November 23, 2010

Review – Donkey Kong Country Returns

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 1:56 pm

Donkey Kong Country Returns
Marathon playtime with a casual audience caused one observer to remark that I was more boy than man despite my age, which possibly owed in some small part to the fact that I’d begun banging my chest after surviving a particularly hellish level.

Two straight days in the jungle have created a time machine, the latest cog in Nintendo’s flux capacitor bringing players back to the age of Super Nintendo, taking advantage of an evolved 2D palette and a long absence that brings characters back with a vibrancy I fantasized about while playing the original titles so many years ago.

Perhaps the key is that the visual seduction inspires the same level of awe now as it did then, so that even if everything new is old again, it’s hard to complain about the result.


November 10, 2010

It’s On Like Donkey Kong

It's On Like Donkey Kong
But only if Nintendo says so.

The company filed a request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in order to trademark the phrase, which they word as “in honor” of the approaching release of Donkey Kong Country Returns. At no additional charge the same PR spiel cites the pop-culture nature of the phrase’s use in music, television and film, which I would naively think reason enough toward why Nintendo shouldn’t be able to trademark the phrase.

Keep in mind I ain’t no lawyer or anything, just a dude walking the wasteland of gaming.

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