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SmithnCo
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(04-01-2012, 04:41 AM)
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I hope it's a new IP. Seeing what Retro does with a new world would be interesting.
Baby Yoshi
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(04-01-2012, 04:50 AM)
Retro Studios After Donkey Kong Country was released,in bold the ones that left the studio.

Executive Producer
Michael Kelbaugh

Senior Development Director
Bryan Walker

Production Manager
Ryan Harris

Production Coordination
Shane D. Lewis

Senior Design
Tom Ivey
Kynan Pearson
Mike Wikan


Design
Andy Schwalenberg
Bill Vandervoort
Brandon Paul Salinas
Jay Fulle
Russell O'Henly

Contract Design
Jonathan Delange
Stephen Dupree

Art Director
Vince Joly

Art Lead
Ryan Powell

Principal Art
Elben Schafers

Technical Art
Chris Voellmann

Senior Art
Chuck Crist
Luis Ramirez

Art
Amanda Rotella
Jay Epperson,
Matt Manchester
Quinn Smith
Sean Horton,
Ted Anderson
Teague Schultz,
Thomas Robins,
Russel Lingo


Contract Art
Mark Brady
Reed Ketcham,
Michael Witt

Senior Animation
Dax Pallotta,
Derek Bonikowski
Will Bate

Animation
Carlos Mendieta,
Raphael Perkins,
Stephen Zafros

Contract Animation
Chris Torres,
Nick McBride

Additional Thanks
Danny Richardson, Sammy Hall

Engineering Director
Tim Little

Senior Engineering
Aaron Walker,
Alexander Quinones
Jim Gage
Mike Miller

Engineering
Akintunde Omitowoju,
Andy Hanson
Dan Higdon
Eric Rehmeyer
Frank Maddin
Jesse Spears
John Sheblak
Jose Guerra
Rhys Lewis
Ryan Cornelius


Operations
Al Artus
Ethan McDonald
Faith Casper
George Thomas
Kellie Prinz Johnson

Translation & Administration
Akiko Furukawa-Laban







56 full time employers

After the game they lost 5 employers and hired 4 of the contractors


55 full time employers















Current Retro Studios,in bold new employers :


Executive Producer
Michael Kelbaugh

Senior Development Director
Bryan Walker

Production Manager
Ryan Harris

Production Coordination
Shane D. Lewis

Lead Design
Tom Ivey

Design
Andy Schwalenberg
Bill Vandervoort
Brandon Paul Salinas
Jay Fulle
Russell O'Henly
Jonathan Delange
Stephen Dupree

Aaron Black
Nestor Hernandez
Paul Schwanz

Art Director
Vince Joly

Art Lead
Ryan Powell

Principal Art
Elben Schafers

Technical Art
Chris Voellmann

Senior Art
Chuck Crist
Luis Ramirez
Gray Ginther

Art
Amanda Rotella
Jay Epperson,
Matt Manchester
Quinn Smith
Sean Horton
Ted Anderson
Teague Schultz
Thomas Robins
Russel Lingo
Reed Ketcham
Timothy Wilson
Sylvia Rowland
Eric Koslowski

Lead Animator
Will Bate

Senior Animation
Dax Pallotta
Derek Bonikowski
Stephen Zafros

Animation
Carlos Mendieta
Raphael Perkins
Stephen Zafros
Chris Torres
Dominic Pallotta
Kyle Ruegg



Engineering Director
Tim Little

Lead Enginner
Aaron Walker

Senior Engineering
Alexander Quinones
Jim Gage
Rhys Lewis

Engineering
Akintunde Omitowoju,
Andy Hanson
Dan Higdon
Eric Rehmeyer
Frank Maddin
Jesse Spears
John Sheblak
Jose Guerra
Ryan Cornelius
Nathan Nordfelt

Tony Bernardin

Operations
Al Artus
Ethan McDonald
Faith Casper
George Thomas
Kellie Prinz Johnson

Translation & Administration
Akiko Furukawa-Laban









67 full time employers
Just 12 more than the team that made dkcr.




Sorry if i missed someone tell me,please someone help me to complete this list.
MadOdorMachine
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(04-01-2012, 04:52 AM)
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If it's launching this year, that means a relatively short dev time. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that they were working on something else between MP3 & DKCR. They could have started the game back then, but even if they had assetts started, it still only gives them 2 yrs. after DKCR. Take into account that they're not only working on new hardware, but also moving to HD.
Hero of Legend
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(04-01-2012, 04:58 AM)
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Originally Posted by Baby Yoshi

Current Retro Studios,in bold new employers :

Design
Jonathan Delange (you bolded him, yet he's not new)
Stephen Dupree (again, not really new)
Aaron Black (Zipper and Sucker Punch)
Nestor Hernandez (Red Fly)
Paul Schwanz (Also Red Fly)

Senior Art
Gray Ginther (Vigil and Insomniac!)

