Post Arcade: "I'm not sure gamers who already played the original will find the 3DS edition of Donkey Kong Country Returns a worthwhile investment.
It’s polished and fun – easily one of the top side-scrolling platformers yet released for Nintendo’s handheld – but there’s just not much significant new material here. The only truly fresh content is located at game’s end. A ninth world with eight new levels – arguably harder than that precede them – acts as a nice little bonus for anyone who makes it through the 60-or-so original levels and boss fights. It’s a welcome addition, but hardly worth $35."