Removal of MSX references in the Nintendo Wii version of La-Mulana - why exactly?

Por pacpacfujishima

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30-06-2010, 13:40

Sorry if this is old news, but today I still see "MSX" written in the t-shirt of one of the characters in the La-Mulana official website for the WiiWare release Wink
But why exactly removing the MSX references? Is this because of strict intellectual property/copyright issues? If so, how about billions of movies, tv series, cartoons, comics and all using Star Wars references without (I'm sure) paying any royalties to Georce Lucas? Smile

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Por JohnHassink

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30-06-2010, 14:28

Hmm, my guess is because most Wii owners aren't really familiar with those old Konami's or MSX itself.. still a shame.
If they want to remove the Maze of Galious influences too, they might as well remove the entire game. Wink

Por pacpacfujishima

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30-06-2010, 14:47

It's a good guess. If they're going to market for a North American and Western European audience, which I think is their goal, they could add NES references. Because the NES is the 8-bit system which most North Americans are familiar with. The NES retro scene is huge (the Angry Video Game Nerd and all that). There are plenty of Konami NES games which are quite like the MSX version (Vampire Killer = Castlevania, Life Force = Salamander, etc).

If they want to remove the Maze of Galious influences too, they might as well remove the entire game.
Yup. I see also Kings Valley 1&2 and Vampire Killer (the whip) in La-Mulana. The whole game is a love letter to the MSX platform, as said by a Youtuber in a La-Mulana video. Smile

Por robertwilting

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30-06-2010, 19:31

Ít's all about the rights and sometimes Compannies can be really picky at this.
Replacing it with NES stuff won't do. Because NES doesn't have 2 slots and other things. Additionally the new target audience won't be the old school guys. (Because they got the PC version allready !)
No really it's better to adapt it in the current way as to put NES stuff in it.

Por pacpacfujishima

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01-07-2010, 02:01

Ít's all about the rights and sometimes Compannies can be really picky at this.
Replacing it with NES stuff won't do. Because NES doesn't have 2 slots and other things. Additionally the new target audience won't be the old school guys. (Because they got the PC version allready !)
No really it's better to adapt it in the current way as to put NES stuff in it.

The game being released in the Nintendo Wii itself I think they would not be picky about some little homage for their own classic NES console. The problem is probably Konami, but nothing that a few phone calls between managers and legal agents would not solve. But probably the authors are still an entity too small for this type of corporate deal.

Just as a "what if" exercise, how about Commodore 64 instead of MSX or NES ? Smile I'm afraid to say that the Commodore 64 is the most well known 8-bit computer and actually synonym of "retro computing" so it'll work for anybody, not only old school guys lol. I've read in some website that the Commodore 64 brand name was recently acquired by some modern PC manufacturer to release some Laptops or something like that (nothing to do with C64 except the name), but also this would mean they would be also really picky at this.