Art
Reed Ketcham (not new)
Timothy Wilson (Escalation and Gearbox)
Sylvia Rowland (NetDevil and Backflip)
Eric Koslowski (Naughty Dog, Planet Moon)

Animation
Chris Torres (Midway, Critical Mass, and Creative Threat)
Dominic Pallotta (Moonbot and Visceral)
Kyle Ruegg (Raven and Gameloft)

Engineering
Nathan Nordfelt (Bethesda)
Tony Bernardin (tricky to find, has a linkedin page with nothing, but his supposed moby page is old)

Edit: Contract Environmental Artist
Brad Taylor (Edge of Reality, Paradigm)



Wow, didn't realize they had 15 new folks! :O

I'll gather their credits to recap.
Last edited by Hero of Legend; 04-01-2012 at 05:19 AM.
Shadowlink
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(04-01-2012, 04:59 AM)
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Edit: Wrong thread! While I'm in here, I wouldn't mind them developing Metroid Prime 4, but I also wouldn't mind them doing a new IP/Bringing back a Classic.
Last edited by Shadowlink; 04-01-2012 at 05:03 AM.
zroid
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(04-01-2012, 05:00 AM)
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Originally Posted by Shadowlink

Is it safe to say that we'll see Good Feel's next game at E3 this year? We haven't seen a game from them in a while. We also head that rumor about them developing the newest Yoshi's Island a few months ago.

oh man, I had not heard that rumour, but now I'M SO HAPPY
Shadowlink
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(04-01-2012, 05:02 AM)
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Originally Posted by Zeer0id

oh man, I had not heard that rumour, but now I'M SO HAPPY

I posted in the wrong thread, but there was a list of rumors around TGS time. A few of them were correct, and on that list was a Yoshi's Island game developed by Good Feel.
Baby Yoshi
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(04-01-2012, 05:04 AM)

Originally Posted by Shadowlink

Is it safe to say that we'll see Good Feel's next game at E3 this year? We haven't seen a game from them in a while. We also head that rumor about them developing the newest Yoshi's Island a few months ago.

Their helped with wii play motion early last year and some months ago released this japan only game :
Hero of Legend
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(04-01-2012, 05:20 AM)
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Finished gathering the credits of the newcomers, and WOW, they have folks from the Sony trinity (Naughty Dog, Insomniac, and Sucker Punch), as well as Bethesda!
AceBandage
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(04-01-2012, 05:21 AM)
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Originally Posted by Baby Yoshi

Retro Studios After Donkey Kong Country was released,in bold the ones that left the studio.

Executive Producer
Michael Kelbaugh

Senior Development Director
Bryan Walker

Production Manager
Ryan Harris

Production Coordination
Shane D. Lewis

Senior Design
Tom Ivey
Kynan Pearson
Mike Wikan


Design
Andy Schwalenberg
Bill Vandervoort
Brandon Paul Salinas
Jay Fulle
Russell O'Henly

Contract Design
Jonathan Delange
Stephen Dupree

Art Director
Vince Joly

Art Lead
Ryan Powell

Principal Art
Elben Schafers

Technical Art
Chris Voellmann

Senior Art
Chuck Crist
Luis Ramirez

Art
Amanda Rotella
Jay Epperson,
Matt Manchester
Quinn Smith
Sean Horton,
Ted Anderson
Teague Schultz,
Thomas Robins,
Russel Lingo


Contract Art
Mark Brady
Reed Ketcham,
Michael Witt

Senior Animation
Dax Pallotta,
Derek Bonikowski
Will Bate

Animation
Carlos Mendieta,
Raphael Perkins,
Stephen Zafros

Contract Animation
Chris Torres,
Nick McBride

Additional Thanks
Danny Richardson, Sammy Hall

Engineering Director
Tim Little

Senior Engineering
Aaron Walker,
Alexander Quinones
Jim Gage
Mike Miller

Engineering
Akintunde Omitowoju,
Andy Hanson
Dan Higdon
Eric Rehmeyer
Frank Maddin
Jesse Spears
John Sheblak
Jose Guerra
Rhys Lewis
Ryan Cornelius


Operations
Al Artus
Ethan McDonald
Faith Casper
George Thomas
Kellie Prinz Johnson

Translation & Administration
Akiko Furukawa-Laban







56 full time employers

After the game they lost 5 employers and hired 4 of the contractors


55 full time employers















Current Retro Studios,in bold new employers :


