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Retro hopes to work on another Metroid title some day

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With Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze now firmly in the hands of gamers across the world, Retro is finally opening up and talking about their experiences working with Nintendo while developing the game, as well as their current aspirations and giving hints on what they’re working on next. In one such interview with US Gamer, Michael Kelbaugh talks about where the studio is headed next, in terms of projects they’d like to work on.

“You’re not going to find a larger bunch of Metroid of Metroid Prime fans than at Retro studios. We’ll be lucky to someday, maybe, work on another one. There’s a lot of people in the studio left over from Metroid Prime that are very passionate about Metroid… If the fans keep asking, then maybe we’ll answer.”

Kelbaugh has been reiterating that the team would like to work on the Metroid series again, but we know their new project is already underway and it’s not Metroid. Retro refuses to go into detail about the new project just yet, so we’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for us from the Austin developer.

The entire interview from US Gamer is actually a pretty entertaining read, as Kelbaugh discusses why they decided to make Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze a difficult game in terms of platformers. Be sure and check it out.

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  • Magnus Eriksson

    Cranky Kong U is the new game from RETRO. It will be very similar to what Luigi U was to New Super Mario U.

    • JB

      Damn. You beat me to it!! Lol

      • Magnus Eriksson

        I would get a heart attack from the rage. That announcment would be worst case scenario…

        • jjbredesen

          I would honestly not get shocked if it happened, its so stupid Nintendo would do it :P

          • Magnus Eriksson

            They need games out there as quick as possible. So yeah, it could be something like that. If its not a Metroid its pretty much a proof that they dont care anymore. When DKCF was developed they said that RETRO could chose between DK or Metroid, but chose Metroid as there was new things they wanted to explore, and had a lot of ideas that couldnt be realized on Wii (BS of course).

    • Shota

      Cranky Kong Country: Tropical Breeze dlc

    • linkzero65

      i thin they are working with miyamoto’s new IP lets just hope. as for DKCTF its defieinetly going to have a Dlc lol

    • Link of all time

      sweet, i’ll buy that!

  • Thomas Fitzgibbon

    Their next project is NOT Metroid? There is no point to life anymore :(((

    • MetroidZero

      It sucks, I know. Maybe someday. :s

    • jjbredesen

      But, but, but i was so sure it was Metroid! Dam it…

      http://wallpoper.com/images/00/25/67/72/meme-sad_00256772.png

      • TheSneakyLizard

        Calm down. I’m pretty sure they’re being secretive about their next project, which leads me to believe it’s a new Metroid.

        • jjbredesen

          Oh that could make sense, but if its not, i am done with Retro..

          • Rinslowe

            Haha, good luck with that.
            They’d get you back in record time, me thinks…
            :)

          • jjbredesen

            That is actually true XD

          • Shinigami King

            I think that’s going a bit far. No matter what they make I think it will be amazing but I have to say that I’m a bit miffed that they may not be doing a metroid title. My hope is that they are being secretive and are giving little hints as TheSneakyLizard says. The thing that bothers me the most is how the article plainly says that they are not making a Metroid title when we know nothing about it.

          • TheSneakyLizard

            Yeah, I think they just want us to believe that they’re not making a new Metroid. I really wish I was psychic as either Mewtwo or Alakazam.

      • Ryan F

        If Retro did a new Turok, would that be at all bad? Retro Studios was originally formed from Iguana Entertainment, which made the Turok series on N64. The IP has been pretty much put up for sale after the 360 reboot kinda flopped.

        Seriously, Turok would have a lot more appeal outside the Nintendo fanbase than Metroid or Starfox would. It’d give us a FPS worth bragging about!

        • steveb944

          OMG. That would be amazing. We haven’t had that style game in a while as now it’s been all zombies.
          This reminds me of Dino Crisis, I need to find this for my PS ASAP

        • Rinslowe

          If they could capture the vibe and atmosphere of the original series, it would be phenomenal – built from the ground up for Wii U.

