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New 2D Donkey Kong Game Reportedly Not In Development

A new 2D Donkey Kong game is reportedly not in development, contrary to prior rumors claiming as such. Fans of DKC: Tropical Freeze have been hoping for an announcement regarding a new 2D Donkey Kong game. However, much to their dismay, it seems that a brand new entry in the series is not in development.

According to Sylux on Twitter, who has previously leaked information regarding Nintendo Directs as well as the release date announcement for Bayonetta 3, no new 2D Donkey Kong game is in development, terming the idea equivalent to fan fiction.

A rumor regarding the existence of a 2D game in the DK series was originally floated by Twitter user markomaro around a year ago in 2021. According to them, a new 2D game featuring DK was set to be one of the biggest hits on the Nintendo Switch for the year 2022. They claimed that the game was originally planned for release during Winter 2021. However, according to them, the game’s release was pushed forward into Nintendo’s next Fiscal Year.

There has been no official word on the existence of a new 2D Donkey Kong game from Nintendo. Twitter user Sylux has proven to be accurate with their information regarding announcements from Nintendo, and it seems likely that they’re correct in their assessment that a new 2D Donkey Kong game is not in development.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a 2014 platform game developed by Retro Studios in collaboration with Monster Games and published by Nintendo for the Wii U console. It is a direct successor to the 2010 Wii game Donkey Kong Country Returns. An improved port for the Nintendo Switch was released in May 2018.

Kong and his buddies journey across seven distinct islands in the game in order to fight the Snowmads, continuing the side-scrolling platforming gameplay of the DKC series. The controls are identical to the previous game’s controls, with the addition of the ability to pick up and throw stunned enemies as well as dig up things from the ground.

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