Retro Studios has been Nintendo’s go to developer for most of the last Decade. But since their release of Donkey Kong Country Returns in 2010, they have been silent. While they did work on some tracks for Mario Kart 7, Retro has not released a full game in two years, and gamers haven’t heard a peep.
Nintendo has kept their mouths shut, but recently Shigeru Miyamoto dispelled one rumour- Retro Studios isn’t working on Legend of Zelda.
While many fans were devastated to hear this, it just added fuel to the speculation, what is Retro Studios working on?
While no one except for Retro and Nintendo know for sure, there are some culprits who are due for the Retro treatment.
Metroid is the first that comes to mind. After the huge negative backlash Metroid: Other M received, it would make sense to hand the franchise back over to the studio that did such an amazing job with the series.
With that being said however, Retro wanted to branch away from Metroid, which is one of the reasons why they worked on Donkey Kong Country Returns. Maybe five years away was enough.
Speaking of Donkey Kong, perhaps Retro is working on a sequel to the beloved Wii title. The 2.5 D graphics could work out wonderfully with the new Wii U tablet controller. This may be the most logical option out of this list seeing as it was Retro’s last game.
Branching away from the jungle back out to space, Star Fox has seen brighter days. Ever since Star Fox: Adventures for the Gamecube, fans have slowly seen the series go downhill. Maybe the Retro treatment can bring the series back to the limelight. Retro is known for bringing classic Nintendo franchises back to their roots, but make it feel new at the same time. Maybe a fresh HD Star Fox could do wonders for the series.
The series has not seen a console release since F-Zero: GX on the Gamecube back in 2003 when Nintendo and Sega worked together for its release.
The series is due for a revival, and considering it was one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises it would make sense for it to make its return in HD. Its fast paced futuristic racing gameplay mixed with Nintendo’s new focus on online play could make it a smash hit on the Wii U.
While it would need some upgrades since its last console experience on the N64, Retro could add some fresh racing mechanics and keep the Design Mode from the original title to share with friends online.
A game that hasn’t been mentioned really anywhere in regards to a Retro revival is Earthbound.
The Mother Series was a big success in Japan; it sold moderately well in North America but we only got one instalment of the series. An N64 title was in the works. However it never saw a release. Perhaps now is the time for Retro to bring back this beloved series. The possibilities for it are endless with the tablet controller; there would be many happy gamers if this was the release.
Maybe Retro isn’t actually reviving a series this time around. Maybe, just maybe, Retro Studios has been given the reigns to make a fresh new IP for the Wii U. Fans have been begging Nintendo for something new, maybe this is it.
No one knows what Retro has up its sleeve; these are just some suggestions as to what the Studio is doing. Maybe in a few months they will be ready to announce whatever it is they are working on.