Leaked Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Box Art Reveals Cranky Kong as Playable Character?

Need another reason to purchase Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze when its released next year besides it being Donkey Kong? How about Cranky Kong as a playable character? According to box art just leaked from Amazon.it, Cranky will join Donkey, Diddy and Dixie as a playable character in the game. Of course, there’s a chance that this is unofficial or placeholder art, but we’re not sure who at Nintendo would spend the time rendering box art featuring Cranky if he wasn’t going to appear in the game.

Perhaps the greatest character in all of Donkey Kong lore, Cranky is the curmudgeon grandfather of Donkey and is hinted to be the original Kong that faced off against Jumpman (Mario) in the original arcade game.