Did you know the Wii-make of classic PSone platformer Klonoa has been released in Australia? I didn't.
I somehow missed it in last week's The Week In Games. In fact, I only realised after visiting the Atari Australia website yesterday to check something else. While there I noticed that Klonoa was dated for June 19.
June 19? That was last week!
So I checked a few retailers. The EB website returned no search results. Same at GAME. Same at JB. Hmm...
A quick query to Atari this morning confirmed that, yes, Klonoa was in fact released last Thursday. But only at a bare handful of retailers, including Harvey Norman, JB HiFi and various indies such as Games Warehouse.
It would seem that Atari had some difficulty getting more retailers interested in taking the game. Which is a tragedy. The PSone original is, as I said, a classic. Our US colleagues called the Wii-make an excellent port with an "unshakable foundation of quality gameplay". Even Matthew Perry loves it.
So those of you out there decrying the lack of quality games for the Wii, call your local retailer and ask them about Klonoa. Let's apply some pressure and show them there's an audience - and sales - out there for this kind of game.
If you've seen Klonoa on sale somewhere, let us know in the comments!