The UK Official Nintendo Magazine published its 100th issue this month, which is a pretty impressive milestone, and to celebrate it sat down with Shigeru Miyamoto and spoke about several things, including Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Metroid.
During the interview, Miyamoto revealed he is a great admirer of the work of Retro Studios, the developer behind the Metroid Prime series and Donkey Kong Country Returns, and said it would be high on the list of potential candidates to pick up the Metroid franchise once again.
Nintendo unveiled Retro Studios' latest project, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, during this year's special E3 Nintendo Direct broadcast after much anticipation. According to Retro Studios president and CEO Michael Kelbaugh, the developer had the chance to work on Metroid or Donkey Kong Country and opted for the latter because it had unfinished business with the series.
Miyamoto revealed the studio had a lot of fun making Donkey Kong Country Returns and had built up plenty of experience implementing that style of gameplay. The developer felt it had a lot of gas left in the tank and could do more, especially on Wii U, and as a result Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has plenty of new additions, such as another playable character in Dixie Kong, the new 3D camera and the return of underwater segments.
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was the last time Retro Studios created a game for Samus and the franchise hasn't been seen since Metroid: Other M on Wii, which was developed by Team Ninja. However, Nintendo still sees it as an important IP, and proved that by including the series 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.
He also said Retro Studios is more than capable of having different projects in development at the same time and there are possibilities we'll see different games from it in the future.
The full interview can be found in issue 100 of the Official Nintendo Magazine.
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