Klonoa First Impressions

Klonoa finally makes it way to the Nintendo Wii, and we've got new screens!

It's been a while, but the easily recognizable anthropomorphic creature with long, floppy ears is back and is jumping to the Nintendo Wii. Klonoa is a remake of Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, a charming 2.5D platformer that was released back in 1997 on the PlayStation. Namco Bandai has announced that this is a reboot of the beloved franchise and that it will include new secrets to uncover as well as Wii motion controls. For those who want something more traditional, you can also play with the Wii Remote only, as well as the Classic or GameCube controller. We had the opportunity to play a bit of Klonoa at the Tokyo Game Show late last year, so be sure to check out the article for some hands-on impressions.

Klonoa and his adorable globular friend Hewpoe are off to save Phantomile, a mythical land that is shaped by the forgotten dreams of its inhabitants. A mysterious evil now threatens the enchanting world, so it's up to the formidable pair to travel from kingdom to kingdom to save their friends. Klonoa is armed with a ring that enables him to fire his wind bullet, which will allow him to pick up enemies and toss them around. You'll explore vibrant and colorful 3D locales while Klonoa and his bubbly sidekick wander a preset track.

Platform your way through beautiful, scenic locations.

The new Wii Remote and Nunchuk setup will allow you to throw captured enemies with the remote or use Klonoa's whirlwind with the nunchuck to hinder oncoming foes. We hope to be able to play the US version of Klonoa soon so that we can update you with additional information. In the meantime, check out the latest new screens and videos.

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Pink_Troglodyte
Pink_Troglodyte

sick! I loved klonoa 2, it was a unique and puzzle-esque platformer (it was just too short), but i never played the first one. i LOVE remakes when they're actual remakes and not just ports

Lucho_21
Lucho_21

I think I pass that game like 3 times back then in the PS, so definitely I will be waiting for this game. The only thing that I don't like about the wii version is klonoa's voice, but whatever lol gameplay is more important

sonicthemegaman
sonicthemegaman

I like Klonoa but why not a sequel? Wiimakes are not what Wii owners need. I mean what could motion control even do for Klonoa?

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

wii is getting somthin in 09 maybe nintendo had this panned out lol , its one of many good games im looking into

doc18
doc18

looks cool, and the main character like a cross between sonic and jazz jackrabit :P

canx12
canx12

i had it for ps2 it was nice and all but i dont think i have munny(kh) to buy this game...but looks fantastic i think that ring r smthing gives him/her (is klonoa a boy?)the powers and also i think itl be like new smbros like the power ups and stuff but like not mushroomy :D hehehehahahaahihihihihhoohohohoh

lehec12
lehec12

i remember playing this game it is a simple but really cool game i love it

thrashunreal
thrashunreal

Looks fantastic, I really can't wait for this one.

DecadesOfGaming
DecadesOfGaming

I wish this would come to 360.. the P.S.2 game had style.

oldhead666
oldhead666

yes i freaking love klona!!! i swear when ever i ask someone if they knew it noone ever knows what im talking about!

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

omg:D i straight away realized the main characters face from the home page, i almost teared up from nostalgia, this game brings back so many memories, ahh ps1 days :D!!

fabz_95
fabz_95

The PS1 version was amazing and got great reviews. Hopefully this can do just as well!

ClassicPlayer
ClassicPlayer

I completed the PS1 version, and the second one. I'll check this out!

Viper_1989
Viper_1989

I played a bit of the PS1 version but never got into it, mainly cause I'd already played and loved the 2nd one on the PS2. I think this might be a present for my mum and dad when it comes out as I don't really play on our wii, shame there's no PS3 version, HD klonoa would look beautiful

robotopbuddy
robotopbuddy moderator

heh, I remember playing the PS1 version of this ages ago, good to see a remake though, Klonoa was a great game, and it'll be nice to play again on the Wii, especially if I can use the classic controls..though I figure pointing the wii-mote in different directions for aiming your attack (background/foreground/left/right) would be neat even with otherwise classic controls.

benleslie5
benleslie5

I loved Klonoa 2 on PS2, I could never find a copy of the PS1 version anywhere. Hope there will be a Klonoa 3 for PS3 thats if Namco stop making more Tekken games or Ace Combat games.

evrdayblues
evrdayblues

@ rockerman235 I see where you're comming from, but in this case they are remaking the game from the ground up and they are rebalancing game mechanics and adding replay value and extras. I agree that it's more interesting to have a new original release, but Klonoa is not exactly an easy cash in game, for a North American release that is. They are doing this to test the market and see if it's worth rebooting the franchise up here, if there is a market for it. If it's successfull, then you can expect them to start making new original Klonoa games in the future. That's why you need to encourage them, if they do a good job with this one. Reboots are not always a bad thing :)

ganga_
ganga_

didnt someone recommend the original klonoa on the last episode of the hotspot?

