Here’s What Donkey Kong Country Could Look Like With DK’s Old Design!

As you likely know, Donkey Kong Country on SNES redesigned the characters quite a bit compared to their arcade counterparts. Indeed, not only did Rare’s new DK look far more animalistic than his original equivalent, but his sidekick Diddy Kong went from being Donkey Kong Jr to an all new character in his own right.

It was a risky move for the company, but it paid off and created some extremely memorable designs that have stayed with us ever since.

Yet what if it didn’t happen? What would Donkey Kong Country look like with the arcade style Donkey Kong and Jr in the lead roles? How would things have differed if Miyamoto was as strict towards Rare with DK as he was towards Sticker Star era Paper Mario developers?

Well, thanks to this new video by Spacepig22, we can see for ourselves! Have a look:

Yeah, it’s certainly something isn’t it? Seeing Donkey Kong looking like the gormless ape from the arcade title or Diddy Kong as Jr is a different experience to say the least.

But the thing is, it’s not really a pleasant one. Why? Because put simply, the original character appearances just don’t work for this sort of game. Everything from DK’s goofy grin to the walk animations and stylings just look off.

That’s not the fault of the video creator (who did a damn good job at making these models and seamlessly splicing them into game footage), but in general the style just doesn’t work. DK and Diddy just look and work 100 times better in the style used in the actual game.

Still, what do you think about it? Are you impressed by this animation and the models used? What do you think about the idea of Donkey Kong Country in this style?

Have your say in the comments below or on social media today!

Nintendo UK Accidentally Reveals Spyro Reignited Trilogy Could Be Heading to Nintendo Switch

Earlier today, Spyro Reignited Trilogy was officially revealed for the first time. This game is a set of remakes of the first three Spyro games on one disc and is due to be released on the PS4 and Xbox One on September 21st 2018.

However, one console it’s not been revealed for is the Nintendo Switch. Sure, it’s not been confirmed as not coming to the system, and like N Sane Trilogy there’s certainly the possibility it’ll be released there later, but as of now, no mention has been made of the title on Nintendo’s system.

But that may be about to change soon! Why? Because earlier today, Nintendo UK listed a very interesting choice of game on their website. That game?

Spyro the Dragon Remastered.

Yes really. For a short time today, Nintendo UK actually listed the new Spyro game right there on their official store, as seen in the screenshot below:

Spyro Reignited Trilogy Nintendo Shop Page

As well as this archive snapshot taken before the page was pulled down.
And this likely means exactly what you think it does. Official Nintendo websites aren’t usually the type to make mistakes here, and previous listings there have almost always correlated with a game set to be announced in future. Hence while it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility this is a total mistake by the company, it’s exceedingly unlikely to be the case.

Which in turn means that yes, the game page is right. Spyro Reignited Trilogy likely is headed to the Nintendo Switch at some point in the foreseeable future. It also likely means either the page was removed because of an upcoming reveal (perhaps in a Direct) or because it went against Activision’s marketing plan for the time being.

So, fear not Nintendo fans. It seems almost certain that you indeed will get to play Spyro Ignited Trilogy on Nintendo Switch. All that’s left to wonder is exactly when you’ll be able to do so…

Spyro the Dragon Remastered (Official Nintendo Store)

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!