- Dec 11, 2013
Let's talk about King K. Rool's character design. For many years, detractors would refer to him as "ugly" and cite his design as one of the reasons why. In their preview of Donkey Kong Country Returns, IGN even celebrated the removal of the Kremlings from the Donkey Kong series. pic.twitter.com/yAPsekYJrz— Kremling Kampaigner (@KRoolKountry) November 9, 2020
Kremling Kampaigner has brought to light an abhorrent excerpt from an article at IGN back when DKCR was announced. Imagine being human being writing that with a straight face. What sucks the most is that for a long period of time Nintendo actually listened to these kind of people.
I'm not going to sugar coat it, but it was crap like that from major publications like IGN, Nintendo Power, and Gameinformer that contributed to my depression during the 2000s and 2010s. I know not everyone should like everything that I'm a fan of, but goddamn was it way too widespread. Game journalists gave power to the bullies at my school as proof that my tastes sucks and gave way years of torment on my psyche. I know what I loved was a gem, but that didn't matter to the people who didn't even give the games a chance, all because they hung on every word that was spread on these magazines.
I don't look back on these with anger anymore though. As time passes, the love and the appreciation of this series has grown overtime. Fans literally came together for a common cause. That was to bring back an "irrelevant, ugly crocodile" that we all grew up with. It wasn't just the love for the King, but it was for the series in general. It was that sense of vindication, that yes, I was not alone, that helped me along the way. The Tropical Freeze reaction is something I firmly believe will be the last of widespread contempt people have had for the series if evident by the love it received on the Switch. Sure, we'll see the casual **** heel responses from some of these people, but they are a dying breed especially in the media. With evidence of a new DK on the horizon, I have no doubt the reaction will be much more positive than the last time.