I would like to answer some of the questions and concerns that were brought up on the website about La-Mulana for WiiWare.
I will start with the ones on the Japanese site.
About the sound source for the PC version.
I always prefer to create new environments for new graphics. So, yes, the sound source will be different from the original PC version.
If some prefer the original graphics and music, they can download the original PC version for free.
We will keep some of the music from original version based on the results from music survey (on the website). I think those results will keep interest of those who love the PC version.
About resetting when you make mistake.
Some significant changes will be made on how to “save” and “continue”.
There will be only one save data? Don’t worry, we won’t do anything that crazy.
Even if you load right after you save the game, pots will not reappear. When the character dies, he will no longer restart on the surface.
We also expect players to try multiple times in order to go over the route from the Holy Grail monument to the tough area.
You will be able to use the Wii Remote. We will explain more details about this later.
Numbers of buttons are very limited, but we are trying to find the best placement for each function.
We suggest you to use the Classic Controller, though.
Because it has more buttons than the Wii Remote, you will be able to switch menu and change weapons by using the additional buttons.
You will not be able to input text. Instead, there will be software.
About Money and damage
There will be significant changes to these issues.
It will be easier to save money than it used to be in the original game, but at the same time, there will be more chances to use the money as well.
There will be many empty spots after removing more than 70 ROMs.
We are planning on filling the empty spots with 100G pots and some traps, too.
We will not change how the life level system works, but there will be more damage by guardians and needles.
It will be quite different. Players should be more scared of the needles’ attacks.
We hope that this change will clarify our concept “Explore with the fear of death”
Also, the Professor’s movements will be a bit faster.
About saving the scanned images.
We are still in the process of finalizing this, so please understand that there will be of course changes will be made later.
We are planning on creating a system in which the player can record some documents, though there will be some limit.
We also thought screen capture would be a good idea, but it’s not like you can take out the SD card after taking picture. Besides, there isn’t enough memory.
The animation for swinging weapons has been refined.
This is what we’ve got so far.
About new items and lost items.
We no longer have detector and MSX, instead, we have two new items.
One will be for events and the other will be for building up strength.
About Guardian and Room Guardian
They will be stronger. Some of them may be changed into a new kind or different characters.You know, Baphomet is pretty angry.
About mini games.
There won’t be any mini games.
You may be wondering about the girl who appears above the elder.
She is our new character. She is a mysterious one.
Ok, now, let me answer some of the questions that were posted on the websites for foreigners.
I enjoy reading their questions. They reflect each national character that now I know their popular games are different than Japanese ones.
What’s gonna happen to the Hell’s Sanctuary?
This question was the most popular one. People outside of Japan seem to be very interested in the challenging area.
Of course, we will keep the Hell’s Sanctuary, but it will be for the ones who could complete the rest of the game. We may have to include it as downloadable content.
We are referring MegaMan 9’s marketing strategy.
Even though we put so much effort to create the Hell’s Sanctuary, some people conquered it easily. Some people even say that it is “a room for taking a break” .
We should make it harder with more traps.
About downloadable content.
This is just a plan at this point, but we may include the Hell’s Sanctuary, a series of battles against guardians and battles against the Room Guardians as downloadable content.
About numbers of buttons and equipments.
As you may be concerned, there are not enough buttons when you hold the Wii controller sideways.
You will use button 1 and 2 for jumping and main weapons. Also, button A next to the +Control Pad and button B behind the +Control Pad, are hard to control when you hold it side way. NIGORO suggests to use the Classic Controller for these reasons.
There will be icons for main weapons, sub-weapons and handheld items, such as Holy Grail.