One of the major revelations of the SNES Mini lineup was just how good the original Donkey Kong Country remains.
Anyone who (like me) might have arrived at the lazy assumption that Rare’s series-starter had probably aged terribly is way off. In reality it remains a uniquely fluid, weighty and inventive platformer.
Retro might have taken over the DKC reigns by the time Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze first appeared on the Wii U in 2014, but boy has it continued the good work.
Despite having barely been touched in the intervening years, it takes its place as arguably the finest 2D platformer on Switch.
It would be tempting to bundle DKCTF into the same category as Kirby Star Allies, Nintendo’s other recent mascot-led 2.5D Switch platformer. As it turns out, the pair are barely in the same postcode.