Back in September 2019, word spread about the possibility of the classic Namco character Klonoa returning, after Bandai Namco filed some trademarks in Japan.
Fast forward to September 2021, and the Japanese company has now gone and filed some new trademarks for “Waffuu Encore” and “1&2 Encore” in the same location. The word “encore” is what Bamco has been subtitling remasters of games (e.g. Katamari Damacy ‘Encore’ instead of ‘Reroll’ ) in Japan, in recent times.
And the word “Waffuu” – as noted by Gematsu, is the catch phrase of the series’ floppy-eared protagonist. When news about Klonoa’s possible return surfaced in 2019, it was the same time as a trademark appeared for Mr. Driller: DrillLand (Mr. Driller ‘Encore’ in Japan).
Klonoa began life in 1997 on the PlayStation and eventually showed up on some of Nintendo’s platforms during the GBA and Wii generation. Would you like to see this character make a return? Leave a comment below.