Donkey Kong Country Returns (known as Donkey Kong Returns in Japan) is the fourth game in the Donkey Kong Country subseries. It features two playable main characters, Donkey Kong and his friend Diddy Kong. The game was developed by Metroid Prime series creator Retro Studios. The main antagonists of the game is the Tiki Tak Tribe.
"We had decided from the start that there would be races, but we thought that it would be good if the game served as a communication tool in which one-on-one battles were possible via some other kind of gameplay rather than simply competing for rank, and someone had the idea of popping each other’s balloons." —Hideki Konno regarding the Mario Kart series