Yooka-Laylee's Success Could Mean Big Things For Future Platformers

Recently Mario has been the only one to hold the 3D platforming genre with a firm grip. However, it’s great to see a couple of fresh faces added to the mix. Hopefully the success of Yooka-Laylee is only the dawn of a new age for platformers.

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Locknuts1318d ago

And Mario has done nothing with it since Galaxy 2 despite having a proper HD console to work with. People are craving these games and if Nintendo won't deliver, they'll go to the next best thing: people who used to work for Nintendo.

wonderfulmonkeyman1318d ago

It wasn't the Galaxy successor I expected, but 3D World was still an excellently crafted and entertaining title, so I don't know why you're saying they've done nothing with it...

Metallox1318d ago

I must of the very few people that think 3D World is the way to go for the future of Mario. Seriously, it's perfect platforming; they should just make levels harder and that's it, you just got the most satisfying platformer ever.

Galaxy 2 is acclaimed because is charged with things, there are a lot of themes running in each world, but beyond that, it doesn't do any dramatically different to 3D Land and 3D World, and even the first Galaxy.

Concertoine1317d ago (Edited 1317d ago )


I think they took that style of platforming as far as it goes. The secret worlds in 3D world were as hard as platforming gets, if you ask me. I always thought a multiverse concept incorporated into the platforming would've suited the wii u well, and would be the natural evolution to galaxy. I think a lot of developers, including nintendo, didn't know where to take the platformer after space. That's what led to the back-to-basics mentality of the 3D games.

Variant1317d ago

Each of my play-throughs of SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD's "The Great Tower of Bowser Land" feels like the first--it's amazing!

Locknuts1317d ago

They reintroduced so many of the 2D game traits that it didn't feel like a proper 3D Mario title. The timer, the flag at the end of each stage. It was really just a slightly expanded 2d Mario game with multiplayer (which I never got to enjoy because none of my friends play Mario).

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shaw981318d ago

3d world was an amazing game and known to be the most creative Mario game since galaxy. Ironically there are people who are sorely mistaken for thinking that all Mario games are the same. Yet people expect the exact same thing or they get upset about it. 3d world tried something new and did a great job at doing it. But everyone has to criticize because Nintendo did not make an open 3d Mario instead.

The 10th Rider1318d ago

3D World is currently the highest rated (non-port or remaster) next-gen game.

I can't remember the specific review, but one major review sitey said the game was so visually beautiful it made it look like other companies have been doing HD all wrong.

It was also, as shaw98 said, totally different than Galaxy.

Nice stealth troll attempt, though.

_-EDMIX-_1318d ago

Well they have been making those games...

The quality I feel has decreased as I don't like the feel of Galaxy 1 nor 2. SMS might be the last technical Mario game that's released.

Galaxy 1 and 2 took a lot of control scheme out the series.

The 10th Rider1318d ago

Eh, I really liked Galaxy, especially the 2nd. I couldn't really get behind 3D World, as it was so different, but I still recognize it was an amazing game. I mostly beat it just to play it with friends. I was really disappointed that it wasn't anything like the traditional 3D Mario games.

I LOVED the gameplay in Sunshine, but the inconsistency in the difficulty of the levels made it hard for me to really get into it. I'd really love to see a Sunshine sequel!

Tequila_Wolf1318d ago

I loved Sunshine. I miss the Mario games that have you in a large hub world that branches out into different worlds (SMS SM64). It gives a lot more personality to the game rather than just a bunch of floating platforms in space.

_-EDMIX-_1317d ago

Agreed. Sunshine is the last techical Mario game in terms of controls.

To the disagrees...

What I'm saying, I'm not even sure falls under subjectivity, its actually objective, Galaxy factually has less technical control options, ie you can't tip toe or walk, you just run.

I've been playing the series for years and been watching my friends do playthroughs and speed runs and I'm sorry but SunShine is the last 3D Mario game made with that type of complexity.

I liked Galaxy 1, but over all the feel of the game is what really made me not like it as much as the older series. Its all about the feels lol.

If anything I should have explained a bit more in my original post.

That being said, I don't really care for the Mario series anymore (unless that control scheme returns or is added back etc).

I don't care for the nerfing or simplifying of the controls, who would? I like Mario because of those complex controls and difficulty, I had a bit too easy of a time completing Galaxy 1 and 2.

3-4-51317d ago

* My Opinion:

* We as gamers never really stopped liking these types of games from the 90's.

Developers just stopped making them.

Eventually everyone got used to them not existing or being around and that became the "norm".

* I think slowly but steadily the industry is waking up to the fact that they never should have abandoned game genres that were very popular in the 90's.

* It would be like if they just stopped making Action movies for the next 15 years and it was NOTHING but rom coms.

^ like that kind of.

3DS Platformers, RTS, RPGs, JRPGS, multiple different variations of strategy games.

So much good was just left behind...including pixel art.

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oasdada1318d ago

We need more 3d platformers

jaymacx1318d ago

THIS! the last two gens have been overloaded with shooters. I like a more balanced library with lots of the main genres (action adventure, shooter, platformer, RPGs, puzzle etc)

ScorpiusX1318d ago

If it's as fun as a Ori and the blind forest, then it's a buy . Am kind of liking the return to sides scrowller's.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1318d ago

Wii U is already burstingwith them
Super Mario 3D World
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze
Yoshi's Woolly World
Sonic Lost Worlds
Rayman Legends
Shovel Knight
list goes on

It needs
Kirby Action Platformer, Wario Land or World game and more.

Tequila_Wolf1318d ago

3D World is really the only true 3D platformer on that list. Sonic Lost Worlds could count but it's extremely linear. I'm more interested in seeing the full "explore large open worlds" 3D platformers like Banjo-Kazooie. I am happy that side scrolling platformers haven't lost their touch though! They are some of the best games in my opinion.

SilentNegotiator1318d ago

And even then, it isn't an open world 3D platformer, like Banjo-Kazooie and other games that people are talking about in regards to this game.

SilentNegotiator1318d ago

Yeah, because the currently overflowing market that is 2D/2.5D platformers is TOTALLY what people are talking about.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1317d ago

It okay. I understand PS4 and Xbone has no good 3D platformer

SilentNegotiator1317d ago (Edited 1317d ago )

And going by your list, Wii U apparently has no open world 3D platformers worth mentioning, which is what we're talking about. What's so hard to get about that?

Have you even played Banjo-Kazooie; the formula that this game is emulating? Super Mario 64 or Sunshine? Spyro? Because those games are nothing like the ones that you listed.

FFS, the vast majority of the games that you listed aren't 3D platformers, so what is your point? And honestly, how desperate do you have to be to list Sonic Lost Worlds? That game is complete and utter rubbish.

scark921318d ago

This game looks beautiful, I love the art direction!

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