Yooka-Laylee Collector’s Edition Available for Pre-Order Soon

A Yooka-Laylee Collector’s Edition and standard physical copy for Nintendo Switch will be available for pre-order soon thanks to Limited Run Games.

The collector’s edition displayed in the above tweet will cost $74.99. Sales for the collector’s edition are explicitly capped at 3,000 units but the standard edition is completely open without any limitations, as stated in a follow-up tweet. Here’s what’s included in the collector’s edition:

  • Yooka-Laylee for Nintendo Switch
  • Retro Style CE Box: material, finishing process, and dimensions all match the classic N64 box.
  • 18″ x 24″ Poster
  • Non-functioning retro cartridge (display only)
  • Official Soundtrack: via a CD inside a slipcase

Those of you who backed the original Kickstarter for the game will get a discount as well as early access to purchasing the collector’s edition.

Although not explicitly mentioned in the above tweet, the standard edition will also be available to pre-order on September 7, 2018. It will cost $49.99 and will include a full-color manual and a reversible cover. Limited Run made it a point to address the higher than usual price on their website, stating “[it’s] due to this title’s eShop price of $39.99 (most games we sell are priced at $19.99 or less on the eShop).”

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a retro-style game’s collector’s edition pay homage to the past. The Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition was paired with a fake Sega Genesis cartridge and a large statue of Sonic standing on top of a Sega Genesis.

Yooka-Laylee was marketed as the spiritual successor of Banjo-Kazooie and developer Playtonic positioned the game as a celebration of the N64 itself. This is evident with the recent downgrade filter meant to give the game N64 style graphics. The collector’s edition seems like a fitting homage to that era.