17/05/2013 12:00 | By Matt Wales, games editor, MSN Tech
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D review

Donkey Kong Country Returns returns on 3DS in 3D. Got that?

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What is it? Donkey Kong returns as Nintendo’s rock-hard Wii platformer gets miniaturised for the 3DS - and it’s every bit as good as you remember.

What’s it on? Nintendo 3DS.

When’s it out? 24 May 2013.

Back in the good old days, it was British developer Rare that turned Donkey Kong from scaffolding-obsessed villain and occasional cameo karter to a bone fide platform game star. Rare’s fondly remembered Donkey Kong Country series graced the Super Nintendo from 1994 onward over three different games - its gloriously pre-rendered visuals losing favour once consoles grew powerful enough to shift polygons about the place.

Sixteen years later though, the Donkey Kong Country series made a triumphant return on Wii in the more-than-capable hands of Metroid Prime developer Retro Studios. Critics and fans alike loved its supremely creative side-scrolling action - even while its eyebrow-raising difficulty level caused many a grown man to weep.

Now though, Donkey Kong Country Returns once more, subtly massaged and squeezed onto Nintendo’s 3DS handheld. Is Nintendo’s portable the perfect format for its top-tier primate? Read on to find out...

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