Retro Scope: Klonoa: Door to Phantomile

Nintendojo: Klonoa: Door to Phantomile didn’t start out as a Klonoa game. When series creator Hideo Yoshizawa of Namco began work on this quirky PlayStation title, it was intended to have a licensed character as the lead. In a twist of fate similar to Nintendo’s Donkey Kong arcade game, the departure of the licensed properties and characters yielded a more enjoyable title than what might have been. Klonoa may not have the pedigree of Sonic or Super Mario, but it’s a solid franchise that continues to yield fun, though niche, adventures. It also harks back to some of the important design choices that have continued to make Nintendo’s games so beloved and accessible; indeed, the Klonoa franchise has come to call Nintendo systems home more than any other in the years since it launched on Sony’s PlayStation.

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