Yooka-Laylee Launch Date Set, Wii U Version Cancelled

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Good news and bad news! For fans of the Wii U, the console’s death kneel has resulted in the casualty of an upcoming, anticipated title. Luckily for the rest of us and anyone looking to buy the Nintendo Switch, the game is still on for those systems and now has a release date to boot!

Yooka-Laylee, the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie developed by some of the same music-loving staff of the original, is now slated to launch on April 11, 2017. The game was funded through Kickstarter in May 2015 to the tune of over $2.6 million.

During the Kickstarter campaign, a Wii U version was promised, but is now being cancelled as the Switch will be out before launch. Anyone who backed the Wii U version can select to receive another version or wait for the Switch version.

Playtonic Games has said “we are now working very closely with Nintendo to look to bring Yooka-Laylee to the upcoming Nintendo Switch.”

Donors upset by the cancellation of the Wii U version can contact the company about a refund. When asked about this, the studio added “The Playtonic team is sad to confirm that despite our best efforts and exploring every possible avenue, we’ve encountered unforeseen technical issues that unfortunately mean it will be impossible for us to release the game on Wii U as initially planned.” More can be seen on this FAQ page.

Backers who want a physical copy will soon be able to request that as well, although the company is currently working on a way to place that request.

I loved every minute of the original Banjo-Kazooie, never played Banjo-Tooie, and even liked bits and pieces of Nuts N’ Bolts. From the looks of this game, 3D platformers are going to rock 2017.

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