Nintendo Changed The Culture At Retro Studios Following Metroid Prime Crunch

Mike Wikan reckons Prime 4 “will be great”.

Thanks to a recent interview on Reece Reilly’s Kiwi Talkz podcast, today has brought some rather interesting details around Retro Studios and Nintendo. We’ve had the humorous tale of how the blowing mechanic was added to Donkey Kong Country Returns, and some interesting insight into the development of Metroid Prime Trilogy. These nuggets have been given by Mike Wikan, who used to work at the studio and played a key role in various major projects.

Another interesting segment, to us, was a discussion around crunch at Retro Studios. It’s an important topic in the industry, of course, and it’s also no secret that extended hours and unreasonable working conditions have been a prominent issue around various companies.

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