CMDL (File Format)

The CMDL format is the Retro Studios model format. It embeds one or more sets of materials, and a single mesh. The format largely stayed the same through the Prime series, with only changes to the material format being made, before being changed significantly in Donkey Kong Country Returns, and then being overhauled completely in Tropical Freeze.

Each revision of the CMDL format has a unique version number, which corresponds to the following games:

Version Game
0x2 Metroid Prime
0x3 Metroid Prime 2 Demo Disc
0x4 Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
0x5 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
0xA Donkey Kong Country Returns
0x33 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze