La Mulana’s WiiWare Release Cancelled For The West


Well, that’s that. After what seems like an excruciatingly long development cycle, La Mulana’s western release on WiiWare has been cancelled, the game’s publisher, Nicalis, announced via their Twitter feed today.


“Regarding La-Mulana, we have chosen to cancel publishing in North America and Europe for WiiWare,” Nicalis wrote in their tweet. Later on, they followed up with another tweet, saying: “If Nintendo says a game isn’t ready for release, then it’s not ready for release. Called it unfinished or unapproved—whichever you like.”


This isn’t the first we’ve heard of development problems with the WiiWare remake of La Mulana. The game’s developer, Nigoro, originally planned it for release in 2009. It was finally released on the Japanese WiiWare service in the summer of last year.


Fortunately, those looking forward to playing the western release will still be able to grab it for PC when it’s released on that platform. Nigoro say that the PC version is in the middle of being tested by debuggers.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.