La-Mulana release held up by the Germans

Hey, remember La-Mulana? It’s that revamped indie PC action adventure title inspired by Castlevania, Indiana Jones, Mickey Mouse, The Terminator, and classic MSX games of old, originally scheduled to hit WiiWare in late 2010. Well, the game finally made it to WiiWare in Japan, but according to the game’s official blog, we haven’t seen the game out of its native country yet because of the “Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle”. That’s the games ratings board of Germany, affectionately know as the “USK”. U-S-K you say? More like S-U-C-K…. S.

Right. Moving on.

Nigoro (the game’s developer) submitted the game for review to the ESRB, OFLC, and the USK about two months ago. OFLC and the ESRB have the game rated and ready to go, but the USK still hasn’t finished their job yet. Nigoro says their waiting on the USK’s rating before the release the localized build of the game, so they can put it out in Europe and the U.S. at about the same time.

If you’re reading this Nigoro, you’ve got to stop the madness. Get La-Mulana out in the U.S. as soon as possible, as the Wii is currently in the midst of its worst drought ever. Wii owners are desperate to play anything right now, as they wait for Kirby Returns to Dreamland, Bit.Trip Complete, Rhythm Heaven Wii, and Skyward Sword to be released later in the year. If there was ever a time that a great-but-unassuming title like La-Mulana could steal the spotlight, it’s now.

Doesn’t make any progress!! [La-Mulana offical blog]

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes