Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii - Summary, Story, Characters, Maps

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Alternative Names

Donkey Kong Returns

ドンキーコング リターンズ


Retro Studios



Release Dates

11/21/10 Nintendo
12/09/10 Nintendo
12/03/10 Nintendo

Community Stats

Owners: 1,020
Tracked: 12
Wishlist: 83
Now Playing: 27

Donkey Kong Country Returns - Summary

Controlled by a group of evil Tikis, the animals in Donkey Kong Island have raided Donkey Kong’s Banana Hoard and stolen his stash of bananas – and he understandably wants them back. Retro Studios brings Donkey Kong back in a new side-scrolling adventure with familiar characters and new levels that reignite the passion players had for the Super NES original.


  • Retro Studios faithfully restores everything that made the original series great, from barrel cannons to mine carts, and then builds on those elements with stunning graphics and new layers of depth to the world and game play. The game offers the traditional side-scrolling experience everyone loved, but with levels created in fully rendered 3-D environments.
  • Diddy Kong joins the quest. With his trusty backpack, he can produce a jet pack or Peanut Pop Guns to give Donkey Kong more abilities.
  • For the first time ever, the franchise features the ability for two people to play together at the same time – one as Donkey Kong, one as Diddy Kong. Players can navigate the levels separately or as one unit. Diddy Kong can ride on Donkey Kong’s back and hop off whenever he pleases, allowing novice players to ride on Donkey Kong’s back through more challenging areas of the game.
  • Hidden items, puzzle pieces and other surprises are found all through the jungle. Spell out K-O-N-G by the end of each level to earn an extra bonus.
  • Motion controls give players a real feeling of control. Players move Donkey Kong using the Control Stick on the Nunchuk controller and can shake the Wii Remote controller to make Donkey Kong slap the ground.
  • Vibrant colors, beautiful graphics and fun characters draw players in. Even people who have never played a Donkey Kong game before can pick up a controller and start collecting loads of bananas.
  • Every level offers new fun and new challenges. Sometimes Donkey Kong is running through the jungle, sometimes his action takes place on a tropical beach and other times he must become a master of timing as he jumps chasms in a mine cart.

Sales History

Total Sales
1 n/a 470,983 n/a 70,377 541,360
2 n/a 217,025 149,646 54,790 421,461
3 169,260 247,232 214,005 68,921 699,418
4 158,936 288,527 203,966 73,591 725,020
5 224,059 356,822 171,625 78,963 831,469
6 121,889 135,409 87,052 33,242 377,592
7 67,022 80,780 47,493 19,168 214,463
8 30,058 41,915 31,812 11,017 114,802
9 22,102 31,814 25,096 8,504 87,516
10 19,236 26,973 25,777 7,882 79,868

Opinion (335)

goldmario79 posted 10/12/2016, 01:48
This is really nice platformer in the vein of the old donkey kong country's. Plus you can flop back and forth between foreground and background much like Klonoa does. The bosses are hard, the levels are designed extremely well and the game is just really challening. Great job nintendo.
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atma998 posted 01/09/2014, 03:41
Now at 6.19M. This is the best selling non-bundled DK game.
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C-M-D posted 17/09/2013, 08:41
6 million!
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Azhraell posted 11/09/2013, 09:45
@S.Peelman : I can't be the only one who realize that the numbers in Europe and the rest of the world are changed? It's pretty obvious, and not just in this game.
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atma998 posted 24/08/2013, 05:38
6 million!
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S.Peelman posted 22/08/2013, 03:47
Just 0.33 in Europe ?!?!
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