Donkey Kong Country Returns
Developer(s) Retro Studios
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) In North America: November 21, 2010
In Australia: December 2, 2010
In Europe: December 3, 2010
In Japan: December 9, 2010
Genre(s) platform
Players Single Player, Multiplayer, Cooperative
Rating(s) ESRB: E (Everyone)
Media Wii single layer disc
Input Wii Remote, Nunchuk Attachment
Predecessor Donkey Kong Country
Successor Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
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Donkey Kong Country Returns is a video game for Wii. It is the latest Donkey Kong game, and the fourth and newest of all Donkey Kong Country games. It was released in North America on November 21, 2010, in Australia on December 2, 2010, in Europe on December 3, 2010, and in Japan on December 9, 2010. It includes Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong who travel across the island to retrieve their stolen Banana Hoard.


One peaceful day, the volcano of Donkey Kong Island erupts and reawakens the Tiki Tak Tribe from their slumber. For unknown purposes, the Tikis hypnotize the local wildlife ranging from elephants, giraffes, zebras and squirrels by using their music to bring them every Banana in sight. Under their control, Donkey Kong is robbed of his Banana Hoard. Luckily, the Kongs seem immune to the Tikis' mind powers. Donkey Kong stares at the Tiki and kicks him out of his house. Donkey Kong breaks his front door open and immediately sets off for adventure. Donkey Kong reunites himself with Diddy Kong and the two apes head off to the Tiki Island to recover their precious bananas. After traveling through various parts of Donkey Kong Island, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong soon encounter the leader of the Tiki Tak Tribe, Tiki Tong. After going through a tough fight, the Kongs prevail, and they retrieve their Banana Hoard along the way. Afterwards, a Golden Temple will appear on the island. If the Kongs get all the pearls from the eight temples, they'll have access to this temple and its secrets. The treasure found in that temple is a mirror , which unlocks Mirror Mode. In Mirror Mode, players can't use inventory items, nor can players use Diddy Kong. To add to the Mirror Mode's difficulty is that Donkey Kong only has one heart, which makes it harder to survive.


Wii Remote (horizontally)

Solo and Co-op

  • 1 button: Grab barrels, vines, and cling patches
  • 2 button: Jump, Ascend (while using a Barrel Jet)
  • + button: Pause
  • - button: Pause
  • Control Pad (D-pad): Walk, Run (while holding the 1 button), Crouch, Dismount Rambi (press 1 button while holding the Control Pad downwards)
  • Shake Wii Remote: Ground Pound, Blow (while crouching); Roll (while walking/running)

Co-op Only

  • 1 button (Donkey Kong): Carry Diddy Kong (while pressing Control Pad upwards)
  • 1 button (Diddy Kong): Ride Donkey Kong (while pressing Control Pad upwards), Dismount Donkey Kong (while pressing Control Pad downwards)

Wii Remote with Nunchuk

Solo and Co-op

  • A button: Jump, Ascend (while using a Barrel Jet)
  • B Button: Grab barrels, vines, and cling patches; Dismount Rambi
  • + button: Pause
  • - button: Pause
  • Control Pad: Walk, Run, Crouch
  • Z button: Grab barrels, vines, and cling patches, Dismount Rambi
  • Shake Wii Remote: Ground Pound, Blow (while crouching), Roll (while walking/running)

Co-op Only

  • B button (Donkey Kong): Carry Diddy Kong
  • B button (Diddy Kong): Ride Donkey Kong, Dismount Donkey Kong
  • Z button (Donkey Kong: Carry Diddy Kong
  • Z button (Diddy Kong): Ride Donkey Kong, Dismount Donkey Kong


Main Characters

Animal Buddies



Items, Places, and Objects


Areas and Levels

Jungle (Donkey Kong Country Returns)

Beach (Donkey Kong Country Returns)

Ruins (Donkey Kong Country Returns)

Cave (Donkey Kong Country Returns)


Forest (Donkey Kong Country Returns)


Cliff (Donkey Kong Country Returns)

Factory (Donkey Kong Country Returns)

Volcano (Donkey Kong Country Returns)

Golden Temple



  • Currently This game is the only game in the Donkey Kong Country series to not be developed by Rare. It is also, currently, the only Donkey Kong Country game to not be released with a Donkey Kong Land sequel.
  • This is the only Donkey Kong game so far to have no Kremlings. This includes King K. Rool.
  • This is the only Donkey Kong game so far to not have underwater levels or glacier-themed levels.
  • At the game's release, those who preordered the game at GameStop in the United States or Canada received a special banana shaped Wii Remote pouch with the game's logo printed on it.
  • If Donkey Kong does nothing for a long time standing, he will look around, and sit to play what looks like a Nintendo DS Lite. While he is playing, button sounds and a sound effect from the first Donkey Kong arcade game can be heard. Moments later, he throws the DS (if it is one) behind him, which fades away quickly.

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