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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D not coming from Retro

Monster Games, not Retro Studios, is working on the 3DS port of Donkey Kong Country Returns.

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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, a 3DS port of the Wii revival, is apparently not coming from original studio Retro Games. A rating for the game has revealed the game is being handled by Monster Games, Inc, the studio that brought us Pilotwings Resort.

The news came from the Australian Classifications Board (via Joystiq), which defined Monster the Author. This isn't surprising for a port, but it does bring back the nagging question of what Retro Studios is up to these days. The Austin-based developer has been handed some of Nintendo's biggest properties, having updated Metroid into the 3D space with the critically-acclaimed Metroid Prime series. Knowing that the developer is free gives us some hope that we'll see whatever they have on tap sooner rather than later.

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    March 8, 2013 9:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D not coming from Retro.

    Monster Games, not Retro Studios, is working on the 3DS port of Donkey Kong Country Returns.

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      March 8, 2013 9:35 AM

      Good, bring on Metroid!

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      March 8, 2013 9:38 AM

      This is good news. A Wii U Metroid would be phenomenal.

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        March 8, 2013 9:41 AM

        Something like Metroid Prime on Wii-U would definitely get me to buy the console.

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        March 8, 2013 10:15 AM

        There are three series I would love to see Retro bring to the Wii U, Metroid obviously, but also Star Fox and F-Zero (although I'd feel fine letting Sega handle that one, they did pretty well with GX IMO). Other than that if they're working on an original IP that could be awesome too.

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          March 8, 2013 10:40 AM

          I thought Namco did a pretty good job with Star Fox, though I'm in the minority on that one. A Retro Studios-helmed SF, however, would intrigue me greatly.

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        March 8, 2013 11:32 AM

        Honestly, Prime 2 and 3 were a step down from 1. I'd rather have a new studio pick up the franchise... but as long as Team Ninja is kept far away from the franchise, I'm happy.

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      March 8, 2013 10:43 AM

      I would rather get new ip from retro this fall and a prime trilogy HD version down the line. Nintendo is in a spot where they need to grow their install base this year or they'll be left in the dust in terms of cross generation 3rd party games in the next 1-2 years. Metroid is not a system seller, at least not in the amount of units it would need to move. It also only sells in the west and Nintendo is still very focused on the Japanese market.

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        March 8, 2013 11:34 AM

        <i>Metroid is not a system seller, at least not in the amount of units it would need to move</i>
        Methinks you don't realize how many people bought a GC for MP1

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          March 8, 2013 11:34 AM

          goddammit and I had the HTML right and everything

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            March 8, 2013 11:57 AM

            It wasn't enough, now was it? Damn right it wasn't. Your message is all fucked up.

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            March 8, 2013 11:59 AM

            The only tag that works on chatty is <blink>

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          March 8, 2013 12:13 PM

          Oh I remember all right. But that didn't happen again with 2 or 3. Metroid Prime was a system seller for sure, I just don't think a Metroid Prime 4 would sell Wii U in the same way. I chalk it up to a few things. Pent up demand in the west for a new metroid game, critical praise, a visual showcase that rivaled anything else on the other two consoles, and maybe a little bit of consumer confusion about it being "like that halo game on the xbox"

          Would it be a great game? Absolutely. Would it convince the average 360 or PS3 owner to buy the Wii U this fall with new consoles coming and high quality multiplat games still showing up on their old machines? I don't believe so.

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            March 8, 2013 12:20 PM

            The only thing that will do that is an absolutely fantastic new IP I think.

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              March 8, 2013 5:03 PM

              Whether with new IP or existing ones, Nintendo needs to take some risks, I think. Same familiar stuff with HD graphics isn't going to be good enough. They need to up the ante like they did with Metroid Prime or Mario Galaxy.

              Thankfully Nintendo have shown themselves to be more than capable of doing such a thing.

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                March 8, 2013 5:13 PM

                The turn around of the state of 3DS gaming gives me great hope for the Wii U future.

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