Cave Story 3D Preview

Quote's adventures get another graphical update in the latest version of Cave Story.

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Game designer Daisuke Amaya, also known as Pixel, has seen his freeware creation on the PC move from one Nintendo platform to another over the past year. A platform adventure that he developed during his spare time over the course of five years, Cave Story is now getting another update, this time for the Nintendo 3DS. The game already has a devoted following, and now that NIS America and Nicalis have teamed together to bring it to the next-generation handheld, that fan base is certainly going to grow.

Water effects and lighting change the atmosphere drastically.
Water effects and lighting change the atmosphere drastically.

Cave Story originally came out on the PC in 2004 and made its way to WiiWare and DSiWare last year with the help of indie developer Nicalis. The developer is once again helping Amaya reimagine his original creation, this time in a 3D environment. Most of the gameplay content remains the same, but with NIS America behind it, there will be Prinny cameos in the game if you look hard enough.

The story takes place in the interior of a floating island, populated by the rabbitlike creatures known as mimigas. You play as a boy named Quote, with no memory of how he came to be in this strange place. However, that doesn't stop him from helping out the locals. Though the premise may seem simple, there's actually quite an engaging story that unfolds as you make your way through the game. The big differences this time around are the visuals, music, and sound, which have all been remastered for the new system. It's still the same 2D platforming action that is reminiscent of Metroid, but with the new 3D environments, it's like a 2.5D platforming experience. Even with the 3D off, it's a completely different-looking game, and with the 3D toggle on, you'll see the depths of the cavern, making all the huts and bridges in the foreground stand out. You'll see cool running water, fallen-over logs, odd branches, and random foliage, and while there's a certain charm to the old-school 2D look, the new graphics look great as well with the lighting effects.

A new stage has been added, which is all we can confirm at this point in terms of new content. The game isn't finished yet, so there's still a chance that other features could be included. As of right now, the game will not take advantage of any other 3DS function, but there is a real-time map featured on the bottom screen, making it much more convenient to navigate the underground catacombs.

Lookin' good in 3D. Now where's that Prinny?
Lookin' good in 3D. Now where's that Prinny?

If you missed this gem on WiiWare and DSiWare and want to hold out for the latest version, NIS America has announced that Cave Story 3D will be available on August 9 for $39.99.

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never played cave story but heard it plays like metroid? if so cant wait to play it!

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I played a demo on the Wii but this version looks awesome. The 3DS is getting some really good games later this year.

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Wow! That is a pretty looking game. Simple but pretty in a different kind of way on a handheld. I haven't heard of the this game before but I am very happy that the designer/maker is finally making money with his hard work and labour of love.

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This can either be a good choice to make, or a really bad one. Originally when playing Cavestory the visuals would bring you back to your old-school era, and that's something which i loved about it, let's hope they don't screw this game up.

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@mario_fanatic59 It's a remake.

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So is this a sequel, or a remake? I never played the original, and people have been talking about it a lot now.

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looks interesting, loved the original, best freeware game ever on the PC...but, if they went through this much effort in graphics, why recreate something old and not create something new? sure it might not be easy to think of an adequately good story for Cave story 2, but I would really rather pay for something which I have not finished 5 times already...

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What? Now they have drawings on the wall warning of the sand alligators? Awwwwww...

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I know,I'll get both! Then I get the old school and the new school.I've always been an "In with the new,in with the old" kind of a guy.

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O ouch. I had the demo on WiiWare,and I liked it.I really like this one with the modern graphics and the 3D,but 40 bucks.....It's cheaper on the Wii.....What the heck.I'll probably end up getting it anyway.

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Well, I'll definetely be getting, disapointed it got pushed back though

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tbh id rather play the PC version. This one loses the Snes throwback visual style. Now it looks like a lame N64 port

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Throw in the original and DSiware versions for free, and I'll buy it for sure!

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Looks good

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quote from article: "If you missed this gem on WiiWare and DSiWare and want to hold out for the latest version," How could you miss it? It's still available for download for a cheap price or for free on the PC so why not just but it there?

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Doesn't this just miss the whole point of the game though?

