Rumours Suggest New Donkey Kong Game Is In Development With Super Mario Odyssey's Team

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We're exactly one month away from E3 2021 kicking off and as you might expect, the rumour mill is slowly ramping up. Most Nintendo fans will know the big ones by now, ranging between Switch Pro details to a Breath of the Wild 2 announcement, but several sources believe a Donkey Kong reveal is imminent.

Having been relatively dormant since 2014's Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - 2018 if you count the Switch port - reports state that Nintendo is developing a new entry internally within Nintendo EPD. More specifically, they're using the team who brought us Super Mario Odyssey.

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Rumours Suggest New Donkey Kong Game Is In Development With Super Mario Odyssey's Team

This rumour comes from three separate sources, but there is conflicting information. YouTuber LonelyGoomba stated earlier today they'd heard a rumour that a 3D Donkey Kong was being worked on, with Nintendo Life citing an "independent (and very trusted) source" to back this up. However, Nintendo Life also stated they've been told this will be a 2D entry.

Elsewhere, known leaker Zippo made remarks, stating: "It's the big ape's 40th anniversary, and while I'm not sure how Nintendo is celebrating the occasion, there is a new 2D DK game being developed by EPD Tokyo. Retro is obviously busy with other things, so Nintendo has taken it upon themselves to bring DK back in as internal series. Don't expect the "Country" moniker to return, as EPD Tokyo are not interested in making a sequel to games they didn't make."

Zippo then states this entry would see Diddy Kong, Cranky Kong and the Kremlings return, believing it'll launch "before the end of the year". Suggesting an E3 announcement is likely, we'll hopefully we'll have an answer soon.