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You might vaguely remember us mentioning the unique pinball open world platformer Yoku’s Island Express way back in February this year. While we haven’t heard that much more regarding a specific release date from developer Villa Gorilla since then, we were happy to see a new video pop up showcasing a sweet mix of the game’s characters wishing players happy holidays alongside bits of gameplay today. And excitingly, the trailer + greeting card mashup also gives us insight on Yoku’s release. It might not be hitting the Nintendo Switch by the end of this year, but we can expect it to drop in 2018 for sure.


Looking for more information about this one-of-a-kind title? Here’s Villa Gorilla’s description of it:

“Yoku’s Island Express is an open world/metroidvania-style pinball adventure, Seamlessly blending platform navigation with pinball mechanics across a large open world. Yoku the dung beetle sets foot on the beach of Mokumana Island, ready to take on the duties as the new postman. But the ancient island God is trapped in a restless sleep and the islanders are plagued by quakes and storms brought forth by its nightmares. Yoku’s Island Express is a unique and quirky adventure with handcrafted visuals, where you’ll soar through the air, vacuum explosive snails, fight a Screetch, feed starving lemurs, discover the mystery of the Fruit Altar, wake an old god, and hopefully help tiny Yoku rebuild the island post-office.”

Yoku’s Island Express is already available on Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Look forward to it coming to the Switch eShop sometime in 2018!

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Written by Lauren Ganos
Creative Director, Managing Editor

Designer and writer by day, gamer by night, Lauren dreams big when it comes to creative endeavors. Perhaps that's why she's taken on the roles of creative director and managing editor for Nintendo Wire. If she had a video game superhero alias, it might just be The Visionary, a true keeper of imaginative order.