While many Nintendo Switch owners are looking forward to the upcoming port of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for several reasons, the price isn’t one of them. According to Nintendo’s official retail page for the platformer, it will cost $59.99 at launch.
While not incredibly shocking to see Nintendo price the upcoming port similarly to a new release, it’s disappointing. The game retailed for $49.99 during its initial launch on the Wii U, and the only difference between the original version and the Switch port is the new “beginner-friendly” mode starring Funky Kong. Nintendo and Retro Studios haven’t revealed any additional added content, so raising the price for an optional easy setting might not sit well with players. Plus, keep in mind, this is all for a game that originally released four years ago.
However, this isn’t the first port of a Wii U title to get premium pricing. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launched last year for Switch, arriving at the same $60 retail price. Unlike Tropical Freeze, though, the Switch port of Deluxe included all the content from the original’s two (paid) DLC packs and more free add-ons, giving players more reason to feel comfortable paying full price for an older game.
Pricing aside, Tropical Freeze is still a great title for Switch players. The sidescroller game was one of the Wii U’s best offerings, not only as a Donkey Kong game but as a platformer in general. Retro Studios’ second crack at the series delivered streamlined platforming mechanics across a set of diverse, visually impressive levels and offered a surprising mix of both accessibility and depth.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Nintendo Switch will launch on May 4th.