Donkey Kong is celebrating his birthday along with Diddy Kong and new additions Dixie Kong and Cranky kong when a snowflake enters and blows out the birthday candle. The camera pans to a group of animal Vikings sailing towards Donkey Kong island. The leader unleashes a strong icy wind that freezes the island over and blows the Kongs away. It is Donkey Kong and his crews quest to return the island to its original state. The story is told through a number of beautiful cut scenes. It’s just enough to give the game a purpose, story wise. Don’t expect anything groundbreaking though.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is probably the best looking Nintendo game that I’ve ever played. Not only is the art style amazing, it has the graphical polish to back it up. Each of the 6 worlds are all extremely different in their appearance but all just as beautiful as the last. The cutscenes look absolutely incredible and I can’t help but wish that there were more of them. Dixie Kong in particular really put a smile on my face. Graphics have come a long way since she was last playable so it really made me step back and appreciate just how lucky we are.
The soundtrack was created by David Wise. This was huge for me as I can still remember the tunes of the original Super Nintendo games despite not playing them for at least 5-10 years. The soundtrack in Tropical Freeze is on par with the original trilogy. The tracks are extremely catchy without becoming repetitive.