        • Dark-Link73

          That’d be so cool! Makes me wanna record a let’s play on Turok 2 with my N64 for my YouTube channel. :-D If it wasn’t for the fact I barely get any hits, I’d do it. :-(

          • Rinslowe

            Never a bad idea…

    • MujuraNoKamen

      It could well be, this was probably just a tease. Until they confirm that it’s Starfox/new IP/Wii Music 2/whatever then there’s no ruling out Metroid.

  • Wren Justin Umlauf

    So if they are not working on Metroid now… what are they working on? Hoping for a new IP or Starfox.

  • Magnus Eriksson

    This is the new game from RETRO.

    http://i.imgur.com/3fDATT2.jpg

    • JB

      That was pretty uncomfortable to look at man, but I couldn’t help but to think, “Ahhh now the whole QoL platform is starting to make sense!” all joking aside, eww dude!

      • alex toschi

        I think your on to something. That plastic fudge factory certainly is “non-wearable”.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      It looks really fun and innovative.

    • verymetal

      Hilarious!

    • Dark-Link73

      Omg! It was so hard not to lol and draw my boss’ attention. I had to drop the phone and put both hands over my mouth to muffle my laugh!

    • Ducked

      Ages 3+! :D

  • Googamp32

    Well, they’ve saved DKC and Metroid, so my money’s on F-Zero

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Would be an asshole move towards Shin’en. But you are probably right. Nintendo are assholes, they will likely stab Shin’En inthe back…

  • JB

    I was really hoping for a Metroid or Star Fox, but hey if it’s a brand new or completely dormant IP that’s even better!! Hopefully we’ll get a look at what they are doing at E3…

    • Ryan F

      Thoughts on Turok Wii U?

      • JB

        Honestly, I think that would be pretty awesome… Day one purchase for me!

  • ActivesiN

    if its not metroid then starfox please and thankyou

    • Ducked

      Nintendo confirmed it’s not Star Fox or F-Zero so….my guess is Animal Crossing.

      • Dallas Gooch

        I hope not…there was already an animal crossing game pretty recently. I’d like a new Fire Emblem or Kirby for Wii U. Or even a proper Wario game. I actually enjoyed Wario World for the Gamecube.

        • Ducked

          Animal Crossing New Leaf released on the 3DS last June. The new Kirby game on 3DS, hasn’t even released yet. Nintendo is currently working on a Fire Emblem x Shin Megami Tensai game.

          So that pretty much leaves Animal Crossing. Animal Crossing could sell Wii U’s like it helped 3DS..

  • Brandon Gardner

    I honestly feel that Nintendo needs to be like Disney and just start buying properties. They have the money and believe it would help with the lack of 3rd party support.

    • Donaald

      More importantly they should buy studios.

      • Dark-Link73

        Unless Nintendo buys studios from Activision, EA, and Ubisoft; buying small studios like Retro is not going to solve the problem of key AAA third party titles skipping the U. Btw, if you were referring to Retro, Nintendo already owns Retro.

      • Ducked

        If they bought Rare it would give them Banjo Koozie, Conkers, and Perfect Dark.

        • alex toschi

          Just buy the IP’s. Rare is hardly worthy of a purchase now, the studio isn’t made up of the original Rare team members anymore.

          • Josiah Parsons

            Can they just hire the original Rare devs?

          • alex toschi

            Some of them aren’t even working there anymore. I know the founders Tim and Chris Stamper are no longer working there.

          • Dallas Gooch

            I think that’s what he meant, i’m sure they’d be very welcome back to nintendo consoles.

          • alex toschi

            Without their IP’s or a studio I don’t really see how much help they could be.

          • Dallas Gooch

            Experience I suppose? They could put em into one of the current studios working for Nintendo. I mean they were responsible for a lot of the good rare games so their input would be welcome I’m sure. That’s just what I think though. Rare’s ips would be nice too.

          • alex toschi

            I guess I could see that being somewhat beneficial, I just think that their era of gaming is over, and that they may be more suited for a more indie titles. Although if they could get ahold of the IP’s I’d love a new Banjo and Kazooie, and a re-imagining of Battletoads.

