No, Retro Didn’t Forget About Metroid Prime. Not Even Close.

No, Retro Didn’t Forget About Metroid Prime. Not Even Close.

Retro Studios, makers of the legendary Metroid Prime series, is currently busy creating the next generation of Donkey Kong Country, much to the chagrin of a lot of Metroid fans. That doesn’t mean, however, that they abandoned Metroid. On the contrary.

“Well, we love Metroid. We love Metroid Prime and we always will,” Retro Studios President Michael Kelbaugh told IGN. “It was a big part of our studio, the culture of the studio… We might do another one someday. But we really enjoyed working with [Donkey Kong] as well.” Kelbaugh explained that the team wanted to develop another Donkey Kong Country to see what they could do with the franchise on the Wii U’s more powerful hardware, and to implement some leftover ideas from Country Returns.

So, why not develop a new Metroid Prime alongside the new Donkey Kong Country? “We’re pretty much on one major project at a time. We do a game every two years or three years… Do we have the bandwidth to do two major projects at once? I don’t think so. A big project and a little project at the same time, we can do that.”

IGN then spoke to Nintendo’s Kensuke Tanabe, producer of all four Metroid Prime titles, who chimed in with his own ideas on where the Prime series could go next. “Basically I’m thinking of, not just Samus, but how we can expand the whole Samus universe. You remember Metroid Prime Hunters. I’m thinking about things like how we could make that go out further, with all these different bounty hunters as well.”


E3 2013: Nintendo, Retro Discuss Future of Metroid [IGN]

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  • People just want a Metroid game to wash the taste of Other M out of their mouth. At least, hoping for another attempt before a reboot becomes a suggestion.

  • These folks from Texas owe us nothing.

    They are giving us a fricken DKC game in HD for crying out loud. It’s the closest thing we will get to HD remakes of the original DKC’s…

    I would like to see another company have a crack at a side scrolling Metroid for 3DS.

  • I would be happy with any of the games mentioned here so far. As far as I’m concerned, retro can do anything they damn well please. They are the little studio that could. Nobody believed they could do metroid and they knocked it out of the park. Three times in a row. Have they ever madea bad Game? Even an average one?
    they work on Is high quality with great attention to detail. They research their stuff and they find what made the original great while stamping their own style On It.

    More games, Retro. Anything is fine.

      • Wasn’t as good as two of the best games in a generation, sure. But when the worst game you’ve made is only considered not quite as good as those two, I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

    • Who owns the Jet Force Gemini IP? Rare or Ninty? Because I could definitely do with another JFG game.

  • I don’t know when it happened, but somewhere between some fantastic Metroid Primes and giving Donkey Kong a proper game after years of unasked for bongo games, Retro became one of my favourite studios. Looking forward to everything they make.

    • If I knew how awesome Donkey Kong Jungle Beat was going to be, I would have been begging for it every single day until it was delivered.

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