My VG Music Picks #72 – Bopopolis/Spinning Spines/Slippy Spikes (Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze)

To some, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze may just seem like another run-of-the-mill platformer, and I wouldn’t necessarily blame them for that. In fact, I remember when the game was first announced, a lot of people expressed major disappointment since Retro Studios were developing it and fans were hoping that they were doing another Metroid game.

And while I did enjoy the previous game, I wasn’t exactly biting my nails in anticipation for another Donkey Kong 2D platformer either. But when that debut trailer dropped with this theme accompanying it, I suddenly had an immediate desire to get my hands on it. Weird how one song can have that effect on some people.

Bizarrely, this song is titled Swinger Flinger on the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U soundtrack despite not playing on that level in Tropical Freeze but, regardless, it’s still a fantastic tune. Yeah, it’s another remix of one of the most iconic themes from the first Donkey Kong Country but there’s something about updating it with real instruments that just makes it all the more grand and awesome.

That slow build-up at the beginning always gets me excited, before it segues into a kick-ass saxophone solo. You wouldn’t think jazz would fit the jungle aesthetic or DK himself but, for whatever reason, it does, though it still has some traditional percussion in the background for the slower half of the song that has a more tribal feel to it. It certainly helps that they got David Wise, one of the first game’s composers, to come back. I think his return convinced a lot of people to check the game out.

Obviously, I would recommend trying out Tropical Freeze because it’s a fun and very challenging platformer. If you’re still not interested, at the very least give this tune a listen and then tell me you don’t want to play through a level with this in the background.

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