Some number of years ago, the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy for SNES was removed from the Virtual Console without warning. No longer could Wii owners download the games and play them on modern systems. Needless to say, removing an entire series of games so highly revered left its fans more than disappointed. But Donkey Kong Country fans rejoice, for all three games are coming to the Wii U eShop in just a matter of time!

The trilogy is so far confirmed for Europe, where the original Donkey Kong Country will release on October 16th. Each passing week will mark the launch of another game in the series, as Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble release on October 23rd and 30th, respectively. And to top it all off, if you buy any one of the original Donkey Kong Country games on Wii U, you’ll get a 33% discount on a downloadable copy of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

But that’s not all to be excited about, Donkey Kong Country lovers! The exact same deal is happening on the portable front, where all three Donkey Kong Land games will be released on the same dates as their console counterparts—that is, October 16th, 23rd, and 30th. And if you buy any of these three games on a 3DS eShop account that’s been linked to a Nintendo Network ID, you’ll get a 33% discount on a downloadable copy of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.

The Virtual Console trailer for the first Donkey Kong Country game can be seen above, courtesy of Nintendo Everything. The only question that remains is when Nintendo will release these games in the rest of the world.

Source: GoNintendo

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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.


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