Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a Wii Uplatform game produced by Nintendo and Retro Studios, a sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns.Donkey Kong is celebrating his birthday with Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong when the Snomads, a horde of rampaging Vikings from the frigid northern seas, invade Donkey Kong Island and kick the Kongs out of their home; Donkey, Diddy, Dixie, and Cranky must then trek across six different islands to reclaim their turf (and undo the magic spell that's turned it into an icy tundra).Previous Donkey Kong Country composer David Wisereturns to the series to compose the soundtrack for the game, replacing Kenji Yamamoto from Returns. On December 2nd, 2013, the game's updated boxart revealed the long-rumored fourth playable character: Cranky Kong, Promoted to Playable for the first time in the series.
Tropes featured in Tropical Freeze include:
2½D: Tropical Freeze expands on what Returns did by adding curving paths and Camera Perspective Switch during segments like barrel cannon senquences. Certain Minecart Madness levels also involve jumping back and forth between parallel rails.
Abnormal Ammo: One of the enemies is a penguin archer who fires fish as projectiles. Diddy can still use his Peanut Popguns, of course, and Dixie gains a gumball gun.
Combination Attack: The Kong Pow. Collecting bananas gradually fills a gauge on the HUD that, when full, allows the Kongs to transform all onscreen enemies into extra lives, recovery hearts, or Banana Coins. It takes two characters to pull off the move, though, so Donkey Kong is out of luck if he's by himself.
No Flow in CGI: According to producer Kensuke Tanabe, the developers decided to take advantage of the Wii U's power by averting this, despite highly increased development time. The E3 2013 reveal of the game saw Satoru Iwata making a special point of calling attention to DK's new fur physics.
Our Dragons Are Different: The leader of the Snomads uses a magic horn to summon / control a gigantic ice dragon. The dragon's icy breath freezes over Donkey Kong Island, turning it into a more suitable home for the Snomads.
Shout Out: To New Super Mario Bros U, from Donkey Kong's brother franchise and released a year earlier. The plot of Tropical Freeze involves the heroes getting thrown from their home and spending most of the rest of the time venturing back to DK Island.
Cranky Kong's gameplay style involves using his cane as a pogo stick. Sound familiar?