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Yooka-Laylee Preview

[Updated on 12/13/16 – Wii U Version Cancelled; Moved to Switch & Capital Cashino Trailer]:

As the Nintendo Switch nears release (March 2017), more games that were slated to come to the Wii U have begun to jump ship to the new shiny device. I can’t blame developers for wanting to tackle a new market instead of a dying one. In the case of Yooka-Laylee, the developers have encountered unforeseen technical issues making it impossible to release the game on the Wii U. It will be nice to see this running on the Switch though! Check out the new trailer below:



[Updated on 8/17/16 – Gamescom 2016 Trailer]:


[Original Preview]:

Remember the glory days of the 3D action-platformers? The Nintendo 64 was home to many classics, including Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie. Some of the developers from Rare have gone on to create their own company called Playtonic Games. They successfully Kickstarted a new 3D platforming game called Yooka-Laylee. It stars Yooka, a green lizard thing and Laylee, a purple bat. The duo bears more than a passing resemblance to the popular Banjo & Kazooie, and that’s no surprise given that some of the team worked directly on that game.

The game will take place across five massive game worlds where Yooka & Laylee are searching for Pagies, which in turn unlock new areas to explore. The main mission is to defeat Capital B (who just happens to look like Gru got turned into a minion) and stop him from stealing all of the world’s books for his own profit scheme. That shouldn’t be a problem for our heroes, who will have a multitude of moves and tricks at their disposal.

If you’ve been pining for the glory days of N64 action-platformers, this could be your dream come true. The graphic look bright and colorful and are a perfect fit for the Wii U. The vast worlds are just itching to be explored and all of the scenery just looks gorgeous. Watch the new trailer below to get excited for the game’s release in early 2017. It seems like the perfect mash-up of Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie. With David Wise (of Donkey Kong Country fame) and Grant Kirkhope (the composer of Banjo-Kazooie) teaming up on the soundtrack, Yooka-Laylee should sound as good as it looks. It’s easily one of my most anticipated games of next year! The internal team at Playtonic Games is working on the Wii U & PC versions. The PS4 and Xbox One ports are being handled by Team 17. We’ll keep you updated as more video, media, and information becomes available. Check out Playtonic’s official site for wallpapers and more!



Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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