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Donkey Kong Country Returns

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Donkey Kong Country Returns
ドンキーコング リターンズ
Donkī Kongu Ritānzu
Boxart for Donkey Kong Country Returns
Developer(s): Retro Studios
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Wii
Category: Platformer
Players: 1-2
Predecessor: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Successor: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Release dates
N. America: November 21, 2010
Japan: December 9, 2010
Europe: December 3, 2010
Australia: December 2, 2010
USK: 0
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Donkey Kong Country Returns is a 2D platforming game and the fourth installment in the Donkey Kong Country series, developed by Retro Studios and released for the Wii in 2010. The game marks a return to the Donkey Kong Country series after the release of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! over 14 years prior.

A follow-up to this game, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, was later released for the Wii U in 2014.



Donkey Kong Returns for an all-new adventure!

Jump, swing, and blast your way across Donkey Kong Island in search of Donkey Kong's missing banana hoard!
Take control of Diddy Kong for two-player cooperative play!
Classic Donkey Kong Country gameplay with exciting new moves!


The volcano on Donkey Kong Island suddenly erupts, releasing a group of Tikis known as the Tiki Tak Tribe. The Tikis hypnotize the animals on Donkey Kong Island, forcing them to steal Donkey Kong's banana hoard. A Tiki tries to enslave Donkey Kong, but their hypnotic music has no effect on him. Donkey Kong sets off on a quest to reclaim his banana hoard from the Tikis and force them off Donkey Kong Island.


Technical details

Technical details
Media: Wii Game Disc
Digital download (Wii U)
Download size: Wii U:
Input / compatible controllers: Wii Remote (+ Nunchuk)

Other releases

Title Cover art Platform Release date(s) Notes
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Nintendo 3DS NA: May 24, 2013
JP: June 13, 2013
EU: May 24, 2013
AUS: May 25, 2013
KOR: December 7, 2013
A port of the game released for the Nintendo 3DS, which includes bonus content not present in the original game. The port was developed by Monster Games.
Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii (Nintendo Selects) NA: March 11, 2016
EU: October 18, 2013
AUS: August 27, 2015
A re-release of the original game under the Nintendo Selects line.
Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii U NA: September 22, 2016
JP: January 21, 2015
PAL: January 22, 2015
A direct port of the original game released as a digital download on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. In North America, the game was originally available a My Nintendo reward for 230 Gold Points on March 31, 2016, before the game's release on the Nintendo eShop.


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Main series
Original series

Donkey Kong (G&W) • Donkey Kong Jr. (G&W) (II) • Donkey Kong 3 (G&W) Donkey Kong (Game Boy)

Donkey Kong Country series

Donkey Kong Country • Diddy's Kong Quest • Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! • Donkey Kong 64 • Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D) • Tropical Freeze Donkey Kong Land • Donkey Kong Land 2 • Donkey Kong Land III

DK series DK: King of Swing • DK: Jungle Climber
Mario vs. Donkey Kong series Mario vs. Donkey Kong (NSW) • March of the Minis • Minis March Again! • Mini-Land Mayhem! • Minis on the Move • Tipping Stars • amiibo Challenge
Other main games Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
Other games
Donkey Konga series Donkey Konga • Donkey Konga 2 • Donkey Konga 3
Racing games Diddy Kong Racing (Pro-Am 64) • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Other games

Donkey Kong Jr. Math  • Donkey Kong Circus  • Donkey Kong Hockey  • Donkey Kong: Jungle Fever  • Donkey Kong: Banana Kingdom  • Picross NP Vol. 8

Main series
Original series

Donkey Kong Classics  • Donkey Kong Jr. + Jr. Math Lesson  • Classic NES Series: Donkey Kong  • e-Reader: Donkey Kong-e • Jr.-e • 3-e

Donkey Kong Country series Donkey Kong Country (GBC) • Donkey Kong Country (GBA) • 2 (GBA) • 3 (GBA)
Other games

Diddy Kong Racing DS  • New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

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