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November NPD: Best month ever for retail, Xbox

November is traditionally a big, big month for games, thanks to the impending holidays and the temporary financial insanity bestowed upon Americans by the Black Friday Effect. This November may have been the biggest. The NPD reports that last month was the "best November on record in terms of new...

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Nintendo UK promotion offered Donkey Kong Country Returns in exchange for bananas

Nintendo offered a strange promotional deal for Donkey Kong Country Returns at UK video game stores recently. All fans were asked to do is bring in real bananas; the first 20 who did would get a copy of Retro Studios' brilliantly tough platformer. And, sure enough, it worked -- fans handing over...

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Billy Mitchell's tie makes cameo in Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country Returns developer Retro Studios doesn't just have a knack for successfully rebooting beloved Nintendo franchises, it's also got a wicked eye for bold fashion statements. For instance, the star-spangled signature necktie of Donkey Kong high-score contender Billy Mitchell...

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Championship eater inhales bananas at Donkey Kong Country Returns launch

If pressed, we're not sure we could eat an entire banana in 60 seconds -- they're just so dry and heavy, you know? We certainly couldn't come close to the achievement of championship eater Takeru Kobayashi, who, at a recent Donkey Kong Country Returns launch event, slammed 16 'nanners in a minute....

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Donkey Kong Country Returns review: Exactly as much fun as a barrel of monkeys

I used the Super Guide. There, I said it. I doubt I would have been so tempted under normal, non-reviewing circumstances, but I had a very limited time to get through Donkey Kong Country Returns, and I was getting pretty frustrated, and that happy little pig was standing there, waving a white...

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New Donkey Kong Country Returns trailer looks so tough a monkey's gotta do it

This new Donkey Kong Country Returns trailer means this game's not kidding around. Retro Studios may have borrowed Rare's colorful designs, but it added a vicious platforming challenge to Kong's new banana-collecting adventure. Guess it really is on like ... well, you know....

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Nintendo requests 'It's on like Donkey Kong' trademark

Nintendo has filed a trademark application for "It's on like Donkey Kong" with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The company said the request was made "in honor of the upcoming Nov. 21 launch" of Donkey Kong Country Returns -- in other words, Nintendo is about to put a lock on the phrase's...

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Super Guide returns in Donkey Kong Country Returns

Last year, New Super Mario Bros. Wii introduced the "Super Guide" -- if you died eight times in one level, you'd get the option to have Luigi play through it for you (and you could take back control at any time) -- and gaming was ruined forever. (Not really.) Nintendo has since included the Super...

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Donkey Kong Country Returns trailer is going to kick you in the face

Guys, we're screwed. We're not going to be able to resist buying Donkey Kong Country Returns, but the more media we consume from the game -- like the trailer posted below -- the more convinced we become that the game is going to be so difficult, that we might weep uncontrollably while playing it....

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Donkey Kong Country Returns preview: Not monkeying around

I am a terrible, wimpy gamer. At least, that's what Donkey Kong Country Returns convinced me of after stealing dozens of balloons (lives) away from my defeated ape. While my colleagues, James and JC, hinted at its difficulty during E3, they didn't detail how truly sadistic the level design is....

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