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Retro says Wii U is “a powerhouse”, new game has been in the works for a few months

Posted on February 28, 2014 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News, Wii U

Retro Studios president and CEO Michael Kelbaugh commented on several topics while speaking with GameSpot, including the Wii U’s technical capabilities.

According to Kelbaugh, the console is “a powerhouse”, adding, “It’s more than adequate to make great games on.”

“Unfortunately, the perception is that it’s not a very powerful machine. That’s just not true. It’s a powerhouse. It’s more than adequate to make great games on.”

Kelbaugh also mentioned that the Wii U is a “great box to make games on.”

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was Retro’s first title for Wii U. Moving from Wii to the new console required a steep learning curve, but Kelbaugh said the team was more than ready to face the challenge. Thanks to the Wii U’s added power, artists at the company became “uncorked” and free from the “traditional limitations” they’d been under while working with Wii.

“It was really fun being able to crack that open for the first time and learning HD techniques; pixel shading, having a lot more horsepower and how that impacts the team. It was really fun to watch our artists just go crazy because now they didn’t really have to worry about polygons anymore. ‘Make as many as you want!'”

Lastly, Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe has confirmed that Retro Studios is working on a brand new game, and it’s been in development for a few months. As for what it is, Kelbaugh won’t say much.

“We love working with Donkey Kong. It’s a great character. It’s a lot of fun. We love working with Metroid Prime, with Mario Kart; those are fun, fun games to work on. So, you know, you can’t lose,” he said. “Every one of those IPs have been a lot of fun to play with and work on and [we’d] love to come back to them sometime.”


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  • RETRO!!! I am bleeding for that new game, just give it to me! Here have my kidney for a Metroid game! COME ON! *bleeds non-stop from lack of kindey* dasdasdbhasbjdasd !

    • Jack Saat

      it may take a few years maybe development will outlast the wii-u life that doesn’t look really good right now and come out on a new console! Wii-U really need a real Zelda title soon!

  • ETgamerZ

    I need… Starfox… U…

    • D2K

      I’d rather have Platinum Games work on Starfox. They are passionate about it and have been BEGGING Nintendo to allow them to make it. When a studio is a fan of a series and is passionate about a project those things usually turn out as a winner. Just look at Double-Helix and Killer Instinct.

      If they aren’t going Metroid I would prefer them to be working on a brand-new IP. Something mature. Either a shooter (doesn’t matter if it is FPS or TPS) an action-adventure game, or a fighting game. If Retro is the new Rare for Nintendo than I think they should follow suit with what Rare did. Rare followed Donkey Kong Country with KI, then followed KI with GoldenEye. In each case Rare redefined each genre whether it was platformers, fighters, or shooters.

      Make a brand new fighting game (maybe hire some ex-Rare staff to work on it along with a few talent people from other studios with all these lay-offs going on.) Then after that or even during that start working on a TPS. Something to combat Gears on the XB1. They got people from Vigil games and Naughty Dog in addition to a few ex-Rare people. They could really ring the noise, and for Nintendo’s sake they really need to.

      I’m just glad the more and more developers are coming out to talk about the power of the Wii U. It’s also interesting that the developers with teh best-looking Wii U games are the ones that talk about what a joy it is to develop for and how powerful it is. Do-tell.

      • Spookoyo

        I do not recall Platinum ever “BEGGING” Nintendo to let them make a star fox game.

      • iamserious

        I’m sorry but I do not feel they did a very good job on Killer Instinct for XBOX1. Where did the special finishing moves go (fatality type finishing moves)? Plus they made it pay as you play!?! Buying characters what?


  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    **** yes!

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      *sorry for the profanity, but this has me very excited.

  • Maxo

    New F-Zero/Metroid pretty please? :>

  • Maxo

    New F-Zero/Metroid pretty please? :>

  • Jon Turner

    DKC:TF WAS great, but I am curious about Retro’s next game myself.

  • Unlike many people, I don’t want them to go back to Metroid. I mean, they did a whole trilogy with Metroid. I think that is enough and asking for more is a little selfish unless they legitimately want to go back to Metroid.

    They should keep reinvigorating old Nintendo series like they did with Metroid and Donkey Kong. And like what Sakurai did with Kid Icarus as well. Either that or go for a new IP. They have more than earned the right to make an original project.

    • KokiriHylian

      I also don’t want them to go back to Metroid. They’ve worked on it enough. I would like to see them branch out even further to other Nintendo franchises. We’ve already seen what they can do with Donkey Kong Country. I personally would LOVE to see them tackle the Star Fox series next. 🙂

    • D2K

      I think they should go with Raven Blade.

      With the power that the Wii U has, this could be a game that shuts all the naysayers up and all the trolls and fanboys down.

      • henrik

        They could do a game based on the Beserk manga using some of this stuff from raven blade, either way raven blade looks like a promising IP to bad that wasn’t their first Wii U game.

        • D2K

          There should NEVER be a game based on the Beserk manga. That anime is nutzoid.

    • Dampf

      A whole Trilogy in Wii SD graphics… Imagine the atmosphere and graphics on the Wii U. Thats because everyone wants a new Metroid now.

      • I want a new Metroid too, but it is time for another developer to grab that torch. In my opinion, Retro doesn’t need to go back to Metroid unless they really want to.

  • Nocturne

    i knew there would be alot of ppl talking about metroid and prob is and will be announced at E3

    • TalesOfBS

      That is what we all hope for.

      • Not me. First person Metroid just doesn’t work

      • Not me. First person Metroid just doesn’t work

  • gimmegimmekevin

    I really wish Nintendo would like, add 100 employees to Retro, get two teams working on two projects at the same time. To think that we may not see this game until a year before the Wii U successor comes out is so depressing.

    • D2K

      Not necessarily so. Remember, Retro hired a LOT of new talent from major AAA studios like Naughty Dog and Vigil games. They expanded the size of their facilities (moved into a larger building.) I think the reason why they did this is because they want game development to go faster. DKC:TF was the first HD game experiences. Now that they know what they can and cannot do, they can really have at it with the next game and move much faster.

      I think DigiPen graduates should go “directly” to Retro to help them bust out the game.

      • Yeah. A game like Tropical Freeze served them well as a start for Wii U. They still have ideas for a DKC game and they needed to familiarize with the new hardware. Now that they have learned techniques and polished themselves with the hardware, now they can bring something bigger. A more ambitious project.


    WiiU a “Powerhouse”? Hahahahaha that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in weeks.

    • D2K
    • D2K

      Of course, YOU would know more about the technical operations and specifications than a developer that is owned by the company whom manufactures the device.

      ….yeah. Read this then go to bed.

      • Michael Clanton

        def is not a power house, and you never believe dev houses that are 1st or 2nd party….of course they will say positive things about the system the develop for.

        • TalesOfBS

          Now replace Retro/Powerhouse for “Anonymous developer/weaker than the PS3” and everybody will take it as a fact.