Donkey Kong Country Returns has shown up on Nvidia Shield devices in China with full HD support. What started a few years ago following the reversal of a console ban has led to a curious partnership between Nintendo and Nvidia that sees the Big N licensing its games for release on another platform. Previously, titles like Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Super Mario Galaxy were available on the device in HD, but Retro Studios' Donkey Kong revival has just shown up.
The real kicker, though, is that this new version not only renders at 1080p but axes the motion controls form the original. From out of nowhere, China has gotten the definitive version of this game and we're left with a Switch port of Tropical Freeze with Funky Kong for $60. I really do have to question what logic goes through Nintendo's minds sometimes.
To be fair, this isn't a complete remaster or anything. It simply looks like the Wii original running at a higher resolution with no updated textures. That being said, I don't think the Wii version looks all that bad and I would have gladly paid $60 for both this and Tropical Freeze in a bundle on Switch. At least someone gets to experience this, but I do hope Nintendo realizes its leaving money on the table by relegating these to China only.