Executive Producer
Michael Kelbaugh

Senior Development Director
Bryan Walker

Production Manager
Ryan Harris

Production Coordination
Shane D. Lewis

Lead Design
Tom Ivey

Design
Andy Schwalenberg
Bill Vandervoort
Brandon Paul Salinas
Jay Fulle
Russell O'Henly
Jonathan Delange
Stephen Dupree

Aaron Black
Nestor Hernandez
Paul Schwanz

Art Director
Vince Joly

Art Lead
Ryan Powell

Principal Art
Elben Schafers

Technical Art
Chris Voellmann

Senior Art
Chuck Crist
Luis Ramirez
Gray Ginther

Art
Amanda Rotella
Jay Epperson,
Matt Manchester
Quinn Smith
Sean Horton
Ted Anderson
Teague Schultz
Thomas Robins
Russel Lingo
Reed Ketcham
Timothy Wilson
Sylvia Rowland
Eric Koslowski

Lead Animator
Will Bate

Senior Animation
Dax Pallotta
Derek Bonikowski
Stephen Zafros

Animation
Carlos Mendieta
Raphael Perkins
Stephen Zafros
Chris Torres
Dominic Pallotta
Kyle Ruegg



Engineering Director
Tim Little

Lead Enginner
Aaron Walker

Senior Engineering
Alexander Quinones
Jim Gage
Rhys Lewis

Engineering
Akintunde Omitowoju,
Andy Hanson
Dan Higdon
Eric Rehmeyer
Frank Maddin
Jesse Spears
John Sheblak
Jose Guerra
Ryan Cornelius
Nathan Nordfelt

Tony Bernardin

Operations
Al Artus
Ethan McDonald
Faith Casper
George Thomas
Kellie Prinz Johnson

Translation & Administration
Akiko Furukawa-Laban









67 full time employers
Just 12 more than the team that made dkcr.




Sorry if i missed someone tell me,please someone help me to complete this list.

Thank you! I've been wanting a good comparison.
They've grown pretty well.
Eggplant Wizard
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(04-01-2012, 05:31 AM)
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Looking at all of this news makes me think that they're working on something HUGE. Something bigger than just an iterative sequel. Maybe we could see a brand new overhaul to an old series, akin to Metroid Prime and KI Uprising. Or maybe I'm just too overwhelmed by hype to speculate rationally. I can't wait to see what they're working on at E3. :D
EmCeeGramr
Santana - who was turned to stone in the battle at the Mexican Nazi laboratory - was recovered by the Speedwagon Foundation a few hours later and taken to America...
(04-01-2012, 05:32 AM)
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it's gonna turn out to be mario football
BowieZ
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(04-01-2012, 05:39 AM)
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Or an MMO "Grand Theft Koopa".
Andrex
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(04-01-2012, 05:54 AM)

Originally Posted by EmCeeGramr

it's gonna turn out to be mario football

Well, Retro's football game *was* their last cancelled project I believe.
Bagu
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(04-01-2012, 05:57 AM)
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Originally Posted by Andrex

Well, Retro's football game *was* their last cancelled project I believe.

It was Raven Blade that was cancelled last actually.
DICKS AHOY
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(04-01-2012, 06:21 AM)
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Sure am looking forward to my gritty, realistic Clu Clu Land reboot.

Ideally at this point if it's not DKC2R or a Star Fox reboot I'd prefer they were working on a new IP (or even resurrecting Raven Blade, if they were still bitter about having to cancel that one). F-Zero could just as easily be given to SEGA and Yoshi's Island to Feel-Good. After that you start running out of franchises that aren't already on steady ground besides Metroid which I don't think we're going to be seeing for awhile :(
Baby Yoshi
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(04-01-2012, 06:49 AM)
Retro Studios Current Staff (year joined-first game at retro)

Executive Producer
Michael Kelbaugh (9-MP2)

Senior Development Director
Bryan Walker(9-MP2)

Production Manager
Ryan Harris(12-MP)

Production Coordination
Shane D. Lewis(4-DK)

Lead Design
Tom Ivey(8-MP2)

Design

Russell O'Henly(8-MP2)
Andy Schwalenberg(7-MP3)
Bill Vandervoort(7-MP3)
Brandon Paul Salinas(7-MP3)
Jay Fuller(7-MP3)
Jonathan Delange (6-MP3)
Stephen Dupree (4-DK)

Aaron Black (0)
Nestor Hernandez (0)
Paul Schwanz (0)

Art Director
Vince Joly (8-MP2)

Art Lead
Ryan Powell (12-MP)

Principal Art
Elben Schafers (12-MP)

