Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (1995)

Righto, some more Donkey Kong Country here after the big old Tropical Freeze review. DKC 2 has a very special place in Mr. Wapojif’s heart and he waxed lyrical about the SNES classic over on the Well Red Mage. Indeed.


  1. Donkey Kong Country 2 is my favorite 2D platformer. The original seems to get brought up in retrospectives more often, which is a shame because this one is a major improvement. Indeed, whenever I go back and play the first one, I’m disappointed by how incomplete it feels by comparison. What makes it so good is that they put a lot of effort into making the levels distinct from each other – that was rare in contemporary 2D platformers. It’s almost as if they peered into the future, nicked 3D gaming sensibilities, and translated it into their own game.

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    • Beyond the nostalgia factor for me, it’s just an extremely good platformer. I revisited DKC a few years back and, yeah, was very surprised by how lacking it was. I loved it as a kid, but even Shigsy Miyamoto criticised its gameplay. So enormous credit to Rare – in less than a year, they built on it to a remarkable extent. Then within a year had DKC 3 out as well. Almost as impressive as Capcom churning out those Mega Man games.

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