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Yooka-Laylee Switch version announced, will skip Wii U

You wouldn’t think Nintendo’s ailing console had any more room for nails in its coffin, would you?

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You wouldn’t think Nintendo’s ailing console had any more room for nails in its coffin, would you?

People are a little bit excited about Yooka-Laylee. That’s not to say there haven’t been other retro-themed character platformers with excellent heritage recently, but they – and we’re looking squarely at you here, Mighty No. 9 – have been pretty disappointing.

With that in mind, if Playtonic’s reworking of Banjo-Kazooie had gone onto Kickstarter today it might have been met with more skepticism, but it raised just over 2 million quid back in summer 2015 and was looking to hit all the major platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, and of course, Wii U.

We can scratch that last one off the list, however.

Today Playtonic have announced that the long-awaited – and only slightly delayed, certainly compared to other games on Kickstarter – Yooka-Laylee will launch on April 11, 2016, on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. This announcement has served as confirmation that backers will unfortunately not receive a copy of Yooka-Laylee for Wii U, even though that was one of the options backers could take as a reward.

In its place will be a shiny new Yooka-Laylee Switch version, which we’re still expecting to launch around the same time, but given that Nintendo haven’t officially confirmed the console’s release date yet that’s still up in the air to a certain extent.

Is the Yooka-Laylee Switch announcement simply a reaction from Playtonic to the Wii U going end of life? Not entirely.

“We’re sad to announce that despite our best efforts and exploring every possible avenue, we have encountered unforseen [sic] technical issues that unfortunately mean it will be impossible for us to release Yooka-Laylee on Wii U as initially planned.

“We can however confirm today that we are working very closely with Nintendo to look to bring Yooka-Laylee to the upcoming Nintendo Switch. We’re thrilled to be able to explore the opportunity and more details will be shared in early 2017. Of course, any backers who pledged for the Wii U version will be able to move their pledge to any of the versions launching on April 11th or upgrade to the Nintendo Switch™ version when we announce further details in 2017. Thanks again for your incredible support.” – Gavin Price, Studio Director, Playtonic Games.

So while the death of the Wii U didn’t directly contribute to the decision to move Yooka-Laylee to the Switch, the fact that the lack of horsepower that plagued the console – particularly in relation to ongoing third-party support – is in evidence again. At least, on an anecdotal level, this shows that the Nintendo Switch should have more grunt than the Wii U, if the Playtonic team are confident that a Yooka-Laylee Switch release will be feasible where a Wii U release wasn’t.

Disappointed Kickstarter backers will be able to switch their reward from the Wii U to one of the other platforms, including the Nintendo Switch, when available.


Don’t know what all the fuss is about? Check out the Rare Replay on Amazon.

Header image is a mock-up, by the way. If Nintendo can fake Switch screenshots, then so can we.

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Save up to 80% in the Nintendo eShop Digital Days sale

More than 350 Switch games are discounted in the Nintendo eShop Digital Days sale.

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More than 350 Switch games are discounted in the Nintendo eShop Digital Days sale.

A massive sale of Nintendo Switch games has launched on the European eShop with discounts available on some of the system’s very best games. There aren’t any big first-party titles to snap up, as per usual, but there’s quality in abundance.

This week we reviewed The Outer Worlds on Switch and came away disappointed with the quality of the port. If you’re looking a high calibre RPG adventure that is a better fit for Nintendo’s little console, you can’t go wrong with Divinity: Original Sin 2 or Ni No Kuni Remastered: Wrath of the White Witch. Even CD Projekt Red’s port of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a better choice. All three are now on sale.

On the subject of ports, we’re also impressed with Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection, Grid Autosport, and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.

The Digital Days sale is also chock-full of excellent indie games. Our picks include the majestic Gris, the deliciously violent Katana Zero, and Mediatonic’s wild tale of pictorial deduction, Murder by Numbers.

One game we haven’t played – but one we thoroughly enjoyed watching others play at E3 – is Heave Ho. It’s a joyous game of local multiplayer mayhem.

The sale runs until June 14, 2020. Visit the Nintendo eShop for the full sale lineup. We’ll be sure to let you know if a similar promotion starts in North America.

