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A new update is now available for the Switch version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Nintendo has issued version 1.0.2.

The new update addresses one issue in particular. In the past, there was a problem in which the route to stage 3-4 wouldn’t open after clearing stage 3-3. This has since been addressed.


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze originally came out in 2014. Yet four years later, one player has uncovered a Metroid Easter egg in the game.

Shane Marchis is the person who made the discovery. The Metroid can be found in Amiss Abyss, though it can be somewhat easy to miss.

These days, Retro Studios is looked at fondly having made one of the most unexpectedly great games in Metroid Prime, followed by two sequels and a pair of Donkey Kong Country games. Things didn’t always start off so well, however. We know that the company cancelled a few different GameCube projects prior to the system’s launch, which was sparked by turmoil within the studio that even carried through after Metroid Prime’s release.

There were a myraid of issues with Retro initially. Founder Jeff Spangenberg was barely present, those initial projects had barely progressed after nearly two years of development, the team had a lack of access to GameCube development kits, and there were plenty of management issues.

The rumor mill has been swirling today with speculation about Star Fox: Grand Prix. Supposedly, Retro Studios is working on this new project for Switch, which is drawing comparisons to Diddy Kong Racing. Among what’s speculated to be included in the game is a story mode and boss battles.

Star Fox: Grand Prix apparently wasn’t the only title Retro had been working on since Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, though it may never see the light of day. Kotaku reports that “Retro had a separate project that went through a rocky development cycle and may in fact be canceled.”

We don’t need to point out how quiet Retro Studios has been since 2014. That was when the company’s last game, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, first appeared on Wii U.

Retro Studios is back in the news with some new speculation that has surfaced over the past couple of days. Alleged leaks claim that they’re working on the new Switch game Star Fox Grand Prix.

First week sales for the Switch version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze were reported from Japan this week. Between April 29 and May 3, the game sold nearly 90,000 copies.

That’s a significant increase compared to the original 2014 release. On Wii U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze sold just 35,000 copies in its first week.

The sell-through rate is also more favorable. The game sold through 65% of its initial shipment on Switch, according to Dengeki. In contrast, the Wii U version had a sell-through rate of just 35%.

The latest – and probably final – trailer for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Switch highlights some of the game’s early accolades. Get a look at the video below.

It’s unclear just how much Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze sold during its first week in the UK. However, we do know that it was towards the top of the charts.

GamesIndustry adds that the new Switch version “already accounts for nearly 17% of the total number of copies the game has sold in the UK (physical units only). Week one sales of the Switch version were 53.7% higher than week one sales of the Wii U version (although Switch does have a considerably higher install base).”

We should have an idea as to how Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze performed on Switch in Japan this week. As for the US, we’ll need to wait for next month’s NPD report.


If you’re up to a short “game” with a small reward at the end, head on over to the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze website. My Nintendo members can earn 100 Platinum Points by finding the letters K-O-N-G. Once you’ve collected them all, the points will automatically be added to your account.

Thanks to TruExtent for the tip.

The Switch version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze launches today. To celebrate, Nintendo has put together a launch trailer – give it a watch:

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