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Donkey Kong Country
© 1994 Nintendo, developed by Rare
Released in 1994 by Nintendo (developed by Rare) this game was, is and will be forever just incredible. Everybody shouls remember Donkey Kong, the arcade game. It was a simple single-screen platform with Mario (he was called Jumpman at the time) as the hero trying to rescue his girlfriend from a raging ape, Donkey. The name Donkey Kong was actually a satire of King Kong and it was supposed to mean 'Stupid Monkey'. However, this re-introduction of the hero was not a single-screen platform but a mighty action/adventure.
Simple and fun. The control system is simple and responsive, and you will get to grips with it instantly. You control Donkey Kong, but any time in the game you can switch to Diddy and vice versa. There are 6 worlds divided into several stages. As I mentioned there is great variety in them (jungle, snow, water etc) so you won't get bored. At the end of each 'world' there is a boss. There are also many secret levels, and by finishing the game without finding them you will get only about 60% of it. The difficulty level is as it should be. Challenging but not impossible. Fortunatelly there are many save points.
Simply the best platform on the SNES, topped only by DKC 2 and DKC 3. Looks, sounds and plays like a dream. No SNES collection should be without this masterpiece.