Retro on Online Play for Donkey Kong Country

By Jorge Ba-oh 04.03.2014 3

Retro on Online Play for Donkey Kong Country on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

Retro Studios recently talked about the decision not to include online play in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

The latest game, out now on Nintendo Wii U, does feature challenging co-operative play, however the team weren't keen to "shoehorn" in online play, according to Retro Studios CEO Michael Kelbaugh. "if we were really go back and create an online environment, I think we owe it to the fans to do it better than just making online co-op. We really need to put some thought and resources into doing it the right way," he said in an interview.

Kelbaugh isn't ruling out online play going forward, but would "want to approach it the right way."

Also discussing online play, Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe felt that the "spirit" of the franchise is the local multiplayer, and that "it's just a heck of a lot more fun to be sitting in the same room" rather than "playing with somebody at a distance."

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze scored highly in our review.

Should Retro have included online play in Tropical Freeze, or should it be a strictly offline affair?

Box art for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze





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Rated $score out of 10  9/10

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Rated $score out of 10  9/10 (3 Votes)

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I never even thought about having online play in Donkey Kong Country. Just doesn't seem like a game that needs it.

I am happy that they added online leaderboards for time trials and the ability to see videos of the top times. That was a great improvement. (I just wish country flags appeared next to people's names)

NintendoNintendo (guest) 04.03.2014#2

He's absolutely right.
As for the so-called Nintendo fans, stop complaining, and just play games. No matter how well thought out your criticism, no one important is listening to you. This game is another masterpiece, so enjoy it. And then again, a couple of times.

dk tftf is a top top quality game. having just got my wiiu with dktf, and not playing dk returns on the wii, ii am enjoying this game tremendously. yeah online co op would have added nothing to the game so they made the right decision to not include it. i have every confidence in retros next game. heres hoping for a metroid starfox crossover 


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