New Donkey Kong Game References Zelda

JordanFebruary 17th, 2014 by Jordan

DKCTFThe upcoming release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, one of Nintendo’s strongest platforming series, returns on the Wii U this week and it is bringing some classic Nintendo hints and secrets with it. Nintendo has slipped in a few clever references to their other game series, and of course Zelda is no exception.

Hit the jump to see how Tropical Freeze‘s shopkeeper alludes to a classic quote!

As can be seen below, the lovable Funky Kong returns in this game and picks up the role of shopkeeper for the Kongs, slipping in a reference or joke here and there. When the player considers the purchase of a Crash Guard for their vehicle, Funky makes a fairly Zelda-like comment about the item… which also looks a bit like the Hylian Shield.

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Twenty-eight years later, the Old Man’s words still ring true, no matter who speaks them. What are your thoughts on this clever little reference? Do you think there might be a few other Zelda allusions in the game? What are your thoughts for Donkey Kong in general? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Source: The Bit Block

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  • Billy Pariseau

    first comment

    • U-Jelly

      You must feel like a celebrity! (See what I did there? I bet u Didn’t

    • VladNorris

      And you won…Nothing!
      Congratulations for achieving nothing!

      • me

        He/she achieved to satisfaction of know he/she was the first to comment.

        • VladNorris

          Which is kind of pathetic if you ask me. I mean, it doesn’t make your comment any better than an actually good comment.

      • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

        Well they did win all the down votes. That’s an accomplishment, right?

    • YoshiFan101

      wonderful! who cares… we’re not gonna throw off a celebration for you, and,

      18TH

    • DamagingLink

      And you win eternal life!
      …burning in hell and listening to Justin Bieber.

      Pretty much the ultimate torture.

      • The Doctor

        Don’t forget to add in something about One Direction there :D

  • Ninty

    This game looks awesome. Cartoon styles are some of my faves

  • MetalF

    Starbomb have ruined this quote for me…

  • True

    To be honest I’ve never played DK or Mario….(I’ve only played Mario Kart actually :3)

    • Antoni Kurkowski

      Super Mario, Donkey Kong… that’s like my whole childhood… What about Zelda? Which Zelda games did you play?

      • True

        I’ve played Oot on the 64, as well as Majora’s Mask, Phantom Hourglass (I hate that game imo) Wind Waker, Link between worlds, Skyward Sword, Twilight Princess, The Legend of Zelda, The Minish Cap, Links Awaking, A Link to the Past, Oracle of Ages, and thats it….I love Zelda though….Oot was my first video game ever :D

  • Dennis

    You guys should do a post on another celebrity zelda fan… the guy who hosts the talking dead he said to a guy wearing a zelda shirt who asked a question on a walking dead episode “I see your wearing a zelda shirt is inside out because we dont have permission to use it on our show I just wanted you to know I knew”

  • Zarx1554

    Hey guys, my brother actually thinks TP was darker than MM! I’m pretty sure MM IS darker

    • Sarcasm

      Dude no way! That’s so relevant to the article!

    • VladNorris

      And that’s irrelevant for this article.

    • GanonsBaker

      Go home. Think about your life. Cry.

      • Zaptoid

        Jedi mind trick? Episode II? Eh? Eh?

    • Cubemaster

      TP is darker, as in they just turned town the brightness. Every time I play it, I need to adjust my TV so I can actually see stuff. Then I play, say, Wind Waker HD, and I feel like I’m going to go blind.

    • The Doctor

      This isn’t the post you’re looking for. Move along.

  • VladNorris

    It’s not the first time the DK games make THIS particular reference, but it’s nice nonetheless.

  • linkfan

    Nintendo does this all the time with their games

  • LordSlayaton

    Cool.

  • VladNorris

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMS62q-mh1U

    Sorry to post something so out of topic, but I find important to share this.

    • YoshiFan101

      Whats it about? I’m too lazy to watch a 30 minute video with no humor

      • The Doctor

        Yeah, let us know VladNorris

  • YoshiFan101

    I don’t really care, it happens all the time.

  • StationaryBomb

    GOODNESS SAKES JUST MAKE A NEW ZELDA GAME FOR GODS SAKE STOP TEASING US YOU BAHSTURDS! Anyways seeing videogame references are always a treat. All videogames are connected in some way so they gotta be in the same universe :)

  • HylianArgonian

    I don’t play the Donkey Kong series (though I want to), but this is a nice little node to another rival series. Also just out of curiosity, what would be a good DK game to start with? I have a GBA, DS, 3DS and Wii so suggest some titles for those consoles please.

