It’s been a while since we got anything for this game, hasn’t it? Either way, here’s a new piece of art released in anticipation of the game’s E3 showing:
It’s not much, but it should at least get you a tiny bit more excited for the reveal next Tuesday. Oh sure, it’s only a picture of Link riding Epona in the typical Zelda U art style. But it also marks less than a week before one of the biggest game announcements of the generation. So hey, consider it an early bonus before Tuesday’s all day Zelda presentation and coverage.
At the same time as the recent trailer was released, Playtonic Games announced that Yooka-Laylee was going to be delayed until Q1 2017.
But while the company said it was delayed to give the game more polish and make it better in general (and that’s a very fair reason to delay it), something about the timing made me wonder if anything else was at play here.
Namely, a port to a new system.
Because Yooka-Laylee isn’t the only game delayed to 2017. No, Zelda for Wii U is.
And why was that game delayed?
To make it compatible with the Nintendo NX, Nintendo’s next home console and the Wii U’s upcoming successor.
So could the same be happening with Yooka-Laylee? Could Playtonic have delayed it to get it ready for Nintendo’s new system?
Honestly, I think the answer might well be yes. Think about it. The Wii U is a dying system. Yes, it’s not technically dead quite yet (given that Zelda and Color Splash are still on the horizon), but it’s fading fast and gamers in general have mostly given up on it. Even Nintendo fans are unlikely to shell out money for Wii U games in the next few months, especially given how the new system will probably require a good £2-400 of their hard earned cash in early 2017.
Above: And the other games for the Wii U this time in the year aren’t gonna change that.
However, those Nintendo fans are some of Playtonic’s main audience. Are they all of them? No, not really. There’s always the odd Xbox fan who grew up with Rare’s later games, as well as people who’ve given up on Nintendo systems and moved to Playstation consoles or the likes. But a significant amount of Yooka-Laylee’s backers and fans are Nintendo fans. They liked Banjo-Kazooie and its sequel, they liked Conker’s Bad Fur Day and they liked Donkey Kong 64.
Those people might not buy a Wii U game, but they damn well could buy a Nintendo NX one. As a result, I suspect Playtonic realised the market for Yooka-Laylee as a Wii U title was fairly small, but it could be a lot bigger as a Nintendo NX game. After all, people who buy the new system need games, and not everyone wants just Zelda to play. Give them a good triple A 3D platformer to play, and well, that’s going to entice a lot of people, especially if that new super HD Mario 64 sequel isn’t coming for the next year or two.
Add how new consoles usually have mostly disappointing launch titles (outside of one or two big names), and well, Yooka-Laylee’s effective ‘competition’ for NX buyers is pretty much only the new Zelda title. People are gonna pick this over Generic Mini Game Collection 253 or Year Behind Port of Big Name Game 10.
Above: A much, much better deal than Nintendo Land 2 or whatever.
No, it’s not E3 yet. But either way, Playtonic Games have released their ‘E3 trailer’ for their new game already. Here it is:
As you can see, it’s certainly going to be fantastic fun for Banjo-Kazooie fans out there. You’ve got the Banjo esque transformations, like the flower one shown in the trailer. You’ve got Banjo-Kazooie esque special moves, like where Laylee rolls on Yooka like a ball to get up steep slopes. Heck, you’ve even got a minecart section, albeit missing any annoying opponents to race like Canary Mary! It’s pretty much everything a 3D platformer fan could possibly want in one beautiful looking package!
And if you thought the humour was going to be absent?
Yeah right. The trailer actually ends with a bonus cutscene where Laylee rips the trailer to pieces for being ‘crap’ and wonders where a missing level has got to. What’s more, if that wasn’t enough like Cranky Kong for your liking, she even comments that ‘the game will probably have car sections by the next trailer’. Thanks for that. Thanks for bringing back all those depressing memories of Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts!
But that’s the trailer. What do you think? Does it make you want Yooka-Laylee even more than you already did?
Do you like seeing Sonic in Super Smash Bros? Or the Mario and Sonic Olympic Games? Do you ever wish to see yet more crossovers involving the Sonic the Hedgehog series and third parties?
