The local multiplayer was really good fun in the original game. How important was it to get it working in the 3DS version?
HY: We considered the local multiplayer for the Wii version - which was seen for the first time in the series - to be an important factor. As you have your own screen on the 3DS, it makes the multiplayer easier to play than the Wii in some ways and so we gave it the same degree of importance.
Does DK use Spotpass/StreetPass in any way?
HY: These features haven't been utilised in this game. If there was an innovative idea, we might have considered it, but we decided that there was plenty of fun with the multiple new levels and New Mode.
The original games were worked on by Rare. After the DKCR came out on Wii, did you get any feedback from the original team about what they made of it?
HY: We haven't received any particular feedback from Rare, but we would be happy if they enjoyed it too.
The game is developed by Monster Games, why did you choose them instead of Retro?
HY: We wanted to use Retro's development resource for another new title, so we talked to Monster Games about porting this title. They were comfortable with the 3DS technology and had development experience on 3DS with Pilotwings Resort 3DS , so they heartily agreed.
In actual fact, their technical ability was at such a high level that Retro was also impressed, and although the frame rate had to be dropped from the Wii version's 60 frames per second to 30 frames per second, almost all other aspects of the game were ported to the 3DS brilliantly.
If Retro aren't making Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, what are they making? Does it involve a certain bounty hunter?
HY: I wonder what kind of game it is? I hope to introduce it to you in the not so distant future.
Finally, what's your favourite Nintendo game?
Hmm. It is really difficult to choose just one, but Super Mario Bros. 3 was the most impressive. I was still a student when it was released and I hadn't expected Super Mario to advance as far as it had, so I was really surprised. I love the music too, so much so that I even bought the soundtrack 'cassette tape!' (not a CD!).