Klonoa Wii


Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
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  1. 100
    This is a game that is filled with a simple yet endearing story, excellent game mechanics, eye-popping visuals, a challenging collection element, and a surprisingly bittersweet ending that will make you want to play it all over again, especially to see the once-static cinematics recreated in full 3D. Klonoa is one of the best platforming games of all time and this is a superior remake of an already flawless original.
  2. $30 is a fair price to pay for a truly excellent, old school platforming experience.
  3. Nintendo Power
    A platforming classic. [May 2009, p.88]
  4. Klonoa is not only a great game remade, it's a great deal.
  5. While platforming titles have certainly become more intricate and flashy over the years, Namco's update of their original Klonoa title proves that even a decade-old platformer can still hold its own when a developer puts the time and effort into it. If you're a platformer fan, you absolutely must own this wonderfully charming title.
  6. But despite the short length and difficulty, Klonoa’s classic strengths far outweigh its long forgotten weaknesses. Whether you were a fan of the original or a curious newcomer, Door to Phantomile is a wonderful experience that deserves to reach the reception it has long deserved.
  7. 90
    Klonoa doesn't make amazing nor innovative use of the Wii's control capabilities, yet it is a shining example of how the bare minimum of pad usage can still create an excellent game.
  8. 85
    The Wii was definitely the perfect audience to deliver it on, and for thirty bucks you simply cannot afford to miss this incredibly charming experience.
  9. What you're getting, and you're getting it at a bargain price, is a magnificent update of an already standout title.
  10. The only “problems” with this game are that it's quite short (it's more like Portal-short in that it doesn't need to be any longer than it is) and that, like every remake and re-imagining, it doesn't bringing anything extraordinarily new to the table.
  11. Klonoa's an excellent platforming title, especially for many players who may have missed out on it when it was originally released.
  12. 80
    Feels like a breath of fresh air on a system that normally spits out mini-game collections and crappy sports packs once a week. Klonoa is a remake of the original, and it follows the template brick for brick, but for newcomers to the series it’s a must-play entry into the world of platformers.
  13. 80
    In the end, Klonoa is a fantastic game that unfortunately suffers from a high degree of difficulty.
  14. The best part about this new remake of Klonoa is that it's going for the discounted price of $29.99. Considering the game won't take you an especially long time to finish, that's a great price for a classic platformer that still has some appeal for modern players while also being charming enough for younger kids to get into, as well.
  15. The gameplay is well-designed and it features some truly beautiful visuals.
  16. The Wii remake of Klonoa smartly left the original's essentials alone, expanding the formula with a vibrant, refreshed look, and a world that not only looks a lot better, but moves more fluidly. With plenty of variety, memorable boss battles, and a charming story, this is one ride you can't afford to miss...even if it is a rather short one.
  17. Though short, Klonoa makes for a fantastic addition to the Wii library. With its beautiful new visuals, additional modes, and extremely challenging bonus rooms, Klonoa veterans as well as platformer fans would do well to pick up this budget-priced title.
  18. 80
    Run, jump and dodge - these are the simple commodities in which Klonoa trades. Lush visuals and solid mechanics make this an excellent remake which stands testament to the power of the 2D plane.
  19. Klonoa: The Door to Phantomile is a polished version of a 2D-platformer that was released on the Playstation more than a decade ago. The gameplay is simple, well structured and offers just the right amount of challenge. Klonoa isn't one of the lengthiest games, but looks and plays great.
  20. Klonoa Door to Phantomile is one of the best adaptations to the next generation we've ever seen. Unfortunately, it doesn't bring any big new features in comparison with the original.
  21. Klonoa is back in an awesome remake which represents one of the few games that, in the late 90's, fused the 2D traditional gameplay with the emerging and stunning 3D graphics. An authentic dream come true in Wii. Don't miss the opportunity of playing this game if you're a nostalgic gamer.
  22. No matter how many years have passed, Klonoa is still a great platformer, and here on Wii it boosts a nice visual upgrade: however, Bandai Namco did nothing to improve the length of the game, which can be easily completed in five hours or so.
  23. This is certainly no Super Mario Galaxy, but it is a more than respectable entry in the platforming universe.
  24. This classic platformer is as fun and good-looking as ever, but it's over before you know it.
  25. Fun but short, magic but easy ... Klonoa jumps into Wii to become one of the best platform-games in 2.5D of the console. Jumps, colour and funny dreams for everyone, although it only lasts for the length of a nap.
  26. The final surprise the game offered was its at first vanilla, then definitively Vanilla Sky storyline.
  27. Despite all of these complaints, I can see fans of the original game enjoying this revival. It’s faithful to a fault, and I can think of plenty of older niche games that I would love to see get similar treatment. But if you’ve got no connection to the original, you’ll likely wonder what all of the fuss is about.
  28. 70
    Klonoa is one of the best platforming games on the Wii.
  29. A perfect remake: shiny graphics and some new contents that increase replay value. Still, is a game from 1997, some puzzles are too "childish" and the main adventure don't last more than 5 hours.
  30. A mixed success. In terms of its childlike spectacle, Klonoa is quite brilliant, offering a number of memorable set-pieces and an unforgettable, wistful ambience throughout. But its challenges, while obvious, are often fiddly to overcome, and the sense of deep achievement that comes from completing one of Super Mario's tasks is here replaced by mere relief that it's over.
  31. Nintendo Gamer
    A disappointingly underwhelming title. [Mar 2009, p.69]
  32. The more than ten year old game is still charming and will attract younger players. Let’s hope Klonoa 2 will hit the Wii as well.
  33. Games Master UK
    Solid and enjoyable stuff but also incredibly shallow by today's standards. [Aug 2009, p.84]
  34. Edge Magazine
    Puzzles are too child-friendly, their solutions more fiddly than mentally taxing. The pleasure earned from cracking Miymoto’s designs is instead targeted by flashy 2.5D level design – snaking sights that admittedly look wonderfully crisp on Wii – and set-pieces for the impatient. [Mar 2009, p.95]
  35. A strange choice of PSone update, but an enjoyable platformer only let down by its lack of challenge.
  36. The remake of Klonoa for Wii is a colorful and cozy game that's perfect for the younger generation of players. Unfortunately, the experienced player has not much to get here more than a dose of nostalgia.

