Some of Nintendo’s most prolific games have been 2D platformers, especially in their early catalog. The NES had classics like Super Mario Bros. 3, and the SNES was a goldmine with the Donkey Kong Country trilogy and Super Mario World. Kirby has consistently racked up hits throughout the IP’s existence. Recently, the return of the Donkey Kong Country series and the New Super Mario Bros. games have kept the genre relevant for new generations. There are plenty of great Nintendo platformers to choose from. So my question for all of you is, which is your favorite?
For me, it has to be Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest. It has fantastic, challenging level design loaded with secrets, complemented by extremely tight gameplay and a great art style and soundtrack to boot. I’m a sucker for the Donkey Kong Country games in general, but I thought that 2 had the best of just about everything, though I do only narrowly prefer it to Tropical Freeze.
The main reason I chose Diddy’s Kong Quest as my favorite platformer is its save system, which forces players to beat a few levels in a row without saving when they first start a new world. It added an extra layer of tension to the early parts of new worlds. You had to make sure you’d sufficiently stocked up on lives before entering so that you could make it through the challenging levels to come. During my playthrough, this resulted in a lot of very close finishes where I narrowly avoided a game over. It seems like a small detail, and it is, but it ended up making my playthrough much more memorable than that of Tropical Freeze.
So, what about you guys? Are you a Donkey Kong Country fanatic like me? Are you more of a Super Mario World fan? Or maybe you like lesser-known platformers like Kirby or Wario Land? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.