Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D gets new, easier mode
Less frustration, more heart in the 3DS version of popular Wii platformer
One of the biggest problems we had with the original game was its rather unforgiving difficulty - especially when being played in co-op, as the game's lives were shared between both players, rather than each having their own individual stock. While co-op's going to be less of an issue for the 3DS one, as, while it supports local wireless play, we're assuming it's going to require two copies of the game (thereby making it impractical for the vast majority of people), one of the areas Nintendo have been making the most adjustments is the difficulty level, thanks to a new mode, for newer players.
Cunningly labelled "New Mode", the readjusted difficulty setting increases the number of hearts you have from two to three, letting you take more hits before you lose a life, while adding in a number of extra features designed make the game's trickier sections that bit less bum-clenchingly annoying. From the green balloon, that floats you back to safety should you miss a key jump (without costing you a life), to the ingenious Crash Guard, that protects you for up to two crashes in a mine cart, or a rocket barrel (in other words, some of the game's most difficult sections), New Mode looks set to be a beginner's paradise - and a mode we can see being quite popular.
Of course, those who preferred how things were handled on the Wii won't be left out here either, as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will also include the standard Wii difficulty mode, while an unlockable set of eight new levels, which only become available once you've finished the main game, promise to offer something truly fresh for the 3DS.
Due to hit shelves on the 24th May, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D looks set to be a tweaked, polished and perfected version of what was already an accomplished platformer. While it's yet to be confirmed whether the game will feature download play, to let those who don't already own a copy of the game play along in co-op (after all, the also excellent Luigi's Mansion 2 managed it), we'll be keeping our fingers crossed. In the mean time, why not get a taste for the portable simian platforming action in the trailer below: