Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was announced at Nintendo Direct on June 13, 2013 where it is being produced by Kensuke Tanabe. He will also be providing the soundtrack for this game as he did for a previous Donkey Kong-related game Diddy Kong Racing.
As Donkey Kong Country Returns focused on the tiki race, this game appears to focus on Vikings.
The gameplay is directly the same as Donkey Kong Country Returns gameplay except that now, Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong can be controlled.
- This game marks the first time Cranky Kong as a playable character in a Donkey Kong game.
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a pun of "tropical breeze".