Reggie’s Big Surprise for VGX? Cranky for Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

Cranky is back!

Daniel Bischoffby Daniel Bischoff

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime joined Geoff Keighley for today's VGX livestream with some company in tow. Joining Donkey, Diddy, and Dixie Kong as playable characters in Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is Cranky Kong.

Cranky can work with the other characters for a screen clearing attack and Cranky's cane can also be used to squash spiked enemies, an ability totally unique to the surly grandpa of apes. Players can take control of any of the four characters and explore Tropical Freeze's world, but fans are perhaps more interested to know the game's release date…

…which is February 21st, 2014.

That's the date you can find the next big Wii U game from Nintendo on retail shelves, despite the original release date set for the end of 2013. Are you excited to try on Cranky's adult monkey diapers? Let us know if you think Reggie's Donkey Kong surprise lived up to the VGX hype in the comments.