Is Retro Studios working on something big for Wii U?

Retro Studios was one of Nintendo's top game makers for the GameCube and Wii, shocking the world with Samus’ stunningly great rebirth in the Metroid Prime trilogy. After finishing the series in 2007 with Metroid Prime 3, the dev also released Donkey Kong Country Returns and helped on Mario Kart 7, but what’s next for the company? Thanks to some internet sleuths, we’re starting to get some clues, and it looks like it could be something big.

According to a NEOGAF post, several new members of the exclusively Nintendo-owned studio were found online, including artists that worked on Uncharted 3 and Darksiders. Rumors swirled in April this year that Retro was working on something for the Wii U, and hires like these add credibility to that. Given the power of the Wii U, hiring artists familiar with PS3 and 360 development makes sense, and based on their experience with AAA releases, this potential game doesn’t sound small.

So what could this mean? Is the team returning to its Metroid roots and recreating the series for the tablet controller? FPS controls could work well with Nintendo’s next console. Or will the dev keep working on the Donkey Kong Country series? DKC Returns did sell almost 5 million copies. Or will it be something entirely original tailored especially for the Wii U? And will whatever it is be a Wii U launch game?

Source: NEOGAF

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  • CitizenWolfie - January 11, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    I enjoyed the first Metroid Prime way back when so I'm sure whatever they're working on will be pretty special. However I'm going to wait a bit for the Wii U. Nothing less than a new Zelda game at launch will get me to buy it on day one. Not even Mario or Smash Bros.
  • Hobogonigal - January 11, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    Go Retro! Create something else which is fantastic!! Good to see they are hiring quality help for a quality studio.
  • KidKatana - January 11, 2012 1:54 a.m.

    I don't know what would convince me to buy a Wii U, but a AAA launch title from Retro would be a good start. I reckon they're working on a new Metroid, cos a new Prime would look amazing with HD graphics, and the fact that it's a unique FPS would send a clear message to the core gamer demographic. It would be AWESOME to see Retro try their hand at either Starfox or F-Zero, but that will come later in the console's life - I reckon that realistically, Nintendo are after a sure-fire launch hit, and that pretty much means Mario, Zelda or Metroid. Well, I hope that's what Nintendo are after, otherwise they've learnt nothing from the 3DS...
  • magic_muffin_man - January 11, 2012 12:39 a.m.

    I read that Miyamoto would trust Retro to make a new Zelda game, which, in my rumor-addled brain, leads me to the conclusion that Retro is turning the Wii U Zelda demo into a full-blown game.
  • Defguru7777 - January 10, 2012 11:34 p.m.

    Metroid Prime is one of my favorite series, so that sets a great precedent for whatever it is they're working on.
  • tehtimeisnow - January 10, 2012 10:51 p.m.

    wii u will be dead b4 if even hit shelfs cuz nintnedo sucks at making games and teh 3ds is dead most consoles r gonna b dead 2 cuz we got the tablets but xobx is still be around cuz kinect is the future and they get with the times un like nintendo and ps3
  • Defguru7777 - January 10, 2012 11:36 p.m.

    You're obviously trolling, and quite badly if I might add. No one is stupid enough to misspell Xbox as "xobx" on two separate articles. It's a quite deliberate attempt to start a flame war, and it's pretty pathetic.
  • CitizenWolfie - January 11, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    I love how he's shouting how awesome "xobx" is from the rafters while at the same time rocking an avatar featuring Microsoft's biggest rival. But seriously, dismissing all the other spelling mistakes, how can you spell Xbox wrong twice? It's: A - Only four letters. Two of which are the same. B - If they're as big a fan as they say they are of the console, they must see the name "Xbox 360" EVERY TIME they boot it up. Double fail. I guess there aren't any dictionaries under bridges.
  • shawksta - January 10, 2012 9:59 p.m.

    Whatever it is, its %100 gonna be awesome. I hate saying this, but again, stop whinning about Other M, it was perfectly fine, it was in the damn beginning which builds up on why Samus is so silent and Mature now, even the ridley scene makes sense but you guys just wanna complain.
  • KolbitosFruitJuice - January 10, 2012 9:57 p.m.

    Oh gawd, can you imagine a new metroid game made by Retro in glorious HD on the wii? Jiiiiiiiiiiiiizzzzzz. The prime games still look better than half the games out there currently, and they're on the gamecube/wii
  • Imgema - January 10, 2012 8:25 p.m.

    Only Retro can revive the Metroid series after the OtherM disaster. So i hope its a good (like Prime 1) Metroid game.
  • 510BrotherPanda - January 10, 2012 6:18 p.m.

    Nintendo needs Retro to un-pussify Samus after her Other M reaction to "Ridley"...
  • Gorillaman23 - January 10, 2012 5:34 p.m.

    I'm not sure the WiiU is worth buying, at least not before a price drop. The price, like that of the 3DS, looks pretty steep and the launch lineup isn't looking too great. Unless it comes loaded with a bunch of free stuff to tide me over until really good games start flowing in, I might just pass for a while and see what happens. Another fantastic revival of an old Nintendo series by Retro is just what it needs to put it into definite buy territory.
  • Cyberninja - January 10, 2012 7:01 p.m.

    unless your from the future, no one outside Nintendo knows the price or launch games
  • badgraphix1 - January 11, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    It's pretty obvious it'll be around the $250 range.
  • talleyXIV - January 10, 2012 5:24 p.m.

    I wasn't particularly amazed by Donkey Kong Country Returns, it was okay but I didn't think it was as good as the classics. However the whole Metroid Prime Trilogy was amazing, I would love to see another. Or as another person said below, Star Fox would be pretty great, Star Fox 3DS was really good.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - January 10, 2012 6:39 p.m.

    DKCR couldn't have been as good as the classics, but it was very good, especially considering they hardly took anything they didn't need from Rare's DKC and still made something that fit very well with DK. But yeah, I was thinking that they'll either revive Starfox next, or they're possibly the ones working on Pikmin 3. Either and or both would be awesome.
  • LordZarlon - January 10, 2012 5:21 p.m.

    When Retro was designing Nintendo during the Gamecube days they actually had 3 other games in development besides Metroid Prime. The other 3 got cancelled so they could put all of their efforts into Prime. One of the cancelled games was an RPG that had some promising screenshots of dragons. Maybe they are going to make an RPG. Nintendo could certainly use some 1st party RPG's especially since they'll never bring the Mother series over to the states.
  • brickman409 - January 10, 2012 7:24 p.m.

    maybe earthbound 2???
  • BaraChat - January 10, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    Since Metroid is my second favorite video game series, I would love to see another Metroid game. That being said, they have impressed me with both Other M (obviously not as excellent as the Prime series, but still a great game) and DKC Returns, so I'll be keeping an eye on that project, Metroid or not.

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