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La Mulana Director Wins Konami Contest to Revive Old IP

Search ended: after a one year processKonami Announces Grand Prize Winners An open call for indie developers to revive old series from the company’s past catalogs. At the Tokyo Game Show, we know that Takumi Naramura, the director of La-Mulana and La-Mulana 2, will take first place as he plans to remake Konami’s The Maze of Gallius.

Originally released as a sequel to Nightmare for the Japanese MSX computer platform in 1987, Konami brought The Maze of Gallius to the NES later that same year. In a side-scrolling platform RPG, his two heroes, Popolon and Aphrodite, with their own unique skills, battled to escape from a monster-filled castle.

The Maze of Gallius can be described in modern terms as a Metroidvania, as players explore a series of interconnected rooms, earn experience points for defeating enemies, and search for power-ups and keys. The MSX version made it to Europe, but the NES version was not localized for his NES.

In a press release announcing the winners, a representative of the contest jury wrote that Naramura’s first proposal “could feel the tremendous passion for The Maze of Gallius,” and that the original game We have outlined the strengths of and the challenges involved in bringing them into the modern age. audience. The release also featured a comment from Naramura, who said that if he hadn’t won the contest, “I would have just kept quiet and made the game.”Years before this contest took place, Naramura said that professed to be a Maze of Gallius fan. Citing it as La Mulana’s main influence.

Naramura was at the Tokyo Game Show when the announcement was made. he visited the IGN livestream Talk to us and get a glimpse of what his version of The Maze of Galious might look like. “I was watching his TGS last year when this contest was announced,” said Naramura. But there it was! I hurriedly called my teammates to find out what to do. Naramura admitted that interest in this particular title was a bit out of the norm. You must have been disappointed

While Mr. Naramura’s entry took the top spot, four more developers received awards for their ideas. including runner-up New versions of Star Soldier, Parodius, Twinbee and Puyang. Elsewhere, we learned that Konami’s RPG Suikoden 1 and 2 are returning with new HD remasters.

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