Retro Studios Not Working on ‘Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D’, What Does the Developer Have Up Its Sleeve?

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There are plenty of great games scheduled to hit the Nintendo 3DS in the coming months, and the latest episode of Nintendo Direct revealed a few more titles that are en route for the handheld system. Whether gamers are awaiting the launch of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team or Mario Golf: World Tour for the portable, though, it’s safe to say that no one has forgotten about Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D — and if you have then this article should act as a nice reminder.

The game, originally developed by Retro Studios, launched for the Nintendo Wii back in 2010, and it was met with critical acclaim and solid sales. When it was revealed that Donkey Kong Country Returns would be making the jump to the 3DS, however, many assumed that the development process would be handled by Retro once again. According to the Australian Classification Board, development duties have been assigned to Monster Games — the studio responsible for Pilotwings Resort on the 3DS.

While it’s certainly not surprising to hear that Nintendo has pushed the task of porting DKCR to another developer, it brings up one very significant question: What is Retro Studios working on?

Previous rumors surrounding the studio’s project hinted at a possible Metroid/Star Fox crossover, but those have since been debunked. Then there were even claims at one point that Retro may have been working on a new installment in the The Legend of Zelda series before that was eventually dismissed by franchise creator Shigeru Miyamoto.

What we do know is that Retro Studios is hard at work on a Wii U game. Whether or not it’s an IP that it’s worked with in the past, such as Metroid or a new Donkey Kong Country, is anyone’s guess. Maybe it’s a little too much to be hopeful for a new franchise birthed from the creative minds behind some of Nintendo’s best games in the past decade, but it’s an encouraging sign that this mystery game will end up being well worth the wait given how long it’s been in development.

If I were to fathom I guess, and this is based purely on personal opinion, I’d say it’s likely that Nintendo gave the reigns of the Metroid series back to Retro after Team Ninja dropped the ball with Metroid: Other M. Regardless of what the title is, it’s safe to say that fans will finally get a glimpse of the game during this year’s E3. That means that diehard Nintendo fans can expect a rather extravagant showing, and may very well see the product showcased alongside the likes already confirmed games such as a new 3D Mario game, a new Mario Kart, and the first glimpse at the new Super Smash Bros.

What do you think Retro Studios is working on, Ranters? Would you prefer an established IP or a brand new franchise?

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Source: Australian Classification Board (via Joystiq)

TAGS: 3DS, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Monster Games, Nintendo, Retro Studios

  • Daniel Carlson

    Metroid other m was fun to play but I couldn’t stand how they made Samus out to be a whiny bitch.. Always preferred her as the silent killer with few words

  • Josh Calkins

    I hope they are back to Metroid. After years of dread and anger from fans who were sure Metroid couldn’t be done in 3D, and after skipping the entire N64 generation without a solution, Retro came in and did it beautifully. Those games were intrinsically true to the series, effectively focused on controlling exploration, and felt nothing like first person shooters even when the action kicked off. The one sad part is that all three games looked technologically similar, and while the first game on the GameCube was stunning, by the time the trilogy ended on the Wii those graphic qualities were far behind the times. Samus’ worlds must be vibrant and stunning to invite meticulous exploration and many return visits. Metroid needs to be modernized and polished, but otherwise I’d love to have more from the same great designers. They have earned my trust for another generation.

    On a side note, why the heck was Pilotwings 3d such a small game with little to explore and lots of limits on how you play? Time limits are especially unwelcome. Obviously a port of the N64 game with no alterations at all beyond 3d would have been and still would be a vastly superior game. Much more land, including the little states map of USA, tropical island, and frozen mountain, plus more vehicles and freedom to explore… That game should be totally outdated, not meakly echoed by an inferior product almost twenty years later. Where is the next Pilotwings? None on the GC, Wii, or the new system so far. Wtf? This was one of the system selling games that nobody else had anything like, and that is still true, so where are the modern updates and improvements? Next to Rogue Squadron and Battlefront from the Star Wars camp, this is the most glaring omission I can think of.

  • EastOfTheAnduin

    Retro Studios said awhile ago that they were working on a project that “everyone wants them to do”. So I take that to mean they are either working on a new Metroid, the only series (other than DK) they have in their repertoire or they are resurrecting a dormant series that fans have been clamoring for. I know a lot of people had been wanting them to make a new first person IP, but I really doubt Nintendo would have them, one of their most successful developers, working on a new IP this early in the Wii U’s lifespan.

    They have shown wide diversity in their projects from Metroid’s first person perspective to DK’s 2D platforming to their unfinished RPG Raven Blade. They were even developing a sports title, early on, before Metroid Prime. So really, they could be working on just about anything.

    Personally, I’d rather it not be Metroid. I’d like to see what else they have to offer. I’ve wanted a new space combat Star Fox for awhile now and I think that it is a series that could definately benefit from Retro’s sensibility. Plus, the Wii U GamePad’s screen and motion controls could open up some awesome gameplay opportunities.