It's been a long time..
Since I played any of the old classics for the SNES, but I remember some of the factory levels, where the fun and difficulty were at an even pace, that part of the game always marked for me the end of easy fun and hard trials. Almost every game does that.
Anyway, with the new announcement of Retro Studios taking a stab at the DK series, that is going back to its roots, is a great thing to hear. Hopefully they can surpass the old glory and bring gaming back to when it was fun just to play the game and not be an achievement grabber.
As I wrote the majority of this, I didn't hear anything out of place and it left a good sound in the background as I reminisced on all the DKC games. Great job here and keep the good themes a rolling.
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