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Producer Kensuke Tanabe takes the Developer Direct hot seat, to chat about yesterday’s Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze announcement.

He discussed how their concept expanded, from choosing a walrus as a boss character, to sea creatures becoming broader enemies, to then theming them on Vikings.

From here, there’s discussion on the dynamic camera angle, Donkey Kong’s fur, and the return of Dixie Kong and a secret character. Each have their own unique abilities, with secret areas only being accessible to certain characters.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will release exclusively for Wii U later this year.

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.