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After Nine Years, Retro Studios Thinks Like Nintendo

Posted by James Newton

Two companies "share a vision"

While many of us would love to work 10,000km away from your boss, when you're creating new instalments in some of Nintendo's best-loved series, it's not ideal. That's the situation at Texas-based Retro Studios, but after years of working with Nintendo's Japanese headquarters the developer has learnt a valuable skill: how to think like Nintendo.

Edge issue 227 will feature an interview with the Texan studio in which Donkey Kong Country Returns supervisor Kensuke Tanabe speaks about the increasingly streamlined collaboration process between the two teams:

The job itself hasn’t changed so much, but when we worked on the first Prime I was focused on the controls, and the visor system was something I thought up with Retro. So I would do a lot of brainstorming, firming up specs with them. Moving onto Donkey Kong, we were doing a lot of the same things.

But one thing that really has changed over the years for us is that Retro has gradually come to really think like Nintendo. So there’s been a lot less need for explanation and supervision.

If Retro could bottle and sell that skill, it'd be able to make countless millions from Nintendo's competitors. Bet Iwata and company are glad the studio belongs completely to Nintendo, then.

[via next-gen.biz]

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Punny

#1

Punny said:

I agree. When I was playing DKCR, I almost forgot I was playing a second party game. It's obvious that Retro Studios thinks like Nintendo. With that in mind, I hope they make a Star Fox game. :)

Kid_A

#2

Kid_A said:

One of the best developers in the world. There's not a Nintendo franchise I wouldn't love to see them work on :)

pixelman

#3

pixelman said:

You know what I want Retro to make?

2D Metroid. DKCR proved they know how to make a gorgeous 2D platformer that plays incredibly.

BluTyGer

#4

BluTyGer said:

@PunnyGuy Yeah they should totally make a star Fox game,
that would be EPIC!!

On a side note why did you use a picture for DK jungle climber?

irken004

#6

irken004 said:

With their graphics capability, I'd trust them with an awesome F-Zero game.

WaLzgiStaff

#9

WaLzgi said:

How about a new series from Retro instead of a rehash? Huh? Huh? :)

Linkstrikesback

#11

Linkstrikesback said:

@3.
I don't care what they make,I know it'll be gold and worth buying day 1. They just need to make more of it!

Dodger

#13

Dodger said:

Ice Climbers. I want a new ice climbers. I have an idea in my head that would make an awesome Ice Climbers 2 if you want to hire me, Retro! You'll have to wait for me to finish college though...

I want a Star Fox wii with Wii Sports Resort Island Flyover controls. I would be happy with a button based star fox too but those controls worked really well, I thought.

I would love to see a new IP from Retro but I think Nintendo has a few IPs that need to see the light of day again. The last F-Zero game was made by Sega, wasn't it?

erv

#14

erv said:

Give me something new and original please.

DK is great, but could use less familiarity. So you are skilled? Please make new stuff.

MeloMan

#17

MeloMan said:

I say turn Retro loose and let them create an original IP... let's see what they do with new stuff, which I'm quite confident would be high quality.

Incognito_D

#19

Incognito_D said:

I hope they make a Donkey Kong Country 2 Returns, complete with remixed music from the original.

bboy2970

#20

bboy2970 said:

I wouldn't say this about many developers but I trust any Nintendo franchise in the hands of Retro. Mario, Zelda, Pikmin, anything! I feel they can do an outstanding job at whatever they do. One of my all time favorite developers!

TheGreenSpiny

#21

TheGreenSpiny said:

I deffinatly want to see new IP from Retro... If not then they should make an awesome new Star Fox game.

TKOWL

#24

TKOWL said:

Their work with DCKR was fantastic.

I think they should revive Yoshi's Island next. That's another ace SNES platformer that needs new life breathed into it.

JoeDiddley

#25

JoeDiddley said:

DCKR sequel on 3DS please. Their constant use of the background & foreground in the level design would be perfect.

Meta-Rift

#27

Meta-Rift said:

@25: This. I've been waiting so long for a 3D Yoshi platformer, but at this point, I'd be ecstatic if we got a new Yoshi's Island a la DKCR.

1080ike

#29

1080ike said:

Hey, pretty much anything from them would be good, especially considering their track record.

NintyMan

#30

NintyMan said:

If they think like Nintendo, they'll be like Nintendo, and that's a good thing for quality and sales!

StarDust4Ever

#31

StarDust4Ever said:

Rare used to think like Nintendo too, before Microsoft ruined them. Just be glad that DK's found a new home now. I would really like to see a 3D sequel to DK 64 ;)

WhiteTrashGuy

#35

WhiteTrashGuy said:

Let them do whatever they want! A new IP, STAR FOX, F-ZERO, anything! Oh, and let them make a 3DS game while we're at it!

OverlordMao

#36

OverlordMao said:

Man, these guys are one of the best developers I've ever seen in recent years, and I completely trust them with any game thay wish to tackle next.
Ya dun good, Nintendo. Ya dun good.

Metroid133

#37

Metroid133 said:

Retro Studios? More like Retro Nintendo! :P

Seriously though I love Retro Studios based on the fact Metroid Prime 1 & 2 are some of my favorite games of all time. Not to mention Donkey Kong Country Returns is probably in my top 10 Wii games! :) Bring on Donkey Kong 64 Returns! :D

Yosher

#38

Yosher said:

I'm hoping they'll get to work on a new Yoshi game, personally. Artoon screwed up Topsy Turvy/Universal Gravitation big time, and couldn't even get close to what made Yoshi's Island SNES/GBA so special with Yoshi's Island DS (although that one was still fun at least). They already proved they can make great platforming games with DKCR, now I'd like to see them take on the only Mario side-character platform game that hasn't had a Wii installment yet (since Wario and DK already got one) bring one out there! Come on Retro Studios, bring back the greatness that was once known as Yoshi's Island!!

lex0plex

#40

lex0plex said:

oh man, I love donkey kong country returns! great job retro!

...don't kill me nintendo, but this game was so much better than super mario bros. wii.

Henmii

#41

Henmii said:

I am wondering what they are doing right now: Are they working on a sequel to DKC Returns? Are they busy with a Nintendo franchise they haven't done before? Or are they back at Metroid?

I really look forward to their next project. Hopefully we see it at E3, but maybe that's to soon.

HawkeyeWii

#42

HawkeyeWii said:

@ Dodger I completly agree with Dodger, I have wondered for the longest time why the Ice Climbers are even in the Super Smash Bros. games if they have only had one game. A Second Ice Climbers game is way long past due.

1jeffrey3133

#43

1jeffrey3133 said:

i think RetroStudios is becoming a RARE and thats a good thing and hopefully they won't get bought out by another company

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