I believe that anyone with a lifelong love of video games started that affair with a deeply memorable experience. Maybe you passed the controller back and forth playing Super Mario Bros. with your sibling, or your Nintendo 64 and Goldeneye 007 (and therefore you) dominated your college dorm. We make connections with games directly, emotionally, through our lives and the people around us, but my love for Nintendo came in the mailbox. When Donkey Kong Land was released in 1995, it didn't take long to wear the yellow out of the cartridge's case, but no matter how much I played the game, I couldn't find a K.
As in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, a handheld port of a console-remake, collecting all four letters to spell "KONG" in DK Land allows you to save your game after every level, but one K evaded my eager thumbs, decimating my stock of lives in subsequent plays. Thankfully, it was 1995 and there was such a thing as writing a letter, so that's what I did. I wrote to Nintendo and got a reply telling me where to find the precious collectable. While a few notable changes have made Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D even better than the Wii version, there's still no question that Retro Studios and Monster Games have evolved the experience I fell in love with on Game Boy.
I like the art style
Great review and a fun looking game
Glad to see the jump to handheld worked so nicely.