Feb 19th, 2014


With the release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze this week, Official Nintendo Magazine took a moment to sit down with Retro CEO Michael Kelbaugh and Nintendo SPD producer Kensuke Tanabe in order to discuss the upcoming Donkey Kong game, as well as the future of Retro Studios itself. The entire interview is pretty interesting, so be sure and check that out here. However, one notable piece of information is that Retro could potentially work with Shigeru Miyamoto on their next project.

We’ve known for a while now that Miyamoto holds the team at Retro in high regards, as back at E3 he praised the team and stated he didn’t see why they couldn’t handle multiple projects at once. Kensuke Tanabe further elaborated on that, stating that Retro is considered part of the Nintendo family and could potentially work with Miyamoto on one of his next projects.

“We consider Retro as part of [the] Nintendo family and a very capable game development studio. As a Nintendo development team, they will keep working with not only SPD, but also with the development teams in Kyoto. They might even work on a title that Miyamoto-san leads directly in the future. However, the SPD team assigned to Retro is working together with them as a single team and I hope it will continue this way. (On Mario Kart 7, for example, SPD staff were involved as co-ordinators.) I am saying this because a very interesting and stimulating chemical reaction occurs when the two parties from different languages and cultures are united under Nintendo’s game production philosophy, and that chemical reaction results in extraordinary ideas.”

It’s nice to see Nintendo acknowledge that Retro Studios has been an integral part of their success. Here’s to looking forward to a title from Retro with Miyamoto at the helm. Perhaps another Metroid title?

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  • Spencer Manigat

    This is months old.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      You said it.

    • Guest

      Yeah, well, it’s not like there’s a whole lot of new recent Wii U news, anyways. News with Wii U is either underwhelming or silent as the grave.

  • Gameonfool

    So samus new gun will shoot out poisonous mushrooms

  • XelaFury

    IF this actually happens, then I hope they make a new F-Zero or Metroid game for the Wii U, especially F-Zero because we haven’t seen a new installment for 11 years now. I know that’s nearly impossible to happen, but one can dream!

    • Stuart Thomas

      Honestly i hear you loud and clear, but even though we have MK8 AND SSBU which i shall be purchasing, i have this dwindling feeling about lack of content and f-zero just won’t be coming. The last Nintendo direct had a chance to really blow the tops off, but it just didn’t happen.

      • The Clockwork Being

        The last Nintendo Direct was a disappointment.

      • Mo Mo

        I feel there might be a possibility of a fzero gx hd upgrade, but not a brand new game yet. If the hd remake does well, then I could forsee thej making another installment.

      • Rinslowe

        I’d never say no to a dedicated F-Zero title for Wii U. In fact, I would welcome it immensely. But Wii U does have Fast Racing Neo on the cards. And I’d be interested in seeing where that takes the genre…
        If anything, I’m personally hoping for a brand new Star Fox experience…

    • val berger

      FZero GX was one of the greatest games of all time for me. So hell yeah, let it be.

    • Carlos Webster

      You’re right, but if this rumor being confirmed is all that happens, I’m still happy.

  • manowaffles

    Um, wasn’t the new Miyamoto project a new IP?

    • Christian Schoff

      Yes but Ashley probably forgot that. I don’t blame her. They haven’t talked about it in awhile.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Yeah, though we haven’t seen anything on it yet, so I”m starting to think there isn’t one.

      • manowaffles

        How many E3’s have gone by since that announcement? None? Huh, I wonder when they might possibly be waiting till to announce such a ground breaking title?

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          E3 2017

          • manowaffles

            If we haven’t heard word about it by then, yes, it probably has been cancelled.

      • Link of all time

        yeah, games shouldn’t take any time to make.

        • manowaffles

          Like Flappy Bird?

          • Link of all time

            never played it, i don’t know how long that game would take.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          So true. It’s as simple as planting a magic bean in the ground. Silly developers.

    • val berger

      Doesn’t necessarily mean, Miyamoto’s only working on one single project. Since NEW times, he never was.

      • manowaffles

        I do not doubt the ability of the man who birthed Donkey Kong from the ashes of Radar Scope.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Yeah, but he is from Nintendo. And Nintendo lies.

      • manowaffles

        Not as often as some companies. I won’t name names, but I will only be considering two consoles this generation because the 3rd is dead to me.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          I think you spelled 3ds wrong, you wrote 3rd 🙂

          • manowaffles

            No, I meant 3rd. The 3DS looks mighty tempting right now, though I may hold out till MH4U & a sweet 3DSXL bundle.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            It actually does. After the last horrible Nintendo Direct I think everyone realized how bad Wii U is when compared to 3DS. Maybe that was the intention too? Look how crappy the Wii U support is, but how good we are in supporting the 3DS.

          • manowaffles

            The games will come. Being patient is part of being a Nintendo console owner within the 1st few years. Name 1 Nintendo console since the SNES that had more than a smattering of games each year till their heavy hitters launched.

            I honestly thought the N64 years were the hardest, but once I had Goldeneye, 2 Zeldas, Smash Bros, & Conker; it was hard to remember those long droughts playing Wave Race & Mario 64 for months on end.

          • jay

            You misread “consoles”.
            Doesn’t surprise me though coming from the guy who couldn’t get 3rd grade mathematics right.(a few users know what I’m talking about)

      • TheSneakyLizard

        Don’t compare Nintendo with Capcom.

    • That guy who hates Spike

      Miyamoto’s can work on more things than 1. He was a big part of development for Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon, and 3D World

      • manowaffles

        I do not doubt the ability of the man who birthed Donkey Kong from the ashes of Radar Scope.

        That said, why do we assume that Retro is working on an existing series? Couldn’t the new IP & the Retro team up be one and the same?

        • That guy who hates Spike

          I know. Nintendo needs another killer IP. The last one they had was Brain Age 7 years ago. If Retro made their own shooter, or beat-em-up.
          I wouldn’t be sad if they rebooted Project H.A.M.M.E.R.

          • Zuxs13

            They have had a lot of new IP’s since 2007. Im not sure what makes something “killer” to you, but Wii Fit sold like mad since then, Xenoblades was an awesome game. The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower were pretty awesome too.

            Maybe not so killer i really thought Endless ocean was great and has a lot of potential to be neat.

          • That guy who hates Spike

            As much as people want to say Xenoblade is a new IP, it actually belongs to the Xenogears series.
            The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower were good. They could both be better, given another chance on Wii U (then again, I’ve never completed either of them, so I can’t say whether that would be ok story-wise)
            Endless Ocean was one of those Wii games I wanted, but never played. I’d love to see a F2P version though.
            I suppose Art Academy and Style Savvy are Nintendo’s new generation of killer IPs. Not a bad thing, as a matter of fact, I really want to try SS. But Nintendo needs a retail worthy Adventure IP thats new.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Nintendogs All-Stars Battle Royal

      • manowaffles

        Michael Vick is being hired to announce the play by play.
        (Oh, that was in bad taste. I’m going to hell for that comment.)

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Hahaha. No worse than where Vick may be going.

  • Squid

    Holy crap, this can mean the ultimate game.

  • Jon Neale

    Say goodbye to metroid as thier next project then!

    • MujuraNoKamen

      Don’t sound so sure. Miyamoto got the base ideas for Metroid Prime of the ground when he first visited Retro way back when.
      remember a while back when there were rumours of Retro working on Zelda? Miyamoto shot them down saying that although he sees Retro as highly capable he wouldn’t have them on Zelda as he’d want to be involved and since he doesn’t want to go to Texas (where Retro is based) his projects are going to stay in Japan. Unless he’s willing to drop his business in Japan and move to Texas (unlikely since he’s head of EAD) This probably means he’ll be more of a mentor to the team at Retro than a full director on the project just like he was for MP1 so there is that chance that Shigsy is getting involved with Metroid with Retro at the helm. Of course it might not be Metroid he’s working on but we’ll see – man I hope he hurries up and shows his new IP soon.

  • Derek

    come on I want to know what the game is!

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    Could be Metriod Prime. I can only dream.

    • That guy who hates Spike

      Retro can do more than Metroid, y’know?

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Or another DKC game.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Lol, that wouldnt actually surprise me at all. They did this shit with NSLU, so it could very well be.

  • Ony

    Yep, definitely Metroid.

    • val berger

      I’d love to see Retro Studios to do some western take on the Zelda series. They could be doing this.

      • Ony

        Why not. After Metroid. A new Metroid trilogy*. And with the current Metroid Trilogy in HD in between of course.

