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You would not be blamed if you came away from the previous couple E3’s feeling a little bored with Nintendo. With titles like Wii Fit, Wii Music and the unveiling of the Vitality Sensor Nintendo did not make themselves any friends with the “hardcore” gaming community.
However, Nintendo seems to be making a strong attempt to change all of that. Today, not only have we seen new installments in the Kid Icarus, Zelda, and Kirby series, but now a return to Donkey Kong Country as well.
For those of us that grew up in the late 80’s and early 90’s the shift to three dimensions was not entirely seamless for some of our favourite videogame protagonists. It has been nice to see many venerable series returning to their 2D roots. Donkey Kong Country Returns joins titles such as New Super Mario Bros Wii, Sonic the Hedgehog IV, Metroid: Other M and the recently announced Kirby’s Epic Yarn as titles that are making returns to the second dimension.
And it is absolutely beautiful. The Donkey Kong Country series has always been stellar and Retro Studios, the guys behind the Metroid Prime series are now bringing back Rareware’s beloved series to the Nintendo Wii. Get excited!