In just a few days Nintendo will be releasing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the hybrid Nintendo Switch console. The Retro-developed platformer originally debuted on Wii U, and that version of the game is now just $20 thanks to the Nintendo Selects program. Unfortunately, it appears this deal isn’t available anymore, at least online. In fact, the game itself is currently altogether absent from the Wii U eShop in North America. 

If we had to wager a guess, it would appear that Nintendo doesn’t want a $20 version of the game to be available alongside the $60 Switch version, as it could make the latter appear overpriced and potentially hurt its sales. Hopefully this isn’t the case, but Nintendo hasn’t issued a statement yet to address the issue. We also don’t yet know whether or not this will impact the price tag or availability of the Wii U game at retail, although GameStop has been out of stock for ages. 

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Ben Lamoreux


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