Nintendo fans all over the world are still sad over the retirement of Reggie Fils-Aime, who was the beloved President and COO of Nintendo of America. Reggie’s final day in office happened on April 15th, and his position has been taken over by Doug Bowser.
Reggie opened a Twitter account during his final day in office, and he has since uploaded pictures of retirement gifts he has received from friends in the industry, which has included a picture of Reggie that was created by the people at Retro Studios, showing him standing next to Dixie Kong, Donkey Kong, Samus, and a swarm of Metroids.
The fans on ResetEra and Reddit were quick to notice that a statuette of Mario in the foreground was covering up another person in the photo, which appears to be some kind of robotic individual that no one could recognize.
Last of my retirement events was last night. Received some wonderful gifts and souvenirs. Yes, that is a working Virtual Boy. Art from Retro Studios. Notebook for names taken. A plastic ass to kick. A book of notes from employees. And a Mario statue. End of an era. pic.twitter.com/mrOVL1ANPO— Reggie Fils-Aime (@Reggie) April 17, 2019
It might have been possible that there is nothing important in the photo, but a Twitter user reached out to Enrique Rivera, who is a concept artist at Retro Studios, and he left several comments that suggested that there is more to the picture than meets the eye.
The robot character doesn’t seem to belong to any other game developed by Retro Studios in the past, but some fans have noticed that it bears some similarities to the robots from a Virtual Boy game known as Teleroboxer, which was a first-person boxing game that featured robots beating each other up.
It might seem like a stretch to suggest that a Teleroboxer game is in development, but Nintendo just released their Labo VR Goggles, which would be the perfect format to revive the series. There is a video in the Labo VR Garage that features the Virtual Boy, so Nintendo hasn't completely buried the existence of the system from memory.
A robotic hand could be a lot of things and Teleroboxer is just one of several possible answers. What is important is that we might actually find out what Retro Studios has been working on since Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. We know that Retro Studios is working on Metroid Prime 4, but development on that project only restarted recently. Retro Studios must have been working on something these past few years and maybe that robot's hand is the first clue as to what it is.