does look that professional.

So, if you’re a fan of Waluigi (or just want to see Mario Kart 7’s roster fixed up), check it out. It’s a nice fan made character mod that replaces Honey Queen with Waluigi and basically does exactly what fans have wanted the game to do from the very beginning.

Thanks for making it PabloMK7!

More DLC is Coming to Super Mario Odyssey

It’s been hinted for months by dataminers, but now it’s official. More DLC is indeed coming to Super Mario Odyssey in the future.

Yup, as mentioned by the official Japanese Nintendo website, more costumes and hint photos are coming to the game in future, with other things being possible along the line as well.  Like say, a kingdom where you can get this Luigi sticker from Luigi’s backpack:

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Or what not. And given how they also released another hint picture right there in the update:

New Mario Odyssey Hint Art

It’s quite clear that the DLC is gonna keep on coming for this one.

So, fret not Mario fans. Nintendo’s gonna keep this game’s DLC coming for quite a while to come, and it could get better and better all the while!

Source:

Introducing Super Mario Odyssey Updates (Official Nintendo Site)

April PlayStation Plus Lineup

Welcome to a new upcoming month GL and GR readers, as such Sony is giving its PlayStation users some free games if you have their PSN+ service. So if you do and own one of the following consoles, then see what you’re getting this month for free:

PlayStation 4:

  • Mad Max
  • TrackMania Turbo

PlayStation 3:

  • In Space we Brawl (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Toy Home

PlayStation Vita:

  • 99 Vidas (Cross Buy with PS3 and PS4)
  • Q*Bert Rebooted (Cross Buy with PS3 and PS4)