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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.
  • 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.
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  • Invisible Advertising: The series barely got any advertising in the West, and the ads it did get were mostly things like magazine ads.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Finding physical copies for cheap prices is pretty much impossible, especially if you're looking for the localized versions. Besides the first game's Wii remake, the only re-releases were the Wii U Virtual Console re-releases of the Game Boy Advance games, and the PlayStation Network downloads of Door to Phantomile. Don’t have those? You’re out of luck. There’s a reason most playthroughs are on emulators.
  • Late Export for You: Dream Champ Tournament, which was released in Japan on the Game Boy Advance in August of 2002, didn't get an English localization until February 2005, a few months after the Nintendo DS hit the market.
  • 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 Dream Champ Tournament was released in North America in 2005. Even then, Dream Champ Tournament was never officially given a European release.
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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.
  • Presumed Flop: Door to Phantomile is assumed to be this by many due to its relative obscurity and poorly-documented sales figures. In reality, it did well enough to launch a franchise that survived for a few years.
  • 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.
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  • Screwed by the Network: Namco, somehow, expected the series to sell despite having almost no advertising. Of course, when the games didn't sell because people didn't know about it, the franchise died.
  • What Could Have Been:
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    • 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.
    • 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 keeping the design that was already being used. 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.
    • If an IGN article is to be believed, Lunatea's Veil was going to get a port for the Nintendo GameCube, but it was later scrapped.
    • Concept art for Klonoa Heroes showed different costume options for Klonoa (including designs that swapped out his hat for a bandana and/or goggles, and two designs that gave him a red shirt with a blue jacket), before it was decided that he would wear his Lunatea's Veil outfit.
    • Concept art for the webcomic shows that Klonoa’s design was going to use the cat-like eyes from Door to Phantomile before being switched out for the standard Sonic-like eyes that were used in Moonlight Museum onward.
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