Nintendo of America has released a brand new trailer for the sublime Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The gorgeous trailer features an abundance of platforming action and also stars the adorable Dixie Kong. Sadly, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has been delayed from November 2013 to February 2014. What do you think to the trailer?
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The developer responsible for making Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, Armature Studio, have announced that they will be creating a new title for the holiday season. Armature Studio just happens to be founded by members who formerly worked for Retro Studios, designers of the Metroid Prime series. Few details have emerged about the new title thus far, but Armature have revealed that it will not be a “phone game,” and that it will also not be an “Arkham game.” No word yet on whether Armature’s latest game will be available on Nintendo consoles, but with Blackgate’s looming release on 3DS, we are hoping that the studio remembers Nintendo fans this Christmas.
Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that Retro Studios is a “very high priority” when considering who will work on the next installment of Metroid. Although it is working on its second Donkey Kong Country title – subtitled Tropical Freeze – the developer may be given the opportunity to work on another Metroid game, according to Miyamoto.
“Retro is a very capable studio and can design a lot of different types of game and I know that because I produced Metroid Prime,” Miyamoto said. “But when it did Donkey Kong Country Returns on Wii, apparently it had a lot of fun making that title and from what I’ve heard it put in a request and said that it wanted to do a new Donkey Kong Country game on Wii U themselves.
“In particular the company built up quite a lot of knowhow in that specific style of gameplay and as a consequence felt that it could leverage that again in creating something new in that same style for Wii U.
“I think Retro has really come to a point at which it’s possible for it to have multiple lines running at the same time and having different projects in development. I totally think there are possibilities to see different projects from Retro in the future.”
“Certainly the Metroid franchise is one that, when you talk about really bringing the world to life, we feel that Metroid and the characters established are really important for Nintendo. So important that they were included, obviously, in Nintendo Land.
“I definitely think it’s a franchise that we value and we certainly want to see what we can do with it in the future. And, obviously, Retro is a very high priority in terms of the potential team that would be considered for working on a Metroid game.”
The last Metroid game developed by the studio is Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, which was released in 2007 for Wii. Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze launches on December 6th for Wii U.
Nintendo fans love Retro Studios so it comes as no surprise that a few were disappointed in the news that Retro is developing another Donkey Kong Country game, rather than a new entry in the Metroid franchise. Miyamoto says that Nintendo really wants to leverage the capabilities of the esteemed developer, as he says that they are a very capable studio.
“Certainly we do feel that we want to leverage the capabilities of Retro Studios further, because as we’ve seen from the Metroid games, they’re a very capable studio.”
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.”
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has sat down with Retro Studios’ CEO, Michael Kelbaugh, to discuss why they’ve decided to make another Donkey Kong Country game – Wii U’s Donkey Kong: Country: Tropical Breeze. According to Kelbaugh, the folks at Retro Studios wanted to continue working on the series because they had a lot of fresh ideas they wanted implemented in another Donkey Kong Country game. Watch Fils-Aime discuss the topic with Kelbaugh in the above video, or read their words below:
Fils-Aime: So I’ve been looking at all of the social media, and one of the big questions is, “Why did Retro decide to do another story of Donkey Kong Country?”
Kelbaugh: Well, after DKCR, we had a lot of gas left in the tank; there was a lot of cool things we wanted to do – the underwater levels, the 3D camera. We were just very excited about working with Donkey Kong and wanted to continue that. And the Wii U hardware allowed us to do a lot of really new, cool tricks. So it was just natural – we went out of the Wii version into the Wii U version, and that same level of excitement and a whole lot of new stuff there.
Michael Kelbaugh, the President & CEO at Retro Studios, has told the official Nintendo magazine via Twitter that it was difficult for them to decide whether to choose Metroid or Donkey Kong as their first Wii U game. Kelbaugh says that the team felt they had unfinished business with the Donkey Kong franchise so they began to pursue Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
“Michael Kelbaugh (Retro) says that it was hard to decide whether to go with Metroid or not but they felt they had unfinished business w/ dk”
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During today’s E3 Nintendo Direct, the company revealed Retro Studios’ next game. The studio’s next game is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. For those who don’t know, Retro Studios has worked on Donkey Kong Country Returns and the Metroid Prime series. The game’s playable characters include Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze launches exclusively for Wii U this November.
Kotaku’s internet sleuth Superannuation has discovered that Tom Ivey who was the last remaining senior designer of Donkey Kong Country Returns at Retro Studios has left the company for Batman Arkham Origins handheld developer, Armature. The studio that he has left to work on was founded by Metroid Prime leads. Ivey joins other senior designers -Mike Wikan and Kynan Pearson – who both left Retro in 2011 and 2010.
E3 is less than two weeks away, and we still don’t know what Nintendo subsidiary Retro Studios is working on. In fact, we don’t even know if the developer’s new game will be at E3. But last month, Nintendo revealed its plans to introduce the studio’s new project in the “not too distant future,” so it’s possible that we will see the game in the company’s pre-E3 Nintendo Direct, which airs on June 11th.
While some are speculating that Retro Studios is working on a new Metroid title, IGN‘s Senior Vice President of Content & Publisher, Peer Schneider, said in a recently aired Nintendo-centric podcast that he’s heard rumors that the developer is working on a “new brand.” What do you think Retro Studios is working on? Will we see its new project at E3? Let us know in the comments below.