Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is just a little over a month away with a release date of February 21, and Retro Studios is very excited to release their newest project. President and CEO of Retro Studios Michael Kelbaugh spoke with GamesTM Magazine recently, sharing his thoughts on the development of Tropical Freeze.

“The challenge is always how to keep the original style that the fans expect; yet introduce something new and exciting.” — Michael Kelbaugh

In the interview, Kelbaugh was asked what the thought process was like creating
Tropical Freeze for the Wii U, as well as Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii. He explained how work on The Metroid Prime games influenced their design for the levels in the Donkey Kong games.

“With every game we make, we get better. In that sense, yes, the experience we gained working on the Metroid Prime franchise was invaluable…What you may not realise is that we constructed the levels in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in very much the same manner as we did the levels in Metroid Prime. However, levels in Returns and Tropical Freeze are much, much larger and more detailed. And I’ll share this with you; we used the Metroid Prime engine and tools to develop Returns. So technically, the lessons we learned on Metroid Prime were directly applied.” — Michael Kelbaugh

Ideas from other classic Nintendo games also managed to find their way into the development of
Tropical Freeze. Kensuke Tanabe, producer of the game, talked about the ability to pluck up and throw certain items and enemies came directly from the one game he ever directed — Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic, which many gamers outside of Japan will recognize as Super Mario Bros. 2. Tanabe also commented on the potential for Donkey Kong to return to the 3D adventure roots that Rare developed for the series on the Nintendo 64.

Similar to the
Super Mario series, it’s possible that we may see both 2D and 3D Donkey Kong games coming out in the future. Are you excited for Tropical Freeze? Do you think another Metroid Prime game is in the works, or will the next entry in the Metroid Series follow a different story? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Source: Nintendo Life

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Dan Rockwood
I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, and though throughout my college career I was forced to write hard news stories about local issues and interview people like police officers and local politicians, I've always wanted to get into video game writing. Whenever I had an open assignment to do for a class I focused it on video games. The majority of the news I consume is about the gaming world, whether it's from G4, IGN, Gamnesia, Zelda Informer, or from my friends on facebook, nothing gets me more excited than the developments taking place everyday in the world of gaming. Now I don't only get to play the games, I get to write about them. And that is pretty awesome.

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