Why Retro Studios is making another Donkey Kong Country


Retro Studios intensely anticipated Wii U project was revealed as being Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze this week, sending social media sites into a divisive meltdown.

There’s no denying the game looks incredible, but why not develop Metroid, Star Fox, or even an entirely new IP?

Reggie Fils-Aime sat down with Retro Studios president and CEO Michael Kelbaugh to discuss the decision, his response being: “Well after DKCR we had a lot of gas left in the tank, there was a lot of cool things we wanted to do. The underwater levels, the 3D camera… 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 new, cool tricks, so we went out of the Wii version and into the Wii U version, with that same level of excitement and a whole load of new stuff.”

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