        • val berger

          Only if new Metroid games from Retro go back where they started with MP1. After they decided to put more and more characters in the game with MP2&3, thewhole unique feeling of being alone in a strange place got kinda destroyed. And, no, I still would be kore curious what Retro would do with Zelda. but yeah, I guess They’ll do Metroid anyway.

  • verymetal

    Whatever it may be, then it will probably be released sometime in 2016.

  • DragonSilths

    Retro is doing Metroid now, Miyamoto is doing his mystery new IP, so if this happens it will be later.

  • Archiq09

    it’s maybe the fps to he want make? :3

  • Shigeru Miyamoto

    hehehe… you want to know what game I am making? … no ! is a secret. I hope the next game doesn’t involve something to do with music, and eating right, and exercise! also meditation.

  • That guy who hates Spike

    Let this be Miyamoto’s grand finale. His best of the best. His golden piece of excellence. Something we can all be happy that he ended his long and successful career with.

  • Karim Metwaly

    Too many metroid games. I dont mind it. But we need star fox, F-zero and a new sin and punishment game more importantly.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      F-Zero would be nice. Was an awesome franchise.

    • Zuxs13

      Too many metroid games? there has been 10 in 30 years. that’s perfect amount. The last one was 2010, so its time for another one. We just had a Star Fox in 2011, but a new one would be awesome. F-Zero i can’t argue with that we haven’t had an F-Zero since 2004, so lets hope they bring it back.

      I would love to see them remake, or do another, Star Tropics game. I think they could really go some where with that one.

    • J_Joestar

      We should get another Metal Combat.
      Wiimode could have a pseudo Super-Scope atttachment, and you could have 2 players co-op where one player shoots with the Wiimote while the other uses the Gamepad to navigate.

  • Rafael Bernal Cantaluppi

    i don’t like where this is going

  • William Martinez

    if they announce metroid on the E3 that would blow my fkn balls out (in happyness)

  • TheSneakyLizard

    If they announce the next Metroid at E3 2014, I’m gonna pinch myself to make sure if I’m dreaming or not.

  • Swampert Master

    *I look at the title of the article* and I think to myself, Please be metroid, please be metroid!

  • Rinslowe

    Whatever it is (potentially). It’ll be interesting 🙂

  • C.S. Bailey

    They could collaborate on a new Mii project and it would be awesome.

  • Nintenjoe82

    Accordion Hero

  • Jon

    If this is the case, this will remove the possibility of Retro doing a new metroid game

  • I doubt it’ll be a new Metroid title. I’ve got a strong feeling they’re going to try another “retro” franchise. Besides, sadly, while the series sold well, Metroid itself wasn’t a major console seller as a franchise, neither on GameCube or Wii.

    Once upon a time, back on Super Nintendo, Metroid lead to prominent sales of its consoles. But in this more relaxed generation of Nintendo fans, it doesn’t do as well as it should.

    You’d think that the better franchises like Metroid would outsell the likes of Wii Fit, but it doesn’t. Even Super Smash Bros. Brawl paled the more casual, watered-down games.

    I’m thinking Nintendo’s sticking to their (failing) strategy of catering to their easier demographic than their more “hardcore” demographic, just as they did with Donkey Kong twice already.

    If there was any time to really step it up with a new “core” title for Wii U, it was the opportunity with Retro Studios that Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze instead occupied. Big blunder, if you ask me. We simply needed a stronger “core” title than another Donkey Kong game, to solidify the point that Wii U is about re-capturing the veteran core Nintendo fans. But Nintendo just will not see it this way.

    Why? Simple. Because such simpler titles are faster, easier, and cheaper development, and they sell more than the “hardcore” franchises like Metroid. I don’t see too many people going out of their way to buy a Wii U just for Metroid, if Nintendo doesn’t step up their efforts across the board and offer more to complement it. So far, everyone’s waiting on SSB and Zelda…and they’ve been the main only two games folks have put all their faith on for the past two years. That’s lame.

    I don’t see Nintendo really putting much effort in ensuring there are more “core” titles like Metroid to ensure a strong showing of such titles. They seems (inexplicably) content with their underwhelming, noticeably-relaxed style of game development.

    I really hate to say this, but Nintendo needs a new captain. I like Iwata a lot, but he’s bringing them down with this stubborn resistance to learning what they need to do differently. I think a new leader who can carry Nintendo with staying true to its roots while allowing Nintendo to grow beyond an Iwata-led tradition that’s just not working anymore, it’d do wonders.