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Nintendo Presents Cranky Kong as a Playable Character

During this weekend’s VGX event, a live demonstration of the upcoming Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game for Wii U revealed details about the addition of Cranky Kong as a playable character.

For the first time in the Donkey Kong Country series, players will be able to assume control of the Cranky Kong. Cranky joins Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong as one of Donkey Kong’s partners in the game.

At VGX, an event celebrating video games, Nintendo also revealed that the game will launch in North America on Feb. 21 in stores and on the Nintendo eShop.

The bearded Cranky Kong is very spry for his age, using his cane to bounce on dangerous objects like spikes. This ability helps him access areas other characters can’t reach.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

During single-player mode, Cranky rides on Donkey Kong’s back. In co-op multiplayer, a second player can control Cranky, Diddy or Dixie directly (an additional controller is required for multiplayer play, and is sold separately).

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is the next installment in the Donkey Kong Country series.

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