Yooka-Laylee is Coming to the Nintendo Switch This December

Yooka-Laylee is Coming to the Nintendo Switch This December

Just a couple more weeks until Yooka-Laylee makes its way to the Switch.

Yooka-Laylee finally has a launch date for the Nintendo Switch and it's pretty close. December 14 actually, which is only a couple of weeks from now.

Players will be able to pre-order the game a week earlier on December 7 from the Nintendo Switch eShop. Yooka-Laylee will be a digital-only release this time around, so the eShop is the only place you'll be able to get a copy for the Switch.

There will be a few Switch exclusive content coming with the release, including the option to use a single JoyCon configuration in eight multiplayer games. There will also be a new custom Achievement system.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Playtonic director Gavin Price explained that the delay between the Switch version and other platforms came down to the newness of the Switch. "It's a new platform where we're using a middleware engine, so it adds another link to the chain," said Price, "especially when we're the first game of this scale on this engine on this platform[.]"

Yooka-Laylee is a throwback 3D platformer developed by a team of former Rare employees who wanted to make a spiritual successor for Banjo-Kazooie.

Our review said the game is "exactly what fans of Rare's classic 3D wanted[,]" but that certain technical issues prevented the game from being truly great. However, it should be noted that the Switch version will ship with all the updates and gameplay improvements that Playtonic has been working on since launch.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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