Minna de Spelunker now in English
The release of version 1.04 is a bit of a mystery. In addition to adding more language support, the title of the game has been changed to SPELUNKER, which is evident in the new logo. There doesn’t seem to be any new content to the game itself.
Last year it was announced that Spelunker would be coming to America, but we haven’t heard anything about the game beyond the ESRB rating. There hasn’t been any word about a European release either, unfortunately.
Due to the new patch, every menu in Spelunker is now in English. The in-game online manual and survey also supports English, Japanese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish languages. The online rankings sadly do not give any clear indication that other regions would be getting the game.
When Spelunker does get released, it will be interesting to see if the game allows for worldwide online play. This would be a great gift for those that already purchased the Japanese version, seeing as they wouldn’t have to re-buy the game just to play with friends. Considering how the language barrier is gone now as well, this could be very likely.
It should be noted that Minna de Spelunker Black was just released today in the Japan for 1,200 yen. We’re still unclear on what exactly is new in Black beyond the limited field of vision shown in the latest trailer. Either way, the original Spelunker is a nice addition to the PSN roster and it’s great to see that the game is now in English. The price is unconfirmed at this point, but if the original Japanese release is any indication, the game might be $20. Like WipEout HD and Trine, this is one of the few PSN games with a Platinum Trophy. Spelunker also has local and online multiplayer with competitive and cooperative modes to play.
If you want to learn more about the game, be sure to check out our Minna de Spelunker review. And yes, the picture at the top is pretty awesome.