          • Dallas Gooch

            I completely forgot battle toads was a rare title. A reboot would be awesome.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Indies could be beneficial if they become more than a niche market in the future. Until then, Nintendo will have to move on without third party(or lack there of) this gen.

          • alex toschi

            Although I don’t think it’s going to change this year, I think it’s way too early to say that Nintendo will not get third party support back. once the user base has grown to the double digit millions It’d be stupid not to port games over. Which they will eventually, regardless of how slow the sales are first party titles will drive the Wii U.

          • DragonSilths

            The guy who made Conker has his own studio now called Gory Detail. The point is the original Rare guys are all over the map and it would be a waste of time and effort for Nintendo to track each one down just to ask them to come back to work for them.

          • Leo

            “it would be a waste of time and effort for Nintendo to track each one down just to ask them to come back to work for them.” – it would? Sometimes the effort pays off…

          • DragonSilths

            Not this time though.

          • Leo

            I know, but the RARE name still is incredible strong within the Nintendo community. Rare is shit nowadays but the name alone would bring back interest for Nintendo that could rebuild the company from the ground. The David Wise collaboration on DKTF indicates that Nintendo is courting ex-Rare developers, could be a sign for thing to come…

          • Ducked

            That’s pretty much what I meant…

    • Ducked

      Nintendo pays Disney + Sqaure Enix a ton of money to make Kingdom Hearts III exclusive to Wii U = Wii U 8th generation winner!

      • Brandon Gardner

        Such a disappointment that Kingdom Hearts 3 isn’t coming to the Wii U after Nintendo has supported the DS and 3DS versions of the games….

        • Lil J Moore

          This bugs me so much. Yet Xbox1 gets it before WiiU. WTF?

          • Ducked

            More than likely Microsoft paid them a ton of money

        • Ducked

          I’m still hoping Square Enix may announce it on Wii U later. If not, then I’ve lost a lot of respect for Square Enix. Which, I’ve already lost some with constant FFXIII release’s!

  • au8277

    Well, the odds of a new Starfox just shot up exponentially. Although the marketer in me has doubts as to whether or not the Starfox brand holds weight with gamers under the age of 25 (younger than that and their contemporary Starfox experience was likely either Starfox Adventures or Assault). But hey, it’s Retro; and if they do it right, they will come.

    • C4

      Speaking of Star Fox Adventures how would people react if a large part of the game would be exploration by foot not unlike the Metroid Primes? I think _if_ it’s by Retro it would be a good move since they know how to do that kind of game, and a complete game like SF64 or Assault probably wouldn’t meet expectations of fans fully.

      • au8277

        I agree. The modern gamer wants much more replay value and in-game freedom than a strictly “3-D space shooter” could possibly provide. If it were open world and allowed players the freedom to move between on-planet and out to space at will, it could really be something.

        The simplest analogy I can think of is a Mass Effect Lite style template that leans far more on sci-fi 3rd person shooting (with skill leveling and weapons/equipment upgrading) than the bootleg Zelda, action/rpg elements of SF Adventures.

  • WarioForever

    It would be better if they first developed a Metroid instead of DKCTF, then go to new IP. IMO, now it’s everything unbalanced.

  • Nathan Ostroski

    We don’t “know” it’s not Metroid…any response Retro has given was neither confirming nor denying. Retro could be working on anything!

    • greengecko007

      The fact that he says he would like to work on the series again pretty much confirms that he isn’t currently. People waiting for Metroid U will have to keep on waiting.

  • https://twitter.com/Onyzora Ony

    I still wonder why there is Link in the background of the Retro Studios banner.

    • MujuraNoKamen

      I think its a fan made banner from when all the rumours about a Retro-made Zelda were going round.

  • 504HotBoy

    Retro to needs to resurrect Raven Blade. There was rumors a while back, I believe I seen it on Dual Pixels. That they were going to make Raven Blade for Wii U. Although I would love a new Metroid as well.

    • Ryan F

      Before they were Retro Studios, they were Iguana Entertainment. And they made this series called Turok…

      • Shota

        enough! turok turok turok, we know your point already. so don’t make every comment turok turok

      • 504HotBoy

        I had Turok & Turok 2 for N64. Didn’t the founder of Iguana Entertainment started Retro Studios or something along those lines.