Technical Art
Chris Voellmann (12-MP)Senior


Environment Art

Ryan Powell (12-MP) Lead
Elben Schafers (12-MP)Principal
Chuck Crist (12-MP) Senior
Luis Ramirez(12-MP) Senior
Teague Schultz(9-MP2)
Sean Horton(8-MP2)
Matt Manchester(7-MP3)
Amanda Rotella(6-MP3)
Ted Anderson (4-DK)
Russel Lingo(4-DK)
Reed Ketcham(4-DK)
Eric Koslowski (0)
Brad Taylor (0)

Character Art

Elben Schafers (12-MP)Principal
Chris Voellmann (12-MP)Senior
Quinn Smith(8-MP2)
Gray Ginther(0)Senior

Concept Art
Jay Epperson(3-DK)

Effect Art
Thomas Robins(7-MP3)
Timothy Wilson (0)

Interface Art
Sylvia Rowland (0)



Lead Animator
Will Bate (7-MP3)

Senior Animation
Dax Pallotta(12-MP)
Derek Bonikowski(12-MP)
Stephen Zafros(12-MP)

Animation
Carlos Mendieta(9-MP2)
Raphael Perkins(6-MP3)
Chris Torres(4-DK)
Dominic Pallotta(0)
Kyle Ruegg (0)



Engineering Director
Tim Little(4-DK)

Lead Enginner
Aaron Walker(7-MP3)

Alexander Quinones(12-MP) Senior
Akintunde Omitowoju(12-MP)
Jim Gage(11-MP)Senior
Rhys Lewis(7-MP3)Senior
Andy Hanson(7-MP3)
Dan Higdon(7-MP3)
Eric Rehmeyer(7-MP3)
Frank Maddin(7-MP3)
Jesse Spears(7-MP3)
John Sheblak(7-MP3)
Jose Guerra(7-MP3)
Ryan Cornelius(7-MP3)
Nathan Nordfelt (0)
Tony Bernardin (0)

Operations
Al Artus(12-MP)
George Thomas(12-MP)
Kellie Prinz Johnson(8-MP2)
Ethan McDonald(7-MP3)
Faith Casper(7-MP3)



Translation & Administration
Akiko Furukawa-Laban(8-MP2)



Nowaday at Retro

People that worked at the first Metroid Prime - 16 (14 at Retro,2 at nintendo)1-designer,2 character artists,4 enviroment artists,3 animators,3 programmers,2 technical staff,3 managers)
People that worked at the second Metroid Prime - 27 3 designers,1 6 enviroment artists,3 character artists,5 animators,3 programmers,4 technical staff,3 managers,1 sound,1 producer
People that worked at the third Metroid Prime - 45 8 designers,8 enviroment artists,3 character artists,1 effect designer,7 animators,10 programmers,6 technical staff,2 managers,1 sound manager,2 producers
People that worked at the DKCR - 52 9 designers,11 enviroment artists,3 character artists,1 effect designer,7 animators,12 programmers,6 technical staff,2 managers,1 sound manager,1 director

Retro Currently hiring (https://nintendo.taleo.net/careersec.../jobsearch.ftl)

1-designer
1-programmer
1-manager
Last edited by Baby Yoshi; 04-01-2012 at 06:54 AM.
Luigiv
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(04-01-2012, 06:52 AM)
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Originally Posted by Hero of Legend

Engineering
Nathan Nordfelt (Bethesda)

Oh dear.
DICKS AHOY
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(04-01-2012, 07:00 AM)
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Bethesda's issues are making their games technically sound when they're stretched across three different consoles, one which has strict patching rules and the other which is harder to program for than the other two. I doubt having one ex-guy from their engineering department working on a single, one-console Retro/Nintendo game is suddenly going to make this game run at 5 fps per second 20 hours in.
AzaK
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(04-01-2012, 11:03 AM)
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Originally Posted by BruceLeeRoy

Nintendo will never capture that market.
A) They don't have the studio ability to even touch something along those lines.
B) Sony has chased that Market with considerably more likely resources and they have never gotten close.
C) Nintendo has no idea how to even begin creating the type of online infrastructure a game like that would require.

I....M....O

You seriously believe that a company that's been in the video game business 30 years with the quality of developers they have can't work out how to write fast server client code. My grandmother could write online for a video game.
AzaK
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(04-01-2012, 11:05 AM)
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Originally Posted by Luigiv

Oh dear.

You know it's not engineers that decide when to ship a game right?
fabricated backlash
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(04-01-2012, 11:14 AM)
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Originally Posted by Luigiv

Oh dear.

All is lost. Retro had a good run.
The Dutch Slayer
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(04-01-2012, 11:15 AM)
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Originally Posted by BruceLeeRoy

Nintendo will never capture that market.
A) They don't have the studio ability to even touch something along those lines.
B) Sony has chased that Market with considerably more likely resources and they have never gotten close.
C) Nintendo has no idea how to even begin creating the type of online infrastructure a game like that would require.

I....M....O

I think that is true.
Just have a overall XBL for WiiU if its on par or even better than XBL and I'll happily pay 50 a year for it.
And on the game front itself, they have no idea how to create lobbies, friends, matchmaking etc on a halo level.
daakusedo
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(04-01-2012, 11:26 AM)
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I want to see something new and in the same time I have some doubts about it.
With the profiles of new people hired and what we know about retro story, I fear they deliver an uninteresting game at least setting wise.
Metroid prime was already too serious, still saved by the original elements.
But I feel it still worth it and don't want metroid or metroid prime again by them.
EatChildren
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(04-01-2012, 11:31 AM)
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Originally Posted by Eggplant Wizard

I don't understand this. Zelda would be a better use of Retro's resources than... pretty much anything besides a new IP.

Unless they're as restrained by Zelda tradition as EAD 3, but I don't see why they would be.

I don't want this because Zelda doesn't need Retro. I don't doubt that Retro could breath fresh air into the franchise, but I don't believe it is necessary, nor a high priority. Skyward Sword was fine. After Skyward Sword, I trust Nintendo's Zelda teams with the franchise for now.

Metroid needs Retro more than Zelda. After Other M bombed (a game I liked more than I should have), I'm worry where Nintendo will take the series. Metroid should not become one of Nintendo's dusty, unused franchises. Not that I think it will be, but the franchise is currently in a rough spot and Retro's work on the Prime trilogy proves they're perfect for bringing it back to speed.

And, yeah, I'd prefer them working on a new IP more than anything. Hell, I'd prefer them working on a new Donkey Kong Country than Zelda, just because I don't think they need to be on Zelda, and their work on DKCR was amazing.
VindicatorZ
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(04-01-2012, 11:36 AM)
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I hope it's RAVENBLADE
luffeN
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(04-01-2012, 11:39 AM)
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Paul Schwanz? That's penis in German.

Originally Posted by Winnie the Pimp

It actually means "tail" and is only used for that other word as well but that's slang/urban language more than anything

I knew someone would "correct" me on that. <3 Germans

Originally Posted by Log4Girlz

I knew a guy named Dick Johnson once.

*thumbs up*
Last edited by luffeN; 04-01-2012 at 11:54 AM.
Gahiggidy
My aunt & uncle run a Mom & Pop store, "The Gamecube Hut", and sold 80k WiiU within minutes of opening.
(04-01-2012, 11:40 AM)
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Earthbound?
Log4Girlz
I recently went to my friends house to check out his wii. I was generally impressed. It was larger than I expected though.
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Originally Posted by luffeN

Paul Schwanz? That's penis in German.

I knew a guy named Dick Johnson once.
walking fiend
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(04-01-2012, 11:49 AM)
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Originally Posted by Coolwhip

Maybe a Halo style game. Nintendo really needs that one franchise to win over the dudebro's.

Yes, they need a functioning CoD and BF on Wii U...
Winnie the Pimp
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(04-01-2012, 11:51 AM)
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Originally Posted by luffeN

Paul Schwanz? That's penis in German.


It actually means "tail" and is only used for that other word as well but that's slang/urban language more than anything
Cygnus X-1
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(04-01-2012, 12:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by Baby Yoshi

Retro Studios Current Staff (year joined-first game at retro)

Executive Producer
Michael Kelbaugh (9-MP2)

Senior Development Director
Bryan Walker(9-MP2)

Production Manager
Ryan Harris(12-MP)

Production Coordination
Shane D. Lewis(4-DK)

Lead Design
Tom Ivey(8-MP2)

Design

Russell O'Henly(8-MP2)
Andy Schwalenberg(7-MP3)
Bill Vandervoort(7-MP3)
Brandon Paul Salinas(7-MP3)
Jay Fuller(7-MP3)
Jonathan Delange (6-MP3)
Stephen Dupree (4-DK)

Aaron Black (0)
Nestor Hernandez (0)
Paul Schwanz (0)

Art Director
Vince Joly (8-MP2)

Art Lead
Ryan Powell (12-MP)

Principal Art
Elben Schafers (12-MP)

Technical Art
Chris Voellmann (12-MP)Senior


Environment Art

Ryan Powell (12-MP) Lead
Elben Schafers (12-MP)Principal
Chuck Crist (12-MP) Senior
Luis Ramirez(12-MP) Senior
Teague Schultz(9-MP2)
Sean Horton(8-MP2)
Matt Manchester(7-MP3)
Amanda Rotella(6-MP3)
Ted Anderson (4-DK)
Russel Lingo(4-DK)
Reed Ketcham(4-DK)
Eric Koslowski (0)
Brad Taylor (0)

Character Art

Elben Schafers (12-MP)Principal
Chris Voellmann (12-MP)Senior
Quinn Smith(8-MP2)
Gray Ginther(0)Senior

Concept Art
Jay Epperson(3-DK)

Effect Art
Thomas Robins(7-MP3)
Timothy Wilson (0)

Interface Art
Sylvia Rowland (0)



Lead Animator
Will Bate (7-MP3)

Senior Animation
Dax Pallotta(12-MP)
Derek Bonikowski(12-MP)
Stephen Zafros(12-MP)

Animation
Carlos Mendieta(9-MP2)
Raphael Perkins(6-MP3)
Chris Torres(4-DK)
Dominic Pallotta(0)
Kyle Ruegg (0)



Engineering Director
Tim Little(4-DK)

Lead Enginner
Aaron Walker(7-MP3)

Alexander Quinones(12-MP) Senior
Akintunde Omitowoju(12-MP)
Jim Gage(11-MP)Senior
Rhys Lewis(7-MP3)Senior
Andy Hanson(7-MP3)
Dan Higdon(7-MP3)
Eric Rehmeyer(7-MP3)
Frank Maddin(7-MP3)
Jesse Spears(7-MP3)
John Sheblak(7-MP3)
Jose Guerra(7-MP3)
Ryan Cornelius(7-MP3)
Nathan Nordfelt (0)
Tony Bernardin (0)

Operations
Al Artus(12-MP)
George Thomas(12-MP)
Kellie Prinz Johnson(8-MP2)
Ethan McDonald(7-MP3)
Faith Casper(7-MP3)



Translation & Administration
Akiko Furukawa-Laban(8-MP2)



Nowaday at Retro

People that worked at the first Metroid Prime - 16 (14 at Retro,2 at nintendo)1-designer,2 character artists,4 enviroment artists,3 animators,3 programmers,2 technical staff,3 managers)
People that worked at the second Metroid Prime - 27 3 designers,1 6 enviroment artists,3 character artists,5 animators,3 programmers,4 technical staff,3 managers,1 sound,1 producer
People that worked at the third Metroid Prime - 45 8 designers,8 enviroment artists,3 character artists,1 effect designer,7 animators,10 programmers,6 technical staff,2 managers,1 sound manager,2 producers
People that worked at the DKCR - 52 9 designers,11 enviroment artists,3 character artists,1 effect designer,7 animators,12 programmers,6 technical staff,2 managers,1 sound manager,1 director

Retro Currently hiring (https://nintendo.taleo.net/careersec.../jobsearch.ftl)

1-designer
1-programmer
1-manager

Impressive. Thanks for the new informations.

Originally Posted by EatChildren

I don't want this because Zelda doesn't need Retro. I don't doubt that Retro could breath fresh air into the franchise, but I don't believe it is necessary, nor a high priority. Skyward Sword was fine. After Skyward Sword, I trust Nintendo's Zelda teams with the franchise for now.

Metroid needs Retro more than Zelda. After Other M bombed (a game I liked more than I should have), I'm worry where Nintendo will take the series. Metroid should not become one of Nintendo's dusty, unused franchises. Not that I think it will be, but the franchise is currently in a rough spot and Retro's work on the Prime trilogy proves they're perfect for bringing it back to speed.

And, yeah, I'd prefer them working on a new IP more than anything. Hell, I'd prefer them working on a new Donkey Kong Country than Zelda, just because I don't think they need to be on Zelda, and their work on DKCR was amazing.

For once I agree, though I'm sure a Retro zelda would be fantastic.

Metroid is such a damn good series that it would be terrible to end up like that. Especially after the mindblowing Prime series.
Last edited by Cygnus X-1; 04-01-2012 at 12:36 PM.
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(04-01-2012, 12:43 PM)
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So this Retro employee list includes EVERYONE currently working there? That doesn't seem like alot of people for the quality of games they make. If so that amazes me. Do they rush in contract work at the end of a project to get things completed? Also, how much does NCL help them out development wise? These guys must be really efficient and laser focused to get AAA games out like Metroid Prime and DKCR. It does seem to take them 3 to 4 years to get a game out though. Wouldn't they need a staff of 100+ to accomplish a Zelda style game, FPS, or a Ravenblade MMO type game? Hmmm...questions, questions, questions.
Shion
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(04-01-2012, 12:54 PM)

Originally Posted by EatChildren

I don't want this because Zelda doesn't need Retro. I don't doubt that Retro could breath fresh air into the franchise, but I don't believe it is necessary, nor a high priority. Skyward Sword was fine. After Skyward Sword, I trust Nintendo's Zelda teams with the franchise for now.

Metroid needs Retro more than Zelda. After Other M bombed (a game I liked more than I should have), I'm worry where Nintendo will take the series. Metroid should not become one of Nintendo's dusty, unused franchises. Not that I think it will be, but the franchise is currently in a rough spot and Retro's work on the Prime trilogy proves they're perfect for bringing it back to speed.

And, yeah, I'd prefer them working on a new IP more than anything. Hell, I'd prefer them working on a new Donkey Kong Country than Zelda, just because I don't think they need to be on Zelda, and their work on DKCR was amazing.

Personally, I think that Zelda is in need of a developer change more than any other Nintendo franchise at the moment. Being Retro Studios or EAD Tokyo, I'd love to see another developer getting a chance with the series. It could benefit a lot if a fresh group of people got their hands on the next console installment.

Zelda used to be an ambitious, visionary and progressive game but, when I play Zelda today, I feel like there's absolutely no ambition / big vision during its development. As if the series continues only because it needs to.

It's not that I don't have respect for EAD3, they are a great team, but I think that they may be a bit saturated when it comes to developing Zelda games. As for Metroid, the collaboration with Team Ninja was a stupid move that made no sense from the beginning, it's not going to happen again.

I feel like it's time for Nintendo to shake things up a little. Trying a bit of rotation between their teams would be interesting. EAD Tokyo handling Zelda, EAD3 handling Metroid etc. The developer change did wonders for Mario, it could work for other games as well.
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Anasui Kishibe
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(04-01-2012, 01:18 PM)
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Originally Posted by Log4Girlz

I knew a guy named Dick Johnson once.

wasn't that the bad guy from Robocop as well?
Celine
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(04-01-2012, 01:22 PM)
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Originally Posted by Astrosanity

Sure am looking forward to my gritty, realistic Clu Clu Land reboot.

Ideally at this point if it's not DKC2R or a Star Fox reboot I'd prefer they were working on a new IP (or even resurrecting Raven Blade, if they were still bitter about having to cancel that one). F-Zero could just as easily be given to SEGA and Yoshi's Island to Feel-Good. After that you start running out of franchises that aren't already on steady ground besides Metroid which I don't think we're going to be seeing for awhile :(

Star Tropics Reboot.
Believe.
GCX
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(04-01-2012, 01:26 PM)
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Originally Posted by CrAzY FiNgErS

So this Retro employee list includes EVERYONE currently working there? That doesn't seem like alot of people for the quality of games they make. If so that amazes me. Do they rush in contract work at the end of a project to get things completed? Also, how much does NCL help them out development wise? These guys must be really efficient and laser focused to get AAA games out like Metroid Prime and DKCR. It does seem to take them 3 to 4 years to get a game out though. Wouldn't they need a staff of 100+ to accomplish a Zelda style game, FPS, or a Ravenblade MMO type game? Hmmm...questions, questions, questions.

NCL gives Retro advice and feedback and guides them to the right direction but they don't do any actual development work. The most concrete thing that comes from NCL is soundtrack by Kenji Yamamoto.

This could of course change after the EAD x Retro joint development of Mario Kart 7.
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Xun
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(04-01-2012, 01:38 PM)
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I'd love another action-adventure game in a similar style to Zelda, but I doubt it would ever happen.
AceBandage
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(04-01-2012, 01:41 PM)
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Metroid Space Federation: The Tale of Anthony Higgs

This Time, You Will Remember Him
Krev
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(04-01-2012, 02:02 PM)
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Why do people always bring up Ravenblade? It looked incredibly generic. Reviving that would be the worst ways Nintendo could possibly use Retro, outside of making them the Wii U OS team.
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(04-01-2012, 02:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by Krev

Why do people always bring up Ravenblade? It looked incredibly generic. Reviving that would be the worst ways Nintendo could possibly use Retro, outside of making them the Wii U OS team.

It's like people willfully disregard Retros own stance to this game. When you have the creator of something telling you that they made sure to burn the last copies of the project, there is simply nothing to go back to.

Add to that, that we know what kind of Concepts Retro is throwing away (that rejected Metroid Prime 2 concept was amazing, and still it was rejected) should be enough to know what kind of quality control goes on inside this company.

As of now the most realistic projections is a new Metroid FPA.
The most optimisitic hope is a new IP done from the ground up.
Worst case scenario is having to work with some leftover garbage from Nintendos catalogue like Star Tropics or similar obscure nonsense.
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(04-01-2012, 02:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by boris feinbrand

It's like people willfully disregard Retros own stance to this game. When you have the creator of something telling you that they made sure to burn the last copies of the project, there is simply nothing to go back to.

Add to that, that we know what kind of Concepts Retro is throwing away (that rejected Metroid Prime 2 concept was amazing, and still it was rejected) should be enough to know what kind of quality control goes on inside this company.

As of now the most realistic projections is a new Metroid FPA.
The most optimisitic hope is a new IP done from the ground up.
Worst case scenario is having to work with some leftover garbage from Nintendos catalogue like Star Tropics or similar obscure nonsense.

You're a horrible person.
CrAzY FiNgErS
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(04-01-2012, 02:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by Krev

Why do people always bring up Ravenblade? It looked incredibly generic. Reviving that would be the worst ways Nintendo could possibly use Retro, outside of making them the Wii U OS team.

I mentioned Ravenblade type MMO...that game was shelved for a reason. My point wasn't in hopes Retro would release Ravenblade, but that they probably would need a bigger staff to release such a game in todays market.
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(04-01-2012, 02:47 PM)

Originally Posted by GCX

NCL gives Retro advice and feedback and guides them to the right direction but they don't do any actual development work. The most concrete thing that comes from NCL is soundtrack by Kenji Yamamoto.

Nintendo SPD3 does the production and music for all Retro Studios games. At least on the Metroid Prime 1 and Metroid Prime 2, SPD also did the story boards.
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(04-01-2012, 03:02 PM)
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Originally Posted by Shion

Zelda used to be an ambitious, visionary and progressive game but, when I play Zelda today, I feel like there’s absolutely no ambition / big vision during its development. As if Zelda is being made only because it needs to.

Modern Zeldas are. But some people like to focus on the ways in which they are similar with each other instead of the ways its different than EVERY OTHER GAME out there. A lot of people consider the controls in SS a mini revolution. SS is progressive in a lot of ways but its also not in others.
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(04-01-2012, 03:03 PM)
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I'm hoping it will be the amazing rebirth of Metroid Prime.
Krev
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(04-01-2012, 03:03 PM)
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Originally Posted by CrAzY FiNgErS

I mentioned Ravenblade type MMO...that game was shelved for a reason. My point wasn't in hopes Retro would release Ravenblade, but that they probably would need a bigger staff to release such a game in todays market.

I wasn't refering to you specifically, it's just a response to seeing Ravenblade mentioned several times in the past few pages, and whenever there's a thread about Retro in general.

Originally Posted by boris feinbrand

It's like people willfully disregard Retros own stance to this game. When you have the creator of something telling you that they made sure to burn the last copies of the project, there is simply nothing to go back to.

Exactly. Why would they want to go back to working on something that both they and Nintendo thought was bad? Plus, I doubt anyone who was very involved in Ravenblade even works there anymore.

Originally Posted by boris feinbrand

As of now the most realistic projections is a new Metroid FPA.
The most optimisitic hope is a new IP done from the ground up.
Worst case scenario is having to work with some leftover garbage from Nintendos catalogue like Star Tropics or similar obscure nonsense.

*terrorist fist-jab*
I've never played Star Tropics. I don't doubt it's a really good game, but getting super excited and optimistic about its revival is so silly to me. It's dead, and unlike Kid Icarus, there's no fan demand for a revival. There is no value in the Star Tropics brand. None. At all. Why would Nintendo put people on that instead of a new IP?
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CrAzY FiNgErS
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(04-01-2012, 03:08 PM)
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Originally Posted by CrAzY FiNgErS:
As of now the most realistic projections is a new Metroid FPA.
The most optimisitic hope is a new IP done from the ground up.
Worst case scenario is having to work with some leftover garbage from Nintendos catalogue like Star Tropics or similar obscure nonsense.


Except I never really posted that Krev^^^

Edit-no problem Krev lol ;0)
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Krev
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(04-01-2012, 03:09 PM)
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Originally Posted by CrAzY FiNgErS

Originally Posted by CrAzY FiNgErS:
As of now the most realistic projections is a new Metroid FPA.
The most optimisitic hope is a new IP done from the ground up.
Worst case scenario is having to work with some leftover garbage from Nintendos catalogue like Star Tropics or similar obscure nonsense.


Except I never really posted that^^^

Woah, how did that happen? I'll fix it.
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(04-01-2012, 03:30 PM)
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Originally Posted by AceBandage

You're a horrible person.

No I'm realistic. The game is simply too obscure to even matter outside of a small fanbase. It's a waste of Retros talent to create games that aim for larger audiences, and that's exactly why I hope that their new game isn't Metroid, as it would limit their reach to an ever dwindling fanbase. Especially after Other M, the franchise is toxic, and I'd hate to see Prime 4 not selling well.


Personally I would love to see Retro do either a Horror Adventure, in the vein of the classic Silent Hill 1, or a 3rd/1st person shooter with a huge focus on coop and competitive Multiplayer.

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