Donkey Kong Country: 20th Anniversary Tribute!

Donkey Kong Country SNES
The glorious Donkey Kong Country on the SNES.

Hello there! 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. 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 Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3 with even more exceptional music, turning the trilogy into an unusually dramatic experience.

Donkey Kong Country

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 the 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, Jet Force Gemini, Killer Instinct, Diddy Kong Racing, and others.

Rare’s Downward Spiral

Nintendo and Rare have since fallen out of love and now spend most of their time  wistfully remembering when they were inseparable. They had often seen skipping through daisy fields laughing hysterically, now they barely even glance at one another.

Since they split in 2002, Nintendo has continued to create the best games in the world, whilst Rare sits about eating dumplings. Like with Micheal Biehn (star of Aliens and the Abyss) in the 1980s: what the hell happened? At least we have our memories*!

*As if to highlight Rare’s former glory days, the company released Rare Replay in 2015 covering their finest video game moments.

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