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Go! Go! Kokopolo Developer Explains Why It's Being Pulled From The eShop

Posted by Damien McFerran

"It's quite nice that this version will become a limited release exclusive"

If you haven't purchased DSiWare title Go! Go! Kokopolo then you might want to get your skates on, as the title is going to be pulled from sale on the 31st of this month.

Creator Keith Webb has gone public to outline the thinking behind the move, and while it's tempting to speculate all manner of reasons, there's actually a somewhat more mundane explanation:

Even though my company, Tanukii Studios Ltd (basically just me at the mo) owns all the rights to Kokopolo, the company that helped publish the game was/is called Room 4 Games ltd. They are based in Hungary, but in order for us to work together on the game, they had to set up a company over here in the UK. Their UK company was the one who had the contract with Nintendo to release the game on the European and USA DSiWare and eShop stores, so basically they are the publisher of Go! Go! Kokopolo.

After 3 years, as sales started to dwindle to about a handful a month, it seemed a little counter-intuitive for them to keep their company open only to get the revenue from the sales, whereas in actual fact, is was costing them more on the company insurance to keep it open, than they were making.

They chatted to me, and asked if it was okay to pull the game from the stores, so that they could close down their UK company, and concentrate solely on their Hungarian company which is much easier for them, as that is where they are based.

I reckoned a nice time to take the game off the store would be on the anniversary 3 years after it was released, as I reckoned by now everyone who wanted it would likely have brought it. I emailed a few sites telling them about it just to allow anyone who didn't have a chance to buy it before, or forgot, that they could get their hands on it one last time.

Talking with Nintendo of Europe, they reckoned that anyone who already purchased it would still be able to redownload it if they somehow lost all their digital content, so don't worry about that if you already purchased it :)

The other thing is, although Nintendo of Europe confirmed to me that it was going to be unavailable in "all territories" after 31st August, I'm not 100% sure they included the US in that or just all European territories. We did request from NOA to remove it as well, but if you are in the US, could you check on the eShop notifications this week and tell me if it mentions anything about it? If not, you USA peeps might have an extra week or so.

Anyway, that's the basic premise. In a way, I think it's quite nice that this version will become a limited release exclusive, and hopefully everyone who got it had a good time playing it (hopefully not too frustrating in areas.

So there you have it — you've got a few days to get your hands on this title before it's gone forever. It's not all bad news, though — Webb had some more details on Kokopolo 3D, which is still in development:

Now, onto "Kokopolo 3D - Space Recipe For Disaster". I can confirm the plan is still to release this sometime ... but I'll be 100% honest, I ain't got a clue when. In terms of art assets and level layouts etc, it's about 60% complete...but I am just waiting on the coders to finish porting the gameplay code from the original over to the 3DS hardware. When it is finished, however, it will be a brand new game, rather than a straight port of the DSi version, with all new levels, bosses, music intro's, endings etc...so if you already have the original Kokopolo, this will be a new adventure for you :)

Circle Entertainment will be publishing "Kokopolo 3D", but they have been very patient with me as I try to get everything done, so kudos to them. Chances are, I'd also like to release Kokopolo 3D around the $4 mark (the original had to be $8 as per Nintendo's policy back then based on file size). This should hopefully make it more palatable for players who were on the fence with the first one.

How do you feel about the original game being pulled, and are you excited about getting your hands on the sequel? Drop a comment to tell us what you think.

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User Comments (18)

PvtOttobot

#2

PvtOttobot said:

Wow, I watched the trailer for Go! Go! Kokopolo and it looks awesome! I salute you Keith Webb and wish all the best for Kokopolo 3D.

lividd3ad

#3

lividd3ad said:

It's being pulled down? I never actually got around to buying it! I remember wanting it from the first developer diary I saw in NGamer.

chiptoon

#4

chiptoon said:

Its very worthwhile, but got less fun in later levels due to high difficulty. I never finished it, but loved what I played, and look forward to seeing more from the developer.

Drawdler

#5

Drawdler said:

AFAIK, it never came out in Australia. I always wanted to try this game out, but looks like I can't now. :(

SKTTR

#6

SKTTR said:

Appreciate developers making announcements like these!

On WiiWare games were often pulled without notification. Which is bad for both sides:
Gamers who eventually wanted to download a game didn't get a chance, and developers who could make a last spike in sales didn't take their chance.
So (despite being unfortunate when a game is pulled) this is the way to do it right!

My only advice is telling the customers these announcements as soon as possible. With only a few days left there'll be people who won't have access to this information until it's too late.

mystman12

#7

mystman12 said:

Maybe I'll pick it up just to support the guy. What he's saying about Kokopolo 3D's development actually reminds me of what I'd say about the pinball game I'm working on. I'm gonna release it, but I have absolutely no idea when. I hope he takes all the time he needs to make Kokopolo 3D as perfect as possible.

mike_intv

#8

mike_intv said:

Hate to see games pulled. But if it has to be done, this is the way to do it. Announce so people have one last chance to purchase and explain so people know that things do happen for a reason.

Blue_Yoshi

#9

Blue_Yoshi said:

Well I just downloaded it, I actually wanted to play this game for a whole after seeing the trailer but I was waiting for a discount but it looks like that Dev now has my 8 bucks.

BakaKnight

#10

BakaKnight said:

Urgh... always have been kinda interested in that game, never got to buy it, but also never pulled it away from my radar.

Guess it's time I make a decision before the eShop will do it for me >o>;;;

Dreamcaster-X

#11

Dreamcaster-X said:

This has always been my big beef about an all digital future. Once these games are gone from their respective download services, they become nigh impossible to obtain. I'm still collecting old games I never got a chance to play on the old consoles so not being able to do that in the future makes it a bit sad.

TimeGuy

#12

TimeGuy said:

I'm relieved to get news of Kokopolo 3D. I was afraid that it had been abandoned.

ToxieDogg

#13

ToxieDogg said:

Brilliant game, I've had it since launch and it's one of my favourite downloads. Whilst I can see why it's being pulled, the guy's comments do worry me a little for the future of gaming going all digital...

'as I reckoned by now everyone who wanted it would likely have brought it.'

I often download games from the different online services that are months, if not years old. Bit worrying that if the developer decides to just pull a game, then it's gone forever.unless it's somehow been archived somewhere.

HandheldGuru97

#14

HandheldGuru97 said:

Planning on adding some money in and giving this game ago. I want to see small developers like this make their money back. So long as they have a good product I will buy it.

Henmii

#16

Henmii said:

"Chances are, I'd also like to release Kokopolo 3D around the $4 mark"

That would be great! A pity though that the original is gone, luckily I got it already. Maybe you guys can make a deal that Circle re-releases this title?

Drawdler

#17

Drawdler said:

Yeah I just checked the Aus eShop this morning and it's not there. Ah well, guess I'll be forced to skip it. :( I hope it gets re-released somehow, but doubt it.

ZenTurtle

#18

ZenTurtle said:

Perhaps people who buy kokopolo 3d get a dl code for the game? Maybe dl codes can still be distributed?

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