Excerpt: What we have here is a remake of a game that first appeared on the original PlayStation, given upgraded graphics and a range of control options, and released on the Wii. But will the old-school gameplay put off new players, or introduce them to a whole new genre?
Summary: Much like the insanely popular First Person Shooter genre of today, the staplemark of the early battles of Sega and Nintendo consisted primarily of platform games. Of course, the two kings of this game style were Sonic, the super speedy hedgehog and Mario, the leaping, turtle-stomping plumber, and...
Conclusion: Concept: Revive a cult PSone platformer on a family friendly platform
Graphics: Much improved from the original. Think modern Sonic games
Sound: Annoying voice acting replaces the nonsensical blathering from before
Playability: Hold the remote NES-style and you're good to go
Entertainment: You don't...
Conclusion: As home to platforming's most beloved hero, Mario, one might expect there to be countless quality titles in the genre available for Wii gamers. Unfortunately, when it comes to great action games of this sort - especially of the old-school, side-scrolling variety - the pickings are surprisingly slim.
Summary: This remake is a wonderful addition to the Wii library. I'm very glad Namco Bandai decided to bring back this classic and not just port it to the system. The fact that they took the time to add 3D graphics, voice work, redo the audio, and make the controls simple should be commended.
Conclusion: These flaws don’t mar the overall experience, but they do help establish what kind of experience it is. Anyone who grew up with this genre will be tickled pink by Klonoa’s honest, traditional approach, and I still see myself going back to Klonoa half a year from now to replay the stages in reverse...
Conclusion: sequel years later on the PS2. Third time’s usually the charm, however, and a third release on the most popular console this generation might be the one to give Klonoa the stardom it so richly deserves.