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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze box art revealed, with a new playable character?

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Earlier today Amazon Italy leaked the image for the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze official box art, which you can see above. The listing has now been reverted to just the logo for the game, which is what we’ve seen for a while, but the new box art reveals Cranky Kong swinging along on the vine with Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and Dixie Kong. Could he be a new playable character?

Remember Reggie stated that Nintendo has a few things to show off at the Spike VGX awards which are happening on December 7th, so perhaps we’ll know more then.

What do you think?

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  • Sean

    this better not be Reggie’s surprise at the VGX awards!

    • Yousif Alromaithi

      Guys Reggie stated that he will announce something nobody heard of since e3 2013 so I suspect that it could be Zelda. Nintendo stated Zelda would come out sooner since Wii U is in trouble and in respect to Reggie words he sated that in 2014 their will be no drought on 3ds or the Wii U. So we know 3ds would do well but I excpect something huge to come at 2014 for the Wii U.

      • Sean

        i hope so, for some reason i dont think the spike tv crowd will care about cranky kong

  • Toadlord

    While I definitely want Cranky Kong to be the fourth playable character, I hope this isn’t the VGX announcement. I wanted a surprise.

  • jjbredesen

    I don’t think Nintendo will show Donkey Kong it is VGX there must be something bigger they are going to show. I am hoping for a new Star Fox or F-Zero. because Retro is not done with DK so they could not have started on a new metroid so that is out of the question.

    I don’t think they would show Miyamoto’s new IP they would save that for a direct. Zelda is ready to be shown so my bets are on that we will get a short 1min trailer.

    I don’t think Nintendo has got the capacity to make a F-Zero or starfox untill they are done with Zelda.

    Now that they are done with Mario they could start to make a new game witch could be one of those titles.

    So i am pretty sure it will be Zelda.

    • Josiah Parsons

      Wouldn’t a Halo-like Star Fox FPS be Epic? With 2 player co-op, online multiplayer, vehicle levels?.

      • Falcoxcalibur

        Yes but Nintendo doesn’t want to sell consoles!

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        THIS THIS THIS THANK YOU SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS MY WISHES

        • jjbredesen

          Hey btw i just got A link between worlds :D

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            nifty. how is it?

          • jjbredesen

            It is fantastic i am done with the 2nd dongeon and the graphics are beutyfull :D The puzzles are really cool.

            Only thing i can complain about is that it is to easy.

            I will let you know what i think about it when i am done.

      • jjbredesen

        It would be fantastic, but that means Microsoft and Nintendo would have to work together… In other words it will sadly never happen :(

        • Josiah Parsons

          Why would they have to work together? Besides, if they needed help, Bungie is not tied to any one console.

          • Matteo Ferrazzi

            if anything, it sounds like a job for Retro

      • Squid

        The Starfox 3D multiplayer is actually fun.

      • Josiah Parsons

        Also cool would be a AC4 like star fox game where you play as Wolf and hop cargo ships, fight your way in, and take the cargo.

    • Jack5221

      So far Zelda is confirmed for E3 2014. So I don’t think it will be that. I’d expect them to build up hype closer to release. From what I’ve heard Retro is working on two games at once right now. One of them being DK. I’ve got my fingers crossed for Metroid, but we’ll just have to wait and see. So really at this point its just speculation. My guess is as good as yours. Since the year of Luigi is almost over I have a feeling it will be related to him to properly end the year of Luigi.

      • Yousif Alromaithi

        I agree year of Luigi is not done.

      • jjbredesen

        Well that makes sense, but what could they show?

        A new luigi game? I honestly can’t think of anything, but i would make sense…

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Luigi didnt get much on Wii U. One game only, and I thought that game was kind of disappointing. If they ever will release something new for Wii U I hope its a level editor.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Zelda??? You hype us up to disappointed. And because I love everyone on this page, and dont want them to be that I have to clean up your mess with my daily dosis of negativity. Therefore my guess is that they will announce Super Mario Bros 3 for Virtual Console.

      Juuuuust joking peeps, no need to downvote me. Im sure it will be a happy surprise. My guess is the announcement of a real next gen console launching in 2014, and discontinuation of Wii U.

      • jjbredesen

        “I enjoy making people disappointed”

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Evil :D

          • jjbredesen

            Aw thank you :)

          • Squid

            You really are

    • Yousif Alromaithi

      I suspect that they will announce the release date of Mario Kart and Smash Bros. They will announce two games for the Wii U and probably one for 3ds. Also showcase Zelda. I believe one of the announcement could be Kirby or F-Zero. Metriod could be instead of F-Zero but I have been hearing more rumors about F-Zero. All in all don’t except a major letdown.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Metroid is very little plausible. Who would made it? Nintendo doesnt have the time. Team Ninja is probably out of the question and RETRO lost all the staff with that experience.

        • Yousif Alromaithi

          The original Metriod prime was miymatto as producer so yes they could do it. We have been hearing a lot about Metriod prime this year. You know that because you have been here all year.

          • jjbredesen

            Who is Miyamatto??

            (Sarkasm) :P

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Yeah, they are certainly competent enough to do it, no doubt. But they probably lack resources.

          • Yousif Alromaithi

            Spike tv said a new upcoming title so it got to be Zelda, or Metriod Prime. Anyways I am tired convincing you. When that day comes I will remind you. Nuff said.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            ok

    • Frankie

      Retro Studios has around 120 employees. They have been working on more than just Donkey Kong. I am not sure what that game is, but there is something else in development there.

