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Unannounced Character Still in the Wings for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Other Details Revealed

by Justin Baker - June 11, 2013, 1:33 pm EDT
Total comments: 23

Island hopping and vikings! What's not to love?

In a developer interview on Nintendo's YouTube channel with Kensuke Tanabe, it was revealed that, in addition to Diddy and Dixie, there is still a third unannounced playable character.

Tanabe also detailed a new plucking and throwing mechanic, similar to Super Mario Bros. 2, and showed how plucking certain items can also be used to solve puzzles.

He also spoke about the new camera rotation present, which breaks from the series' tradition of using only 2D planes. This allows the camera to pan around as the player moves through the level to reveal new areas.

Tanabe's team wanted to use powerful water-focused animals in the game, which led to their choice of seafaring vikings as enemies. The game will focus on this water theme by having players hop from island to island as they progress throughout the game.

Talkback

Pixelated PixiesJune 11, 2013

He has no style, he has not grace,
This Kong has a funny face.
He can handstand when he needs to
And stretch his arms out just for you,
Inflate himself just like a balloon.
This crazy Kong just digs this tune.

That's right folks...It's the one, the only...Lanky Kong!

ShyGuyJune 11, 2013

Samus?

EasyCureJune 11, 2013

Given I hated the characters from dk64, I wouldn't mind going back to kiddie Kong.. Which is saying something because he irks me so much!

Honestly though, if they want to have a secret character.. Why not surprise everyone and make Cranky playable? Show those same whippersnappers how it's done! He'll be playable in pro mode, only 1 heart and he's gone!

MagicCow64June 11, 2013

Retro was given the creative freedom to create an entirely new member of the Kong Family!

Mop it upJune 11, 2013

I hope the reason they didn't show the character is because it's a new character created by Retro.

AdrockJune 11, 2013

Or it's King K. Rool.

But seriously, it should be Samus because... just because.

KhushrenadaJune 11, 2013

My suspect list of who the last character is from most likely to least:

Wii Fit Trainer
Kiddy Kong
Tiny Kong
Lanky Kong
Chunky Kong
Cranky Kong
Candy Kong
Swanky Kong
Wrinkly Kong
King Kong
King K. Rule
King Hippo
King Boo
King Dedede
Kirby
Meta Knight
Gooey
Rick
Kine
Coo
Chuchu
Nagu
Pitch
Dyna Blade
Prince Fluff
Prince Peasly
Fawful
Mario
Luigi
Wario
Walugi
Peach
Daisy
Bowser
Bowser Jr.
Morton Koopa Jr.
Iggy Koopa
Lemmy Koopa
Ludwig Von Koopa
Wendy O. Koopa
Larry Koopa
Roy Koopa
Royksopp
Reznor
Ridley
Samus
Dark Samus
Mother Brain
Kraid
Baby Metroid
Chozo Statue
Luminoth
Link
Ganondorf
Zelda
Shiek
Vaati
Midna
Malon
The Moon
Epona
Expresso
Enguarde
Squawks
Rambi
Winky
Squitter
Rattly
Clapper
Glimmer
Ellie
Everyone and everything from the Sin and Punishment series
Parry
Pichu
Pikachu
Squirtle
Wartortoise
Bulbasaur
Butterfree
Migikarp
Goldeen
Jigglypuff
Meowth
James of Team Rocket
Jessie of Team Rocket
Jill of Drill Dozer
Jody Summer of F-Zero
Octoman
Mr. EAD
QQQ
Dr. Stewart
Pico
Samurai Gorah
Captain Falcon
Blood Falcon
Black Shadow
Deathborn
James McCloud
Krystal
A random Electroplankton fish
Ness
Lukas
Poo
Jeff
Metal Mario
Snake
Sonic
Mega Man
Mr. Game and Watch
R.O.B.
Petey Pirahna
Wiggler
Pit
Palutena
Medusa
Eggplant Wizard
Shadow Mario
Dr. Mario
A Nintendog
Dr. Kawashima
Tom Nook
K.K. Slider
Mable Able
Sable Able
Mr. Resetti
Blathers
Brewster
Copper
Kapp'n
A Kremling
Hoofer
Orco
Helper Monkey
Olimar
A Red Pikmin
A Bulborb
Pauline
Donkey Kong Jr.

and finally
Funky Kong

Mop it upJune 11, 2013

For a second there, I thought we were playing Mafia...

Ian SaneJune 11, 2013

Khushrenada, Donkey Kong Jr. is the current Donkey Kong so he already is in the game.  But then if any company would screw up and forget that detail, Nintendo would be it. :)

Nintendo is building hype for this - so it's Kiddy Kong.  If Nintendo is building it up as a big deal it is almost certainly NOT a big deal and having the fourth playable DKC character in the game is the least surprising thing that could be done.

