Donkey Kong Country Returns dev on how Retro came to work on the project
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In an interview with Kiki Talkz, former Retro Studios developer Bryan Walker discussed how the team ended up working on Donkey Kong Country Returns.
Walker worked on Metroid Prime 2 and 3 before directing the Wii title. Retro actually had some interest in moving on from the Prime series after the second entry, but after Donkey Kong was presented to late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, he instead wanted the team to come out with a third game. Then after Metroid Prime 3 launched and there was a lot of some key staff, the opportunity to work on the Donkey Kong Country IP came about.
Walker also talked about meeting with Shigeru Miyamoto early on and had much praise for him. After one conversation in Kyoto, Miyamoto asked Retro to take care of IP, stating: “Please take care of DK. He is my friend.”
Below is Walker’s full words:
Donkey Kong Country Returns out now on NVIDIA Shield in China, footage
This week, the lineup of Wii games from Nintendo on China’s NVIDIA Shield expanded once again. Donkey Kong Country Returns, which was previously confirmed for the device, is now available.
Here’s some footage:
Donkey Kong Country Returns takes up 3.9GB on NVIDIA Shield.
Donkey Kong Country Returns appears to be the next Wii game for NVIDIA Shield in China
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A few Wii games from Nintendo have been released on the NVIDIA Shield in China. System owners can purchase and play New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Punch-Out!!, and Super Mario Galaxy.
Next up in the pipeline is Donkey Kong Country Returns. That game recently received approval from China’s gaming regulator to launch in the country. While we don’t have an official release date yet, we should be hearing more soon.
Donkey Kong Country Returns hitting the North American Wii U eShop tomorrow (Wii download)
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Donkey Kong Country Returns has been out on the European and Japanese Wii U eShops since last January. Finally, the Wii game will launch in North America this week as well. Nintendo’s website has it listed for tomorrow.
Here’s a brief overview:
“Donkey Kong Island has been taken over by the musical Tiki Tak Tribe! Jump, swing, and blast your way through over 65 levels spanning eight worlds. There are many hidden items to uncover in each level, and collecting them all will unlock something special! Invite a friend to take control of Diddy Kong for two-player cooperative play!”
And a trailer:
Donkey Kong Country Returns will cost $19.99 on the Wii U eShop.
More Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii U footage (Wii download)
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Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii U footage
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Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii U file size
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Donkey Kong Country Returns is the next Wii game for the Wii U eShop following Super Mario Galaxy 2 – at least in Europe and Japan. Now that it’s out in the latter territory, we can share the game’s file size. Donkey Kong Country Returns takes up 3,565MB of space.
Comparing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze’s Japanese sales to Returns
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze sold 35,000 copies in its first week on the Japanese market. How does that figure stack up to Donkey Kong Country Returns?
When the Wii game originally came out, it sold 163,000 units in its first week. The 3DS port Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D also sold quite well having moved 104,000 copies.
Video Comparison – DKC: Tropical Freeze / DKC Returns
Retro originally wanted to include Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze’s dynamic 3D camera in Returns
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.