Nintendo eShop Digital Days sale highlights

  • Assassin’s Creed III Remastered
  • Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection
  • Bastion
  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
  • Children of Morta
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
  • Dead Cells
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • FIFA 20
  • FAR: Lone Sails
  • Gato Roboto
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
  • Golf Story
  • GRID Autosport
  • GRIS
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
  • Heave Ho
  • Hob: The Definitive Edition
  • Hotline Miami Collection
  • Katana Zero
  • Little Nightmares Complete Edition
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Mark of the Ninja: Remastered
  • Metro 2033 Redux
  • Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
  • Moonlighter
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Murder by Numbers
  • Ni No Kuni Remastered: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
  • Resident Evil
  • Resident Evil 0
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Resident Evil Revelations
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2
  • Rune Factory 4 Special
  • Sega Mega Drive Classics
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
  • Slay the Spire
  • Sonic Mania
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  • State of Mind
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
  • Terraria
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
  • Transistor
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Unravel Two
  • Wargroove

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This week’s Epic Games Store freebie has been given away before

Overcooked, Team 17’s hectic co-op cooking game, is free until next Thursday on the Epic Games Store. But, this dish tastes familiar.

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Overcooked is free right now, but for longtime Epic Games Store users, this is a serving of leftovers.

From now until next Thursday, Epic is offering Ghost Town Games’ hectic co-op cooking game for free to anyone with the launcher. But, if you’ve been scooping up freebies since last year, this offer is a little stale. Epic offered Overcooked as a free game last July.

This is the first instance of the company doubling up on its giveaways. And, while it’s disappointing for me as an eager deal-hunter, it’s still a fun (occasionally friendship-ruining game) and well worth picking up.

Giving away Overcooked again is also very timely, given that much of the world is still under some degree of lockdown. It might not be educational, but Overcooked is a great game to play with your kids; it will help teach them teamwork, coordination, and possibly some swear words if you can’t keep your tongue.

Next week’s game is still shrouded in mystery. But, you can grab Overcooked here until June 11.


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June’s My Nintendo rewards: Save on Fire Emblem and Pokémon

The latest crop of My Nintendo rewards includes a discount on one of the all-time great Fire Emblem games.

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The latest crop of My Nintendo rewards includes a discount on one of the all-time great Fire Emblem games.

Fire Emblem Awakening was the first game in the series to really breakthrough in the West. Originally released on Nintendo 3DS in 2012, this excellent tactical strategy game opened the door for the franchise to become one of Nintendo’s big hitters. If you enjoyed Fire Emblem Three Houses on Nintendo Switch, it’s worth going to back to see how far the series has come. European My Nintendo members can get a 50% discount in exchange for 220 Gold Points.

Other new rewards include price reductions on the fun Game Boy puzzler Pokémon Puzzle Challenge and the above-par sports game, Mario Golf: World Tour. You can also pick up 3DS themes based on the Animal Crossing and Metroid franchises.

Here’s the full lowdown on June’s new rewards. We’ll update this page if we get news of any new addition.

My Nintendo rewards – June 2020

EU Gold Point Rewards

  • Fire Emblem Awakening – 50% discount – 220 points

EU Platinum Point Rewards

  • NES Samus Aran (Theme) – 100 points
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Colourful Pattern (Theme) – 100 points
  • Pokémon Puzzle Challenge – 50% discount – 70 points
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move – 40% discount – 110 points

US Gold Point Rewards

  • Style Savvy: Styling Star – 30% discount – 90 points
  • Pilotwings Resort – 40% discount – 120 points

US Platinum Point Rewards

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Colourful Pattern (Theme) – 100 points
  • Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone – 40% discount – 300 points
  • Picross 3D Round 2 – 40% discount – 300 points
  • Mario Golf: World Tour – 30% discount – 200 points
  • Pokémon Puzzle Challenge – 30% discount – 50 points

Many of last month’s rewards – including discounts on Dr. Mario Miracle Cure, Yoshi’s New Island, and Mario Kart 7 – also remain available. And it’s worth remembering that Gold Points can also be used towards the cost of Nintendo Switch games on the eShop. Read our roundup of the latest Switch releases to see what’s available.


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This week’s Nintendo Switch releases (June 1-6, 2020)

The Outer Worlds and Clubhouse Games headline this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch releases.

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The Outer Worlds and Clubhouse Games headline this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch releases.

For all of Nintendo’s innovations, the company is always happy to revisit and reinvent past glories. Ring Fit Adventure is this generation’s Wii Fit. 1-2 Switch is Wii Play. And Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training is, erm, Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training.

Nintendo DS owners may recall Clubhouse Games/42 All-Time Classics, a delightful collection of parlour and board games released back in 2006. The Switch gets its own version this week with Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (or 51 Worldwide Games in Europe). It’s another elegantly presented collection of low-key pastimes that are perfect to play with friends and family.

After a short delay in orbit, The Outer Worlds also lands on Switch this week. Obsidian Entertainment’s sci-fi RPG was well-received on its original release late last year, conjuring up some of that Fallout: New Vegas magic for many players. Virtuos, the company behind the recent Switch versions of Bioshock and XCOM-2, is handling the port. We’ll have a review for you on Thursday.

Other new games include retro-platformer sequel Awesome Pea 2 and the dungeon-crawling Knight Squad. WayForward’s Shantae and the Seven Sirens also get its European release.

We’ll keep this page updated throughout the week with any late changes. In the meantime, here’s the full lineup of new Nintendo eShop releases as it stands.

New Nintendo Switch releases: June 1-6, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

  • Do Not Feed The Monkeys

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

  • Liberated

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

  • Awesome Pea 2

Thursday, June 4, 2020

  • Arcade Archives Naughty Boy
  • Aqua Lungers
  • Depth of Extinction
  • The TakeOver
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens (EU)

Friday, June 5, 2020

  • Bridge Strike
  • Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics/51 Worldwide Games
  • Knight Squad
  • Outbuddies DX
  • Pinball Lockdown
  • The Outer Worlds
  • They Came From the Sky
  • Strawberry Vinegar

Saturday, June 6, 2020

  • Potata: Fairy Flower
  • Super Holobunnies

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Save up to 85% in the PlayStation Days of Play sale

Sony unleashes the first wave of Days of Play digital game discounts on the PlayStation Store.

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Sony unleashes the first wave of Days of Play digital game discounts on the PlayStation Store.

Our European readers can now pick up some excellent games at low prices in the first batch of PlayStation Days of Play digital discounts. The North American sale begins later today.

Highlights include a whopping 85% off FIFA 20. That’s a great price for a game that is consistently rooted in the upper reaches of the UK chart.

It’s also a terrific sale for PS4 exclusives. Offers include 55% off Marvel’s Spider-Man, 70% off Days Gone, 25% off Persona 5 Royal, and 48% sliced from God of War.

PS VR is also well-represented with Blood & Truth, Superhot VR, and Farpoint, among the immersive experiences on offer.

Other games to catch our eye include Capcom’s Resident Evil 3 remake, which is reduced by 30%, and a massive 70% price cut for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. If you start now, you might just complete the game before the arrival of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

One-year PS Plus and PS Now subscriptions are also cut by 30% throughout the Days of Play promotion,

These deals run through to June 17. Visit the official PlayStation Store in your country for the full lineup of discounted games. Here are some more Thumbsticks picks.

PlayStation Days of Play Sale Highlights

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
  • Apex Legends – Bloodhound Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Ultimate Edition
  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Battlefield V
  • Bioshock: The Collection
  • Blood & Truth
  • Borderlands 2 VR
  • Borderlands 3
  • Bravo Team
  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered
  • Code Vein
  • Concrete Genie
  • Control Digital Deluxe Edition
  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
  • Dark Souls III
  • Days Gone
  • Death Stranding
  • Destiny 2: Shadowkeep
  • Doom Eternal Deluxe Edition
  • Dreams
  • EA Sports FIFA 20
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • Farpoint
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • God Of War Digital Deluxe Edition
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition
  • The Last Of Us Remastered
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Game Of The Year Edition
  • Medievil
  • Metro Exodus
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Overwatch Legendary Edition
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Predator: Hunting Grounds
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Sims 4
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Street Fighter V
  • Superhot VR
  • Tropico 6
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Vampyr
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • World War Z

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