Klonoa Being Redesigned for Door To Phantomile Wii-Make?


This morning I received a very interesting survey from Namco Bandai regarding the Klonoa series. This “Klonoa Game Development Survey” immediately caught my attention with its heavy emphasis on questions about a new Klonoa design (pictured above, left), whether I preferred it to the old design, even getting down to the nitty gritty of critiquing the design by body part (shoes, ears, clothes, etc.) and asking how likely I’d be to buy a game with this new Klonoa character (and repeating the same grading process for the classic Klonoa). Needless to say, I prefer the classic style (and loathe the new one!).

Clearly this means they are mulling over a change in art direction for the series, though there’s no mention of what game this could be for. The survey did ask at the very beginning if I owned a Wii or planned to buy one by the end of this year, so obviously it’s a Wii game. Only thing is I’m not sure if this will be for a US port of the Door To Phantomile Wii-Make that Japan is getting this December or an entirely new Klonoa Wii game. I’d have to believe it would be for an all-new game because it wouldn’t make sense to completely overhaul the style in a remake, but that’s just a guess. Honestly, though, I don’t really care which it would be for, Klonoa should not be changed in any way. As I put in my closing comments in the survey, Klonoa is a great character and deserves to be preserved as he’s always been. Please leave Klonoa be, Namco Bandai!!!

So what do you think? Would you be interested in a game starring the new Klonoa?

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