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Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:59 pm
by the8thark
Here are the two images for reference. In spoiler tags because of the size of the images

SNES version officially used by Playtonic


N64 fan creation I found on facebook


Banjo Kazooie and DK64 were N64 games, so I would have thought Playtonic would have gone with the N64 style but they did not which to be honest makes no sense to me. Sure many of these blokes worked on SNES games but Yooka-Laylee is a homage tot he N64 days, not the SNES days.

Playtonic choosing to use the SNES style and not the N64 style for the Yooka-Laylee art book is a choice I don't understand. Maybe someone else here can shed light as to why this seemingly strange choice was made.

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:52 pm
by ontels
I guess the designer just thought that it looked better. It doesn't bother me, it still feels very retro.

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:58 am
by Disturbed Blue
In my personal opinion, the SNES style looks better design wise in comparison to that particular image. It's a very glarey colour and does not look very interesting when compared to the official one.

It does seem a little odd they'd go with a SNES aesthetic considering what this game is a spiritual successor to. Who knows, maybe they'll have more N64 aesthetic stuff later on.

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:30 am
by ontels
They did make those N64 style boxes and cartridges.

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:15 pm
by DarkTone
It does seem odd. These guys aren't new to N64 looking manuals. But, I just hope mine shows up. Other Kickstarters are still holding my items....

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:04 pm
by Tek
Could it be that they based it on the PAL color design for N64 games?


A quick ebay search turned this up.

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:22 pm
by Jellyfunk
It's only appropriate considering Rareware got popular with the SNES. And with David Wise doing part of the soundtrack, who did DKC, but not the Banjo games.

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:50 pm
by Swifty
I'm just glad to have received this at all! It looks nice. Can't wait for the physical game.

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:37 pm
by EekumBokum202
Right?! Did they ever explain why they went with an SNES manual? I mean, it looks cool and all, but given the obvious Banjo-Kazooie vibe they're going with in this game, I would think the N64 manual would be the obvious choice, so what the what?

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:03 pm
by Swifty

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:50 pm
by DarkTone
Holding it. Looks beautiful!

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:14 pm
by Jellyfunk

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:41 am
by EekumBokum202

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:10 am
by ontels
Maybe so but I'd argue that they didn't get popular until there SNES days.

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:37 pm
by EekumBokum202
Even still, my point still stand that a game like this would be better fit for an N64-style manual than an SNES-style one.

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:42 pm
by ontels
Did PAL region SNES games have differently styled manuals to the NTSC?

Re: Why is the art book SNES style and not N64 style?

Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:19 pm
by EekumBokum202
From what I've looked up, some of them are different. It seems this manual was based on the NTSC SNES manuals