Awesome / Donkey Kong Country Returns

  • The ending, where Donkey Kong punches the moon into Tiki Tong's lair!
    • And if you do it in co-op, Diddy rocket boosts DK into it.
  • In the beginning cutscene, Donkey Kong gets accosted by the Kalimba Tiki, who starts its hypnosis routine. Does Donkey Kong fall under its spell like the other animals? Nope, he merely does an Aside Glance and starts beating the Tiki to a pulp. Also counts as an epic Establishing Character Moment.
    • Becomes a Crowning Moment of Funny when Word of God says the only reason Donkey Kong doesn't serve the Tikis is that he's too dumb to hypnotise.
    • It's even funnier when you watch the Tiki after its second failed hypnosis attempt and you can just hear it thinking, "...well shit."
  • The rolling rail segment in level 4-3, Bombs Away. Words fail to do it justice.
  • Tiki Tong gets one in his battle. Does he hypnotize some poor sap into fighting for him? Does he stand aside while his henchman did all the work? No. He directly engages DK. Admittebly, it doesn't end so well for him. BUT STILL!
  • Getting to pull off a Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on each Tiki before knocking them into the sky never gets old.
  • The reveal trailer at E3. It starts off with Reggie Fils-Aime telling the audeince, "Retro Studios has produced some great Metroid titles. But when they said they were ready for something new, we asked them to take one of the most treasured franchises in video game history and to make it magic again. If you listen, you can hear it coming." Cue gameplay footage with the familiar DKC theme playing. When Donkey Kong burst onto the screen, the audience cheered. And when they saw it was traditional 2D side-scrolling in the vein of the classic DKC games, they cheered even louder.