    • Andrew Thomas

      Hmmm… my favourite was Donkey Kong 64. I don’t know if you can get it on virtual console on wii? If not download an emulator (project64 is the one I use) and a rom (from doperoms or some such site). It’s a really good game and worth a play :)

      • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

        I think 64 would be a bit overwhelming for a first timer. (My opinion) I would suggest the SNES series of DKC games, but every game has one or two levels that will drive you a bit crazy.

    • I’mZeldaJustKiddingNoI’mNot

      Either Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) or Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS). The latter has an easier version, so I would suggest that.

  • UltimateTankOP

    This exact same reference was also in DKCR 3D.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbpVmCVjyWE

    • Zaptoid

      Yeah, I saw that.

  • hollander

    Looks nice, but I’m not a fan of Kong.

  • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

    That’s pretty funny! I really want Tropical Freeze. It got mixed reviews, but I like the challenge of DKC games and Retro Studios is boss at making Nintendo games.

  • pokeninja183

    Dankey Kang

    • Essence Of The Triforce

      Dunkey Kung.

      • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

        Dinkey King

        • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

          denkey Keng

          • The pirate Tetra

            Dynkey kyng?

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            Y is a vowel right?

          • The pirate Tetra

            It can be.

          • MaiamaiHunt

            Konkey Dong

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            Dynkey kyng

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            donkey king, dinkey kong, dinkey kong, donkey kyng, so many combinations!

          • The pirate Tetra

            Kong Donkey!

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            and then you can flip it, theres more possibilities then ever!

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            king donkey, king dinkey, king dynkey, king dankey

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            dinkey kong, kingy dingy, wait what?

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            danky kong, danky king, dynkey kong

          • The pirate Tetra

            Wait why is his name Donkey?

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            no idea

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            now that i think about it……. that is kinda strange XD

          • The pirate Tetra

            ya I know maybe he was a Donkey named Kong who got turned into a Monkey??? :)

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            maybe cause his face looks like a donkey?

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            never mind I agree with tetra’s comment

          • UltimateTankOP

            According to Shigeru Miyamoto, the “Donkey” part was chosen to reflect on the character’s stubbornness. There are also a few theories going around stating that it was due to a mistranslation. This article goes into some more depth:

            http://www.snopes.com/business/misxlate/donkeykong.asp

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            wow you are good :D

          • The Doctor

            Because he’s related to Donkey (from Shrek).

        • Essence Of The Triforce

          Denkey Keng.

    • The Doctor

      Tingle Kong

      • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

        okay then. that is something I don’t want to see…

  • Whacked88

    The moment I saw this, immediately I was like :”Yeah, a Zelda reference! :D

  • Joshua Anderson

    I really want this game. On a side note, what happened to Axle the Beast’s posts? HE was doing a mailbag and dungeon reviews, but I haven’t seen anything from him since December

    • UltimateTankOP

      A few days ago, Axle said that he had took a break from the site and he’d be back in the next week or two. Keep an eye out for him.

  • brandon

    zelda in donkey kong……. hmmmmmm……. Majoras mask HD confirmed!

  • Zaptoid

    Didn’t they do this in another DK game?

  • Zaptoid

    That bottle thing looks like the yellow potion in ALBW.

  • Ignacio Altamiranda

    Theres pokeballs in the thing behind him

    • StationaryBomb

      Either their pokeballs turned the other direction or just capsules. I hope they are pokeballs, references are fun :)

    • The Doctor

      Yep! That’s a sure sign of a Hoenn region Pokemon remake. ;)

      • pokeninja183

        Tell me Doctor do they remake gen 3?

        • The Doctor

          Sorry, but I can’t give away any spoilers.

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            TELL US! I’ll tell you what its like on yoshi’s island

          • The Doctor

            I care not. I’ve already been there countless times in SSBM

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            its cooler than you think! it has huge waterfalls and stuff! I’ll tell you more if you tell us about RS remakes!

  • The pirate Tetra

    interesting…

    • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

      do you think they are just meaningless references, or could they mean something more? :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

      • The pirate Tetra

        well I hope its just meaningless references :)

        • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

          wait why?

          • The pirate Tetra

            i don’t know. :)

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            ok……….. :D

          • The pirate Tetra

            …………..

