Earlier this week, Retro Studios’ CEO, Michael Kelbaugh, shared the reasons for as to why his team chose to develop another Donkey Kong Country game, rather than working on other flagship Nintendo franchises like Metroid or Star Fox. Apparently, many Nintendo fans are assuming that Retro Studios is working on a new Metroid game alongside the newly announced Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Breeze. However, that is not the case, as Kelbaugh has confirmed to IGN that although Retro Studios loves Metroid, the developer will not be working on two major projects at the same time.
“We’re pretty much on one major project at a time. We do a game every two years or three years. In the first year of that, we have some extra bandwidth, so sometimes… We helped out with Mario Kart 7. We helped Monster Games do the 3DS version. Sometimes we’ll have a little bit of extra bandwidth to help out other entities at Nintendo. We really feel strongly about helping out Nintendo as a whole, so if we have time, we’ll do that. Do we have the bandwidth to do two major projects at once? I don’t think so. A big project and a little project at the same time, we can do that.”