When we think of RARE, we always think about its Nintendo stage, much more colorful, creative and fun. With its acquisition by Microsoft, it lost much of its identity until those of Redmond knew to pay him the homage that they deserved with ‘RARE Replay’. And it seems that the English have impregnated that spirit with the future ‘Sea of Thieves’, very promising.
But what about your most beloved saga, ‘Banjo-Kazooie’? No sign of the couple. Hence we were pleased with the KickStarter project of ‘Yooka-Laylee’, with several former members of RARE (Chris Sutherland, Gavin Price or Steve Mayles, among others) as a spiritual successor. Its funding campaign swept through 2015.
And if we take a look at the calendar, we realize that there are less than two months remaining for sale, thanks to the English Team 17. We can face one of the great surprises of 2017. But above all, before a video game that seeks to rescue the spirit of the great classic platforms of the Nintendo 64. And that are always bigger words.
Goodbye, Banjo and Kazooie. Hi, Yooka and Laylee
We all know that the time of the 90 was the most prolific as far as pets are concerned. After the boom that supposed Mario and Sonic, already in consoles of 16 bits, did not stop to happen more and more personages diverse with the objective to conquer our heart. And even in the form of couples. Because if Nintendo had Mario and Luigi, and SEGA to Sonic and Tails, we also had Banjo and Kazooie, among others. The objective of Playtonic Games with ‘Yooka-Laylee’ is evident.
We pass from the binomial bear (Banjo) and bird Kazooie) to a chameleon (Yooka) and bat (Laylee), but for practical purposes, it is the same. Yooka will use his own chameleonic nature to mold his body and adjust to the needs of the situation (gaining in the process different skills), while Laylee will be an essential ally, especially when you have to navigate great distances without falling. Between the two they must defeat Capital B.
And of course, there will be other important secondary players, such as Trowzer, Dr. Quack, Rextro (which will give us access to his recreational hall with retro air mini-games), Dr. Puzz, Blasto or Kartos, besides many others, And where there will be no surprise guests as Shovel Knight, the video game of the same name that petted him in 2014.
An open world full of many possibilities
‘Yooka-Kaylee’ will have a lively universe, not only in charge of its distribution of animals so colorful, but also the greatness of its open world and the large number of collectibles to get, some necessary to advance.
In itself, it will not be an adventure that can be ventilated 100% in an afternoon. But it is that the greater we have the option to enjoy it with a colleague through its cooperative mode (one will manage the duo Yooka and Laylee, and another to the Bee team to focus on the collection of objects), or already in a competitive way In local mode) by means of the eight minigames that Rextro gives us.
From racing to fights, like Glaciator, or skill tests. All will have in common that bite between colleagues and in the form of quick matches.
And to make matters worse, to brighten the whole set in ‘Yooka-Laylee’, we will have David Wise (Donkey Kong Country) and Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie) to shape his soundtrack. Everything a nostalgia kick to the Nintendo 64.
Yooka-Laylee date and on which systems
After his overwhelming success on KickStarter, and thanks to Team 17 soon after, ‘Yooka-Laylee’ is going to come out in the main current systems, not only in digital but also in physical. However, certain aspects need to be clarified. For example, long ago it was announced that it will no longer be on Wii U because of Switch.