Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a title for the Nintendo 3DS. It is a port of the Wii title Donkey Kong Country Returns. The port has additional content. The game was released in North America and Europe on May 24, 2013, Australia on May 25, 2013, and in Japan on June 13, 2013.
The story is the same as that of the Wii version of Donkey Kong Country Returns. A volcano erupts on Donkey Kong Island, releasing the Tiki Tak Tribe, which invades the jungle to steal every banana it can find, hypnotizing the animals to take the fruit away.
Diddy Kong wakes up and is enraged to discover that the Banana Hoard is empty. Donkey Kong soon notices the animals leaving the jungle, taking the bananas with them. Suddenly, Kalimba Tiki peeps into the DK's house and tries to hypnotize Donkey Kong, but it doesn't affect him. DK easily kicks him out of his house. He and Diddy team up to take the bananas back.
After traveling through the island, Donkey Kong and Diddy reach the Volcano. There, they meet and face the leader of Tiki Tak Tribe, Tiki Tong. As they defeat him, an explosion sends the Kongs into space. DK punches the moon down to the island, crushing the volcano and releasing the stolen bananas. The moon jumps back into space. The Kongs land safely on DK Island, and the animals are hit by the many bananas that fall from the volcano, freeing them from their hypnosis.
 Differences and Additions
- The port version was developed by Monster Games instead of Retro Studios who developed the original Wii game.
- The port features a New Mode which:
- Adds an additional heart to the life meter.
- Adds additional items in Cranky Kong's Shop, including the Green Balloon, Crash Guard, and DK Barrel.
- When playing Mirror Mode, Donkey Kong still technically has "one less Heart" as per the game's description. Therefore, Donkey Kong actually has two Hearts in Mirror Mode (as opposed to one in the original game/Original Mode).
- Up to three items can be used in one level.
- Banana Juice only protects against 5 hits, instead of 10, because of this.
- Any items that do not get used, are put back into the player's Inventory.
- Cranky Kong's Keys only cost 10 Banana Coins each, instead of 20 each.
- Banana Juice only costs 7 Banana Coins each, instead of 20 each.
- If the player loses a life under the effects of Banana Juice, they will restart the level (either at the beginning or checkpoint) with the invincibility intact (whereas the original removed the invincibility upon being defeated).
- Upon collecting all the K-O-N-G letters in any level in Mirror Mode, the circle with the black star will become blue rather than red.
- Super Guide becomes available after losing only 5 lives, as opposed to 8.
- The first DK Barrel was removed from Jungle Hijinxs, seemingly to increase difficulty. This change was previously observed when played in Time Attack mode in the original.
- The game introduces a new world, Cloud, as the ninth and final world with eight additional new levels; the Golden Temple, originally the ninth world in and of itself, becomes the new ninth world's final level.
- The "DK" logo transition lasts longer than on the Wii version, and the logo grows bigger than it did before.
- Presumably due to technical limitations between the 3DS and the Wii:
- The game runs at half the original's frame rate (the remake's frame fate is 30fps, and the original's 60fps).
- The game models are slightly less textured.
- More loading screens were added.
- During level/world transitions, the background no longer scrolls.
- Credits are not automatically viewed after the ending, rather, they can be viewed in Options at any time after the game is beaten.
- After a few levels are played in succession, the game advises the player to "take a break" as "[they've] been playing for a while" much like, Super Mario 3D Land, Paper Mario: Sticker Star and Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move.
- When playing Mangoruby Run, there are less members of the Tiki Tak Tribe watching the battle.
- After defeating Tiki Tong, the player can purchase the eight Rare Orbs from each of Cranky Kong's Shops for 50 Banana Coins each.
- If Donkey Kong falls and has a Green Balloon, Donkey Kong(and Diddy) will float up and continue the level.
 Promotional events
On May 24, 2013, to celebrate the release of the game in North America, Nintendo partnered with the Los Angeles Zoo during the Memorial Day weekend, and held a Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D experience for fans. The day's activities included a visit from Donkey Kong, feedings of the zoo's gorillas, and a place where visitors could play Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. The Campo Gorilla Reserve was officially renamed to "Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at Campo Gorilla Reserve."
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.
Promotional European release date
Donkey Kong beating his chest at the beginning of the game
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong
The map of the special world added to the port.
- Of all the remakes of the extended Mario series, this remake has the shortest gap between the original's release date and its own release date.
- If the player waits on the Portable DK Barrel at Cranky Kong's Shop long enough, Cranky will make a The Legend of Zelda reference saying, "It's dangerous to go alone. Buy this!" changing "take this" to "buy this".
- In UK, anyone who preordered the game at GAME got a free banana keyring to support the release of the game.
- In Australia, EB Games would include a red Donkey Kong tie with the game if it was preordered.
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 External Links
| Donkey Kong series
| Arcade Games
|| Donkey Kong (1981, Arcade) • Donkey Kong Jr. (1982, Arcade) • Donkey Kong 3 (1983, Arcade)
| Mario vs. Donkey Kong
|| Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004, GBA) • March of the Minis (2006, DS) • Minis March Again! (2009, DSiWare) • Mini-Land Mayhem! (2010, DS) • Minis on the Move (2013, 3DS)
| Donkey Kong Country
|| Donkey Kong Country (1994, SNES) • Donkey Kong Country 2 (1995, SNES) • Donkey Kong Country 3 (1996, SNES) • Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010, Wii) • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2013, Wii U)
| Donkey Kong Land
|| Donkey Kong Land (1995, GB) • Donkey Kong Land 2 (1996, GB) • Donkey Kong Land III (1997, GB)
| Donkey Konga
|| Donkey Konga (2003, GC) • Donkey Konga 2 (2004, GC) • Donkey Konga 3 (2005, GC)
| DK Racing
|| Diddy Kong Racing (1997, N64) • Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007, NDS) • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (2007, Wii)
| Other Games
|| Donkey Kong Jr. Math (1983, NES) • Donkey Kong Hockey (1984, G&W) • Donkey Kong Circus (1984, G&W) • Donkey Kong 64 (1999, N64) • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2004, GCN) • Donkey Kong: Jungle Fever (2005, Arcade) • DK: King of Swing (2005, GBA) • Donkey Kong: Banana Kingdom (2006, Arcade) • DK: Jungle Climber (2007, NDS)
|| Donkey Kong (Game & Watch) (1982, G&W) • Donkey Kong Jr. (Game & Watch) (1982, G&W) • Donkey Kong II (1983, G&W) • Donkey Kong Jr. + Jr. Math Lesson (1983, NES) • Donkey Kong 3 (Game & Watch) (1984, G&W) • Donkey Kong Classics (1988, NES) • Game Boy Donkey Kong (1994, GB) • Classic NES Series: Donkey Kong (2004, GBA) • Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007, DS) • Donkey Kong Original Edition (2010, VC) • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013, 3DS)