Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Developer(s): Retro Studios
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform(s): Wii U, Switch
Release Date: Wii U
USA February 21, 2014
Japan February 13, 2014
Europe February 21, 2014

Nintendo Switch
Japan May 3, 2018
Worldwide May 4, 2018

Genre Platform
Ratings ESRB E.png: Everyone
Mode(s) Single-player, Two-Players
Media Optical Disc, Digital Download
Input Wii U Gamepad, Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is the fifth game in the Donkey Kong Country series. It was announced at E3 on June 11, 2013. It was released on February 13 in Japan and was released on February 21, 2014 in North America and Europe, and February 22 in Australia. This game takes place on Donkey Kong's birthday, coinciding the fact that this is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Donkey Kong Country. It is the newest Donkey Kong & Donkey Kong Country game.

In a Nintendo Direct on 1/11/18, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was announced as a port to Nintendo Switch. It was released on 5/4/18 in North America.


The story begins with a party at Donkey Kong's Treehouse, where the Kongs are celebrating DK's 20th birthday (in Kong years). until gently, one of the balloons flies out of the Kong‘s house and over the sea, where a fleet of Snowmad ships are stationed. Far away from the island, a Pointy Tuck watches over them, locating the Kong house and relaying info to their leader, who is shrouded in a dark silhouette. Upon the leader nodding their approval, the Pointy Tucks brings him a horn which he blows, creating a large amount of wind, as well as an Ice Dragon.

Just as he is about to blow the candles out, Donkey Kong notices a mysterious snowflake appear and put out the candle on his birthday cake, which circles around the candle on his cake, and extinguishes it. He turns away with a rapacious look on his face as he hears an uproar, and he and the other Kongs exit the house. The Ice Dragon from earlier flies toward Donkey Kong Island, turning the sea into ice around it. The Kongs are then blown away from the island by the ice dragon's intense winds, landing in the Lost Mangroves island. Afterwards, a large ship stations itself where the Volcano from Donkey Kong Country Returns used to be, and the Snowmads seize Donkey Kong Island for their own, turning it into a glacier with continuous snowfall.

After traversing across 5 islands with each posing its own threats, as well as treasures, the Kongs finally arrive at Donkey Kong Island, which is under control of the Snowmads. The Kongs make their way through the frozen wasteland/fortress until they encounter the leader of the Snowmads, Lord Fredrik, who challenges the Kongs to a final battle deep in the blistering core of the volcano. After a long battle, Donkey Kong delivers the final punch to Lord Fredrik, which sends him flying out through the ceiling of the Snowmad’s galleon, splitting it in half, causing it to topple off the mountain and into the sea. The Kongs wander out of the remains of the ship and look out from the mountainside to see the end of Lord Fredrik's fall. Lord Fredrik‘s impact crashes into the remainder of the Snowmad ships out in the seas of the island, defeating the entire Snowmad clan and freeing the island from their control. Donkey Kong then notices the horn that was used to freeze their island fell out of Lord Fredrik's hands during his fall, which he grabs and blows into, producing a wave of flowers that carries the Kongs to the bottom of the island. The Kongs watch and rejoice as the breeze of the flowers flutter around the island, melting all of the ice and snow, restoring Donkey Kong Island back to its original state and ending the story.



Domestic Enemies

Funky Mode (Nintendo Switch)

Funky Mode, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, allows you to play as Funky Kong. Funky Mode marks the first time in a Donkey Kong Country game that Funky Kong is playable. Unlike the other playable Kongs, Funky can hover in midair on his surf board. He also has 5 hearts instead of 3 hearts. When playing as him, you can stay submerged for as long as you want, and you can stand on spikes without receiving damage. Though Funky Mode has its advantages, a disadvantage is that Funky Kong is the only playable Kong in Funky Mode (depending on your perspective). Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Cranky Kong are not playable in Funky Mode, unless the player has chosen to play in multiplayer.

Islands and Levels

Lost Mangroves

Autumn Heights

Bright Savannah

Sea Breeze Cove

Juicy Jungle

Donkey Kong Island

  • 6-1: Homecoming Hijinks: A snow and ice-themed level that takes place in the same location as the Jungle area in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • 6-2: Seashore War: A snow and ice-themed level that takes place in the same location as the Beach area in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • 6-3: Aqueduct Assault: A snow and ice-themed level that takes place in the same location as the Ruins area in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • 6-4: Blurry Flurry: A snow and ice-themed level that takes place in the same location as the Cave area in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • 6-5: Forest Folly: A snow and ice-themed level that takes place in the same location as the Forest area in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • 6-6: Cliffside Slide: A snow and ice-themed level in a silhouette that takes place in the same location as the Cliff area in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • 6-7: Frozen Frenzy: A snow and ice-themed level that takes place in the same location as the Factory area in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • 6-8: Meltdown Mayhem: A snow and ice-themed level that takes place in the same location as the Volcano area in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • 6-Boss: Volcano Dome: The final boss level
  • 6-A: Dynamite Dash A Cave themed level, that takes place inside of the area of the first level of the Cave world. It utilizes many explosives, possibly used in the first Cave level.
  • 6-B: Icicle Arsenal A Forest-Cave themed level, which takes place deeper in the cave world. It first transitions from the Forest into the Cave world, inside an abandoned mine.
  • 6-K: Slippy Spikes A long-lost temple that has been hidden away in Donkey Kong Island.

Secret Seclusion




Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze received "generally favorable" reviews on Metacritic getting a metascore of 83/100 on Wii U based on 77 critic reviews[1] and 86/100 on Nintendo Switch based on 75 critic reviews.[2]


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