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Playtonic Admit Why They Axed The Wii U Version Of Yooka-Laylee

In a not so surprisingly announcement, Playtonic recently cancelled the Wii U version of their upcoming game. While a version of Yooka-Laylee for Nintendo’s console was promised in their original Kickstarter, the game is no longer coming to the Wii U. However, they have since elaborated as to why they had to make this difficult decision. On their recently updated FAQ page, the company revealed that they had been working for months to try and get the game to run correctly on the system, but could never get it working quite right. Check out their official statement below.

The Playtonic team wanted to explore every possible avenue before making the very difficult decision to transfer development from the Wii U. Our developers worked tirelessly over many months in attempt to solve our technical issues, but unfortunately it’s not been possible to bring Yooka-Laylee to Wii U as originally planned.

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57 thoughts on “Playtonic Admit Why They Axed The Wii U Version Of Yooka-Laylee”

    1. Nintendo First Order Commander Quadraxis

      ||Wrong, they never continued working on any Wii U version once they got a Switch prototype…||

    2. excuse me bud but I’m gonna say this as a reply…nothing to you…

      Yeah they been saying this since we got news of it being canceled for the wii u. This is old news…and if corrected, the last report you all did said that too.

      1. I backed it for the Wii U for quite a large number, when it got moved over to the Switch it was no big deal for me. A lot of people I know who backed it for the Wii U don’t really care and are either getting it on PC or waiting for the Switch. Fraud would be Playtonic taking the money and not delivering on anything. They are still giving Wii U backers to switch to another version of the game.

        1. So, people who buy game consoles off craigslist are not victims of a fraud if they at least get some “fuck you” package out of it?

          What they have been doing is fraudulent AF, and lying about it does not really help their case.

          There was quite a few backers voicing very different opinion from yours on the kickstarter comment section, even some super backers.

    1. No. To be fair, you dont take people’s money on kickstarter and then not deliver on that promise. Just because it would look better on switch doesnt mean they dont owe theyre backers what they promised. Not sure why you think your statement is “fair”

  1. My Nintendo News, just stop with this kind of news. Some of us are actually TRYING to enjoy the holiday season. Just hold off until December 26, okay. We already know it’s been moved to the Switch (and god help you if you say otherwise…..). Not all of us want Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Maker 2.5.2.

    We don’t need any “that awesome video game you’ve been waiting for has been cancelled, Merry Christmas :)”.

      1. Ilk, people like him are just, they shouldn’t be allowed to go anywhere except watching teletubbies. They can be babies there, my comment to him is awaiting moderation i guess lol, told him off because hesva pussy

    1. Hey, worse things than a game being cancelled can happen in the weeks leading up to the holidays, believe me.

      Besides, this is a news blog. News should be posted as it comes up, bad, good, or anything in between.

    2. you do realize that you are the one that took time away from the holiday season that you’re apparently “TRYING to enjoy” to come on here and read the post and then took even more time away from the holiday season that you’re trying to enjoy to comment on the post. No one forced you to read or comment on the post.

    3. you do realize that you are the one that took time away from the holiday season that you’re apparently “TRYING to enjoy” to come on here and read the post and then took even more time away from the holiday season that you’re trying to enjoy to comment on the post. No one forced you to read or comment on the post.

    4. Oh my fucking… stfu you whiney bitch, you made me log in just to say this.

      I bet you lived your chilfhood, saying stuff like ohh noodles for bad words and couldn’t go down the baby slide at the park in case you might get a bo boo! Thid isn’t your site you self entitled baby bitch, he can do whatever he wants, when you make your site, called whiney you can post whstever you want snd you cam write a post on how a video game article ruined your holiday…. oh my, just. Your that person who ruins fun, you go to a room where everyone id havinh fun and you cry about, anything! My purse has gone missing! Your sitting on it snd your a guy with a purse. Irs probably a huge one with extra tamponsvand tissues, for when someone tells a joke and your pussy bleads.

      I just seriously cant stand little bitches like you, i hope you get the flu and nobody visits you for your holiday, then maybe you can grap anything real instesd of telling people who write blog to stop because your trying to enjoy your holiday. Go to a freaking child orphansge or a homekess shelter, hodpital, umm idk theres a thousand things and tell them your baby story about your holiday lol

      Pussy award goes to you.

  2. They have been trying to add more to the game’s base mechanics over recent months and they have trouble adapting these to the system. Let us not forget that the hardware of the wii u is supremely over complicated.

  3. I don’t see where they really admitted why they did shit. While I love the fact that I now already have a prepaid game on my upcoming Switch (YES!) the headline just doesn’t male sense. There’s no explanaton at all to be found here.

  4. That crazy guy across the street

    I call bullshit. Seems more like to me they just didn’t want to develop a Wii U version.

    But I can care less as long a switch version is released.

  5. No fteedom of speech anymore, i guess im totally done here for sure now.
    No big deal but idk kinda beats the purpose.

    Rip the freedom of speech lol

      1. Haha, yeah, idc though. Miiverse is dumb, time for real online, and user accounts, party chat anywhere, everygame and everything the other systems do

        Miiverse and wii u is bs with it

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    1. They won’t and I guess it’s a good thing. They made quite some money with releasing Twilight Princess on the Gamecube and although the WiiU was about half as successful as the gamecube was, it still could mean quite some money coming from WiiU-owners.

  7. Yeah, we have games like Mario Kart 8 and Smash 4 running in HD at 60fps on the Wii U but Yooka-Laylee can’t do it because technical problems, i call this, bullshit.

    It’s because the sales of the console are low, nothing less, nothing more.

  8. Repeat article… now with sensationalist title. Made me think for a second they were “admitting” that the bogus PR statement was just a nice way of saying the Wii U has been dead for some time.

  9. This is not a suprise, knowing that the game uses Unreal Engine. The engine runs like shit on Wii U, when you also need accomplementary software to port it to the system. And even with all this it runs poorly. I also believe that the PC and Wii U versions of the game were being made by the main team, while the other versions were made by 3rd party developers :/

  10. I’m still sad that they axed the Wii U ver. but this is one case that I won’t hold a grudge for doing so. Now if Ninty axed the Wii U ver. of Breath of the Wild that i will hold a grudge. I’m still looking forward to Yooka-Laylee on Switch.

  11. Even as a backer for the wii u version i wouldnt really care about this either way. After all, I paid for a game to be developed, not to get a copy of it. If i can only buy it on the PC until i get a switch then so be it, big friggin deal.

  12. This seems to be the excuse for a lot of developers cancelling Wii U versions. I hope the Switch ends up being easier to develop for alongside PS4/XBO so we see less cancelled games on Nintendo platforms.

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