No Easy Mode in sight

La Mulana is coming to WiiWare – yes, we promise – with improved graphics but no alterations made to the game's notorious difficulty level. Designer Takumi Naramura has said there'll be no Easy Mode in the game, for one very simple reason:

We made the game difficult so players can die.

According to Naramura, it can take up to 30 hours to complete La Mulana, most of which time sounds like it'll be taken up by dying and finding new pads to replace broken ones. It's all part of the plan according to Naramura, who states "times might have changed, but players haven't," suggesting La Mulana harkens back to the days of dedicated gamers ploughing through tough titles like Mega Man 2 and company.