Few WiiWare games have had as public a storied development process as Nicalis' retro-inspired adventure La-Mulana. Today that story seems to have come to a whimpering end for North American and European players, as Nicalis broke the news on Twitter earlier this evening that the game would not be published in those regions:

Regarding La-Mulana, we have chosen to cancel publishing in North America and Europe for WiiWare.

La-Mulana released in Japan in June 2011 after a protracted and arduous development dating back to 2010. It was one of the few higher-profile releases remaining for WiiWare, next to the yep-still-actually-happening Retro City Rampage and a port of Descent that we'd frankly be shocked to see materialize. Then there's Nicalis' NightSky that was promised for the service but only made it to Steam a year ago.

We'll follow up with Nicalis and report back with any updates.

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