Those of us who played 1994's Donkey Kong Country for the Super NES again and again and again have the game's catchy soundtrack embedded in our brains (particularly if we scored 101% completion). Heck, I liked the game's music so much that I even bought the three disc Donkey Kong Country trilogy soundtrack CD from Nintendo Power back in the day. I've downloaded my fair share of OverClocked Remix albums that spotlight the series. This music takes up space in my brain and runs in my blood. With that in mind, you can imagine how happy I was to fire up Nintendo's new Wii title, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and hear this familiar song on the title screen:
Likewise, heading into the game's first level made me smile all over again thanks to this modernized take on the classic "DK Island Swing":
These aren't the only returning songs from the old days, of course. Play far enough into the game and you'll hear the familiar themes of the mine cart levels, the famed underwater "Aquatic Ambiance", and a few other fun surprises. Yes, it's a great time to be a Donkey Kong Country fan.