NWR: "After games like Kirby's Epic Yarn, it's refreshing to see a truly challenging 2D platformer. Donkey Kong Country Returns' stages get progressively harder, but each world offers its own unique challenges. The stage designs are clever and often devious; I often thought, "I can't believe they want me do that," but with a big smile on my face. Just making it through the levels is challenging; I imagine 100%'ing all of the levels will take quite an effort. It's hard enough to find some of the hidden items and survive the levels; doing both will be much harder. The one downside is that because of the difficulty, it doesn't work as well as a two-player game."