Klonoa heads west

Namco Bandai remake of mascot platformer's original PlayStation outing confirmed for North American release.

Thanks to Virtual Console releases like Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario World, the Wii already plays host to some of the greatest platformers ever made. The system is about to receive another one, as Namco Bandai today confirmed a North American release for Klonoa, an updated port of the eponymous character's 1998 PlayStation debut, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile.

Klonoa and Hewpoe see who can open his mouth the widest.

Set for release this year, Klonoa has players controlling the floppy-eared mascot through 3D worlds, but on set paths that make for fairly 2D gameplay. The Wii revamp will feature updated graphics, as well as the incorporation of motion controls to throw enemies around or to maneuver whirlwinds to slow enemies down. Purists who prefer to play with controls more akin to the original's will have the option of using a Classic Controller or a GameCube pad.

For more on Klonoa, check out GameSpot's review of the 1998 original and the hands-on preview of the Wii remake.

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bigcrusha
bigcrusha

I got into this game playing the GBA one, it was pretty sweet

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

I got into this game playing the GBA one, it was pretty sweet

Media_Mind
Media_Mind

I 've heard the 1st game was great, so I'll keep an eye out for this one!

thrashunreal
thrashunreal

Man, I really loved this game on PSOne. Can't wait for a re-release.

chrisda
chrisda

i say they should add in the second one as well, seeing as how ridiculously short it was

Nintend0-BuDDy
Nintend0-BuDDy

yay, Klonoa is one of my favorite game series. I can't wait to see it on Wii. oh yeah and SUPRSOLDIER- maybe he was trying to show how the series have been in America, don't stress out over something stupid.

suprsolider
suprsolider

Well, since we're on the subject of what system a game is released on, how about playstation giving Nintendo back Metal Gear AND Final Fantasy? BOTH of those started out ON NINTENDO (As well as many others) so what's the difference of Klonoa switching? ---- NO METAL GEAR STARTED ON THE MSX2 in JAPAN 1 YEAR PRIOR TO THE BASTARDIZATION OF A PORT CALLED METAL GEAR FOR THE NES. Christ I wish people would know their facts before spouting crap.

Mothman
Mothman

The original had an incredibly small run (I think someone told me only 10k or was it 100k were ever printed. I could never find it to buy so I'm happy this one's coming. :)

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

played this , and i need to replace the copy and what a better way to do it,

bad_boy_sam123
bad_boy_sam123

played this game constantly on the demo disc i owned.

nini200
nini200

@Division_9 Well, since we're on the subject of what system a game is released on, how about playstation giving Nintendo back Metal Gear AND Final Fantasy? BOTH of those started out ON NINTENDO (As well as many others) so what's the difference of Klonoa switching? Back on topic, this game is going to be awesome. I wonder how would a Jet Moto game control and play on the Wii? Especially using the Grappling hook and boosts.

ShadowVari
ShadowVari

I'm definitely looking forward to this one. I never got the chance to get the first Klonoa, but I have (and love) the second :D

David_Kniffin
David_Kniffin

Awesome. I never got to play Klonoa, but I have played Klonoa 2 and it was cool. Can't wait to check this out.

Dshenlong
Dshenlong

I actually rented this when it came out....and I was not dissapointed. The original Klonoa was AWESOME....one of the best platformers for the PS1 in fact.

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

Why is it when I see Klonoa I always feel like the character is one of those platforming mascots that didn't make it? Like Ty the Tazmanian Tiger, or Blinx, the time Sweeper, and stuff like that?...

lewser5
lewser5

Hey Namco how about a PSN version! Since it started on PS1 there, its a logical step to make it there too.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

I remember when I was a kid, I used to see the copy of this game at my local blockbuster, it intrigued me but I ended up never renting it. Might give it a shot, this time round.

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

Aww no psn version of even the original? id buy that!

robfield
robfield

I want a 360/PS3 Klonoa Namco!...please?

unclejohn0525
unclejohn0525

Oh my god!! This is the best news I've heard all week!

division_9
division_9

Thanks Namco, despite the fact that Klonoa was originally released on the playstation you decide to leave us in the dust and go for a Wii.

ahpuck
ahpuck

i remember this game, it was awesome.

Boat3600
Boat3600

WTF SONY!!! Why didn't you jump on this sooner?? Klonoa is one of my favorite characters; you coulda had a remake on PS3! Dammit!!

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

Awesome news. The PS2 Klonoa game was ridiculously entertaining when it came out.

zityz
zityz

this is one of those "must buys" for me. I also like how developers are giving classic controller options with their games as well, makes for better variety.

IsmirZone
IsmirZone

I have the PSX Demo only. I also have Klonoa 2 for PS2. This game fits well on the Wi.

ocdog45
ocdog45

i remember playing the first one. it was really good.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

Klonoa is the holy grail of platforming for a lot of 3D platformer aficionados so I hope it does well. It's a really interesting style even on the surface. Okay, so maybe I just thought Presea's Klonoa outfit in ToS was cute. Sue me. ^_^ In any case, this is one of those games that deserve amazing sales but usually don't end up getting them, which is a shame.

livinitup01
livinitup01

I will def get this one. If they advertise it well and the casuals pick it up then they MUST make a sequel. Let's pray this is just something to test the waters and see if the appeal is still there. Klo-Klo's been gone for a long time...

Bart247
Bart247

About time Namco brought Klonoa back!

kbaily
kbaily

Maybe it's a good time for platformers to make a comback.

hime93
hime93

Nice. I remember playing Klonoa and Kloanoa 2 when I was little. They were some of my favorite games ever.

Spektre41
Spektre41

For those who don't know why this is absolutely epic, the original Klonoa (and it's fantastic sequel) are among the top-tier of platform games. They have everything a platformer fan would want.

blankshore
blankshore

I've never played this game, but after reading a preview and nintendo power, and now this, I'm pretty interested

intotheshadowz
intotheshadowz

Finally something to ease the pain of actually buying a Wii.

rockstar_88
rockstar_88

I remember playing the sequel on the PS2 back in the day, and although it was aimed very much for children (or albeit, the ladies), I found the game quite charming and I wasn't able to put it down until I beat the game. If I feel the blood soaked stains of my TV from playing too much Gears of War, Resistance 2, or Left 4 Dead is getting to me, I might pick up this game.

chego720
chego720

As a HUGE Klonoa fan, I must say, this is great news. Now I'm just going to cross my fingers and hope that they make a brand NEW game, and release it in the US =D

Mamba219
Mamba219

Fabulous game, great to hear a new generation of players will have a chance at it. It was horribly underrated the first time around.

zaphod_b
zaphod_b

Dang. When I first heard about this I thought it was going to be a new game, not another Wii-make.

jasonharris48
jasonharris48

I knew Namco was going to leave the Klonoa series hanging dry.

bvaldez
bvaldez

The original is one of my favorite games on the system -- unique mechanics and a great ending. Hopefully, Namco will put some steam behind this one via some semblance of promotion -- it truly deserves a look from everyone.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

Cool. I've wanted to get this game since I played it on a Playstation demo disc years ago from Official Playstation Magazine. I'll be getting this Wii game.