In November of 2012, Nintendo pulled the Donkey Kong Country trilogy from the Wii's Virtual Console. They gave no explanation, as is the Nintendo Way. And today, nearly two and a half years later, Nintendo announced that all three games are coming back, this time for the Wii U.

We still don't know why the set of classic platformers went MIA for so long. Some have theorized that the disappearance involves a dispute with Rare, the studio that developed all three SNES Donkey Kong Country games, which is now owned by Microsoft. They're wonderful games, though, so it's nice to see them back and playable on a modern system.

(Also released today: all three Donkey Kong Land games on the 3DS eShop.)

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