Retro Studios President on Developing for Nintendo

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#1 Posted by Contro (2346 posts) -
Retro Studios president Michael Kelbaugh has been speaking to Gamasutra about developing for Nintendo. 

"When asked what has enabled the team to transform into a studio that can develop Nintendo franchises like Metroid and Donkey Kong Country, Kelbaugh says, "It's patience, mentorship -- a lot of mentorship, a lot of help from our friends at Nintendo." 

Staff is also key. "It's investing in the right people. It takes time... You have to hire people that are motivated by making quality product, not by how many units they sell.

"There's not a book that I could say, 'Read this and you'll know how to make Nintendo games.' You learn how to do it by experience -- experience and mentorship -- That's really the only way you do it," he says.

"So it's really as simple as that, but it's not simple at all. It takes a lot of work. Ten, years, well 12 years, and we've made a lot of progress, but we don't have it down yet. We still have a lot to learn, you know. It changes."

The full insightful interview is available here:
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#2 Posted by JJOR64 (19668 posts) -

Would love to see Retro make another DK game or something original for Nintendo.  Personally, I think DKCR is the best game they have ever made.

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#3 Posted by Afroman269 (7440 posts) -

Even though they already made 3, I very much want to see a new Metroid Prime game.

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#4 Posted by Claude (16648 posts) -

I wonder what they got up their sleeve for Nintendo's next console. As a developer, they are yummy.

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#5 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -
@Afroman269 said:
Even though they already made 3, I very much want to see a new Metroid Prime game.
I'd rather see them take on something new.  After spending the better part of a decade on three separate Metroid Prime games and a compilation, they could really use a break from it.
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#6 Posted by HandsomeDead (11854 posts) -
They made the same Metroid game three times so they definitely learned the Nintendo way of doing things.

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