Cave Story for 3DS delayed to August 9

Nippon Ichi pushes stereoscopic spelunking game back a month and change; European release set for September.

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Cave Story fans eager to see the acclaimed 2D action game burst into the third dimension will have to wait a little bit longer. Weeks after Nintendo hung a June 28 launch on Nippon Ichi's Cave Story 3D, the publisher has revised the release date to August 9 in North America, with a European release to follow in September.

It's going to take a bit longer to add that extra dimension.

While Cave Story 3D will feature glasses-free stereoscopic 3D graphics, the game will still play like the side-scrolling action adventure that inspired it. As the title's diminutive protagonist, players will find themselves in a cave with no recollection of the past, but assurance that they must aid a group of adorable rabbit-like critters.

Originally known as Doukutsu Monogatari, Cave Story was first released as a free-to-play PC game in 2004. Nicalis adapted it and released it as a WiiWare title last March, with a DSiWare edition following in November. Nippon Ichi has said it hopes this new version will "bring new life" to the game and make it accessible to new audiences.

For more on Cave Story 3D, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

Discussion

17 comments
Hkshinfug
Hkshinfug

One of the most underrated games I've seen this year.

atopp399
atopp399

Delays are not something Nintendo needs right now...

scroll55
scroll55

until this game comes out there's always the FREE PC version, of this awesome game....

Flint247
Flint247

Good, they can use more time getting the game ready. The launch games were slightly rushed, but I know the future games will be better.

jecht_35
jecht_35

why are all the good 3DS games coming out around the summer time, me want now!

jumpy46
jumpy46

This is one of the reasons why I got my 3DS early instead of waiting for a hardware revision. At least I have the Wii version to play around with.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@Superzone Good point. Maybe we could look at this in a positive way - the game won't get any of its thunder taken away by Zelda and we can enjoy that for the time being.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Wow - never heard of this little game. Will definitely take a look....

Superzone
Superzone

Good. Plenty of time to enjoy Zelda and Mercenaries 3D now :D

sebetai
sebetai

Delaying is good. Makes it look like they really care about making it good. Thinking about getting it.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Well, this sucks. >> But hopefully they will be able to make the game the best it can be with this extra time.

Patrickstar1986
Patrickstar1986

Arg... too bad it won't just be a sequel. I've had cave story on my psp since before I even knew it'd be on the Wii. If you want new people to recognize the series, maybe extending it to new lands or ideas would bring people back for the beautiful original.

mattg90520
mattg90520

They should have delayed the launch of the 3DS until more good titles were ready/close to being launched.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

I wonder why the delay, unless it has something to with competing with other 3DS titles.

XenoLair
XenoLair

I recognize the screen! :D Great game, must get for anyone who hasn't played it before. Or play it for free on PC if you cant wait!