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Former RARE artist shows off the original sketches for Donkey Kong Country characters

Creating a classic
by rawmeatcowboy
20 January 2021
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We're all familiar with the world of Donkey Kong Country nowadays, but the series' birth on the SNES was quite a surprise. Nintendo and RARE worked together to give the Donkey Kong franchise a complete makeover, and that meant brand-new designs for the classic character.

In the video above, former RARE artist Kev Bayliss goes through a series of sketches that are straight from the Donkey Kong Country days. You get to see the designs for Donkey Kong, Rambi, the Kremlings, and much more. It's pretty interesting to see how things went from rough pencil sketches to 3D CD models!