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Retro’s First Wii U Game To Be Announced Soon
Retro Studios, the people behind the Metroid Prime trilogy and the recent Donkey Kong Country Returns, will be debuting their first Wii U game shortly, according to Official Nintendo Magazine. ONM directed questions about information regarding Retro’s recent silence towards Nintendo’s Hiro Yamada. Yamada answered cryptically, stating “I wonder what kind of game it is? I hope to introduce it to you in the not so distant future.” Fan speculation as to what game they could be developing cover almost all of Nintendo’s series. Some fans are hoping for a sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns, while others doubt that this is true, considering the remake that is coming on the 3DS. Instead, they believe that the game could be the Wii U iteration of the Mario Kart franchise, considering Retro helped in the development of the most recent Mario Kart game. Even more fans still are hoping for a new entry in the Star Fox series, as it has been dormant for quite a while, not including the remake of Star Fox 64 on the 3DS.
It should also be noted that as of recently, Retro Studios has hired people that have worked at a variety of top-tier studios, including Naughty Dog, id Software, and Vigil Games. With this new talent behind their team, this new game could very well be the title the Wii U needs to stay afloat, and possibly even flourish. Retro is with no doubt a talented studio, with the Metroid Prime trilogy (Metacritic: 91) and Donkey Kong Country Returns (Metacritic: 87) doing extremely well. It only strengthens their studio by recruiting people form top-notch game developers.
One thing to consider, however, is exactly how will Nintendo and/or Retro reveal their game? Considering Nintendo is abstaining from a traditional E3 conference, will they debut the game over one of their smaller Nintendo Directs? Either way, one would imagine that Nintendo would want to create a large amount of fanfare with one of their best studios’ new game for their new system that is commercially failing.
The possibilities of a new Mario Kart are valid, although I would like to see Retro take control of a struggling Nintendo IP, like Star Fox. If you have any other speculations, feel free to leave them in the comments below![Source: Official Nintendo Magazine]