Do Tikis Rool?
Between the release of Donkey Kong Country 3 and Donkey Kong Country Returns, fans of the series had to wait 14 long years. We were all excited to see the Donkey Kong Country series get revived on Wii, but many were surprised to see King K. Rool and the other Kremlings left in the past.
Wondering why those classic baddies didn’t make the cut for Donkey Kong Country Returns? Former Retro dev Bryan Walker spoke to Shinesparkers about the topic, finally shedding some light on the decision.
While we were of course fans of the original, there were simply too many fantastically talented artists at Retro to simply do a rehash of the previous art style. The Tikis were a brainstorm of one of our character artists, Quinn Smith if I recall correctly, and we quickly glommed onto them as a way to modernize the art style of the game while still remaining very true to the spirit of the original. I really love how they turned out.
While the Tikis certainly brought some style to Donkey Kong Country Returns, I’m not too sure they managed to outshine King K. Rool and his crew. Even today, I think fans would love to see the classic Donkey Kong villain return, so here’s hoping King K’s inclusion in Smash Bros. Ultimate points to more appearances in the future.