Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze launches in North America February 21 with playable Cranky Kong

Saturday, 7th December 2013 23:31 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze will release in NA February 21, Reggie announced at VGX tonight. The game contains a playable Cranky Kong, who was outed earlier this week. This is the first time the old coot has been playable in a game. Cranky Kong can use his cane to bounce on enemies and over obstacles. It will also come with a Bramble Scramble level.



  1. Fin

    I find it difficult to believe this was Nintendo’s new game announcement.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. monkeygourmet



    This is EXACTLY the kind of bullshit Nintendo trolls you with. You think 1080 or Waverace reboot… They give you a trailer of a game that’s already announced… Standard bull honky

    #2 1 year ago
  3. absolutezero

    I felt so sorry for the Retro guy being stuck in the middle.

    I honestly feel that Retro deserve better than this.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. monkeygourmet


    Well that’s bollocks. They crafted one of the finest platformers in recent times which helped relaunch the genre somewhat. This looks to be of an equally high standard.

    Don’t cry, there is no drama.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. ActionGameKing

    I can’t believe gamers thought Nintendo was gonna debut Zelda tonight. You all set yourselves up for your own dissapointment.

    This game looks fun!

    #5 1 year ago
  6. SplatteredHouse

    @3 They didn’t even introduce the Retro man, until Reggie interrupted, prompting them! Also, yeah, this game was announced already. As for whether the game looked fun, I was left unconvinced. It didn’t seem to have much pace, and traps weren’t deadly (cranky falling on the spikes, springing up in pain, but then being able to use an invincibility to run along there until the next platform…) also, the screen clearing move nonsense, nope.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. The_Red

    They should have added a Troll of the Year award. Cranky and Reggie would have been unparalleled winners.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Clupula

    Talk about trying to appeal to the wrong demographic. This would have been the perfect time for Nintendo to say, “Look, we have games that aren’t just for kids. Here’s X! Here’s Bayonetta 2!”

    But no, let’s reveal something that anyone who doesn’t already own a Wii U couldn’t give a flying fuck about.

    Although I am told that the host pretty much called ol’ Pumpkinhead out on it. Is that true?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. The_Red

    Geoff was kinda pissed that this is all Nintendo had to show. He pressed Reggie who he replied with “You have Cranky … and you have a release date for Donkey Kong TF, what more do you want”?

    It’s really sad that Nintendo thinks people are excited about an old monkey in a game nobody was excited about back at E3. Still can’t forget how disappointed people were during E3 Nintendo Direct when everyone learned about Retro’s new title.

    The funny thing is that Geoff instantly answered the above quote with a promise of negative reactions and forum threads. Sadly his and Reggie’s “cranky” / old man puns were too annoying so I may have missed / fudged a few things.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Clupula

    @10 – Yeah, I just watched it. That was actually quite amusing. The only way it could have been funnier would have been if they asked Pumpkinhead if it was online co-op, because I bet it isn’t.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Legendaryboss

    Thats what they brought? HA!

    #11 1 year ago
  12. manamana

    Call me mental but confronted to Rayman Legends this looks rather lame …

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Gekidami

    To be fair, there was never any indication that Nintendo was going to reveal something new. It was said from the start this was going to be a new look at something, not a reveal.

    The game looks ‘meh’ honestly. But that moment when Geoff asks for some more news and points out that this is lame and people on the internet arent going to be happy, man, thats gold right there. And Reggie says “You’re going off prompter”, pointing out they didnt agree to talk about anything but this game.

    Geoff gets a lot of flack, but as far as interviews goes, i think he’s one of the best. I doubt any other journo would have dared something like that.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. manamana

    ^ you are certainly right. That doesn’t mean that the game doesn’t look a bit dusty confronted to new Jump n run standards…

    #14 1 year ago
  15. polygem

    it was lame but man are they consequent :)
    i mean i love dk but it’s definitely no game to wow the masses with and it was certainly no surprise moment.
    at least we now know for sure that there’ll be a new metroid soon to be announced.

    they refuse to play by the the rules.

    i’m really really curious if it will still pay off for them. i’m optimistic.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Gekidami

    Reggie near the end talking about gameplay innovation being what Nintendo is about… Whilst they stand there presenting a 2D.5 side scroller DK game. Thats classic Nintendo; talk the talk, never walk the walk. Unsurprisingly, Nintendos great pad innovation wont be used for anything other than to stream the game, pretty much like in Mario 3D World. Tech well used there, its shaping up to be another “Heres our Wiimote that allows motion gaming, but for most games, just turn it on its side and use it like a normal pad” trend.

    Also Geoff wants that Joel guy to shut up and stop derailing the interview at several points. I have no idea who that Joel guy is.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Young Link

    You didn´t get the point.

    4 guys+ 1 Cranky Kong – 2 Donkey Kong Levels: Half Life 3 confirmed.

    Now, seriously: New Metroid has been clearly announced. He doesn´t wear a Metroid pin by happenstance.

    It is a wink for the gamers, the excuses he made up about the pin are quite suspicious and is not worth it to launch a proper trailer in an event like this.

    Anyway, Metroid Confirmed.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. The_Red

    Ok, I’ve been going through this a lot (Because it was really unbelievable how pointless the Cranky Kong reveal is). Then it hit.

    This isn’t a sarcastic post. It’s me saying that Nintendo was FULLY aware of the fact that this would be a lame announcement. Reggie was prepared for this and the whole thing was at least partially obvious to them. Sadly, the HAD to do it. Why?

    Here’s why: Nintendo HAD to get it’s nearest game to release (Donkey Kong TF) to be shown on a TV show like VGX. They need that game to sell as much as possible before reaching the dreaded quarterly reports and failing to deliver the promised 9m units. Spike TV is not huge but it’s still bigger than Nintendo Directs in terms of potential audience for them. So Nintendo used their VGX slot, not to reveal anything serious, but to SHOW its only major game for a few months. That’s it. The mission was to show Donkey Kong on TV alongside PS4/XB1/PC titles.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. antraxsuicide

    @18 Poor planning from them then. Average consumers haven’t even seen the VGX Awards yet. The show airs on Spike tomorrow night in a condensed form; the only people who saw it were people who livestreamed the event. And the word of mouth from them is rough to say the least. No chance that Ninty comes out of this with good PR.

    It’s just so out of touch. This is a show that everyone watches, evenly spaced between E3′s.

    Nintendo is going to miss its 9M forecast. That’s pretty much a given. They’ve barely hit less than half of that in a year; there’s just no chance of them doubling a year’s worth of sales in 3 months. Iwata is just plain delusional to think otherwise.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Mike W

    So the surprise is a new Metroid game?

    I can give two shits about this DK game.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Phoenixblight


    No nothing was said about metroid. Just DK.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. The_Red

    Of course this isn’t good PR. I don’t disagree with anything you said. My point was that they KNEW it would get bad feedback but didn’t care (Or couldn’t care) because that wasn’t the goal. Smash or Kart are not coming anytime soon but they need something NOW.

    The goal was to sneak the Cranky / Donkey Kong news (a game for Wii U) into a semi-mainstream show. Missing the 9M is indeed a given but Donkey Kong is the only game they have until deadline arrives. They just said “Fuck it, we will do anything it takes to make people hear the name Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze on TV”.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. SCAssassin

    The awards show really sucked anyways, I wouldn’t think Nintendo would do anything bigger for this sort of thing in its format.

    #23 1 year ago

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