In a recent ONM interview with the creators of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, it has come to light that Shigeru Miyamoto himself could end up working with Retro Studios in the future!
The interview, which was with Michael Kelbaugh (Retro Studios CEO) and Kensuke Tanabe (Nintendo SPD producer) involved Tanabe suggesting that Retro could collaborate with Miyamoto.
While discussing how Retro and Nintendo already work together, Tanabe said: “We consider Retro as part of Nintendo family and a very capable game development studio. As a Nintendo development team, they will keep working with not only SPD [the Nintendo division responsible for managing second party games], but also with the development teams in Kyoto. They might even work on a title that Miyamoto-san leads directly in the future.”
Tanabe also went on to explain why Nintendo allies itself with many different parties: “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.”
Recently, Nintendo has been more accepting to collaborations, especially when it comes to allowing external use of their treasured IPs. A very recent example of this is Tecmo Koei, who are developing Hyrule Warriors. By combining the developer with a much-loved franchise – they don’t come much bigger than Zelda in that regard – they are not only supplying another Wii U game but increasing its chances of success.
Retro Studio’s Kelbaugh didn’t stay quiet for the whole interview, though. On Retro’s experiences working alongside Nintendo, he said: “Every Nintendo character/franchise has a creator and depending on which franchise we work with, it’s likely we would in some manner work with that creator. That being said, Tanabe-san and his team at SPD are our primary contacts at Nintendo and collaborative team members. Please let me be clear, games developed at Retro Studios are a collaboration between members from Retro Studios, SPD and various 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.”
Retro Studios have developed games such as the Metroid Prime Trilogy and the upcoming Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, but would you like to see them team up with Miyamoto? Be sure to tell us your opinion below!