Retro originally wanted to include Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze’s dynamic 3D camera in Returns

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February 2, 2014 by (@NE_Brian)
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It’s not unexpected for developers to abandon a few ideas while making games. For Retro Studios, the team was able to take some elements abandoned for Donkey Kong Country Returns and implement them into its direct sequel, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

One feature scrapped from Returns but included in Tropical Freeze is the game’s dynamic 3D camera. Retro was forced to cut the idea due to a lack of time, but managed to save it for the Wii U title.

Retro Studios president Michael Kelbaugh told ONM this month:

“As a game developer, I’ve felt that you always leave something on the drawing board that you wish you could have got in and you’re always tormented by the thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we have included…?’ I really believe, however, that those thoughts inspire future games and ideas that you use on the next game. For example, the dynamic 3D camera we used in Tropical Freeze was something we wanted to work into Donkey Kong Country Returns. We didn’t have the time, so we implemented it into Tropical Freeze instead.”

Thanks to joclo for the tip.

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  • sonicfan1373

    The dynamic camera makes me want to play this game in 3D space like DK64. I hope that is something they take into consideration for future DK games, especially since they are using the Metroid Prime engine which is a 3D engine.

    • gimmegimmekevin

      I hoped they’d make a Donkey Kong 3D Land a la Super Mario 3D Land but obviously more DK64 influenced. Sadly that doesn’t seem likely.

      • Brave

        Actually, I’ll be glad to let you know that they’re considering doing a 3D Donkey Kong game (much like DK64). So it’s not as unlikely as you think :)

        Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze producer Kensuke Tanabe said:
        “Maybe the Donkey Kong series over time will also feature both 2D and 3D like as in the Super Mario series! The style of the next Donkey Kong Country title would also depend on the game design.”

        • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

          YES! Love DK64! I’d really like an HD Remake of that title or a sequel to it.

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