Yooka-Laylee, the Kickstarter darling and debut-title from Playtonic Games, has certainly been an object of extreme curiosity for Nintendo fans the world over. Comprised of Rare expatriates, Yooka-Laylee has been billed as a spiritual successor of the Banjo-Kazooie series, which holds a special place in the hearts of anyone who played the games on Nintendo 64. Rare was sold to Microsoft 13 years ago, and with the company went all of its various franchises, including the precious bear and bird duo, so Nintendo fans have naturally been chomping at the bit to get their hands on Playtonic’s upcoming platformer. While they’ll have to continue to wait for the title’s 2016 release, the developer continues to offer glimpses of what’s to come, and today’s reveal of a new retro-inspired character is the latest tease to hit the web.
In a hilarious play on words (which should be familiar to anyone who’s made their way through a Rare title), Yooka-Laylee‘s newest character is a dinosaur who goes by the name Rextro Sixtyfourus. The gregarious dino is the guardian of arcade machines that can be found within each level of the game, and he’s been lovingly rendered with a seriously old-school, rigid polygonal body. Jagged edges and blockiness abound for Rextro, thanks to the design expertise of Mark Stevenson, who previously worked on the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy as well as Donkey Kong 64. Interestingly, Rextro started life sporting a red tie much like a certain simian from Nintendo, but the team ultimately opted to swap it out for a Play Token from the game, instead. Tie or no tie, Rextro is yet another reason to look forward to Yooka-Laylee when it finally drops!
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