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How can any cavestory fans be pleased with this? Instead of the minimalistic charm of the 2D graphics we get these sub-par 3D graphics. It doesn't look like anything anymore... It doesn't even seem like a cave, the blocks are just floating there. Counter-productively, they've somehow managed to make the world less-immersive by introducing another plane,which i don't understand at all. And i dread the inevitable alterations they'll make to the soundtrack... ohhh godddddd But i suppose pixel does deserve some financial compensation for having created the game in the first place... but this.... :(

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Took me forever to beat the final (final!) boss in Cave Story.... hell stage+final boss=incredibly hard. I hope I can do it again.... IN 3D!

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Does the game still give us the option of enabling the "old style" graphics?

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While I haven't played Cave Story yet, I think this version looks better. I like 2.5d better than old-school pixel graphics. Sure the other versions have a nostalgic charm to them, but some of us perfer a more modern look to our games. I know for sure I'm gunna be picking this up once it comes out.

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I've heard quite a bit about this game, and I still haven't played it. Maybe I'll finally change that with this version...

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That last comment wasn't sarcastic

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It is fun though, despite the minimalistic graphics and the punishingly hard difficulty.

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I think this looks better than the freeware version, (not like i will be buying it, too expensive, and I don't even have a 3DS!) but I can understand how some people would like it if they had a SNES or something like that, I guess I don't understand the nostalgia of it, as my first system was a PS2.

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Did someone bludgeon the 2D charm out of Doukutsu Monogatari with the uninspired 3D stick? Does Daisuke Amaya have a paypal account? I want to continue to support him but I rather sidestep this, this, thing. Ugh.

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and the box art is ugly as hell too.

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I am sorry, I didn't mean the producer as in the producer, I mean the original creator of this masterpiece, Pixel. the producer of this retail version doesn't deserve a single penny

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if you want to help the producer, pay 12$ for the wii version, pay 28$ directly to the Pixel,the original creator, and you will have helped yourself by playing at least a better looking version. this is everything aesthetically, but Cave Story. way to ruin the game.

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oh my gosh, this game is SO UGLY

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gross psx polygons... nicalis ruins a classic, again

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I'm really excited

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This version looks kinda ..well, lets just say it.. VERY ugly. It actually destroys half of the purpose of Cavestory, being the oldschool charm of 8bit graphics. (Reminds me a bit of when Lemmings turned 3D eeew!) I reckon it still would play like a charm, but, like theyre all saying below me: Have you seen the PRICE? :O

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And naturally people drop his name like it's not a spoiler worthy only of those who have EARNED IT /pointless fanboy rage Not impressed with this at all. Looks like an N64 port. They should have gone for a look more akin to the concept art, maybe with an oil painting inspiration. This just looks bland.

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I think I might just stick with some freeware Cave Story.

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These graphics look rather bland. The Wiiware version looked great in 480p, old school style with HD color. I suppose its possible that the look will improve and that the 3D effect will blow me away. But this looks weird. If there's ever a Cave Story sequel, I want it to look like Braid. I'll never regret the $12 I spent on the Wii version. Everyone pretty much agrees that its the best version of the game. But $40?! This game seems more like downloadable arcade material than a $40 retail game. If its a flawless port, then it won't leave takers asking for their money back, though. Cave Story is about as good as 2D games get.

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$40 for a game you could otherwise get for free. I don't think so.

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Well that looks generic and mainstream. Milk it Nintendo!Milk it some more!

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This doesn't look like Cave Story at all. Ruins the nostalgia of the whole game.

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I don't know, but I think this completely destroys the charm of the original. 3D cave story... It's just wrong. :P Who knows, it might turn out well.

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i really like the idea of ports on the 3DS. I wasn't able to experience a lot of these great games & now I can on my shiny new device. Hopefully there's also enough new content to appeal to those who already have played.

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I'm not sure there's enough new content to justify me buying it, but I probably will anyways.

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it should be 3DSWare

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I literally just bought cave story for my wii a day ago, then saw this lol I'm enjoying it a lot, so I'll be sure to pick this up when it finally releases.

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I'll be getting this, but this will be the last port of Cave Story I'll be buying. Let's hope for a sequel soon.

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Looking forward to this game. The DSi version was awesome.

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It's expensive, but I like it on the PC enough to go and buy it for 3DS. I am anxious to see just how different things are with the new graphics and music.

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I never played the original but i do have the demo from WiiWare. I was pretty good. I'll think about getting the 3DS version.

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I was REALLY looking forward to this... but $39.99 seems high.

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