Yooka-Laylee (lost build of unreleased Wii U port of platformer; 2015-2016)

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Yooka Laylee Wii U.jpg

Screenshot from the trailer.

Status: Lost

Yooka-Laylee is a platformer game that was released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac OS, PC, and Linux. A Wii U port of the game was also being developed, but was cancelled.

Announcement and Development

In September 2012, a group of former Rare employees announced that they want to make a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. On April 30th, 2015, Playtonic Games announced Project Ukulele (later renamed to Yooka-Laylee).[1] On April 10th, 2015, it was announced that a Kickstarter page for the game would be started.[2] On April 30th, 2015, Project Ukulele was renamed to Yooka-Laylee, and the 2 main characters of the game were revealed. On May 1st, 2015, the game's Kickstarter was launched. It passed and surpassed its goal in less than 30 minutes. On June 16th, 2015, the Kickstarter was closed with 73,206 backers and the project raised £2,090,104.


On December 13th, 2016, it was announced that the Wii U port of the game was cancelled because of unforeseen technical difficulties and in order to make a Switch version of the game. Anyone that pre-ordered the Wii U version on Kickstarter could exchange it for a port of the game on a different system, or alternatively, upgrade to a copy of the game for the Switch. A refund could also be requested.[3] On April 11th, 2017, Yooka-Laylee was officially released to the public. On December 14th of the same year, the Switch version of the game was released.


Yooka-Laylee Wii U trailer.

Yooka-Laylee Gamescom 2016 Wii U trailer.

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