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Reggie: Retro's Hard at Work, Won't Say More

Posted by James Newton

Could be a long wait

We all wanted Nintendo to show what Retro Studios is working on, but we saw nothing of its mysterious project during yesterday's E3 conference. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has assured fans the developer is hard at work, but we probably won't get to see it for quite a while.

Speaking to IGN, Fils-Aime said:

If I disclosed what Retro is doing, I would have the president of Retro literally calling me right now saying, "Reggie, what are you doing?" We love that people are interested. We love surprising people. I remember getting the questions before we announced Donkey Kong Country Returns. And I loved unveiling that. So... Rest assured, the team is hard at work. But I'm not gonna tell you what they're working on.

Curses, that so very nearly worked. IGN then asked Fils-Aime if we could expect to see the title "soon", prompting the disappointing response:

Likely not.

Probably time to put those Retro hopes on the back burner until next year.

[via uk.ign.com]

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User Comments (52)

BenAV

#2

BenAV said:

Surprises are good.
Can't wait till we finally find out.
I'm sure it'll be amazing!

Spoony_Tech

#3

Spoony_Tech said:

That's the one thing we all wanted to know. If they had announced that it might have been a real great E3! o_O

NintyMan

#5

NintyMan said:

There's no point in announcing a game that would then take more than a year to release, so let them take their time and hard work. It'll be worth it in the end.

Chris720

#6

Chris720 said:

Well that's a kick in my precious crown jewels. Ah well, whatever they're making it must be something amazing... every game they've brought out so far has been outstanding so I've got high hopes.

JettiBlue

#7

JettiBlue said:

I still think it was a mistake not to reveal it, not matter if it will take more than a year for release. we needed to get hyped, THEY (the critisc) needed to get something thrown. Pimkin 3 and Mario U aint enough, sorry.

CanisWolfred

#9

CanisWolfred said:

I knew they were working on something. We all knew. I just wish they could show us something soon, but oh well. Guess I'll just wait until next year.

PixelatedPixie

#10

PixelatedPixie said:

Wow, this truely was a terribly dissappointing E3. With the exception of Pikmin 3 I can't say that I'm excited by anything that I've seen or heard reported. Even an announcement from Retro would have provided a little reassurance. Anything!

Knux

#11

Knux said:

Usually the longer a developer works on a game, the more fantastic it will be. Retro can take all the time they need.

JettiBlue

#12

JettiBlue said:

@PixelatedPixie: exactly, reassurance is the word! we all wanted that, the critics needed that, but it didnt come! :-( if you know at least that a title is in development you can feel assured. this is just hanging in the air and N wanting to us to trust them. But frankly, after Wii and after the WiiU presentation, I dont thinik I do. And I will not part with my money so easily this time around.

Ryno

#14

Ryno said:

Its probably another "casual" game but of the highest quality that is a collection of mini games that include dancing like a goof, karaoking like an American Idol wannabe, playing some cheap plastic instruments, fashion tips, and a tutorial on how to improve your home.

TruenoGT

#15

TruenoGT said:

Now that Nintendo devs are in the HD era as well, I fear we can look forward to longer development times for shorter games and less risk taking in general. I hope I'm wrong in this regard, but so many other developers (particularly Japanese ones) have become a shadow of their former selves on the PS3 and 360... most of the unique, ground breaking stuff this gen was on the Wii in my opinion and the SD graphics helped that. It just costs so much more to make an HD game that you can't charge more money for so people play it safe. Hopefully Nintendo and its teams like Retro can buck the trend, but this show hasn't given me much confidence just yet.

TheDreamingHawk

#16

TheDreamingHawk said:

See? They want to make the game great, so it must be a major entry in a series of some sort (Starfox maybe?) Now stop whing over E3 being ruined.

Candido0411

#17

Candido0411 said:

That's Nintendo for you :) Making us wait until the next E3 to either disappoint us or surprise and hype us with a new first party game. Hopefully Retro is working on a new Star Fox because we're long overdue for one IMO.

JettiBlue

#20

JettiBlue said:

I miss the days of tech demo's and show reels. Anyone remember the reels they showed before N64 or Gamecube where announced? Gawd, the good old days, I dont get why Nintendo is so tightlipped these days...

hillbill26

#21

hillbill26 said:

The only way this surprise will be good is only if the game isn't a cheap knock-off or some stupid kids game. But, either way, i'm excited

TheAdza

#22

TheAdza said:

Nintendo really needed a big game franchise announcement that would have blown us all away. DKCR was a fair while ago. Unless Retro are working on a Zelda game which will need a few years in development, I don't think any other franchise that Retro would be working on couldn't have been announced and shown. There are some excellent games coming for the WiiU at launch and shortly thereafter, but without a 3D Mario, Zelda, Starfox, Metroid, Fzero, Smash Bros game announced or shown, it was very underwhelming.

