April 30, 2012 9:00 PM | Danny Cowan
Nicalis confirmed today that it has dropped its plans to publish Nigoro's WiiWare remake of La-Mulana in North America and Europe.
The announcement follows up on Nigoro's recent claim that it had received no response from Nicalis after its last master data submission, and that it had "no idea" when a localized version would be released.
Speaking to GoNintendo, Nicalis' Tyrone Rodriguez blames the cancellation on shifting marketplace conditions and Nigoro's alleged inability to produce a version of the game that passed Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe's submission process.
"The decision to cancel publishing of La-Mulana was a tough call, but waiting two years for NIGORO to finish development has made it near impossible to sell sufficient units on Wii," Rodriguez explains. "The WiiWare market has a fraction of the players from 2008. The window for release and success of software on the platform ended in 2009 and took a very steep decline. Players have moved onto other digital download platforms."
Rodriguez continues: "La-Mulana was originally developed without DLC in mind and, I think being their first console project, that NIGORO got a bit ahead of themselves and spent two years agonizing on getting the DLC sort of working for Japan. Unfortunately, it never passed Nintendo's submission process in the US or EU with DLC in place."
The WiiWare version of La-Mulana was released in Japan in June last year. Nigoro announced that a PC port is in the works, and a localized version is planned for release overseas.