E3: Why a New Donkey Kong from Retro Studios?

Nintendo fans have been moaning for the past few days over the announcement made by Retro Studios during the E3 Nintendo Direct. Plenty of folks were anticipating a new Metroid title, and found their worst fears confirmed upon hearing that Retro Studios would be following up Donkey Kong Country Returns with a sequel title called Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

The good news is, we have some answers as to why the studio chose to go this route. Reggie Fils-Aime had a little sit-down chat with Michael Kelbaugh, the President and CEO of Retro Studios, to learn why the studio is doing what it’s doing. Why another DK game?

Watch the video below for the whole discussion—but here’s a snippet from what you’re about to see:

“After Donkey Kong Country Returns we had a lot of gas left in the tank … 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 cool new tricks.”

The gist of it seems to be that there were piles of ideas laying around that weren’t able to be implemented in the Wii game, that are now possible with the Wii U hardware. Of course, that doesn’t ease the pain of no new Metroid game, but at least the studio has a legitimate reason for their decision—and DK fans are sure to be happy, too.


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