Konami has announced the grand prize winner of its open call for indie developers to revive older series from the company’s back catalogue

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with the winners announced at Tokyo Game Show, and first place going to Takumi Naramura, director of La Mulana and La Mulana 2

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who plans to remake Konami’s The Maze of Galious, which he cited as a significant influence on La Mulana.

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The Maze of Galious was originally released as a sequel to Knightmare for the MSX computer platform in Japan in 1987 and brought to the Famicom later that same year.

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The game is a  side-scrolling platform RPG featuring two heroes with their own unique skills named Popolon and Aphrodite,

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who are trying to fight their way out of a castle filled with monsters. The game can be considered a Metroidvania and sees the player exploring a series of interconnected rooms

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In Konami’s press release, representatives from the panel of contest judges stated that they “could feel tremendous passion for The Maze of Galious” in Naramura’s initial proposal

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especially since he outlined the original game’s strengths and noted the challenges involved in bringing it to modern audiences.

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Naramura also stated that if he hadn’t won the contest, “I’d probably just stay quiet and make the game anyway.”

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