We’re convinced that Retro Studios is one of those developers that is physically incapable of delivering a bad gaming experience. In our eyes, the company has put out pure gold with practically every game they’ve ever released. And although Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is perhaps one of the most divisively received games from the team’s incredibly impressive lineup, it still is considered to be a roaring success overall. Still, people doubt that anything could save the Wii U at this point. While we vehemently disagree with that sentiment, we have to at least acknowledge its existence.
However, once we acknowledge it, we go right back to our belief that the system can turn things around. Even if it’s more of a ‘tweener console than a true next-gen system, Nintendo’s little black (or in some cases, white) box has some power behind it. That’s what Retro’s saying, anyway. Retro Studios president and CEO Michael Kelbaugh commented on this very topic, as well as a few others, while talking with GameSpot recently. In his bit on the Wii U’s technical capabilities, he said the following:
Unfortunately, the perception is that it’s not a very powerful machine. That’s just not true. It’s a powerhouse. It’s more than adequate to make great games on.
This talk comes shortly after Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe confirmed that the studio is already hard at work on a new game — and has been fo a few months now. Kelbaugh addressed this, though disappointingly did so without clarifying too much.
We love working with Donkey Kong. It’s a great character. It’s a lot of fun. We love working with Metroid Prime, with Mario Kart; those are fun, fun games to work on. So, you know, you can’t lose,” he said. “Every one of those IPs have been a lot of fun to play with and work on and [we’d] love to come back to them sometime.
So there you have it; some support goes to the Wii U, and we end up with news that one of the best development teams in the industry is already working on their next title. Life is good.