The Tsunami Takes on Donkey Kong Country Returns, DK Scares People at the Zoo, and More

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for the Nintendo 3DS will arrive in stores tomorrow, and to celebrate, I thought I’d dig up this old video of competitive eating champion “The Tsunami” Takeru Kobayashi. At the launch event for the Wii version of Donkey Kong Country Returns, he was tasked with the challenge of eating 10 percent of the bananas collected by a player within a given time limit.

You can check out more details and pictures from that particular event here. Nintendo of Canada hasn’t put together a similar event for this launch (that we know of), but their colleagues at Nintendo of America did something… shall we say, “surprising” at the L.A. Zoo for Memorial Day weekend.

Finally, in case you were interested, here is the press release for the game:

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DONKEY KONG COUNTRY RETURNS IS BACK AND OPTIMIZED FOR PORTABLE PLAY

Nintendo 3DS Version of the Classic Wii Game Features a New Mode, Additional Levels and New 3D Graphics

VANCOUVER, B.C., May 23, 2013 – Players all over the world fell in love with many memorable, adventure-filled moments in the well-received Donkey Kong Country Returns game for Wii: jumping around the game’s lush and colourful side-scrolling levels; clinging to the side of a swinging platform; riding on a speeding mine cart; and leaping from barrel to barrel between foreground and background. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, launching May 24 for the Nintendo 3DS system, includes all these great moments, but also offers players a host of new features that were not available in the original Wii game and a beautiful new 3D makeover that makes the graphics look more impressive than ever before.

“Even if you played the original, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is optimized for portable play with new options and new levels,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “The new 3D graphics pop off the screen and add an even greater sense of depth to the layered environments.”

To optimize Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for portable play, “New Mode” has been added to the game. In New Mode, players have access to new items and game-play features. These items include portable “DK Barrels,” which players can use at any time to have access to Diddy Kong; “Green Balloons,” used to protect Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong from falling off a cliff or ledge; and “Crash Guards,” which make players temporarily invincible in rocket barrel or mine cart areas. Fans can also play in “Original Mode” to experience the game as it was originally designed.

Exclusive to Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D are eight new, challenging levels located on a cloud that can only be reached by going through the Golden Temple after players complete the main game. Two players that both own a copy of the game can also connect via local wireless to team up as Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong for some barrel-blasting, rail-riding, ground-pounding multiplayer action.

For more information about Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, visit http://donkeykong.nintendo.com/.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.1 billion video games and more than 654 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.ca.

And just so you know, I’ve already received my review copy and begun playing it– hopefully it won’t take as long for me to produce a review this time, since I’m in familiar territory.

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