Soubyo_Taki
Soubyo_Taki

Looks like fun! I've played some of the other Klonoa games, but I think I will try this out just because it's always been enjoyable to play. :3

rockerman235
rockerman235

@ Jmangafan- yes you can be excited if its being rereleased and you've never played it before, but a rerelease is still not a fullfledged new game for the wii. Also I'm not an Xbox fan boy, if the xbox wasnt releasing original games I'd leave it for the Ps3 or back to the Wii if it had games coming out. All that I'm saying is I believe this whole rerelease thing is a gimmick. Companies do it so they can make money without barely having to put work into the game, and i can't really blame them because this tactic is obviously succesful. Yes work does go into it, but the work that goes into a rerelease has to be far less compared to a fullfledged game. I just beleive that Nintendo should be trying to get 3rd parties to actively created new content, as well as Nintendo creating new content themselves.

Jeric-Ho
Jeric-Ho

Door To Phantomile was one of my favourite platform games on PS1 and i am glad this is getting a make-over, i will be getting this! :D

Nizin
Nizin

klonoa 2 on PS2 was a great game. i hope this one will be as good as the PS2 version

thunderground2
thunderground2

My brother had this game on ps1 ... never got a chance to play it. I will play this.

link631
link631

looks funny and good

evrdayblues
evrdayblues

heh, it's funny how everything always turns into a system wars argument... People need to get over it. All consoles have great games, and any gamer can appreciate that Klonoa is classic that deserves to be brought back to life. Can't wait!

twilight_33
twilight_33

YES!! I loved Klona it was one of the best games in the history of games!! It was simply just a great game!

pium
pium

i remember playing this game on the ps1.Good game

DesertClawX2X
DesertClawX2X

@ jmangafan: Amen to that! A good game is a good game, regardless of system. I'm glad to see such a great game resurface in the modern age, especially since I missed out of this the first time around (along with most of the series' offerings for that matter) and only have (the superb, but short) Empire of Dreams. I can't wait for the release. In the words of Klonoa... WAHOO! ^_^

jmangafan
jmangafan

rockerman235. There's a difference between a rerelease and a remake. This game wasn't on the previous generation of consoles, it was originally on the PS1. That version of it is also OBSCENELY rare and expensive on Ebay and Amazon and the like. There are plenty of reasons people should anticipate this game. Its a full blown remake of a beloved game, not a simple port as you seem to believe. That said, I'm so glad this is coming to NA, Lunatea's Veil is one of my favorite PS2 games and I never got to play the first Klonoa title. This and MadWorld are easily my most anticipated games this year, regardless of system.

Cheddarchet
Cheddarchet

Even if it's a port, I'm still looking forward to it, since I've never gotten to play a Klonoa game before. Plus, most people seem to think highly of them, so why wouldn't I be interested?

Leonagard
Leonagard

I agree with rockern and say that there's only one game I've been interested on my wii its Mario Kart for the last 6 months or more... I´ve enjoyed Zelda, Metroid and Wii Sports... but the fever has gone... Im going to buy a PS3 soon im tired of w8ing for a new good game... 3rd partyes dont care about wii even...

rockerman235
rockerman235

I realize you will all hate me for this but COME ON! a rerelease for the wii and you wii owners are getting this excited??? This is the reason I left my wii and never went back. My Xbox has been good to me, and has even given me a reminder of my nintendo fan boy days with banjo kazooie but come on people, your like excited because you get to pay for a game that was good last generation!!!!! face it. Nintendo went to the dark side. they don't make games for hard-core crowd anymore. Leave the nintendo behind and don't look back because they did the same with you.

nintendo-naut
nintendo-naut

Looks pretty blasted awesome to me. I've never played a Klonoa game before, but I've heard they're pretty sweet.

livinitup01
livinitup01

Well, I for one hope that everyone who says they like it actually pick this one up. I know I will. I don't even care if this one gets bad reviews, I'll still get it. If the appeal for this title is there then Namco but make a new Klonoa. The next one should be in HD though. A dream world in Kingdom Hearts-like HD would look SO AMAZING!!

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

When it comes out I a going to get it right away.

Ifnot
Ifnot

Looks awesome, can't wait!

Nintendoguy325
Nintendoguy325

Awesome. The only Klonoa I've ever played was for the PS2.

jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

souds cool. ive never played it before. i think ill check it out

tomthedude
tomthedude

I am SO getting this. The Playstation original was (in my opinion) one of the best games ever. I can't wait to play it again. -Tom-

Spektre41
Spektre41

DA-NA-NA-NA-NANANA WOO-WOO CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES~COME ON!! LET'S CELEBRATE!!

Zee666
Zee666

ROFLMAOOLOWOMG, ive been waiting for klonoa again for ages, i was hoping for a new one but a rerelease is just as good!

tlow0678
tlow0678

OMG klonoa was game that made me fall in love with gaming!!! AAAHHHH I NEED THIS!!!!

Nobarai
Nobarai

Man, I haven't seen a new Klonoa game in a while! Can't wait for this one!