ThreadShadow

#23

ThreadShadow said:

I hope they are working on 3 projects for Wii U.

1. StarFox (heavy emphasis on aerial/space battles and huge fleets)
2. Metroid (3rd person with lots of 1st person elements)
3. Zelda HD with Miyamoto (seperate from Aonuma's Zelda HD)

motang

#24

motang said:

Why not show a glimpse of what they are working on, that would have made the E3 conference 5 times better than what it turned out to be.

misswliu81

#27

misswliu81 said:

retro have always been great so far- i predict either metroid or even a lesser known nintendo franchise that we haven't seen for ages being brought back.

a bit like project sora with kid icarus: uprising.

Retro_on_theGo

#28

Retro_on_theGo said:

So most likely not going to be anything interesting at the 3DS conference tonight. Hope not anyways.
So excited to hear Retro really is dong something right now. Can't wait to find out what it is. :)

BenAV

#30

BenAV said:

Hopefully they'll show it off at next year's E3, it'll be nearly finished and we don't get any leaks or anything beforehand.
Could be the surprise of the show I would imagine, considering everything they make lately is brilliant.

sinalefa

#32

sinalefa said:

I hope they announce it when there are only a few months before release. As soon as they say what they are working on, the hype and the wait will be unbearable, so the shorter that time is the better.

WolfRamHeart

#33

WolfRamHeart said:

Well, it is good to know that Retro is working on something huge for Nintendo. I'm sure that it will be something that we will all be excited about. I can't wait to hear what it is. :)

Bobhobob

#34

Bobhobob said:

I think it's smart to wait a while before announcing a game, usually gamers rage and complain all over the internet if a game is revealed, but it just started production. (Long wait time).
You know how NSMB2 was revealed really close to it's release date (relatively speaking), it has probably been being developed for a WHILE before it was announced.
Anyway to stay on topic, I WANT ME SOME DONKEY KONG PLATFORMING GOODNESS- in 3D!

Haxonberik

#35

Haxonberik said:

Why´s everyone such a crybaby? The Conference was meh, but everything Nintendo announced, and may still announce in an hour, since Sunday has been very good. No big surprises, but I wasn´t expecting any this year

citizenerased

#37

citizenerased said:

DKCR has only been out for a year and a half. It took way longer than (after MP3) last time. Maybe next year.

GreenDream

#40

GreenDream said:

Now we just have to hope the world doesn't end for December 25, 2012 before the next E3. :P

Hokori

#42

Hokori said:

Retro is amazing I'm sure they're working on GOLD
But what is it? StarFox, Eternal Darkness, F-Zero, or IDK

Ichiban

#43

Ichiban said:

This secrective attitude is going bite Nintendo in the ass very soon...
Would a trailer have to much to ask?!
Say what you will about Microsoft, at least they had trailers of new Gears & Forza to get series fans excited.
I'm getting tired of waiting, we waited a whole year already!

thefabfour64

#44

thefabfour64 said:

I'm thinking Nintendo's saving their big guns for Wii U for next E3 because of MS and Sony Next Gen consoles. It's just a thought.

Bassman_Q

#45

Bassman_Q said:

The way I see it, we're all dissappointed because we didn't see any surprise software or hardware this year. But look at it this way: The reason why people see 2010 and 2011's Nintendo conferences as the best are because they had the 3DS and Wii U to reveal in those respective years. This year, we had no big hardware announcement, so most of it was just software that we already knew of. Already, there was a smaller chance for them to "Wow" us this year.

Next year, though, I predict that they'll showcase a new 3DS model. YOU HEARD IT FIRST FROM ME.;)

koolbob1872

#49

koolbob1872 said:

I don't think it will be Zelda. Do you think Nintendo would trust a console Zelda to another company?

ThreadShadow

#51

ThreadShadow said:

@koolbob1872

Yes, they would if it was Retro Studios. Miyamoto has given them the big thumbs up for quality. But as it stands right now, I doubt Zelda is their next game. It will be a StarFox and or Metroid game before we see their Zelda.

I just hope we get to see a little healthy competition. Miyamoto/Retro Studios Zelda HD against Eiji Aonuma/Nintendos Zelda HD. Not released at the same time, but both being WiiU releases of course.

retro_player_22

#52

retro_player_22 said:

Anything coming from Retro Studio would be amazing. I just hope Nintendo let them create a new game for once but oh well a good game is still a good game.

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