Update: And the game has appeared for sale on the North American eShop! It would appear that the late November launch only applies outside that region — we’ll update this post should the situation change.
It took a few years, but the return of Daniel LaRusso and his old rival Johnny Lawrence to screens via YouTube a couple of years ago (and subsequently picked up by Netflix) was quite the thrill for anyone with fond memories of the original Karate Kid movies. Daniel's son was first spotted with a Switch onscreen back in the second season of the show, and it seems that young Ant will soon have a new game to plug into his console — Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues is releasing on 24th November.
This beat 'em up is launching today on other platforms and the Switch game was scheduled to join them as far was we knew, although after heading to Nintendo's site it appears that the Switch version won't be available for nearly a month. Still, it wouldn't be the first game launching today on other platforms while also getting a cheeky little delay on Nintendo's console.
According to the PR, the game was created with the involvement of series’ creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, featuring an original story with the voices of Ralph Macchio, William Zabka and more actors from the show. You're able to choose between Daniel LaRusso and his students at Miyagi-Do Karate, or Johnny Lawrence and Cobra Kai gang in a story with cutscenes, combos and, of course, karate.
You can check out the launch trailer above for a brief look at gameplay and story snippets, and here's some more detail from the official blurb, followed by some screenshots:
Seamlessly swap between eight playable heroes from both dojos, each with their own movesets, combos, ultimates and more. Master dozens of unique abilities and upgrade your characters’ stats and RPG-like skill trees. Face down fierce enemies and bosses in hard-hitting brawls across 28 story missions around the Los Angeles of the Cobra Kai universe. The fight is in your hands!
The game will retail for £34.99 / 39,99€ / $39.99, and it's up for pre-order in all the usual places.
Wondering where Jackie Chan and Will Smith's kid are? Like the look of what Cobra Kai: Unwieldy Subtitle That Wedges In The Brand Name People Remember is throwing down? We've got a soft spot for the movies — let us know your thoughts below.