Released on November 25, 1994 in North America.
Donkey Kong Country was the first game to feature the new ACM graphics technique. ACM was a new graphics technique which allowed rendering of sprites, which made the graphics for the 16 bit games that used it (the DKC games, Killer Instinct and more) extremely detailed. When it first was presented most people took it as a game for what was at the time called Project Reality (i.e. Nintendo 64). People were really shocked when it turned out to be a game for the SNES.
An animated TV series was based on the characters and world of the Donkey Kong Country game. Running from 1997-2000, the series featured all of the cast from the game plus additional new characters. The series was animated with CGI (mostly with SoftImage for those who care), and was not very successful commercially in North America.
[US] "Donkey Kong Country [Model SNS-8X-USA-1]
[US] "Donkey Kong Country [Model DIS-SNS-8E-USA]
[EU] "Donkey Kong Country [Model SNSP-8X-NOE]
[JP] "Super Donkey Kong [Model SHVC-8X]
[FR] "Donkey Kong Country [Model SNSP-8X-FAH]