The Wii U is a powerhouse according to Retro Studios.
Nintendo’s home console is often dismissed as a powerless, dead on arrival machine that won’t make a splash in the console market, but Retro Studios president and CEO Michael Kelbaugh believes that is entirely wrong.
Retro Studios first Wii U title Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze released for Wii U last week, and critical response is very high. The studio had to overcome a steep learning curve for Wii U development, Kelbaugh said. The artists appreciated the challenges and felt “uncorked.”
Kelbaugh’s argument goes along with a previous report from CinemaBlend concerning the Wii U’s memory bandwidth and GPU being far more powerful than originally perceived.
Hidden strengths aside, the console struggles to find a niche in the market. According to Gamespot, the Wii U sold only 5.61 million units since its 2012 launch, and we reported the huge slash in sales forecast Nintendo was forced to perform. Games like Tropical Freeze are expected to pull Wii U out of its slump.
According to Gamespot, Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe confirmed Retro Studios is working on a new Wii U title. Retro began work on the game a few months ago, but that’s all the information sources are willing to share.
Last year, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto hinted at Retro Studios possibly working on a new Metroid game or The Legend of Zelda game in the future, but Kelbaugh isn’t willing to talk about the possibility of taking up something huge like Zelda.
Retro Studios began as the studio behind Gamecube success Metroid Prime. The studio produced several sequels to Prime before taking on Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii. Retro is also responsible for Mario Kart 7.
Our take: With so many successful Nintendo titles under its belt, Retro Studios can definitely play a role in securing a positive future for the Wii U. Whether it’s Metroid, Donkey Kong or even Zelda, Retro has the charm to make a memorable experience.