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RUMOR - Details on Metroid Prime 4's rough development, Retro's new involvement, Metroid Prime Trilogy on Switch, and other Metroid projects

The news of Metroid Prime 4's development being restarted with Retro handling the project has shocked many, there's no doubt about it. The announcement has lead many fans to wonder just how the project fell apart, and what lead to Retro getting involved once again. While we don't have concrete information, we do have some rumored details from Imran Khan, Senior Editor at Game Informer.

- the problem came from Nintendo's experimental ad-hoc development process
- Metroid Prime 4 was being made in parts in different countries
- some studios were progressing smoothly with the project, while others were having a lot of trouble
- Nintendo started to think that the game needed to be all under one roof to set things straight
- Retro made the pitch for their involvement and put together a demo that Nintendo liked

That's not the only project Metroid fans have been hearing about, though. There have been long-standing rumors of the Metroid Prime Trilogy coming to Switch, as well as other Metroid-related projects in the works. Khan elaborates on those situations as well.

- the Metroid Prime Trilogy Switch port has been completed for quite some time
- it was originally going to be announced last month
- there's more Metroid stuff in development

First 4 Figures - Metroid Prime 2 Varia Suit: Production Diary Part 3

Time for another check-in on First 4 Figures' Metroid Prime 2 Varia Suit statue. This sucker is looking pretty damn fantastic so far! Can't wait to see how it looks with all the finishing touches.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Version 1.0.2 available

Version 1.0.2

- Fixed an issue where after clearing stage 3-3, the route to stage 3-4 would not open.

Retro Studios still looking to bring in new employees

Not that long ago, we were talking about a potentially toxic situation inside Retro Studios, and it had fans fearing the worst for the developer. Today we have some small hope that the studio is continuing on, and they're looking to bring in some new blood.

Two new job listings for Retro Studios have been posted, with the company looking for both a physics engineer and graphics engineer. They certainly wouldn't be looking to close up shop and while hunting down new employees at the same time. If there are an internal issues at the studio, hopefully Nintendo gets them sorted out.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze dev talks about the passion Retro had for the title, and some of the development challenges

A portion of a NintendoNews interview with Eric Kozlowsky, Environment Artist Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze...

NN: You’ve worked on a number of great titles, including Donkey Kong: Country Tropical Freeze for Wii U. That game got a lot of praise in Nintendo community. What do you remember about working on it the most?

EK: I think what I remember most is the creative freedom and overall passion all of the other artists had for the game. It was a constant deluge of amazing ideas. I have very fond memories of working on a lot of the Autumn Heights levels. I got to create quite a few of them!

NN: Were there particular challenges?

EK: Since DKCR came before Tropical Freeze I had to learn the art style of that game so I could apply it to my work. We also had to make sure that the game always ran at 60fps! There were no compromises there, so we had to adjust and make sure our art didn’t bog the system down.

Negative Retro Studios job review from former employee says staffers are expecting the studio to be shut down

We haven't heard from Retro Studios in quite some time. Outside of their work on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze's Switch port, the company has been absolutely silent. Could there be some big trouble brewing at the studio? According to one former developer, that's indeed the case.

A former employee of Retro left an extremely negative reveiw of the company on job site Glassdoor. In the post, he talks about studio mismanagement and other issues. He also makes mention of half the employees expecting Nintendo to shut down the studio any day now.

There's no chance in hell Nintendo will comment on this with any meaningful details, so I guess we'll just have to cross our fingers and hope that things turn around for Retro.

GoNintendo Video: My Parents Play - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Time for a new Parents Play episode, my friends! We finally get back into the swing of things with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Believe it or not, my parents do pretty damn well!

HUGE thanks to KrazyKernal for the awesome art!

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UK May 2018 - Donkey Kong and Mario Kart in the top 10, Switch marketshare beats out Xbox One

The following data pertains to sales in the UK for May 2018...

- market share for the Switch increased month-on-month
- Switch reached 18.1 percent in units, against 12.5 percent in April
- Switch was 23.8 percent of the market in May, against 14.8 percent in April
- Switch overtook the Xbox One and its 21.3 percent

The dark, tumultuous early years of Retro

Most fans hold Retro in high regard. They've done some amazing things with Nintendo franchises over the years, and we're all eagerly awaiting the reveal of their next project. There's no doubt the company is one of the top-tier devs under Nintendo's watch, but it took a lot of work to get things to this point.

The early years of Retro were absolutely crazy, to put it bluntly. The company was run be people who were trying to screw staff over at every turn, and were more worried about partying and living the good life then creating projects and keeping employees happy. We're talking about multiple points in time when Retro went through mass firings and re-population to try and right the ship.

If you want some never-before-seen details on the early struggles of Retro, make sure you put aside some time for Polygon's feature. It's a must-read for any Nintendo fan.

Feature here

Japan - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Switch sales outsell total sales Wii U version sales in just two weeks

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is already a sales success in Japan. In just two weeks time, the Switch version of Tropical Freeze has sold 122,719 copies. Compare that to the Wii U version, which took 46 weeks to sell 118,774 copies. Now that right there shows just how crazy popular the Switch is, and how unloved the Wii U was.