Rumour: Retro Studios Working On Donkey Kong

By Ishaan . June 13, 2010 . 5:52am


Love for Metroid in general is well-documented around these parts, so, naturally, when a site with rather strong ties to Nintendo claims that Texas-based Metroid Prime developers Retro Studios are working on a Donkey Kong revival, it makes one sit up and take notice.


Retro, originally founded by president of Iguana Entertainment (Turok: Dinosaur Hunter), Jeff Spangenberg, are a studio that has had its ups and downs. An outfit primarily accustomed to the first-person genre, at the time of their acquisition by Nintendo, Retro were, surprisingly, working on no less than five different Gamecube games — none of which were in first-person. It’s not surprise Only one of those — Metroid Prime — ever saw the light of day, as Nintendo shelved the other four to direct the entire studio’s efforts toward Prime.


Following the release of Prime, it was relatively smooth sailing for Retro until the period post the release of Metroid Prime 3, when studio design director Mark Pacini, art director Todd Keller, and principle technology engineer Jack Mathews parted ways with the company to found Electronic Arts’ Armature studio, which specializes in creating prototypes for new game ideas.


Then, last year, IGN staff mentioned a different, relatively low-profile rumour that Retro were once working on a Zelda spin-off, starring Sheik from Ocarina of Time, following the development of Metroid Prime 3, but that this project had been canceled as well. As of now, the possibility of a Donkey Kong revival — perhaps on 3DS? — remains our only hint as to the studio’s activity.

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  • P4ine

    I’d DIE for a GOOD DK game. ALL DK games after DK64 were simply disgusting.
    So please, if DK, then some freaking stunning adventure stuff with “OOHHH BANANA” and no Racing or Music odds and ends…

    • King of Swing was a fun little time-killer, at least.

    • DK64 was a terrible game.

      • P4ine


    • jj984jj

      DK64 was nowhere near as good as Jungle Beat.

  • Trotmeister

    SNES trilogy ROCKED, they should follow up on it in the manner similar to SEGA and its Sonic 4.

  • kylehyde

    Retro studios has made a great job with the metroid series, I mean making a shooter from an action series and be successful that was very impresive, and that’s what DK need, it need to be reinvented, is logical that it won’t be a shooter, but the series need a revamp and I think that this studio would make a great job.

  • Code

    rar, although I enjoyed DKC series — particularly DKC2 >w<' I have to admit I'd be far more interested in seeing Starfox revived. But I guess, first person banana eating has it's demographic too!

  • EvilAkito

    Hmm, I have to admit that I’m not much of a Donkey Kong fan. I haven’t really cared about the series since DKC2 on the SNES, and DK himself really isn’t one of my favorite Nintendo characters.

    I was honestly hoping to see an original IP from Retro.

  • Ugh, so does this mean we’re gonna get a first person donkey kong game?

  • fuzzy_hobo

    Donkey Kong…really? I’d rather have Retro take a shot at a new IP, but it looks like Nintendo will never let them.

  • RupanIII

    If they make this it better be a return to the SNES gameplay.

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