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  • Acclaimed Flop: Despite the franchise being absolutely loved by nearly everyone who plays it and all around getting great reviews, the games have never really managed to break out of their Cult Classic status.
  • Colbert Bump: While still not as well-known as Pac-Man or Mario, Klonoa has gained a bit more popularity thanks to the internet and word of mouth over the years. Which may or may not have also inspired the creation of the comic and the (canned) film.
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  • Franchise Killer: The 2008 remake was a total flop in sales, not only canning any possibility of the proposed Klonoa 2 Wii remake, but probably putting the entire game series on ice. While a web comic for Klonoa was released on September 2012, that ended in 2014, leaving the franchise dead once more untill the film adaptation was announced...until it too was cancelled in early 2019.
  • Invisible Advertising: The series barely got any advertising in the west, and the ads it did get were mostly things like magazine ads.
  • No Export for You: Moonlight Museum didn't make it out of Japan due to the WonderSwan not catching on; Beach Volleyball didn't make it to North America because Sony was trying to phase out the PS1 by 2002. Namco subsequently decided that North America hated Klonoa for some reason and refused to localize any other games until 2005.
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  • The Other Darrin: Nearly all of the Japanese voice actors were replaced for the Wii remake of DTP, with Kumiko Watanabe being the only exception.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Ash Paulsen of GameXplain stated that he is a big fan of the series, then in January 2017, he landed the Associate Producer role in developing the animated film. But then the film was confirmed to be cancelled, meaning we won't get to see his contributions for a while, if ever.
    • The webcomic’s writer, Jim Zub, was also stated to be a huge fan of the series.
  • Screwed by the Network: Namco, somehow, expected the series to sell despite having almost no advertising. Of course, when it didn't sell because people didn't know about it, the franchise died.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Before they created Klonoa, the series' creators came up with some other interesting character concepts. They were originally going to make the protagonist a human soul trapped in a robot body. Another scrapped protagonist was a shadow creature named Shady. However, Shady was rejected because the creators feared he wasn't appealing enough.
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    • An evil Klonoa was considered to be in the game, along with a boss fight against Hewpow.
    • For the North American release of the first game's Wii remake, a proposed redesign for Klonoa replaced his trademark floppy ears with pointy cat ears, and also removed his hat. This redesign was shouted down in favor of a design leaning more strongly to his appearance in the other games. Here is the original version, on the right. It's unclear how Klonoa would have been able to flutter without his floppy ears, or if that ability was going to be removed entirely.
    • Ghadius' original designs were... interesting. It's strange to think that such a dark, serious villain was almost a Monster Clown.
    • The Famitsu guidebook for Empire of Dreams has a page showing several worlds that were cut from the game.
    • A concept sketch for Moonlight Museum shows that Klonoa could originally lift objects that were stacked on top of each other.
  • The Wiki Rule: Has its own wiki, Klonoa Wiki.

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