Retro Studios, Inc. is a Nintendo first party game development studio based in Austin, Texas. Founded in 1998 as an alliance between Nintendo and Jeff Spangenberg, the studio was initially founded to produce games targeted for an older demographic for the Nintendo GameCube.
In 2002, Nintendo purchased $1 million in stock at Retro and reclassified them as a first-party developer. After the purchase, Spangenberg stepped down as president and was replaced by Steve Barcia. Later in 2003, Barcia was replaced with Michael Kelbaugh, who remains the current president of Retro.
The first games to be developed and released by Retro were the Metroid Prime trilogy of games. Afterward, they were placed in charge of the Donkey Kong Country series, rebooting it with the release of Donkey Kong Country Returns. Most of Retro's works have been co-produced with Nintendo SDP Group No. 3, which aids developers outside Japan.
|Metroid Prime||2001||Nintendo GameCube|
|Metroid Prime 2: Echoes||2004||Nintendo GameCube|
|Metroid Prime 3: Corruption||2007||Wii|
|Metroid Prime: Trilogy||2009||Wii|
|Donkey Kong Country Returns||2010||Wii|
|Mario Kart 7*||2011||Nintendo 3DS|
|Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D**||2013||Nintendo 3DS|
|Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze**||2014||Wii U|
|Metroid Prime 4||N/A||Nintendo Switch|
In a 2014 interview, Retro Studios president Michael Kelbaugh stated that the studio was working on a new game, in development since the completion of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
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- Retro Studios on Wikipedia
- Retro Studios on Metroid Wiki
- Retro Studios on Super Mario Wiki
- Development Update on Metroid Prime 4 for Nintendo Switch. Nintendo (YouTube; January 25, 2019). Retrieved January 25, 2019.
- Wii U is a 'Powerhouse,' Says Donkey Kong Country Developer. IGN (February 28, 2014). Retrieved January 24, 2016.