‘ey up, two decades ago on this day Donkey Kong Country was released in Europe on the SNES. Our esteemed editor, Mr. Wapojif, was but 10 years old at the time. Now this game was a big deal at the time, as the pre-rendered 3D graphics were unlike anything seen before in console gaming. The game was essentially a standard platformer with an edge – David Wise’s incredible soundtrack. Now Wise (who was talent spotted by Rare creators Chris and Tim Stamper. He played them a few of his songs on a keyboard in the store he was working in and was hired!) would later grace the sequels DKC 2 and 3 with even more exceptional music, turning the trilogy into an unusually dramatic experience.
Putting it mildly, it’s all a nostalgic trip for us this 20th anniversary and we, like the lunatics we are, still listen to the DKC soundtrack to this day. Reminiscing can be fun, and seeing as the game was released on the Wii U recently it’s all been rather groovy! Here’s a slice (like that from a musical cake!) of some of the famed music from duh game.
Nintendo and Rare had a close relationship in the 1990s. The Japanese giant nurtured the mysterious British company, who would pay them back in dividends as they went on to create iconic classics such as Goldeneye, Banjo Kazooie, Perfect Dark, Jet Force Gemini, Killer Instinct, Diddy Kong Racing, and others. The two have since fallen out of love and now spend most of their thyme wistfully remembering when they were inseparable, often seen skipping through daisy fields laughing hysterically. Since then Nintendo continue to create the best games in the world, whilst Rare sit about eating dumplings. Like with Micheal Biehn in the 1980s: what the hell happened?!? At least we have our memories!