If so, well SEGA seems to hear you loud and clear. Because on their latest survey, the company asks what franchises the user wants the Sonic the Hedgehog series to have a crossover with.
And the choices?
Well, that’s where it gets ‘interesting’. Behold:
Seems like SEGA’s going for all the internet popular franchises here. They list My Little Pony, Disney, Looney Tunes, Adventure Time and even Dragon Ball Z among the possible series that Sonic could have a crossover game with! It’s like the company are reading Sonic the Hedgehog’s Twitter account and taking it a tad too seriously! Heck, why not add Five Nights at Freddy’s and Minecraft too? You’ve got everything else that’s popular online there!
Either way, here’s how I suspect each choice would go down:
My Little Pony X Sonic the Hedgehog: Oh god, the internet was basically keel over and die under the weight of all the flame wars. People are already getting sick of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic references in their games and media due to the brony crowd, and a crossover like this would just get buried under a flood of Youtube dislikes.
Adventure Time X Sonic the Hedgehog: Well, it’d be less controversial than My Little Pony, that’s for sure. Still not sure how it’d actually work in game format though.
Pixar X Sonic the Hedgehog: A Sonic the Hedgehog game where he meets the cast of Toy Story or Monsters Inc or The Incredibles would certainly be unique, and hey, the latter does at least have someone with super speed in it. But would Disney agree to a crossover with only Pixar characters and elements? They seem to be merging Pixar with the Disney animated universe at the moment…
Capcom X Sonic the Hedgehog: It’d make one hell of an interesting fighting game, I’ll say that right now. That said, I can also say a Mega Man crossover working, given how Eggman/Robotnik and Wily have worked together in the past.
Looney Tunes X Sonic the Hedgehog: Huh, that’s a strange choice for a possible crossover premise. Though maybe him racing Speedy Gonzales might work out well. As might a team up with Taz or an adventure involving Wily E Coyote and the Roadrunner.
Disney X Sonic the Hedgehog: Well, Disney Infinity isn’t a thing any more. Guess this could be a pretty good alternative.
Nintendo X Sonic the Hedgehog: A crossover platformer, racing game or other type of non party game would work well here. After all, they did try and put Mario in Sonic All Stars Racing at one point, and fans have been clamouring for a Mario/Sonic platformer for a while now.
Dragon Ball Z X Sonic the Hedgehog: Wasn’t this Super Mario Bros Z? That had Sonic and friends in it too. Still, this one could work on a thematic level, since Super Sonic is basically a Super Seiyan in all but name.
So there are definitely some interesting possibilities there, if SEGA decides to pursue them in the future. They might even decide to make a game which crosses over with more than one of the choices, if Sonic Lost World’s special levels are anything to go by:
But what do you think? What series do you want to see Sonic cross over with?
Ever since the game’s launch date, Super Mario Maker has gotten a steady stream of new Mystery Mushroom costumes. Some are based on new games, like The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD or Mario & Luigi Paper Jam. Some are based on rereleases and big events, like the Pokemon starter forms. And some… are just based on other random stuff out of pop culture.
But there’s one problem with all these costumes. One problem that’s just really, really irritating me now, and seems to show one of the biggest issues with modern Nintendo.
Namely, they’re all too focused on the Japanese market.
Seriously, look at some of these choices:
Arino Kacho from GameCenter CX.
Mario from Super Mario Kun
Necky, the Famitsu mascot
Chitoge Kirisaki from Nisekoi
Yu Ayasaki from Daigasso! Band Bros P
Donbe from Shin Onigashima
Babymetal, a freaking Japanese girl band
Above: Do you actually recognise any of these folk with using the list above?
Who outside of Japan actually recognises most of these choices? Really?
Oh wait, no one.
And that’s the problem with these stupid new costumes. They’re all based on franchises and celebrities and bits of pop culture that are completely freaking irrelevant outside of Japan. No one knows nor cares who most of these choices are, yet they’re thrown in the game anyway.
How about instead, we get some characters we recognise?
Like Mario and co from the Super Mario Bros TV show? Or the live action movie?