Metroid Prime, Donkey Kong Country Returns dev working on Wii 2 game?

Online report has Retro Studios already crafting new title for Nintendo's upcoming console.

Source: Freelance games writer Paul Gale's website.

What we heard: Since rumors about the Wii 2 first broke last week, the Internet has been abuzz with speculation about the HD-enabled device. Besides a growing consensus that the console will be shown off at--or before--the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo, there have been unconfirmed reports that it is code-named Project Cafe. Additional reports have it boasting controllers with tablet-like touch screens capable of streaming games from the console itself.

Could Donkey Kong Country Returns return on the Wii 2?

This week came another rumor that Nintendo was courting Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption developer Rockstar Games to craft a launch title for the Wii's successor. Today comes an unconfirmed report of another high-profile developer reportedly confirming that it already has a software development kit for the console--and that it's working on a title that will likely please Nintendo fans.

Citing several sources within the developer, Gale reports that Austin, Texas-based Retro Studios was one of the first companies to receive an SDK for the Wii 2. While that should not be particularly surprising, given the fact the shop is a first-party studio wholly owned by Nintendo, one source did offer a delicate tease about what it was working on. "[It's] a project everyone wants us to do," said the source.

The official story: "Nintendo does not comment on rumors or speculation." -- A Nintendo of America representative.

Bogus or not bogus?: If there are Wii 2 SDKs already in circulation, it's likely not bogus that Retro, being a part of Nintendo, already has one. The more intriguing question is what is the studio working on? Given the fact it saw critical and commercial success with the Metroid Prime trilogy, a new Metroid is a top suspect. However, the developer's most recent title, Donkey Kong Country Returns, has sold over 2 million units since its release last November, making a sequel likely as well.

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104 comments
diskserious
diskserious

I'm definitely hoping for another Metroid Prime game. Sequel or prequel, either way.

Holoogamooga_
Holoogamooga_

I think a new Star Fox, probably revisiting the on-rails days, is pretty likely. Personally, I'm hoping for F-Zero. GX was a very pretty game, and that was seven years ago now.

banderweir
banderweir

Why does a new Metroid game have to have the "Prime" tag and follow the trilogy? Maybe they're making a completely new 3-D first person Metroid title. Now that would sell some consoles, and I'd be the first in line...

AceCometh
AceCometh

It wouldn't make sense for them to even bother with the current Wii, now. If the new console comes out as soon as next year it would make much more sense to hold back just a little longer.

Flint247
Flint247

"Donkey Kong Country Returns Yet Again"

Bowser05
Bowser05

I'm personally hoping they pick up the next Star Fox or Pikmin. Don't get me wrong...I enjoyed Rare's Adventures and Namco's Assault, but Adventures wasn't a proper Star Fox game (still fun as heck though) and Assault failed miserably in anything that didn't involve Arwings (I loved the flight levels to death...everything else sucked IMHO). Don't even get me started on Command. So if they did the Star Fox... As for Pikmin...I'd be immensely interested in seeing how they improved on the series. Better yet...let them do something original. Hm...the possibilities. I can't wait!

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

Retro Studios always has good games and shows they can make quality different types of games (Metroid Prime and DK:CR. No shock that Nintendo is having one of their better developers working on new games.

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

@DanielL5583 Definitely agree. Expand the story!

wahyudil
wahyudil

rpg, I hope its a new rpg

renji4eva
renji4eva

the new wii2 sounds pretty cool but what i want to know is if the romote can have games transfered inside it, does that mean we can take it were ever we go because if you can then what would be the point of making the 3ds when you can play bigger and better games?

mardinn
mardinn

Of course they are making games on the Wii 2. What kinda senseless question is that?

