Nintendo’s Wii U hasn’t been performing up to the company’s expectations, and that’s largely because there’s been a lack of must-have software for the system since its launch. That said, the Big N plans on rectifying the situation in the coming months with games such as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and a pair of new Mario titles.

One of the developers that’s known to be hard at work on a Wii U game is Retro Studios — the developer responsible for the Metroid Prime trilogy and Donkey Kong Country Returns. Unfortunately, the developer’s project is on a need-to-know basis, and there doesn’t appear to be any sort of planned reveal in sight… until now.

The Official Nintendo Magazine and Nintendo’s supervisor Hiro Yamada recently had a chance to sit down and chat about the upcoming Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Since Retro isn’t involved with the port whatsoever, ONM‘s Thomas East posed the question that everyone has been wondering: “If Retro aren’t making Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, what are they making? Does it involve a certain bounty hunter?”

It was Yamada’s response, however, that made it sound like a possible Retro Studios reveal may not be too far away.

“I wonder what kind of game it is? I hope to introduce it to you in the not so distant future.”

After going so far as to lend a hand in the development of Mario Kart 7, Retro’s top secret project has remained an absolute mystery to eager onlookers. This lack of information has lead to rumors surfacing that the studio may be working on a Star Fox/Metroid crossover or even a new Zelda game, but both have since been debunked by Nintendo.

With E3 2013 happening next month, there’s no telling what sort of new games Nintendo will bring with it to the big show. Despite the decision not to hold a formal press conference this year, there should still be some big announcements coming from the Big N. Whether or not Retro Studios’ new game is one of these announcements remains to be seen, but E3 is definitely in the “not so distant future.”

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Source: ONM