Is Donkey Kong 3D on the way?
Because according to a certain member at a well known Donkey Kong discussion forum, EB Games is advertising such a game as available to pre order.
It’s not a faked photo either, the member who posted it, Scraps69, took the photograph of the game on the shelf himself at a recent visit to said store. Here’s the picture in question (I hope the site doesn’t mind me using it, especially given how I link back to the topic below):
As you can see, that’s clearly a Donkey Kong 3D box on the shelf. And while I do call the reliability of the shop into doubt a bit based on the fact they’ve got the 3DS Smash Bros to pre order and stock artwork representing it, keep in mind all other games on the above shelf have either been released or confirmed by Nintendo. Which sort of implies someone has told the store management such a game is due to be released in the foreseeable future.
None the less, there’s some ‘evidence’ a new Donkey Kong game for 3DS could be on the way. Would it be a new Donkey Kong Country title by Retro Studios? Quite possible if the stock artwork used reflects the general style of the game. How about a Donkey Kong 64 remake? Again it’s possible, although you’d think they’d still have the ’64’ in the title (note how both Super Mario 64 DS and Star Fox 64 3D both retained their original titles despite being released on a new console). Finally, there’s the depressing possibility it could just be a spinoff game like the ones made by Paon.
Still, seems like possible evidence of a new Donkey Kong game coming to 3DS soon, and its backed up by a fairly reliable source. Just take it as a rumour for now based on the fact the box art seems to be just stock images and that only one shop/franchise seems to be accepting pre orders for it.
Edit: Not just the one store. Gamespot apparently has a page for the game (see under source, second link). As does GameFAQs, since it’s tied to Gamespot. And so does Metacritic.