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            explain yourself please :) and how is the war going btw :D

          • The pirate Tetra

            This sounds really stupid and nintendo is never going to do this ( THANK GOD) but what if Donkey Kong apeer’s in a zelda game and helps Link defeat evil and saving zelda.

          • The pirate Tetra

            and the doctor is able to comment on ZI again :)

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            Whoo hoo, could you give me a link where he said and confirmed that?

          • The pirate Tetra

            for what?

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            oh never mind, just saw it on the t shirt article…… and why do you keep giving me vague short responces? is something wrong?

          • The pirate Tetra

            no, nothing’s wrong just tired I guess :)

          • The pirate Tetra

            oops, i just gave you a short response! :)

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            I love short responses! then you don’t have to read 3 lines! only half a one!

          • The pirate Tetra

            Ya I like writing short responses too!

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            like this?

          • The pirate Tetra

            Yep!

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            haha, I discovered how to make one letter comments!

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            and they make a wall of beautiful comments like this one LOL XD

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            haha, ya

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            its all good, just making sure nothing happened like another guy posing as me or something XD

          • The pirate Tetra

            Ya, that was bad, but on the bright side of that situation I had fun insulting him!!! :)
            Okay that sounded meaner than I had intended.

          • The pirate Tetra

            but still that was weird

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            I can write a shorter response, here it goes

          • michkori

            Its not that hard to figure out your “secret”

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            .

          • Speck

            Teach me your ways!

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            no thanks. I will never reveal my secret

          • michkori

            .

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            good, job. you are now a part of the . club. I’m president.

          • michkori

            Maybe i should make the secret to . Comments public

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            NO! THEY HAVE TO FIND OUT FOR THEMSELVES!

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            YAY! finally!

          • Speck

            yay

      • StationaryBomb

        I bet it just means “Yes we are going to make another Zelda game soon so lets keep feeding you reasons to hate us for not doing it sooner trolololol.”

        • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

          thats probly exactly right XD

      • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

        maybe, this happens all the time though, you never know… Zelda one remake?

      • Speck

        Majora’s Mask 3D confirmed.

        • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

          uuuummmmm….. i doubt it, but that would be cool :D

  • Link58

    I think.he seems like Beetle from Sport Tracks.

    • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

      how so? theres a lot of shopkeepers in nintendo games

      • The pirate Tetra

        Malo Mart!

        • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

          thats my favourite

          • The pirate Tetra

            I don’t like the shop keeper in Castle town though. :)

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            the weird fancy guy that go’s crazy and sings strange lyrics? He’s okay, but I like Malo more

          • The pirate Tetra

            ya Malo is better!

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            Beetle is a close call though, I liked Malo because he was so cute! and I liked how he bought the store in hyrule town, I didn’t like the kid that said: you have to have your shoes clean before you go in. what a waste of rupees…

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            Yepper is watching us… I can tell cause we’re getting likes, and we shouldn’t be getting likes

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            you better believe it, disqus stalking at its finest XD……. JK haha

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            Oh yoshi fan! i didnt know it was you until now because you used to have a snail picture XD haha

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            yup, I evolved into a butterfly… don’t ask

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            what the heck are you doing yepper?!

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            what? :D

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            I have -1 likes O.O

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            i have -2 haha

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            nope -4 of each

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            woah! look at what I did !

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            -8 likes! thats crazy!

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            popular :D

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            just I thought I should point it out… me and yepper were messing with the likes so if they don’t have what we say they do sorry

          • True

            so is Malo’s music..

    • StationaryBomb

      Sport Tracks XD

      • The pirate Tetra

        The Legend of Zelda: Sport Tracks coming to the 3ds
        Features all your favourite Zelda characters playing your favourite sports!
        XD

        • The pirate Tetra

          The sequel to Spirit Tracks

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            ya, it would win the GOTY

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            goty kinda sounds like goatee

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            it would win the goatee of the year

          • ZeldaFan70096

            The sequel to Spirit Tracks is Phantom Hourglass, I think.

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            Hey! it seems you just joined Zelda dungeon! (only 2 comments :p) if you’ve just joined, welcome! you might get big like TMDW and OPOT. (I say their big because they have lots of followers)

          • ZeldaFan70096

            Actually, I’m ZeldaFan09, an older Zelda… FAN XD. My account got deleted by my mother so here’s mah other account.

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            oh, cool. your still a new guy though, why did your mom delete your account?

