Yooka-Laylee Cancelled for Wii U, Switch Confirmed

The spiritual successor to Rare’s Banjo-KazooieYooka-Laylee has upset a few Nintendo fans this morning with the announcement that Yooka-Laylee is cancelled for the Wii U. But those quick to anger didn’t look at the full facts: Playtonic Games has announced that while Yooka-Laylee is cancelled on the Wii U, it is confirmed for the Nintendo Switch.

This announcement came early this morning in an update from Playtonic Games. Having backed the project, I’ll share what was announced about the cancelled Wii U version of the game.


The Playtonic team is sad to confirm that despite our best efforts and exploring every possible avenue, we’ve encountered unforeseen technical issues that unfortunately mean it will be impossible for us to release the game on Wii U as initially planned. 

We can however confirm the exciting news that we are now working very closely with Nintendo to look to bring Yooka-Laylee to the upcoming Nintendo Switch. We’re looking forward to exploring the opportunity and will have more details to share early next year. 

We’d like to [apologize] to those affected by this development and offer all Wii U backers the opportunity to move their pledge free-of-charge to any of the versions launching on April 11th (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac or Linux) or upgrade to the Nintendo Switch version when we announce further details in 2017. 

Information on how backers can change their formats will arrive in January, once we’ve [finalized] the smoothest possible solution. For more details on our platform change, we’ve prepared a Yooka-Laylee Wii U FAQ page

The Playtonic team thank you for your continued support and understanding on this issue and hope you look forward to future developments on the Nintendo front. We hope, in the fullness of time, we can make Nintendo platforms a great place to experience Yooka-Laylee – and beyond. 


There we have it – January 2017, those that backed this project and were hoping to get a copy for their Wii U can opt into either a free upgrade to the Nintendo Switch console version or to another system or PC – all free of charge.

Personally, this is a smart move by Playtonic. They came out ahead and announced that they had some issues making Yooka-Laylee work for the Wii U. This only makes it more exciting for the Nintendo Switch because we’ll now have a legitimate Banjo-Kazooie type game for the Nintendo Switch!

Did you back this project and are bummed that you won’t get it on the Wii U now? Are you excited we’re getting Yooka-Laylee for the Nintendo Switch? Sound off in the comments below!

Ben Cornett

Ben Cornett

Ben Cornett is the lead content contributor and co-owner of The Hyrule Herald.

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