It is widely known at this point that Retro Studios – famous for the Metroid Prime series and to revive donkey kong country – was recruited by Nintendo to help develop the 3DS version of Mario Kart 7. The developer had just finished work on Donkey Kong Country Returns and according to environment artist Ted Anderson, many weren’t very enthusiastic to the idea of working on a Mario Kart Game.
Speaking to YouTuber KIMI TALKZ, Anderson said the team was originally recruited to help Nintendo cross the finish line, but ended up creating whole tracks, some of which apparently weren’t “super excited. “:
“Initially, I think we were supposed to help them finish things and help them cross the finish line. That’s eventually where we ended up earning more than that; we ended up creating whole tracks from scratch. It was kind of funny, because I remember initially a lot of the team wasn’t super excited about it, but I was happy, I thought “it’s going to be awesome”. Everyone was like “ok, I guess we’ll do this”, and I’m like “what are you talking about, we’re going to make a Mario Kart game for the 3DS – wow!”
It looks like the team finally came up with the idea to help Nintendo with Mario Kart 7, given that Anderson emphasized the word “initially”. It’s unclear what has changed for the team, but it’s possible that, given the extent of their involvement beyond the initial requirement, enthusiasm may have received a much-needed boost.
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