Retro Wrap-Up: Klonoa Edition

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

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Klonoa | Retro Wrap-UpOne of the more underrated and underappreciated series when it comes to retro games is Namco’s Klonoa. The first game, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, is widely considered to be the first attempt at a platformer with 2-D gameplay and a 3-D rendered background. The style would later come to be known as 2.5-D, but it was rare to see it in a time when the industry was pushing for more and more realism in games.

The first game was remade for the Wii, and while it had some cool extra features, I just wasn’t a fan of the voice acting. I much preferred the cutesy pseudo-language spoken by Klonoa and friends in the original games. I’m probably in the minority in that regard.

So, in celebration of this classic series, the oprainfall Retro Commercial Research Team–in other words, me–has dug up some interesting TV spots for the little… uh, what kind of animal is Klonoa supposed to be, anyway? While many of the ads are from Japan, I did find one in English. Enjoy!

This weekend, PAX Prime is happening in Seattle. We’re covering the event so make sure to stay tuned to see all the impressions and interviews we’ve got in store. Here’s what we’ve got so far:

PAX Prime 2015

Here are the highlights from the past week:




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And, as always, if you have any ideas or suggestions for retro commercials, let us know either through Facebook, Twitter, or just leave a good old-fashioned comment below.

About Eric Chetkauskas

Eric has been playing video games for longer than he can remember. His interests skew toward retro games with an emphasis on Japanese RPGs like Chrono Trigger and the Dragon Quest series.

  • Laurence J. Nguyen

    I only played three Klonoa games: Klonoa for the Wii, Klonoa: Empire of Dreams and Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament. I never owned either a PS1 or PS2 and I’m sure I’m pretty much out of luck because the first game and its sequel, “Lunatea’s Veil” might be super duper expensive and tricky to get a hold of. I hope I’m wrong based on what I said as I don’t like being right, sometimes.

    The Wii remake of the first game is not bad and I prefer the gibberish over the English Dub and the Game Boy Advance ones to me are so underrated almost no one ever talks about those, at all.

    Klonoa Heroes for the GBA is only in Japan which is a shame. There is also the Moonlight Museum game on the Bandai Wonderswan and Klonoa Beach Volleyball game on PS1 but only in Japan and Europe, not America. None of those games saw the light of day in the U.S. and they sadly never will. 🙁

    • Eric

      The PS1 game is hard to find and really expensive, but Lunatea’s Veil for the PS2 can actually be found for relatively cheap. I haven’t had a chance to check out the handheld games yet myself.

  • Charles Work

    The Wii version has options for both English and Phantomile voices, you know.

    • Eric

      I did not know that. Maybe I’ll consider giving it another shot.