          • ZeldaFan70096

            OMG largest replied post EVER.

          • Masterwarrior

            other way around

        • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

          that wouldn’t be a bad game

          • The pirate Tetra

            i know!

          • StationaryBomb

            Its about time we had Zelda Sports game. All the other video game series got one. Mario, miis, kart racers, etc.

        • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

          :O that would be different for sure XD

        • The pirate Tetra

          Release date…………… TODAY!

          • StationaryBomb

            MUST BUY…

        • StationaryBomb

          Nintendo must totally do that if they don’t I be super sad :(

          • The pirate Tetra

            It would be cool!

        • True

          Link and Ganondorf would in a epic battle over tennis……..Its already happened in OoT…. :3

          • Masterwarrior

            link wins every time XD

        • MaiamaiHunt

          Zora Diving, Light Ball Tennis, Hylian Fencing, Racing at Lon Lon Ranch… I could go on and on.

      • UltimateTankOP

        Not as bad as this:

        • StationaryBomb

          TRY THE FORCE! Um the No. 3 one just to clarify. Also there is another sleeping Zelda apparently. That one over there is just fine but another one of the same name you gotta go wake her up.

        • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

          is that actually a real part of a zelda game?

          P.S.
          *not trolling* just wondering if you play pokemon x and y, and if you have a good battle team that i could challenge for fun :D also i noticed you have aggron as your profile, i could get you a shiny kalos bred one with perfect stats and nature, if you would like me to search for you :D

          • UltimateTankOP

            That’s a real screenshot of Zelda II’s intro (It was the ’80s, bad translations were just a thing back then).

            I don’t have x or y, I’m waiting for the potential third version. And Aggron is the best thing ever.

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            well i guess nintendo cares more about their english releases now :P

            k well if you do, let me know and i can give you a kalos caught one( Kalos caught means non hacked) and it would be perfect and shiny with competitive egg moves. your favorite pokemon at its perfection :D

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            Hi yepper, I would like a shiny but sadly I don’t have the greatest internet :(

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            whats your favorite 3 pokemon? which one is the number one favorite?

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            tyranitar, its okay though I’m gonna get my own I think, besides like I said I can’t get good internet…:(

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            I have a perfect in all stats shiny kalos bred larvatar with egg moves if you would like one :D , can only really trade on the weekends tho

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            we can talk once my internet is well :)

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            k just let me know :D

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            thanks for the offer :) also why do you just give away shinies?

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            there is a cloning trade glitch, i clone it, give the second away to friends and then we both have one :D

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            really? wouldn’t that sorta mean that they were cheated?

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            no not really, because a cheated pokemon was created out of nothing, and the hacker did no work to get it, but a cloned kalos caught one, is copies of a ligit pokemon that someone spent 2 weeks of grewling hatching to get, i consider it sharing the love

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            how do you do the glitch? because I want to give my sister a shiny poliwag

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            there are are videos on youtube that can show you, the key is timing :D

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            okay, can you lose the pokemon if you fail? because that would suck. (4 hours of chain fishing, straight. no interuptions)

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            only if you dont follow directions, you turn it off on the pokemon you dont want to keep

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            okay, thank god

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            plus ill just do the cloning of larvatar and give it to you, ive never faild becuz ive done exactly as specified:D

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            okay, I’ll tell you when I have good internet :)

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            hey, yepper. I wanted to let you know this is my 500th comment! and wow, you’ve never failed!

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            ive cloned maybe 50 times and have never failed, try it on a terrible pokemon the first time, make sure you follow the steps, and you wont fail :D

          • True

            My favorites are charmander, absol, and piedgy (spelled wrong I know.. :D )

        • The pirate Tetra

          HEY it spelled TRIFORCE WRONG

        • Masterwarrior

          they spelled GANON wrong,lol i prefer “ganon” rather than “gannon”

        • DawnofaNewDay

          COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS UP!!!

  • Kieroni

    DK likes making Zelda references. =3 So awesome!

  • DawnofaNewDay

    man, DK sure loves references

  • Village Global

    Funky is all zelda : shield, potion, heart… I want this DK game now and I expect to see the master sword.

  • OcarinaPlayerOfTime

    Something tells me Retro wants to do a Zelda game

    • Farore’s Chosen

      NO!

      • OcarinaPlayerOfTime

        What? Retro is good at making games, so I don’t see why not

  • Farore’s Chosen

    I like DKC3′s reference better.