      I believe we will see the new Zelda at VGX and possibly something else. The new IP would be awesome, but a first person Star Fox game would be even better.

    • Ducked

      Their not showing a “new game”, there showing “unseen footage” of a upcoming game if I heard right.

      • jjbredesen

        Yup Zelda is a upcoming annouced game ;)

        • Ducked

          True :)

  • John Andalora

    Kranky Kong as a playable character?

    Yeah, and Reggie’s really gonna be a character on SSBU too!

    • Ducked

      Krabby Kong?

  • http://www.facebook.com/LilMajerTheCartune Cartune

    Another playable character was revealed when the game first came out, we just didn’t know who!

  • Christian Colby Porter

    I wanted lanky kong :(

  • The Clockwork Being

    Yeah good thing they announced this now. Guys don`t worry. I know Nintendo screwed up a few times but im sure they understand that the VGX is something big so something big has to be announced. Anyways Kranky as a new character could be fun. It will be funny to see him shut up his bragging about him being high and mighty.

    Non related but did anyone see the new Smash Bros picture. The Find the Mii boss, the Dark Emperor, is in the 3DS version of the game. Could this mean bosses are going to be present?

    http://images.nintendolife.com/news/2013/12/streetpass_quest_villain_appears_in_latest_smash_bros_3ds_screen/attachment/0/original.jpg

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Shiiit… Just thought of something. Cranky Kong must have been Donkey Kong in the old NES versions, and DKjr is the one we know as Donkey Kong in the Country-series.

      • crocodileman94

        That Cranky is the original Donkey is long confirmed, kinda.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          didnt know that :D

          • crocodileman94

            I’m saying kinda because it’s a family tree that Rareware came up with. And while Nintendo hasn’t confirmed it, they haven’t denied it either.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Oh… hmmm. If its RARE im not sure its valid. N. could change it at will.

          • crocodileman94

            True. But they haven’t during the 19 years it’s been around.

      • rp17

        Cranky is modern DK’s grandfather. DK jr was his dad.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Where is the old Donkey then?

          • Osiris11235

            The old Donkey Kong from the original arcade game is now Cranky Kong.

          • Guest

            Old DK is Cranky Kong, DK jr sorta just disappeared off the face of the earth, and you could say modern DK is actually Donkey Kong the Third.

      • The Clockwork Being

        That realization!!!

    • crocodileman94

      Probably. They showed Yellow Devil at the end of the E3 trailer.

    • Keyser

      I hope so! Bosses were one of my favorite parts of Brawl. (I hope rumors of no story mode are untrue because I really liked that)

      • The Clockwork Being

        Maybe not a story mode but a adventure mode would be good. One that is unique for like every character and plays like Melee’s adventure mode. At the end there should be a personal boss for each character. This would make boss battle a returning mode.

        Edit: Ok not for every character but per franchise

    • bizzy gie

      Find Mii but how do we know this isn’t photoshopped?

      • The Clockwork Being

        It was posted on the official website.

        • bizzy gie

          Ah. I see.

  • Jack5221

    They have still have not announced the 4th Playable character. I have a feeling it will be Cranky Kong, why else would he be on the cover? :D

  • juan

    I’m hoping for a Zelda trailer. Or how I would love to seemetroid or star fox shown. That would be epic. Cash money rolling in

    • Fred

      OHHH a Star For trailer would be KILLER!

  • Lil J Moore

    DK 64 sequel anyone?

    • majora :D

      oh god, please no

    • Ducked

      The best Donkey Kong game ever! (well imo)

      • Derian D’Intino

        You mean Donkey Kazooie? It’s still a great game, it just doesn’t feel like a Donkey Kong game to me. I just don’t understand everyone’s beef with the Country series.

  • rp17

    I saw this leaked on Walmart.com on Black Friday… but how do I miss Cranky Kong?!?!

  • LevenThumps

    That boxart looks amazing, although I don’t think Cranky Kong is the fourth character.

  • CaesarGood

    why would anyone care to play with kranky kong so bad??

    • ETeach

      Because he beat the original DKC in 30 minutes, blindfolded with both hands tied behind his back, of course!

  • Mike A

    Games like this is why I love Nintendo. All console’s are great if your a gamer and have deep pockets but the price now for Wii U bungle makes it an attractive buy. Games like Donkey Kong, Mario, Zelda and so on is worth the couple hundred investment.

  • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

    Would be my favorite playable character if Cranky becomes playable haha Cranky is fun, Cranky is cool, Cranky is well err… Cranky :D

  • greengecko007

    Not interested in this game in the slightest, but that box art is VERY impressive.

  • ETeach

    Nostalgia-goggles were the only thing that kept me from falling in love with the original DKCR. Great game on it’s own merits, just lacked a little DKC vibe imo. But playing as Dixie and Cranky would definitely be cool. I’ll be picking this one up some day, just probably not at launch.

  • lonewolf88

    this is old now while u posted doom i read artickes like this.

  • Rinslowe

    I’m actually fully hyped for this game.

  • Wiiluigi

    That’s too bad I was hoping for chunky kong

  • Andy White

    Hey guys, I just looked on amazon and now they have the box art for the US version.. except it is missing Cranky Kong on it… http://www.amazon.com/Donkey-Kong-Country-Tropical-Freeze-Nintendo/dp/B00DC7O77A/ref=pd_ys_ir_all_2

    • Andy White

      why didnt anyone notice this? Cranky isnt there and DK’s Leg is different