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YMMV: Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Behold... DK as a rhyming gentleman.
  • Awesome Music: Much of the original Donkey Kong Country soundtrack was remixed, mixed in with original tunes. As expected of the series' music, it doesn't disappoint.
    • The only songs missing from the original DKC are: Bad Boss Boogie, Ice Cave Chant, Cave Dweller Concert, Misty Menace, and of course, K. Rool's Theme.
  • Broken Base:
  • Demonic Spiders: A wall made of them!
  • Funny Moments: Mugly's death sequence, in which it essentially does three poses before falling.
  • Game Breaker: The Banana Juice power-up gives you an additional ten health points on top of the existing 2 (4 with Diddy), and only costs 20 coins (it's not hard to acquire that many during a single level, and almost guaranteed across two levels). This can make some levels go from mind-shatteringly difficult to extremely easy simply by equipping it. It only lasts for one life though, unlike the Heart Boost (1 extra heart), which stays with you for an entire level no matter how many times you die (but will be removed if you exit the level). Given the game's difficulty level, the Banana Juice is almost necessary in certain situations in order to get 100% Completion. Especially in the hidden temple levels; World 5's in particular. If you were dependent on these items, then good luck trying to complete these levels in Mirror Mode, where you can't use items, Diddy is unavailable, and you only have one heart!
  • Goddamned Bats: Played literally in Crowded Cavern.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • "Dadada-dada-dada-da....DA! (Pop!)"
    • Tutorial Pig, what with his jingling little flag trying to coax you into using the Super Guide.
    • The groaning sound Donkey Kong makes upon dying, in large part because you will end up hearing it A LOT.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: After a particularly tough level segment, nothing boosts your spirits more than the sound of a Checkpoink. Ditto the stage clear barrel fanfare.
    • Not to mention the sound of repeated smacks, delivered by Wiimote shakes. Whether you're smacking open an end-of-level barrel for something on the order of 15 banana coins, or saying goodbye to that world's Tiki Tak tribesman, it's always a welcome noise.
    • Killing Kowalee in the Golden Temple.
    • The closing credits...after finally getting that last puzzle piece...which requires playing ALL of the mirror stages...including the temple levels AND the Golden Temple!
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • One of the forest levels has an Advancing Wall of Doom... made of SPIDERS! Even worse, they're baby spiders that come from you smashing open egg sacks. And if you fall a little too far behind they'll drag Donkey or Diddy down into their depths, complete with look of utter terror on the poor ape's face.
    • The aptly named "Tidal Terror". Nothing like big rogue waves coming right at the screen.
  • Polished Port: The 3DS release has better controls and optional easy modes, as well as more levels in the Golden Temple. The only drawback is that runs at 30 FPS (as opposed to the Wii version running at 60 frames).
  • Replacement Scrappy: The Tikis for the Kremlings. Many have their reasons as to why they're disliked, but for some it could be the sudden amount of wizardry and sorcery added into a series that didn't rely on it that much through the original trilogy and 64.
  • Scenery Porn / Visual Effects of Awesome: General consensus is that the silhouette level in the sunset is beautiful.
    • To really drive this trope home: remember Retro's last project, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption? A game that was already gorgeous? DKCR has three times as many polygons.
    • It could be said that most of the levels are scenery porn. It can actually be a hindrance because while you're staring at the chunks of rock slowly melting into the lava, the streams of lava pouring down from ledges, and the fireballs launching from below, you can forget that these things are there to kill you. Don't worry, the game reminds you soon enough.
    • The barrels that catapult you about a mile in Longshot Launch.
    • Seriously, nearly every level has at least one setpiece designed to show off Retro's talents.
  • The Scrappy: The checkpoint pig, to some frustrated players. Mostly when offering the Super Guide after countless deaths.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The waggle abilities are already getting a reputation. The Ground Pound and the Blow aren't so bad. Having to waggle to do a roll (and thus perform a super jump, a key ability in the platforming) can really suck, especially if you're in a very chaotic and fast paced level.
    • This is largely mitigated in the 3DS port, as waggle functions have been mapped to normal button presses.
    • For some, the Rocket Barrel levels.
  • Stop Helping Me!: Once it appears, the only way to get rid of Tutorial Pig's offer to use the Super Guide is to beat the level.
  • That One Boss:
    • The Mole Train is widely hated, because it seems to show no signs of ending and it's a matter of predicting when fighting the moles. Have fun on Mirror Mode.
    • Feather Fiend (the world 7 boss) can be frustrating because his pattern is hard to figure out at first and it takes awhile for him to reveal his weak point.
    • The final boss, as well. If you die any time during the boss battle, you don't get Diddy back. This is after a Trial and Error Gameplay-filled rocket barrel section.
  • That One Level: It's almost universal that Stage 4-5 is not fondly regarded. To an extent, World 4 as a whole is this.
  • Ugly Cute: Toothberries, the creatures first seen in Stage 3-5 and Snaggles, the sharks that leap out of the water to bite you.
  • Waggle: The most common complaint with the game, especially in regards to rolling.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The Golden Temple. Giant, floating fruit? Alright. A bunch of floating island things? Fine. Purple, tie-wearing flying koalas that toss bombs at you? Okay, now this is weird.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Though games like Donkey Kong Jungle Beat and DK Jungle Climber have their defenders, this is the first DK game to be universally acclaimed since Donkey Kong 64, or even before. And for good reason.

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