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If you're an indie developer, the Switch has to be one of your target platforms these days. The console's popularity – combined with a vibrant digital storefront – has triggered a flood of indie classics. However, it's becoming increasingly hard to stand out on the crowded eShop, so it's easy to see why some developers might be tempted to be a big fish in a small pond, rather than the other way around.

We assume that's the conclusion that Diplodocus Games has come to, as it's about to release a 3D platformer on the Wii U. Yes, you read that right.

Regina & Mac is a '90s-style adventure which is very much inspired by the likes of Banjo-Kazooie – it even has a duo as its lead characters, one of which sits on the back of the other.

Here's some PR:

Join the macaw Regina and the tyrannosaurus Mac on their adventure as they try to escape a lifeless research lab. The only way out? To find the golden Floppy discs on which the memory of the lab’s computer system U64 is stored so that it can help the duo to find an exit. Regina & Mac is a 3D platformer that stands in the tradition of the classics from the late 90s and offers a fair challenge even for genre aficionados.

- Venture through nine expansive, yet compact worlds with ten golden Floppies each.
- Tackle the tasks in your order. You are free to explore the lab and its levels and choose the order in which you want to collect the Floppies.
- Exploration, Platforming and Puzzle solving await.
- An ever-expanding move set keeps the experience fresh from start to finish.
- Featuring visuals reminiscent of the early 3D days at 60 frames per seconds. Relive the atmosphere of yesteryear without sacrificing comfort.

The game launches next week at $9.99 / £8.99, but our friends over at Go Nintendo have enjoyed some early hands-on time with the game, which they endearingly describe as "wonky" on more than one occasion:

Will you be dusting off your Wii U to download this one?

[via gonintendo.com]