In addition to Donkey Kong Country, the fighting game Natsume Championship Wrestling and the RPG The Immortal will also be available
great news for the owners of a Nintendo Switch: from this Wednesday (15), the classic Donkey Kong Country, from the Super Nintendo, will be available for the console. The game will be available free of charge to all those who have a subscription to the Nintendo Switch Online (NSO).
In addition to Donkey Kong Country, the month of July also reserves two new additions for DSO subscribers, also bringing the wrestling game Natsume Championship Wrestling (which will be added to the Super Nintendo game library) and the isometric RPG The Immortal (which will be added to the library) of NES games).
Donkey Kong Country Nintendo's most recent classic to be available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, and in previous months the company has also released famous titles like Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid, Star Fox, Super Punch-Out and Breath of Fire 2 (all originally released on Super Nintendo) in addition to Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Double Dragon, Excitebike and Ninja Gaiden (all originally released for the NES).
The Importance of Donkey Kong Country
Launched in 1994, Donkey Kong Country It is considered one of the best games ever released for the Super Nintendo, and stood out from other games of the time, both for its technical qualities and for some innovations for the platform game genre.
The game arose from the idea of using a classic character Donkey Kong which had not yet been reused by Nintendo in a new version: the very monkey that gave the original title a name. While the jumpman for the arcade game was named Mario and became the best-known face of Nintendo in the world, Donkey Kong (the barrel-playing monkey) has made no appearance in new games since the 1980s.
This came to an end when Nintendo hired British company Rare (which already had games like Battletoads and California Games in its catalog) to develop a new monkey game that was a symbol of Nintendo's first big success. The company then used a Silicon Graphics workstation that it owns to redefine the whole idea of the character, remaking all its features to form it to look more human while maintaining the red tie as a symbol that made it recognizable as the same Donkey Kong of the arcades.
Donkey Kong Country delivered a 2D platform experience based entirely on Mario games, but it brought some elements that did not exist in plumber's games. One is the fact that the protagonist's partner (the teenage monkey Diddy Kong) was not just a character option to be controlled by a second player (like Luigi in Super Mario Bros games), but a character who accompanied Donkey Kong at all times, even when there was no second controller plugged into the video game.
Rare has also endeavored to get closer to the youth characters of the 1990s, and both Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong are much more cool than the other famous Nintendo protagonists, and the game's own music uses jungle music as a basis ( a genre of electronic music also known as drum and bass) mixed with various elements of hip hop and jazz.
But the game's big difference was really in the graphics, since the technology used by Rare allowed it to be the first game to deliver 3D models with pre-rendered textures in 2D environments, allowing the game to be released in a 16-bit cartridge was visually more impressive than those that already existed on the 32-bit competitors who recorded their games on CD at the time (in this case, the 32x and Sega CD, since the PlayStation had not yet been released).
At the time of its release, Donkey Kong Country it was a huge public and critical success, having sold 8 million copies and being considered by EGM (the largest video game publication in the world in the 1990s) as Best Super Nintendo Game (released in 1994), Best Animation , Best Character Duo and Best Game of the Year 1994.
The success made the game become a franchise that remains alive today, with the most recent title being Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, released in 2018 for the Nintendo Switch. Check out the 1994 Donkey Kong Country release trailer: