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|Headquarters||1835A Kramer Lane, Suite 100 Austin, Texas 78758, USA|
|Key people||Michael Kelbaugh, President and CEO|
Andrew Jones, lead concept artist
Mike Wikan, Senior Game Designer
Bryan Walker, Senior Producer
|Industry||Computer and video game industry|
|Products||Metroid Prime series games for Nintendo video game consoles|
Retro Studios struggled in its early years, dealing with several cancelled projects and lay-offs. However, Nintendo came to their aid by offering the company the license to the dormant Metroid franchise, whose last game was Super Metroid, released in 1994.
The first big project that Retro Studios worked on with Nintendo was Metroid Prime, one of the biggest titles for the Nintendo GameCube, receiving both critical and public acclaim. In 2001, then-president Jeff Spangenberg sold his share of stock in the company to Nintendo and left shortly thereafter.
In 2003, Michael Kelbaugh was named president of Retro Studios, and the following year released Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, which proved to be just as much of a critical success as the first game.
Retro Studios has recently completed Metroid Prime 3: Corruption for the Nintendo Wii. Their latest Metroid title is the Metroid Prime Trilogy, a compilation of Retro's three Prime titles on one disk. Following Trilogy, Retro Studios decided to take a break from Metroid for a while, and did not work Metroid: Other M. Although they did also state that they would consider re-visiting the Metroid franchise at a later date. Recently, however, they had released their first game to not be Metroid, Donkey Kong Country Returns. They also recently codeveloped Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS.
Games developed by Retro Studios
- Action Adventure (canceled in favor of Metroid Prime)
- Car Combat (Thunder Rally)
- NFL Retro Football
- Raven Blade (canceled in favor of Metroid Prime)
- Mario Kart 7 (2011)
- Untitled game (TBA) 
- ^ a b http://www.eurogamer.net/author/621+(20). Metroid Prime dev "making Wii 2 game" (English). Eurogamer. Eurogamer Network. Retrieved on 2011-12-16. “Donkey Kong Country Returns developer Retro Studios is making a game for Nintendo's next home console, according to an online report. Sources within the US studio told The Paul Gale Network the unannounced game is "a project everyone wants us to do".”