The Idle Animations for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Switch Shatter the Laws of the Universe

The Idle Animations for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Switch Shatter the Laws of the Universe

The monkeys grabbed control of the fourth wall, and they're not treating it gently.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is coming to the Nintendo Switch in May, and it's bringing a few new features with it. We already know "Funky Kong Mode" makes Retro Studios' difficult game a bit easier thanks to Funky's magic surfboard (all the better for pogoing off brambles with, my monkey friend), but there's another addition you probably didn't see coming: DK's new idle animations shatter the fourth wall without any regard for the laws of space and time.

Donkey Kong can take on his adventure on his lonesome, or he can pair up with Diddy, Dixie, or Cranky. In each case, his idle animation sees him whip out a Nintendo Switch of his very own—whereupon he proceeds to play his very own game. Like, the one you're playing with him. Yeah. Now that we know monkeys can divide by zero, it's time to get our affairs in order. Who knows how long we have before the forces that bind this universe together start to fray. Maybe DK should stick to playing the Nintendo 3DS he takes out in the original Wii U release of Tropical Freeze.

Or maybe not. I think the idle animations are worth suffering the end of existence for, honestly. They're very cute. DK plays co-op with Diddy, he watches mournfully as Dixie hogs the entire game for herself, and he tries to get Cranky to play with him (without much success).

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze comes to the Nintendo Switch on May 4. Just one question remains: If DK is naked save for his trademark tie, where does he store his Switch? I have one idea, and I'm just going to say Cranky does the right thing by refusing to touch the Joy-Con DK tries to hand him.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

Related articles

The Last of Us Part 2 Has Some Impressive Audio Accessibility

Sounds like Naughty Dog's really gone the extra mile with options like text-to-speech.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4 Delayed: "Now Is Not the Time"

The latest in a series of events getting pushed back.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Isle of Armor DLC Launches June 17

We're off on a new adventure very shortly.

You may also like

Starting Screen | Starting Screen | Black Work Matters

There's been an outpouring of support for black creators today, but it should always be there.

A Lost NES Game Based on Tom Cruise's Days of Thunder Has Been Fully Reconstructed

There's a functional build, and the story of how it was put together is fascinating.

The Last of Us Part 2's Hotline Miami Nod Was Almost Going to Be a Self-Reference

We could've been in for another Uncharted 4-style hat-tip.

Sony Is Delaying This Week's PS5 Event

Sony says it wants "to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard."