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Yooka-Laylee is one of those games that proudly wears its inspirations on its sleeve. As a classic 3D platforming adventure, the developers have paid homage to all sorts of genre tropes and memorable moments from two decades ago. To that end, they've even made their own version of the "DK Rap." Check it out.
If you never played Donkey Kong 64, you may have missed out on the DK Rap, a funky tune all about the king of swing's first trek into the third dimension. Coming out in the mid-90s, it wasn't really a surprise that the game boasted a mostly terrible (but completely lovable) rap about DK and his crew of companions.
Yooka-Laylee harkens back to that very era when mascot platformers were all the rage. You had cartoony characters with personality exploring bright and colorful worlds. What's not to love? But while those types of games have mostly faded into the background, the whole point of Yooka-Laylee was that it be developed with the greatest games the genre has to offer in mind.
So it makes sense that, while many gameplay elements and even the aesthetics ape fan favorites from the 90's, the developers would also pay homage to things like the DK Rap.
This is made clear from the opening moments when one of the characters in the Yooka-Laylee Rap asks the other if they're "ready," and the reply is "I've been ready for 20 years." Good lord, now I really feel old.
The video opens with a record spinning, just like the OG version, and the tune is basically identical to the DK Rap. The lyrics are delightfully bad, too, introducing the heroes of Yooka-Laylee and their abilities through song.
If you're looking for a good comparison, or just want to relive the glory days of the platforming genre, here's a look at the original DK Rap.
As for Yooka-Laylee, you'll finally be able to get your hands on the game next week. If everything about the game reminds you of another Nintendo 64 series, Banjo-Kazooie, that's not an accident. Yooka-Laylee was developed by many members of that original Rare team following a successful Kickstarter campaign. They made it clear from the get-go that Yooka-Laylee would be a spiritual successor, developed specifically to recapture the spirit of a genre that used to rule the entire games scene.
Reviews, so far, have been a pretty mixed bag. Some folks seem to love that Yooka-Laylee is so dedicated to recapturing the feel of genre classics while others seem to feel it's a bit too stuck in the past. Either way, it looks like the team has delivered on their goal.