Retro Studios (Company)

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Retro Studios, Inc. is an American first-party video game developer and division of Nintendo based in Austin, Texas. The studio is best known for its work on the Metroid Prime series and the Donkey Kong Country series, and has contributed to several other Nintendo game projects, such as Metroid Prime Hunters and Mario Kart 7.

Retro was founded in 1998 as an alliance between Nintendo and former Iguana Entertainment founder Jeff Spangenberg, hoping to create titles for the then-upcoming GameCube aiming at an older demographic. The company begun working on four different titles, all of which were finally cancelled once Retro focused their resources on Metroid Prime, the first Metroid title developed outside of Japan. The success of Metroid Prime led Retro to work on two sequels, and later to become involved with reviving the Donkey Kong series with Donkey Kong Country Returns.

United States
Parent company:
Nintendo EAD Tokyo

Release Date
Metroid PrimeNov 17, 2002 (...)
Nintendo GameCube
Metroid Prime: TrilogyAug 24, 2009 (...)
Wii U / Wii
Metroid Prime 3: CorruptionAug 27, 2007 (...)
Wii U / Wii
Metroid Prime 2: EchoesNov 15, 2004 (...)
Nintendo GameCube
Donkey Kong Country ReturnsNov 21, 2010 (...)
Wii U / Wii
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical FreezeMay 04, 2018 (...)
Nintendo Switch
New Play Control! Metroid Prime 2Jun 11, 2009 (...)
Wii U / Wii
New Play Control! Metroid PrimeFeb 19, 2009 (...)
Wii U / Wii
Metroid Prime 4
Nintendo Switch

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