Retro Studios: Wii U Is A ‘Powerhouse’

According to Retro Studios president Michael Kelbaugh, Nintendo’s Wii U is a lot more powerful than what most seem to think.

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

“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,” he said. “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!'”

Kelbaugh said that in working with the Wii U, his team felt free from the “traditional limitations” of the system’s predecessor, the Wii. He also stated, rather interestingly, that Retro has enjoyed working with Metroid, Mario Kart, and Donkey Kong and they’d “love to come back to them sometime.”

Producer Kensuke Tanabe has confirmed that Retro is currently working on a new game, and Kelbaugh added that it has been in development for a few months now since Tropical Freeze was finished. Neither shared further details as to what the project is exactly.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is currently available for the Wii U.