Awards & Rankings

#25 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#59 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 25, 2011
    One of my all time favorite Wii Games of 2009. Very underrated too. If you see it at a store pick this up It has decent Re-playability andOne of my all time favorite Wii Games of 2009. Very underrated too. If you see it at a store pick this up It has decent Re-playability and great Music! Namco if you're reading this make a Klonoa 2 for the Wii. Full Review »
  2. Aug 29, 2010
    Klonoa returns remade for the Wii! This was definitely one of those series that I always wanted to play and I finally got the chance to do so!Klonoa returns remade for the Wii! This was definitely one of those series that I always wanted to play and I finally got the chance to do so! And overall I'm not disappointed, as it offers classic platformer gameplay that many games are failing to do so. Not only that but it also has a very interesting story going with it. Yet the game is fairly easy and short, except the very last level that is only difficult because it makes you jump on platforms that are very small and make you slip easily. But aside from that little moment, you can finish easily this game. And while that is not particularly a bad thing, it becomes a bad thing considering how short the game is. Otherwise this one would definitely be superb, yet I can't wait to see the second part come to the Wii, please. Full Review »
  3. JonathanCarrier
    Aug 6, 2009
    A great game "Wii" made but that'sall it's been. As a 7 year old game it doesn't hold up well to the lengthy platformers today.A great game "Wii" made but that'sall it's been. As a 7 year old game it doesn't hold up well to the lengthy platformers today. You can beat this game in a day. The graphics are great, the music is well done, the levels and bosses are good, but it's just too easy. Full Review »