A few months ago, Nintendo revealed that they'll have great first-party games for the Wii U launch. While everyone is looking forward to Mario, Zelda and Pikmin Wii U games, how about another hero who returned in glorious style on Wii a few years ago. I'm talking about Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong Country Returns had all the appeal of the original games, boasting beautiful modern visuals and a difficulty level to keep the hardcore happy. It would be great to see Retro make a follow up - they did such a great job visually with the Wii, so imagine what they could achieve with in HD. With that in mind, here's are eight things that would be great in a Donkey Kong Country Wii U game.
1. A More Engaging World Map
Though the map screens in Donkey Kong Country Returns were great, nothing beats the explorability (new word alert!) of the world screens in Donkey Kong Country 3. Whether it's the hidden Banana Bird levels or the use of different craft to explore the environment, or the bartering system of the Brother Bear characters, it was the funnest map to explore this side of Super Mario World. Throw in some hidden areas, alternative paths, secret levels and the return of Funky's Flights and Swanky's Sideshow and you have a potential winner of a map screen.
2. Bring Back the Kremlings!
Though I have nothing against the Tikis as villains, they just didn't have the iconic status of the Kremlings. Most importantly, bringing back the Kremlings will bring back their leader, King K. Rool, who is up there with the most exciting end bosses of all time, always guaranteed to deliver something special to that final battle.
3. Welcome back Dixie
Following the pattern of the original games series, can we have Diddy and Dixie as the two main playable character? Or perhaps take a leaf out of Sonic's book and allow you to choose the character you can play as from the roster of Kongs. This would allow for alternative routes in each level that only certain Kongs can access.
4. Animal Rights
Though the appearance of Rambi and Squawks in DKCR was fantastic, I want more animals to return. I always had a soft spot for Squitter and his web weapons and platforms, but equally Winky, Rattler and Enguarde are quality companions. Plus, the return of DK's swordfish would allow for water levels to come back. Sure, they may slow down the action at times but, if executed well, this isn't always a bad thing.
5. Bring in the Orchestra
The classic Mario music was performed by a massive orchestra in the Galaxy games so it would be great to have the same treatment for the, arguably, even better range of tunes in the Donkey Kong Country song book. Imagine hearing some of the beautiful, distinctive songs such as the main theme, Disco Train or Jib Jig, performed by real people?