  • Pinky Peach

    Mmm, it would be awesome… But what would be more awesome? That Retro could really make perfect use of the team’s creativity and create a brand new IP for Nintendo…… They can do it, they are a very talented and game-designing masters.

    • 504HotBoy

      They were making 2 original IPs for Gamecube back in the day. One of which was Raven Blade. But they got canceled so they can put all their focus on Metroid Prime.

      • Exare

        If I remember correctly Raven Blade was a game they were working on before Nintendo bought them. It was sort of a portfolio project, like something to show potential publishers what they were capable of. Once Ninty picked them up it was as you said: they were told to can their other projects and dedicate work fully on MP.

        • 504HotBoy

          No they were already picked up by Nintendo and had 4 games in the work. Raven Blade was one of them. I read an article on it some where back.

  • Ryan F

    I got a feeling this is actually… Turok! A lot of the Retro staff who worked on Metroid Prime once worked at Iguana Entertainment, which created the Turok series on N64. The sequel to the 360 reboot(which kinda sucked) got permanently canned and the future of the IP was put in question last fall. It makes sense to me that Nintendo would scoop up the IP and say to Retro “look what we have for you!”

    It may be the IP Nintendo fans have been begging for, but it would be welcome nonetheless. It’d probably have more appeal outside the Nintendo fanbase than Metroid or Starfox too. It would fill that FPS killer-app hole that has been so empty on the Wii U.

    • verymetal

      No offense, but I thought Turok was a horrible game. I think the majority felt the same as me. Goldeneye came out after Turok on the N64 and that is what saved that system. The reviews for Turok were not that good either if you remember. Makes no sense for developers to put the time and effort behind a franchise that sucked.

      • ICHI

        Yeah it was that badly received, they made three sequels! Seriously I think only Turok 3 wasn’t a critical and financial success on the N64.

  • Ryan F

    Vote up if you’re fingers are crossed for Turok U!

    • verymetal

      Also, since Retro used to be Iguana Entertainment then that also means they were a part of Acclaim. Acclaim had to be the worst game publisher of all time. Almost all of their games were so bad. Quarterback club? Every wrestling game they released was crap. Those memories are best left forgotten.

      • Link of all time

        did acclaim do the snes wwf royal rumble game? i loved that game! every player had their own finishers.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        When Retro first started, they had 25 employees and several were former Iguana employees. As of now, Retro has 95. It remains unclear how many actual former Iguana folks still work with Retro. It’s not the same company it was back in 1998. They’re in a different direction now. I do miss Iguana. I used to love NBA Jam and Turok.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      It’s owned by Disney now. Chances of one on any console is slim considering the last installment.

  • mojack411

    I wish we could get an announcement on their project before E3 but I know that’s pretty unlikely. Regardless, I’m excited to see what they’re working on, even if it’s not Metroid :(

  • steve

    i bought my wii u with a few things in mind, first being a new zelda that captures what twilight princess was going for but with out the limitations of the wii holding it back from their vision, and most importantly a new metroid prime. it was so obvious to me yet they are holding it off like its taboo. whyyyyyy????

  • NkoSekirei

    we all been asking for another metroid prime game retro get ur @$$es on it

  • jhell

    one day i guest

  • Will the3rd

    Metroid 3D. No Turok, no DK, no new IP. Metroid is the best game ever, only Fire Emblem is for me at the same level of passion and like.

  • William Martinez

    if they’re working on metroid i think they wouldn’t confirm it before E3 so there’s still a chance.

  • Bananapwnz

    Oh great retro studios! Will you ever release a new metroid game?

  • Rinslowe

    ” If the fans keep asking, then maybe we’ll answer.”

    You heard the man. Worldwide petition….
    :)

    • Shota

      we’ve been asking too much already. but a petition sounds a good idea based on kelbaugh comment.

    • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

      There are plenty of petitions for it already, even fan made title screens on youtube. Love one in particulair. Fan made title screen below:

      Some other guy goes as far as to claim the game has been in the works ever since MP3, and claims some video footage being from a beta version called “Metroid Prime 4: Resurrection” I for one wish it was true, but I doubt it. Check out this video and the last 30 secs of the video.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWGvdPU3_3A

      Listen to what the guy says, but I’m pretty sure the footage he claims to be real on the gamepad isn’t real but another fan made tease it shows at 1min 18 sec. in the 2nd link. Fan made cover at the end, looks great imo though.

      • Rinslowe

        I’m certain that Retro have done a few experiments with Wii U…. So not too far fetched in a way.
        I’m also aware of the petitions out there and I support those as well. I was thinking maybe something more specific to that quotation…

        • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

          They have my vote aswell so does Retro, I loved the Prime series, especially MP2 was one of my all time favorites in the whole series, non so far beat Super Metroid though but if someone can beat it, it’ll be Retro for sure. Retro has my vote all the way.

          In all honesty I definitely woudn’t be surprised if one is in the works already.

  • Capt. Smoker

    I guess this means Metroid isn’t going to come from Retro then, who knows…. maybe Platinum games will get the go ahead to make it?, after seeing how Vanquish turned out, I believe they’d do an outstanding job, who knows what Retro is working on now, maybe a new Kid Iccarus?

    • Shota

      platinum will gladly make something for nintendo. so it’s possible

  • MerryBlind .

    I’d say it’s either a Starfox game, or a new IP. I’d be satisfied with either, as long as it’s good.

  • Dark-Link73

    So does this mean the game that Retro is being working on since November is not Metroid? So what is it then?

  • LordiMcKill

    Something tells me that this is all a red herring, i mean, look at the clues they’ve given us over the last few months:
    -They said the next project started back in November, around the time DKC was set to go gold.
    -In December, Reggie shows up at the VGA’s and gives a hint that a new Metroid might be on the cards (he even wore a 8-Bit Metriod badge).
    -They’re possibly working with Miyamoto on this next project (its been mentioned a few times) and who better to work with than the father of some of Nintendo’s beloved franchises.
    -Now there saying that they want to work on a new Metroid in the future.

    Sounds to me like they already are but are sworn to secrecy so much that they’re now saying they want to but in the future. It’s like wrapping an obvious shaped gift in a paper that is based on the object you just wrapped.

  • Ducked

    In other words you won’t be seeing a new Metroid game for the Wii U until 2015/16

    But hey, there’s still a chance we’re get Animal Crossing this year…..okay maybe…. :/

  • alex toschi

    If they do end up making another Metroid I don’t want it to be an FPS. I want a Metroid game in the original style. Make a sequel to Metroid Fusion already!

  • Archiq09

    I think it’s will be a FPS if they talk about metroid…

  • Chronic Gang

    it’s starfoxit just has to be

  • mar laguna

    its star fox my opinion

  • ZeldaFan83

    My vote would be to say their working on Star Fox

  • Nintendoro

    So they’re not working on next Metroid.. It means we are not going to see next Metroid any time soon :(

  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    Just meh.

  • Jon Neale

    As I thought I have a feeling that retro are working on shiggy’s new ip at the moment but I feel that they have also been given the green light to do metroid. I would expect E3 to show us shiggy’s new ip and some preliminary artwork for metroid (due 2015). When we talk about retro being owned by Nintendo you have to ask what’s involved in thier timeline, I mean say after they finished donkey kong returns 2010 to working on donkey kong tropical 2014 did it take four years or have they been working on other stuff along the way? Nintendo could spend cash on buying Ips and studios but I feel that its not thier thing currently, all available cash and resource will be directed to the new ‘quality of life’ project.

  • Cyberus

    Fans: I hope you guys make a new Metroid :)

    Retro: Yeah, I hope we make a new Metroid too

    Fans: …..so, why, why not get on that

  • InterTreble

    So, they aren’t working on a new Prime game… We should derive this conclusion. Is it a new StarFox the game they are working on, then? A new F-Zero? A new IP? Uhm… it wouldn’t surprise me if it were really a new Prime, actually. This would just sound as a pre-tactics! ;)