Swimming returns. And silhouettes.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is the second game in the Donkey Kong Country franchise developed by Retro Studios and the first made for the Wii U. The game also marks the return of David Wise, the soundtrack composer of the original SNES trilogy. The game will be released in North America on December 6, 2013.
Tropical Freeze will include more more dynamic, three-dimensional levels than appeared in Donkey Kong Country Returns, and also brings back underwater stages, which haven't been seen since Donkey Kong Country 3. Players can choose to play as Donkey, Diddy or Dixie Kong. Another playable character was teased at E3 2013 by producer Kensuke Tanabe but has yet to be revealed.
Tanabe also explained that Tropical Freeze brings back a mechanic from his very first game, Super Mario Bros. 2, in that Donkey Kong can pluck plants from the ground to reveal items.