Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

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Developer(s) Nintendo EPD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Donkey Kong Country
Release date May 2018
Genre(s) 3D platformer
Mode(s) Single-player
Ratings US: Everyone 10+
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Wii U
Price $59.99

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a side-scrolling 2.5D platform game developed by Retro Studios and Monster Games for the Wii U. It is the fifth game in the Donkey Kong Country series and a successor to Donkey Kong Country Returns. It follows the adventure of Donkey, Diddy, Dixie, and Cranky Kong as they are flung from their homeland and attempt to come back and reclaim it from the Snowmads, an organization of Viking-like seafarers. The name "Tropical Freeze" is a pun on the term "tropical breeze".

The game was originally slated for release during November 2013 before being pushed back to December 6; it was later pushed back again to February 2014. A Nintendo Switch version was released on May 2018, featuring Funky Kong as a playable character. In North America, the Wii U downloadable version, which requires approximatively 11.3 GB of free space on the console, was taken down from the Nintendo eShop without notice, shortly before the release of the Nintendo Switch version. However, the game is still available digitally in Japan and PAL regions.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was praised for its visuals and sprawling environments. The variety in gameplay, as well as the difficulty, were also noted in numerous critic reviews.