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

If they make another DK game i hope they bring back the Kremlings, include more animal friends, and not make it quite as hard as DKCR lol.

freedomspopular
freedomspopular

DKCR 2, please. Another Metroid wouldn't be bad either, as long as it plays like the trilogy.

johnjarvela
johnjarvela

on the note of Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong 64 3DS /if/ you can't get it on Wii VC (you should be able to, Majora's Mask needed the expansion pack to run and it worked fine on Wii VC) I think a 3DS version would be better though since a 3DS version of Ocarina of Time is comin out

johnjarvela
johnjarvela

Metroid Prime ended with 3, though a 4th could be possible, if anyone even bothered to 100% the game there's a ship that appears, i'd much rather them make a DKCR2 though, this time with King K. Rool, insert actual underwater levels even if you think they seem slower than molasses, we need somethin that'll be able to show off Project Cafe's capabilites

franzito
franzito

They move fast... sometimes too much

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

While I doubt there will be another instalment in the Metroid Prime series, maybe Retro could make the follow-on from Metroid Fusion.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

(slaps cheek in surprise) I do like Retro's games though.

sflowers539
sflowers539

@nintendo_Ownes7 I have not had all that much interest so far in Wii 2 but if this game turns out to be Eternal Darkness 2 I will be one of those people who camps out a week in advance to buy this the day it comes out.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Metroid Prime 4 with 1080p, and beautiful graphics, please!

Miketendo
Miketendo

Hell effin yes! This is what the big N needed, developers signing on well before launch. I cant wait to be broke from buying the new console and all the games lol.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

i bet the game to go with the second Wii is going to be a new Mario adventure game.

dre256x
dre256x

I hope Wii2 (codename) converts my Wii games to Hd somewhat...

dre256x
dre256x

This is a no brainer...

iAmAbel
iAmAbel

HOw about a Halo type Metriod lol

iAmAbel
iAmAbel

Just need a Suer smash bros in release date and im all good for the rest of the year lol

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

3 likelyhoods are highest on the latter. Metroid, Donkey Kong, Zelda.

nitzan_z
nitzan_z

there's also a big chance that it's a 2D zelda game

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

If there is a new Super Smash Bros. I'll get this! I also really want to see a new EarthBound :D :D :D

Spacerac
Spacerac

@Colonel Vodka: you have a point, they could just make another 3D platformer DK. And if Nintendo does still own the rights to the other characters I'd love to see the return of Dixie, Candy, and Funky Kong.

zicoundead
zicoundead

A new DK and maybe I buy the Wii 2.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Starfox and F-Zero, make it happen Nintendo

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I wouldn't doubt that Retro would be a company that got development kits first. Still not expecting too much from E3.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

As great as the first 3 Metroid Prime were, Retro is sick and tired of making the franchise. Lets do them a favor. A new DK or anything. Lets remember that some key players of Retro left because Nintendo held them against their will. Source: Iwata Ask My guess is that gamers really liked Returns and Nintendo is giving more consideration to Retro. Kind of how SMG had good reactions by gamers, at least that's what Cammie said in E3 09 and Super Mario Galaxy 2 came

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Donkey Kong Country is such a great series... keep it up Nintendo/Retro.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

donkey kong country 5 please please please ya while their at it get driver 5 ported over and saints row 3 , on top of gta v we be in business

Acetoxic
Acetoxic

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Sepewrath
Sepewrath

Well regardless of how true or false the bulk of these rumors are, its obvious that Retro will do some games on a new Nintendo console. I wouldn't mind seeing them try their hand at creating a new IP, given how well they work within the confines of fan expectations for a season franchise. I would love to see what they would come up with if given free reign.

Jinjuri
Jinjuri

Although let's be realistic, what would a console as strong as the ps3 or 360 with tablet like controllers sell for? Atleast $800 is the lowest I can think it to be, although Nintendo is known for great pricing & such.

Jinjuri
Jinjuri

Homahgawd. Metroid Prime with PS3/360ish graphics and like even online against other people like TDM.... Hey man... I can dream.

charlie_bm
charlie_bm

I haven't got a single doubt that retro is going to make great game.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

The Wii2 is going to be so awesome!!! Its just going to own everything out there. Finally Generation 7 is now complete. Thanks Nintendo.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

The continuation of Generation 7....It so cool to see Nintendo going HD.

Ur_Daddy_711
Ur_Daddy_711

I would love to see a remake of Master Blaster! Anyone even remember? I loved that game. Though it was stolen from me. If I ever run into that kid today, I'll kill him.

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

I would like Retro Studios to do something new. I would like to see what they can come up with given their experience with Metroid Prime and Donkey Kong Country Returns.