Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest - GBA

Also known as: Super Donkey Kong 2

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Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest (GBA)
Also for: Wii, SNES
Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Nintendo Soft. Co.: Nintendo
Publishers: Nintendo (GB)
Released: 25 Jun 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
Connectivity: GC/GBA Link Cable


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Though already a renowned developer, Rare's credibility well and truly soared with the release of SNES's Donkey Kong Country. The media attention and hype surrounding the game was rife, but better still, the game didn't disappoint and was a roaring success. Then came the sequel, a brand new adventure that made further use of Rare's winning platform formula. That was a long time ago, but thanks to GBA and Nintendo's policy of rehashing old 16-bit gems, Donkey Kong Country 2 has finally made it onto the handheld format.

Like the original, DKC 2 sees gorilla brute DK in the hands of the enemy, whilst players follow the platforming shenanigans of Diddy Kong and ape-chick Dixie. Assuming control of either character, players must combine both apes' abilities in order to defeat myriad crocs and negotiate gaping chasms. DKC 2 also sees the return of the much-loved barrel-hopping as a means of transportation in the game's more devious stages.

Much of the adventure requires impeccable timing - a skill developed only with practice and trial-and-error. Again, players can ride numerous animal creatures, and banana-hoarding is as prominent as it ever was.

Visually the game is as stunning as DK's first SNES platformer and is still impressive by today's handheld standards. The game still has that glossy feel to it, and the series' superior animation remains intact. It's a perfect conversion.

In the main game, little has changed, but thanks to the GBA's multi-player capabilities, players can link consoles with up to three others to take advantage of DKC 2's mini-games that include ostrich racing and gyro-copter racing.

The re-release of Donkey Kong Country 2 is very welcome. Gamers new to the franchise will love it, whereas older gamers will appreciate the nostalgic value of this SNES original.