Metroid Prime studio could work on Miyamoto-led project, says Nintendo

Monday, 13th January 2014 10:53 GMT By Dave Cook

Metroid Prime developer Retro Studios could work on a Miyamoto-led project that’s coming, “directly in the future,” according to Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe.

The Texas-based studio is currently working on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, but what comes next is a mystery.

Retro Studios president Michael Kelbaugh and Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe spoke with ONM recently, and during the chat Kelbaugh stressed, “Tanabe-san and his team at SPD [Nintendo Software Planning & Development] are our primary contacts at Nintendo. Please let me be clear: games developed at Retro Studios are a collaboration between members from Retro Studios, SPD and other entities throughout the Nintendo family. It’s a symbiotic relationship that consists of members from all over the world; we are very honoured to be working with such a talented team.”

Batting the chat-ball back the other way, Tanabe added, “We consider Retro as part of the Nintendo family and a very capable game development studio. As a Nintendo development team, they will keep working not only with SPD, but also with the teams in Kyoto. They might even work on a title that Miyamoto-san leads directly in the future.

“However, the SPD team assigned to Retro is working together with them as a single team and I hope that will continue this way – on Mario Kart 7, for example, SPD staff were involved as co-ordinators. I am saying this because a very interesting and stimulating chemical reaction occurs when the two parties from different languages and cultures are united under Nintendo’s game production philosophy, and that chemical reaction results in extraordinary ideas.”

Call us suspicious, but that seems like an odd theoretical to drop in there. It follows Miyamoto’s claim that Retro Studios are ready to tackle the Zelda franchise. Could it be involved in the Zelda Wii U project?

Via Nintendo Life.



  1. Ireland Michael

    In Retro I trust.

    #1 12 months ago
  2. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    Metroid Prime 4 CONFIRMED!

    #2 12 months ago
  3. salarta

    I think it would be in Nintendo’s best interest, if Retro is interested in doing it, to make a Metroid game with Retro.

    The Metroid Prime games are often considered some of the best games in the franchise, and better representations of Samus Aran. It would do a lot to repair the massive damage done to perception of Metroid and Samus Aran by Other M if the next major Metroid game was akin to Metroid Prime.

    #3 12 months ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    @3 Completely agreed.

    It blows my mind that they’re not releasing any adventure titles or first person shooters when the market is lapping that sort of stuff up right now, and Samus is pretty much made for those genres.

    #4 12 months ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    I do like a new metroid prime game, but i do also like a 2D metroid game for them.

    But i knew ip would be also great, those guys are pretty talented.

    #5 12 months ago
  6. Joe Musashi

    Having done some reading, it appears the Retro of Metroid Prime days is quite a different set of staff from the Retro of today.

    However, the last Retro game I played was DKCR which is by far my favourite Wii game.

    But I’m getting very wary of these “Something something Zelda” / “Something something Mario” / “Something something Metroid” statements from Nintendo. They know that all they need to do is mention a word in a sentence that is ultimately meaningless and the internet machine will extrapolate significance where little exists.


    #6 12 months ago
  7. fihar

    They could always mix both again.
    Prime for the Wii U, and classic Metroid for the 3DS like what they did during the GameCube/GBA era.
    I liked Hunters, but it was clearly a little bit too much for the DS to handle.

    Anyway, highly competend developers don’t necessarily mean they’d be good at creating new IPs though but yeah, it’d be really interesting to see what they could come up with.

    #7 12 months ago
  8. salarta

    I will say that I liked the gameplay of Other M, but that’s about where the things I liked about it ended.

    #8 12 months ago

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