I'm pretty bummed that La-Mulana on WiiWare was canceled, though I fully understand why Nicalis can't allocate any of its limited resources towards publishing La-Mulana on WiiWare. The good news is, the subsuquent interviews that Nigoro (La-Mulana's developer) granted regarding the game's cancelation has spurred renewed interest in the game. According to their official blog "Some publishers have offered just after the interview was posted on the websites."
Having met some of the staff from Nigoro in person back in 2010, I know that their English is... not the best. Still, I think that quote is pretty clear. It makes sense that some WiiWare publishers out there would be interested in putting out La-Mulana, as unlike more WiiWare titles, the game has a built in following and a fair amount of buzz in the press. If i had the choice between publishing a random WiiWare game about bees and spelling or La-Mulana, my money would be on the game people had actually heard of.
The part that really gets me about this whole thing is Nigoro's reasoning behind wanting to share the game with the world.
"However, to tell the truth, our primary reason for it is to set a example that Japanese indie game can be released. When we release the game overseas, which publisher will have working with us? Following La-Mulana’s example, are there publishers dig Japanese unknown good indie games? Japanese indie games world is untouched vein of gold. Japanese may not be going to dig it. Now, please dig for gold as you like!"
I want a T-shirt that says, "Japanese indie games world is untouched vein of gold."
|1:00 PM on 04.16.2013|
La-Mulana is now on Steam
The tough-as-nails La-Mulana remake is now available on Steam for $14.99 if you dare to venture into the deepest, darkest depths of your gaming talent. As one of the best remakes and games I've ever played, I strongly recomme...more
|10:30 PM on 03.22.2013|
La-Mulana dated for arrival on Steam on April 15
Nigoro's 2012 remake of La-Mulana finally has a release date on Steam. Initially unable to secure a spot in the marketplace, the game was approved through Greenlight in the fourth wave of titles announced to transition to the...more
|1:30 PM on 09.19.2012|
La-Mulana launch trailer shows development timeline
La-Mulana releases on WiiWare today and, to celebrate, Nigoro looks back on the long road which brought them to this day. Starting at the beginning of development on the free version all the way back in 2001 and moving ...more
|3:00 PM on 09.17.2012|
Be a big cheater: Watch this La-Mulana beginner's guide
The La-Mulana remake will arrive on WiiWare soon (September 20th) for 1000 Wii Points ($10) in America, Europe, and Australia! In honor of this joyous occasion, Nigoro has concocted a "beginners guide" video and shared i...more
|2:30 PM on 09.06.2012|
A WiiWare trailer for La-Mulana surfaces
As you may have heard me mention recently on Podtoid, I've become quite absorbed by La-Mulana of late, playing the enhanced PC version, making maps and taking notes. It's an incredibly refreshing experience, one which d...more
|7:30 PM on 08.29.2012|
La-Mulana IS coming to WiiWare after all on September 20!
Good things come to those who wait! When Nicalis decided that it would not be publishing the WiiWare version of La-Mulana, it felt like a bitter end to an extensive but ultimately fruitless dev cycle. It was eventually releas...more
|2:00 PM on 08.01.2012|
Review: La-Mulana (Remake)
Wow. This is beyond a doubt the hardest game I've ever played.more
|4:45 PM on 07.13.2012|
The journey is end, La-Mulana PC remake is out NOW
We may not be getting La-Mulana on WiiWare as I had hoped, but this development is just as good if not better! Last week, we mentioned that the PC port of the La-Mulana remake would be launching on July 13 to celebrate the gr...more
|3:00 PM on 07.06.2012|
La-Mulana remake finally hitting PC next week
If absolutely nothing else, you've got to give props to Nigoro for being persistent. The WiiWare version of La-Mulana may not have left Japan as originally intended, but we are finally getting the remake on PC, and soon: it'...more
|12:30 PM on 05.22.2013|
Xboned! Indies can't self-publish on Xbox One
[Castle Vidcons by Tyler Rhodes] Both Sony and Nintendo are bending over backwards to make their platforms as attractive to indie developers as possible, from waived licensing fees to free patching. Microsoft has been slippin...more
|11:00 PM on 05.21.2013|
Put on your ninja shoes, N v2.0 is playable now
By now, we've seen the big reveals of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, and I can safely declare a winner: PC. Why? Because just a few days ago, Metanet Software released a huge update to its diabolical ninja platformer N,...more
|8:00 PM on 05.21.2013|
Terry Cavanagh teases new puzzle game Halting Problem
Terry Cavanagh is known for making some of the most brutally difficult, yet immensely satisfying games. VVVVVV showcased some downright masochistic platforming, and Super Hexagon provided twitch gaming that evoked an almost r...more