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Talking with RARE's Creative Director for Donkey Kong Country's 25th Anniversary (Cut Content, Wario Plot, & More)

Donkey Kong Country is nearly 25 years old! So the lead designer, Gregg Mayles from Rare, joined us to discuss the game's legacy, and a ton of behind-the-scenes details including talk of a cut co-op mode, how the development process worked, and why DKC's story originally involved...Wario?! All this and tons more in our 25th anniversary discussion!

Donkey Kong Country OST and the companion CD "DK Jamz" get reimagined for "Banana Jamz 199X" vinyl release

Jamming to the classics

New music from Donkey Kong Country. 20+ tracks from the original 1994 Super Nintendo release. Over 40 minutes of music based on the incredibly memorable Donkey Kong Country soundtrack for the Super NES.

33 1/3 RPM
Reimagined music from the Original Donkey Kong Country Soundtrack
Pre-orders Available Now!
Projected Ship Date: February 2020
Includes Digital Download of “Jungle Groove” (upon purchase or pre-order)
First Pressing: 500 copies
Jungle Green Vinyl
199X OBI strip + sticker
Pressing by Smashed Plastic, Chicago, IL
Music arranged, produced, and performed by Josh Willis

Check out samples from the album and buy your copy here

RUMOR - Another round of concept art from Universal Studios Orlando's Super Nintendo World setup has surfaced

Imagining this ride brings me tears of joy

We've been looking at a lot of construction pics for Super Nintendo World locations around the world, but now it's time to get back to something a bit more colorful. A new round of concept art for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Orlando has popped up, and the pieces come from the park artist’s personal portfolio.

The first piece of art, seen above, gives us a flat look at the horseshoe-shaped park design. As you can see, this is an all Donkey Kong affair, showing off not only the Donkey Kong mine cart ride, but the design of the surrounding area. You'll find things like a gift shop in Funky's plane, a stage show underneath Donkey Kong's hut, and more.

The second piece of concept art goes more into detail on the temple design, which is a landmark piece for this part of the park, as well as the entrance for Donkey Kong's Mine Cart Madness.

These pieces of concept art align themselves perfectly with the leaked model of the park from a number of months ago. Looks like we can consider the concept art the real deal!

The initial pitch for Donkey Kong Country included Mario, a time machine, and Wario as the main villain

Donkey Kong Country started off COMPLETELY different

Games change a lot from their first idea to final release. A ton of different options are discussed, elements are tweaked or cut altogether, and some content never makes it past the initial pitch. Turns out Donkey Kong Country is a great example of that.

Believe it or not, the original pitch for Donkey Kong Country included Mario and a time machine. Wario ends up stealing that time machine, uses it to get some sort of crazy gun that turns Mario to stone, and Donkey Kong sets out to save the day when he hears about the trouble. It sounds like some sort of off-the-wall fan fiction, but it's all how Donkey Kong Country got started!

You can learn a lot more about that initial pitch, complete with more artwork, in the video above. Thanks to ibbsters for the heads up!

Billy Mitchell threatens legal action against Twin Galaxies and Guinness World Records over Donkey Kong score removals

The King of Lawsuits?

Back in April of 2018, former Donkey Kong record-holder Billy Mitchell had two of his high scores removed from the Twin Galaxies leaderboards, as they were found to be achieved through illegitimate ways. Mitchell has always maintained that the scores were legit, and now he's escalating those claims with legal action.

Mitchell's lawyers sent a letter to Twin Galaxies and Guinness World Records saying that both organizations had to “retract their claims against Billy Mitchell” and restore his old scores. When Twin Galaxies remove Mitchell's scores and banned him from submitting new ones, they also threw out his previous records in other games, which were achieved legitimately, as far as anyone knows. Mitchell claims that both parties have defamed him, and tainted all of his work up to that point.

Twin Galaxies and Guinness World Records are yet to comment on the matter.

Did You Know Gaming - King K. Rool

In this video, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at King K. Rool, and the games this character has been in such as Rare's Donkey Kong Country series and Nintendo's Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

Donkey Kong Country Returns' sells roughly 1,200 copies on the Nvidia Shield in China

Not exactly lighting the charts up

Nintendo's franchises might be multi-million sellers around the world, but that's not the case over in China. Nintendo is looking to build up their official brand in China with the upcoming launch of the Switch, and it's clear the have a lot of work to do.

The sales data for Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Nvidia Shield has come in for China, and it's not exactly impressive. To date, the game has been downloaded 1,247 times. Hopefully that has more to do with the install base of the Nvidia Shield in China, and not the Donkey Kong franchise.

RUMOR - Check out footage of the prototype coaster design that will be used in Super Nintendo World's Donkey Kong ride

Now this looks like fun

For over a year now, we've heard rumors of Super Nintendo World featuring a coaster ride that will be Donkey Kong-themed. The ride will supposedly mimic the many mine cart levels of the Donkey Kong Country series. The coaster system is unique, as it will feature an arm underneath the ride that guides the cart, while riders above will see a fake track that appears to have ramps and broken sections.

In the tweet above, we can see footage of a prototype coaster that very closely mimics not just the rumor of the Donkey Kong theme, but the patents that were tied to that earlier rumor as well. If the Donkey Kong ride does turn out to be true, it'll most likely use a system close to this one.

Thanks to ibbsters for the heads up!

Peeking inside Donkey Kong Country Returns' barrels reveals Donkey and Diddy Kong snuggling up

Zero personal space


Donkey Kong Country Returns may have come out quite awhile ago, but we're still learning new things about the game to this day. Thanks to some asset shifting, we can now see just how Donkey and Diddy are crammed into barrels together. Who know the reveal would be so cute?!

Game Informer Podcast - Composer David Wise Dissects Donkey Kong Country's Best Music

A RARE sound

In this excerpt from The Game Informer Show podcast, Rare's original composer David Wise walks us through the creation of some of the best music from Donkey Kong Country like Gangplank Galleon, Stickerbush Symphony, and the title theme for Diddy's Kong Quest. He also talks about his work on the upcoming game Tamarin.

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