Retro's retirement gift to Reggie has fans looking for hidden clues

Hidden nods, or wishful thinking?

Reggie put up another tweet showcasing a number of retirement gifts he's received, including a piece of custom art from Retro Studios. It's that piece of art that has fans salivating at the thought of teases for things to come.

First up, we have the artwork for Samus. While the details are a bit iffy, it seems most fans can agree that the design of Samus is new. The head-portion seems to combine the visor from Other M, but the helmet of the Prime series. There's also a slight difference in the Arm Cannon below the elbow. Is this all just artistic license, or is there something more to it?

Moving on, there's also a mystery robot-like hand in the image. This is the one that's really confusing fans, as a specific point of origin can't seem to be nailed down. It doesn't help that the Mario statue is blocking the way either! There was some dicussion that the hand is from Metroid Prime: Federation Force, but that was quickly shot down for a number of reasons. That leaves us with no clear-cut explanation as to what it's from!

Last and least, people have noticed that the font in the image comes from Banjo-Kazooie. Some are hopeful that means something, but I wouldn't put much weight in that.

Well, Nintendo sleuths, what say you? Can you glean any information from this, or is everyone diving a bit too deep?

Thanks to KingBroly for the heads up!

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes gets a 4K, 16:9 update thanks to a neural network, and the results are gorgeous

Looking sharp, Samus!

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes never looked better. Samus' second 3D outing has gotten a bump up in the visuals thank to the work of a neural network, and the end result is a much cleaner, sharper experience. If the rumors of a Metroid Prime Trilogy release on Switch are true, it'll be very interesting to see how Nintendo's revamp compares to this fan effort.

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


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