In Donkey Kong's latest, you’ll bounce through a number of islands, subjugating the local fauna on the way towards reclaiming your rightful throne. You're like a furry, 500-pound Daenerys Targaryen.
The Shelf rings in the new year by waxing nostalgic about 2010's best and worst games and movies, and talk about what we're looking forward to in 2011. Will and Zack are joined by Emily and our old friend Lucas for this best/worst of ought ten show. The episode also has the distinction of being the only podcast you'll ever hear successfully segue between Gaspar Noé's brutal Enter the Void and Pixar's heartwarming Toy Story 3.
We here at the Shelf decided that there was no better way to ring in 2011 than by compiling a list (A list at the end of the year?! What a concept!) of our favourite games of 2010. In an industry regularly dominated by triple A titles and billion dollar publishers, this past year proved to be a breakthrough of sorts for indie gaming. This is not to say that there weren't great blockbuster games this year - there were plenty - or that indie games weren't a forced to be reckoned with in years past. 2010 merely showed us all that good games are good games, period.
At last month’s Nintendo Holiday Preview event, we got to try out the final build of Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii. At the beginning of our play session, we had 47 lives. By the end of it, we had a big fat Game Over.