28 November 2017 - 18:59

Yooka-Laylee lands on Nintendo Switch this December

Gaming writer
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It looks like 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee is finally coming to Nintendo Switch this December, months after its debut on consoles this past February. 

Developer Playtonic announced a version for the game back on the Wii U in 2015, but after the Wii U ended up being taken out of rotation and the Switch took its place, plans were made for a Switch port instead. Now players will get their hands on the colorful homage to Banjo-Kazooie on Dec. 14. 

The Switch version will include several of the improvements that came to the game back in May for the other console versions, including changes to the third-person camera and other alterations meant to help improve the experience for speedrunners. Playtonic has also noted that the Switch edition will also have single Joy-Con controller play across all multiplayer games, a custom Achievement system and “a shed-load of polish and updates.” 

Yooka-Laylee didn’t exactly launch to heaps of critical praise when it first debuted on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, despite an impressive pedigree. Developers from Rare comprise a good portion of the Playtonic team, but the game still suffered from outdated mechanics, uninspired gameplay, and other various issues when it first hit store shelves. Here’s hoping the Switch version is the (other) platform the system has been waiting for. Super Mario Odyssey obviously has that top spot on lock. 

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