Earlier this week, I reported that former Rare composer David Wise was returning to the seriesthat made him a household name: Donkey Kong Country. Today, details have surfaced on how exactly Mr. Wise got involved with helping to compose the music for the upcoming Wii U exclusive Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. This information comes via Donkey Kong Country Returns composer, Kenji Yamamoto….
“I worked with David, many, many years ago, and have stayed in contact ever since. He’s actually a friend of mine. So, as we approached this particular project, he became available. So I picked up the phone and said ‘Hey David! You have some time? Would you like to help us out with Tropical Freeze?’ And he jumped at the chance. It was a coincidence that he was available at the time… he wasn’t prior [for Donkey Kong Country Returns] and we couldn’t be happier. (Tropical Freeze’s soundtrack will be original) Yet, there will be some familiarities… you can hear that it is David Wise.”
It’s also interesting to learn that they wanted him back for Returns as well. I wonder if his unavailability had any relation to Tengami? Regardless of, it’s great to know he still has an excellent relationship with Nintendo, so perhaps we’ll be hearing more of his work on additional Nintendo products in the future. I certainly hope so!