Japanese indie developer, Nigoro, have been working on a remake of doujin game, La-Mulana, for WiiWare for over two years now. La-Mulana is a game that draws inspiration from Metroid style games, and stars an Indiana Jones-like character, Lemeza Kosugi, searching for hidden treasure in the ancient ruins of La-Mulana.
While the original La-Mulana was developed by GR3 Project for Windows PCs, the game’s art style is inspired by MSX games. Kosugi even carries an MSX laptop with him during the game, and you can insert a variety of cartridges you collect along the way into it to enable different power-ups.
While the WiiWare remake of La-Mulana was originally scheduled to release in winter of 2009, it was eventually delayed to 2010. In 2010, however, Nigoro posted an apology on their developer blog, revealing that the game had been delayed yet again, and that the debugging process was keeping them busy. Ever since August 2009, they’ve been keeping fans updated on the state of the game.
Yesterday, Nigoro updated their blog with yet another post on La-Mulana’s progress, this time with happier news. The game is almost complete, they say, and the Japanese version will be submitted to Nintendo for approval “in a few days.” While Nigoro are developing the game, Nicalis will be publishing La-Mulana outside Japan.
Nigoro will also be running a live-stream of the game later today. You can check the stream timings out on their blog.