Klonoa: Door To Phantomile Wii-Make Confirmed for US!

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Last month Namco Bandai delivered a beautiful remake of Klonoa: Door To Phantomile to Japanese Wii owners, but given how poorly the game sold in the US when it first came out on the PS1 over a decade ago the chances of the Wii-make making it stateside seemed iffy at best. But thankfully Namco Bandai decided to look past the lacking retail success of the original and give the game another chance to shine in the West.

It gives me great pleasure to report that the remake of one of the most criminally overlooked all-time classic games will indeed be released sometime this year in North America under the more streamlined title Klonoa (at least that’s all it’s titled in the press release).

“Klonoa’s return marks an exciting re-boot of this beloved franchise with old-school gameplay, spectacular graphics and an instantly recognizable character,” said Todd Thorson, director of marketing and public relations for NAMCO BANDAI Games America. “Klonoa’s time-tested gameplay and intricate level design make for an awesome experience on Wii.”

Klonoa Wii faithfully resurrects the flawless platforming gameplay of the original and takes the experience to the next level with beautifully updated graphics, new Wii Remote and Nunchuk motion control functionality, and a variety of control options to suit all tastes, including support for Wii Remote only controls, the Classic Controller, a GameCube controller and the aforementioned Wiimote and Nunchuk combo. Namco Bandai also dumped off 18 screenshots to accompany the announcement, and as you can see in the gallery below they didn’t alter Klonoa’s design as that survey that went out late last year indicated was a possibility. Thank goodness for that!

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