To date, four cast members have been revealed to be playable in Tropical Freeze: Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong and, as Nintendo revealed at the recent VGX awards show, Cranky Kong. Funky Kong's appearance however, was unceremoniously dumped on Twitter. "Get stoked! Funky Kong makes a radical return in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, coming to #WiiU on 2/21," it reads, making no mention of Funky's role.
Whether Funky is playable, or again appears as the owner of the game's item shop, Tropical Freeze still marks his first appearance in a game since 2008's Mario Super Sluggers.