Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Uses DK Vine’s Font?

Okay, it’s technically a coincidence (since both the game and the website use a ‘jungle’ style font called Jungle Fever), but it’s still rather neat anyway.

Especially when you consider that DK Vine actually used the font first.  So you end up sort of wondering whether someone at Retro Studios is hovering around on a fansite taking inspiration from the layout and design motifs used.  You can find a comparison between the two (as well as a sample of the font as used on this very website) in the full post…

Here’s the menu art from Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze:

Note the text saying ‘Lost Mangroves’?  That’s the one.

Now, here’s a picture of DK Vine’s website layout/headers:


As you can see, they’re both the same font, albeit in a different text colour (DK Vine is currently celebrating the release of DKC Tropical Freeze with a Snowmad themed layout) and with a few touch ups to make the text look a bit nicer (the kerning is supposedly awful on this font).

And to top it off, here’s the link to download the font:

As well as a sample it as used in this Nintendo 3DS Daily post:

It’s on like Donkey Kong!

So what do you think? Neat coincidence? Or is Retro getting design ideas from Nintendo fan sites now?



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8 years ago

Wow, weird! I also have that font and have used it in a few projects, without making the connection. I’ll take it as proof positive that Retro spy is real and lurking the boards.