KhushrenadaJune 11, 2013

Quote from: Ian

Khushrenada, Donkey Kong Jr. is the current Donkey Kong so he already is in the game.  But then if any company would screw up and forget that detail, Nintendo would be it. :)

Nintendo is building hype for this - so it's Kiddy Kong.  If Nintendo is building it up as a big deal it is almost certainly NOT a big deal and having the fourth playable DKC character in the game is the least surprising thing that could be done.

Unless Donkey Kong starts wearing a white T-Shirt with a J on it instead of a tie, then I'm going to consider them two seperate characters. So there.

And for the record, I think it will be Funky Kong that is the playable character since he was actually featured in a Mario Kart game.

Gameboy FreakJune 11, 2013

I am probably the only one that actually liked Kiddy Kong!  :-\ But yeah I hope Kiddy Kong is going to be playable. Man I wish they would bring back King K. Rool and his kremlings as the main villians again.

ThePermJune 11, 2013

Quote from: Khushrenada

Quote from: Ian

Khushrenada, Donkey Kong Jr. is the current Donkey Kong so he already is in the game.  But then if any company would screw up and forget that detail, Nintendo would be it. :)

Nintendo is building hype for this - so it's Kiddy Kong.  If Nintendo is building it up as a big deal it is almost certainly NOT a big deal and having the fourth playable DKC character in the game is the least surprising thing that could be done.

Unless Donkey Kong starts wearing a white T-Shirt with a J on it instead of a tie, then I'm going to consider them two seperate characters. So there.

And for the record, I think it will be Funky Kong that is the playable character since he was actually featured in a Mario Kart game.

Cranky Kong is Donkey Kong Sr.
Donkey Kong with a tie is Donkey Kong Jr.

They're both named Donkey Kong. As such if Donkey Kong sr. had outstanding bills Donkey Kong jr. might get collections notices or not be able to apply for a mortgage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhGBXPYydJE

Bman87301June 11, 2013

Quote from: Ian

Khushrenada, Donkey Kong Jr. is the current Donkey Kong so he already is in the game.  But then if any company would screw up and forget that detail, Nintendo would be it. :)

Actually, Cranky Kong is the current Donkey Kong's GRANDfather (look it up). So modern DK is "Donkey Kong, III". DK Jr. would be modern DK's father, who has yet to appear in the DKC series... So as long as he's updated to be an adult, his inclusion as an additional character would NOT be a mistake.

But you do sorta have a point, as they DID screw it up once in the past and mistakenly called modern DK Cranky's son in DK64 (but you could always argue that Cranky is senile and just got confused). Nintendo has otherwise been consistent with their relationship as grandfather and grandson in all subsequent games, so they're likely aware of it enough not to overlook it again.

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterJune 11, 2013

I'm really excited for this. If Retro felt thy had more to offer I welcome it. I just really don't want another Metroid from them afterward.


I am so glad Dixie is playable, she's one of my favorite Nintendo characters. I started to like Kiddy once I realized I hated every new Kong in DK64. If he returned I just hope there would be enough to differentiate him from DK. If they all partner with DK I can not see him ridding on DK's back.


I'm expecting DK to be the only character that can team up with others. So this secret character might have some sort of hovering ability as well. I hope we can mix and match the teams, especially in multiplayer.

MagicCow64June 11, 2013

Come on guys, Kiddy's never coming back. We'll see that elephant again before we see Kiddy.

Bman87301June 12, 2013

My prediction: Little Mac

DK was in Punch-Out!! afterall.. :-P

The next rumored characters are Little Mac, PacMan and the obligatory "Mii". There's a Punch-Out (Wii) boxing ring in the trailer video. Mac is a metaphysical certainty.

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterJune 13, 2013

Quote from: Shaymin

The next rumored characters are Little Mac, PacMan and the obligatory "Mii". There's a Punch-Out (Wii) boxing ring in the trailer video. Mac is a metaphysical certainty.

All up in the kool aid and don't know the flavor!

It's Kiddy, K Rool or a completely new character. I can't see funky being playable or any Kong from DK 64.

AdrockJune 13, 2013

It's Luigi because 2013 is the Year of Luigi. Seriously. Think about it.

Bman87301June 21, 2013

Quote from: Shaymin

The next rumored characters are Little Mac, PacMan and the obligatory "Mii". There's a Punch-Out (Wii) boxing ring in the trailer video. Mac is a metaphysical certainty.

You do realize we're discussing DKC: Tropical Freeze, not Super Smash Bros.?

Kytim89June 21, 2013

What I would like to see at the end of Tropical Freeze is the Kong's realize that an armada of warships is heading to DK island and it is being lead by King K. Rool and his army of kremlings with the caption "Continued on 3DS."

EasyCureJune 22, 2013

GIVE ME CRANKY KONG OR GIVE ME DEATH!

Kytim89June 22, 2013

Quote from: EasyCure

GIVE ME CRANKY KONG OR GIVE ME DEATH!

Cranky Kong should be the super guide.

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