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Nintendo Switch Release Date For Yooka-Laylee Announced

The retro platformer arrives in December.


Playtonic Games has announced a release date for the Nintendo Switch version of its Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor, Yooka-Laylee. The retro-style 3D platformer launches for Nintendo's console on December 14.

Yooka-Laylee was originally announced for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Wii U. It released on the former three platforms back in April; however, the Wii U version was canceled due to "unforeseen technical issues" and development was shifted over to Nintendo's new console instead. Until now, Playtonic hadn't announced a release window for the Switch version, though earlier this summer the developer teased that it hoped to share more news about that version "soon."

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"The Playtonic team has spent many, many months optimising Yooka-Laylee for Nintendo Switch (with technical help and support from Nintendo and Unity themselves!) and we believe we're delivering a version Nintendo fans can be proud of," Playtonic wrote on its website.

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The Switch version of Yooka-Laylee will feature a custom achievements system, as well the ability to play all eight multiplayer mini-games with a single Joy-Con. It also features all of the improvements Playtonic made to the game with Yooka-Laylee's first big update, including a new camera system, improved controls, the option to skip through dialogue quickly, and many other adjustments.

Switch owners will be able to pre-purchase Yooka-Laylee through the Nintendo Switch Eshop beginning December 7. You can read more about the title in GameSpot's Yooka-Laylee review.

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