When Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto revealed
that Donkey Kong Country Returns
dev Retro Studios was collaborating with Nintendo on Mario Kart 7
, he stopped himself there. "But wait," we wondered at the time, "What does that
mean?" As it turns out, it means that the Texas-based dev house helped to develop the game's Donkey Kong Country Returns
I played through the level this morning during a preview event at Nintendo of America's upper Manhattan offices, and can back up its Donkey Kong-ness. There were rotund wooden barrels with "DK" in capital letters on the side, some bats, plenty of palm trees -- what you'd expect to see in a level based around Mr. Kong.
Unfortunately, it's unclear whether MK7
will feature other levels that were co-developed by teams outside of Nintendo, as company reps told me it's not something they're speaking about just yet, but we're hopeful for more when Mario Kart 7 launches on December 4