E3 2013: Retro Chose Donkey Kong Over Metroid

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

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Donkey Kong

During the Nintendo Direct conference, Retro Studios revealed their game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze to the gaming masses with wild cheer. While the game does seem to have that Retro Studios touch, some fans were quite disappointed that it was a Donkey Kong game and not a Metroid title. Hours after Nintendo Direct, Retro’s president and CEO Michael Kelbaugh did admit that Metroid was a franchise that the company could of used for their new Wii U title.

During Nintendo’s software showcase at E3, Michael Kelbaugh told reporters that it was “hard to choose between Metroid and Donkey Kong,” but Retro had “unfinished business with Donkey Kong after Donkey Kong Country Returns.” While Metroid fans may find this quite disheartening, there is a possibility that Retro can still make a new title for the franchise  at a later date.

So what do you think? Did Retro choose the right franchise for their first Wii U game? Or was Metroid simply the better option?

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be released on  November of 2013 exclusively for the Wii U.


About Samuel North

A writer at Operation Rainfall, a lover of videogames, and an insomniac who can't tell what day it is. There really isn't much else interesting to say, except that I've eaten an entire box of ramen noodles in one sitting.