Telegraph: Donkey Kong Country Returns Review

Released in 1994, Donkey Kong Country wasn't looking to reinvent the 2D platformer, but to craft the genre in the image of its hero; hulking and primal, a game set to the tune of jungle drums. But with those fantastic graphics --on a SNES, of all things-- it was a statement of intent. At least, it was, until a third dimension came along and ruined everything; by 1996 the best days of the 2D platformer were left in the wake of Super Mario 64's unbridled genius.

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